I’ve decided to dedicate my latest blog to Religion and it’s untruths. For many years I doubted the existence of God but was fearful to say so out loud. Coming from a family of believers, as we almost all are, to state unequivocally that you don’t believe in God is a difficult thing to come to grips with and ultimately admit. From childhood I was taught that there was this invisible Being who no matter where I hid was watching over me. That this Being heard all things and saw all things and here is the main teaching…punished all things. As I got older I tried to believe. I went to church, took communion, I read the incoherent and nasty stories in The Bible, I studied the various teachings of religious men but to no avail, I could not feel anything but a void. The dark void that Mother Teresa confesses she herself felt when praying to this invisible Being. How she could continue to foolishly believe in something that she knew not to be there is beyond folly.
My personal revelation came when a friend took me to see a lecture by of all people, Deepak Chopra. In this lecture he spoke about the big bang, the seemingly chaotic force of nature that created all around us. His focus is mainly to explain God in a much different way from the Judeo Christian view of a father figure presiding over humanity & the world. His idea is that nature itself is God. I was still at that point claiming to be a believer and I came away from that lecture a little upset that he could claim that God was chaotic in nature. How is it possible that a God that created a perfect rose can be chaotic? What about our own bodies and the perfect symmetry that is our eyes, ears and nose, placed in exactly the right place on our faces. Wait…I then began to think it’s perfect only because we don’t know any other design for our faces. If man had evolved with a nose on top of his head we’d think that was perfect as well. A rose is perfect only because we as humans find it aesthetically so. Complexity & beauty in nature is not due to a designer but in the evolutionary process. Slowly I began to think that maybe Chopra had a point. In fact going further then he maybe the chaos in nature really has no thought, nor rhyme or reason. Mind you these thoughts and revelations didn’t come to me over night or in a matter of days. This took some time to simmer in my mind. My clumsy writing here can’t describe the many nights I spent trying to think this through.
One morning I was showering and thinking about religion and The Bible and the story of Abraham and how God spoke to him. I wondered, why didn’t God speak to someone in China? How about India? Why the Middle East and how did he come to choose these people and make them his own? Skeptic that I am it came to me that this was all one big con job. Oppressed people discover the one true God and not only does he choose them to speak to but he makes them his people. This idea can be misconstrued to be Anti-Semitic but I’d like for you to think of it more as anti-religion. You can think of me what you will but I believe all of religion is one big con. Like Christoper Hitchens, I believe it has poisoned everything it touches. It’s evolved into a way of controlling people, situations and bending nations to the whims of a few men. It’s all one big lie.
There is more I want to say but this is where I will stop today. I post some videos and links below that I find interesting regarding this subject by people who are far more eloquent then I am in discussing it. Enjoy!
The Best of Christopher Hitchens
The Humanist Society: http://www.humanist-society.org
American Atheists: http://www.atheists.org
Atheist Media Blog: http://www.atheistmedia.com
God is Imaginary: http://godisimaginary.com
The Thinking Atheist: http://www.thethinkingatheist.com
The Richard Dawkins Foundation: http://richarddawkins.net
I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I’ve been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn’t have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I’m a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time. ~ Isaac Asimov, Free Inquiry 1982
What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. ~ Christopher Hitchens
George Carlin: Religion is Bullshit!
God – John Lennon, Atheist
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