My strong beliefs about religion… do you agree? 38



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I’m not a religious person, in fact I don’t believe in any sort of deity at all. My belief is that religion was and is something designed by man, to control men and women. That’s just my opinion of course, but it is an opinion I hold quite firmly. Having said that I still think I can claim to be a good person, just as much as anyone religious; I am aware of the difference between good and evil, I try to do the best I can for other individuals, and I try to be as honest as it is possible to be. (I know it can be unkind, or even cruel to speak the truth sometimes, so I admit to the use of an occasional ‘white lie’ when absolutely necessary).

I sincerely believe that the world and all the life on it, is here by pure chance, as a result of two basic laws, evolution and the law of physics. I believe evolution, is still going on all around us, but at such a slow rate that it is virtually invisible, tiny changes which may take a million years to complete. As for physics, well I believe that this is the engine that makes it all work. A tiny but important example of how I see physics working – take a pool of water and lower the temperature to zero degrees Celsius or below and the water has to turn into ice; and that’s just one rule in millions of others, concerning everything!

Considering all the dreadful things that happen, and have happened round the world; if I am wrong and there is a God, then I think that He/She/It must be a truly awful being, to allow such things to occur! What all loving God would allow paedophiles to attack and even kill, young children? What all loving God would allow wars, the inquisition, the crusades and the extermination of whole races in South America? What all loving God would permit the different religions that exist? What all loving God would attack us with a myriad of diseases and genetic faults? And what all loving God would pestilence, famine and flood? If, as we are told God is all seeing, all hearing, all loving and all forgiving, what is the point of all these dreadful occurrences? Oh the priesthood will tell us God moves in mysterious ways and we should have faith, but if he/she/it is going to forgive us anyway, why make us live in this way?

Remember too, that the Bible, (especially the Old Testament), is actually a history of the Jewish race, but it was written at a time when virtually all writings were of a religious nature as it was only the clerics who could write. The New Testament, I believe, was written a long time after Jesus had left this world and while a lot of its content may be true, nonetheless it was embellished, to make a point.

At least there is logic in evolution and physics, it all works together and has done so for billions of years, governed only by chance and coincidence. Even religious experts tend to concede today that many of the stories in the Bible are rhetorical rather than factual, as in the stories of Creation and Adam and Eve – the evidence for a very old world is clear to see.

So, I intend to go on living, to the best of my ability, doing harm to no one, giving help where I can and enjoying the beauty that nature has provided for us – purely by chance, but wonderful nonetheless! And when my time is up, as far as I am concerned that is literally, the end – no eternity, no heaven and no hell. I will be quite satisfied with that, my life is not filled with regrets, in fact, apart from money I have been a very fortunate person – who could ask for more?

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

Brian Lee

  1. I agree Bruce. Particularly the part about an all loving God to allow such awful catastrophic things to ‘happen’.
    I have always had a problem with pastors blessing the rifles & soldiers before they go off to war to kill others.
    Let alone the hypocrisy of an extremely wealthy Catholic Church (in which I was raised) and the poverty of its
    parishoners from which ‘offerings’ are constantly required.
    Another fact I have just learned recently is that there were 300 books written but only 27 selected for the ‘Bible’?

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    • When the majority of humanity rejects God, He says, OK go you way and see if you like life without me!

      So what you now see is what you asked for!

    • I’m sure there’s more than 27 books in the Bible

  2. No doubt the Christians among us will post answers to your questions that justify their own beliefs.However I agree with you.It is possible to lead a good life without any religion.Just be kind & do no harm.

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    • Psalm 14:1
      The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

    • If physics and evolution explain everything, how can you be a good person? Surely that is a moral judgement, and physics and evolution exclude morality.

  3. I am in total agreeance with everything that you have said. So many atrocious things have been done in the name of ‘God’ over time – by religion and by those who ‘devoutly’ practice/d it, that, if there were a ‘God’, I feel very sorry for that being……..

  4. Right on the money. How can you have faith when there is so much evil around us.

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    • I will not allow evil to make me evil and deny me of my GOD. Jesus died for you and me, and I try not to allow anyone to talk me into letting go of what God has given me. Not some man’s teaching or religion. Deceit is sutle.

