These days, one of most important facts many wish to learn about another is their religious beliefs. Well I am going to share mine now.
I don’t care.
This may sound harsh to some, or even escapist. It is neither. Frankly, whether or not a god exists has absolutely NO bearing on my life. Whether or not creation was due to intelligent design or not, affects NOTHING in how I live. I am not an atheist. I am anti-religion, but I am also anti ANYTHING that tries to tell other people HOW to live. I make my OWN choices on what is right and wrong, and live by the consequences of those choices. I don’t act certain ways for fear of punishment, nor do I do it for promise of reward. I do what I do because I think it is the right thing to do. Who is more admirable, someone who does “good” purely for the sake of good, or someone who does it because they were ordered too? You tell me.
Those who choose laws and rules over thinking for themselves are simply abdicating their own right to free will. Just because something is a law does not mean it is fair, just, or even RIGHT. It just means someone else feels the need to tell others to behave a certain way. It doesn’t make it any better a law because some super being that may or may not exist, and cannot directly be contradicted, supposedly made it. Every tyrant in the world was supported by those who did what they were “supposed” to do, either for fear of their own life, or for the rewards it offered, or both. I am not seeing any deity who DEMANDS the same kind of obedience as being ANY different.
For those who use God as their excuse for behavior, frankly you do NOT have my respect. Everyone thinks the killing of a child is just about the worst crime ANYONE can commit. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t it this same God that everyone is using as their scapegoat that once told a man to prove his faith by killing his own child? So if your god demanded that of YOU, which will YOU pick? Love of the so-called compassionate deity, or the life of your child?
We are alive NOW. What happens after we live, after we die, is nothing more than a matter of personal belief. No one KNOWS absolutely one way or another. So to base your moral compass on the possible punishments or rewards in a future that may or may not even exist is kind of ludicrous. What happens if you get there and find out that everything you believed was completely wrong. That will be a whole lot of living NOW that you missed. So do me a favor. Believe whatever you want. If believing in a god, and blindly following a set of restriction made by others gives you peace of mind and purpose, feel free. That is your choice. But keep it to YOURSELF. Stop trying to take that choice away from others. Let them make their OWN choices as well.
If I find that I have it wrong, and such a being does exist, that is between me and said being after I die. And frankly, if said being IS the way many religions portray it, I will defy their right to judge me even after I die. That is MY choice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row]