  5. Hi all above,
    Thanks for the article and your thoughts on God concerning all the bad things that happen in this world. I could give a reply, but Dr Billy Graham’s daughter gave a wonderful answer when she was asked about “why did God allow the 9/11 attacks in America. I cannot improve on that answer, but it is worth thinking about what she said. Here is the link:

    John Zuidema

  6. I have been a dreamer and a curious person all of my life, trying to make my churches teachings fit in with what my heart and brain told me was really the truth. The evil things that have been done under the blanket of Christianity is appalling . Live your life as a Christian person but don’t be fooled into believing all of the tripe and jargon that is poured forth prior to the collection plate.
    Wooden idols and spiritual gods are all the same, make believe to explain what could not be understood.

  7. I am Agnostic but after reading the Bible — and there is a LOT of nasties in there — and also a lot of true statements,
    I also think a lot in the Bible is not literal?

    However God gave us rules to live by and warned us of consequences, now thinking of God as a Father figure, IF your kids were told OVER and OVER again what NOT to do and KEPT doing it would you not let them take the Consequences of their actions so as they would hopefully LEARN because that is the ONLY way to teach them.
    Maybe ? That is what God is doing ?

  8. I am an athiest – I used to be a pentecostal christian but saw too many abuses in the church. I totally agree with you. There is no god and there is no afterlife – once u die u are gone and thats it – a fact of life.

  9. I will never be ashamed to say I believe in God, my belief is that He gave us the choice as to the type of life we live, to believe that this is all there is does not make sense to me at all, the miracle of birth is not some thing caused by some scientific occurrence, God gave us the choice some choose evil, others are kind & loving my belief is we will all be accountable for the life we have lived when we enter the next stage of eternity, God does not make people do these dreadful things to others, it is their free will. May God Bless each of you.

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  10. You are just one fine Gentleman , and I am, and think like you, I am 85, and from the age of 16 I came to realise what hogwash the world has been fed since the beginning of time. One piece of writing I like ferry much, and so end with this: “The dogma that all the governments of the world are approvingly ordained of God, and that the powers that be in the United States, in Russia, in Turkey, are in accordance with his will, is no less absurd than impious. It makes the impartial Author of our existence unequal and tyrannical. It cannot be affirmed that the powers that be in any nation are actuated by the spirit or guided by the example of Christ in the treatment of enemies; therefore they cannot be agreeable to the will of God, and therefore their overthrow by a spiritual regeneration of their subjects is inevitable.” – Excerpt From: Tolstoy, Leo. “The Kingdom of God Is Within You. And I add “it will happen” but it is no use debating or argue about this, believers, and I know and have many of these great people as friends, and we never discus not even ‘that good old religion, as they would not stand for it, no matter how convincing the others might seem. It has to come from within.

  11. Brian Lee. To believe everything came from nothing takes more faith than i have got believing in GOD. I know I don’t have to fear when I die. If I am correct and know I have a LORD (which I know I am) I know what I have waiting for me. But if I am wrong and I know i’m not, I would just end up in the same place as you.
    My GOD has given us freedom because He is all Loving. You cannot be all loving if you are all controlling. My GOD has given each of us the ability to chose for ourselves. If he didn’t we would righteously blame HIM.

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    • Thank you,Jim.Said so much better then what I w oud have said.Of course the first part of the Bible is only the stories hande,d down through generations,no one could. Write so it was word of mouth.Abraham and Sar ah told the stories of their youth just as you tell stories to any small child, so it was all included when people began to write including tHe tedious begats,but read them there are same gems there.

    • Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and as a result we live in a cursed world. Nothing in this world is as I was supposed to be. God will have the last laugh because it is his world and the only way we will escape destruction is to live by Gods rules. He is a just God and He says that the punishment for Sin is death( eternity in hell), but the gift of God is eternal life IF we accept His free gift. The death of His son Jesus on the cross and His shed blood for the forgiveness of our Sin. No other way, God says we are all sinners because we have rejected God. We don’t have to be bad people, just reject God. He is a loving God but we have made the world what it is today because God has given us a free will, we can do what we like but we will reap the consequences. As we are already, as has been pointed out. Death, wars,crime etc.

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