Posts Tagged ‘atheist’

Praise God

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Social Talk
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So I’m sitting here bored, looking through facebook like the internet junkie I am, and I see so many posts from people I know thanking the god for various things. Most times I just chalk it up to a narrow perspective of what goes in the world, but I keep seeing posts thanking god for the natural process of “waking up”.

I’m sure we’ve a seen it before. There’s nothing really wrong with feeling so good about waking up that you have to let the world know and letting them all know that you’re thanking god for it because you would have died if he didn’t tap you on your soul’s shoulders… But consider a couple things-

What about SIDS? Now I’m not making fun of this syndrome. It’s very serious and I truly feel sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one to this. When an infant just falls asleep and dies for NO reason, is that god taking (essentially killing) them from you, or simply forgetting to wake them up? Why would he do that to your child and let another live who grow to commit atrocities?… Like Hitler

And consider how many people don’t believe in your god (and never will) and believe in the wrong god (which is conveniently just not YOUR god). Why’s god running around waking up everyone who doesn’t believe in him? Isn’t the punishment for not believing or getting it wrong eternal suffering? According to scriptures he’s wiped out the entire planet before, so why not speed up the process a bit and get the non-believers and wrong-believers while they sleep?

I dunno… I find it all silly anyway. I’m going to sleep on this. I’ll see you all in the morning.

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As an atheist, I don’t believe in any sort of super-natural entities, ghosts, or santa, but I do have faith in humanity. I would say it’s wavering constantly when I watch world news, but every once in a while it’s restored by a genuine act.

ah, where was I…. sorry.

 

Yea, so like an atheist, I’m actually reading parts of the bible and Luke 6:27-31 really stuck out.

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

THAT’S AWESOME.. why can’t Christianity, and other Abrahamic religions,  just focus more on this!? Now I’m not saying do this to a T, even I highly doubt I would be able to. But seriously, the world would be a much better place. But NOOOOOOO, the rest of the bible just HAD to tell you who to enslave, how much to sell your children for, who to  hate, ect. I find that I follow the teachings of Jesus more than a lot of christians… really….. the atheist! I believe we all deserve equal rights and every should be free to express themselves and love who they want without the harming and oppression of others. I don’t need a god telling me what’s right and what’s wrong. In fact, I feel bad for anyone that can’t figure out that murdering your infant child is wrong without an authority telling them. We have a special cell and medication for people like that.

I don’t hate anyone for something they can’t help. Besides it being a total WASTE of energy, there’s absolutely NOTHING that can justify it.

Good ol’ Geaorgie boy Carlin! George Carlin was a comedian, known for his observational comedy and the use of language, and author. He also played Mr. Conductor on the children’s series “Shiny Times Station.” His work spans over 5 decades, over 20 CD’s, 15 comedy specials, and 6 books.

I grew up knowing who George Carlin was. I saw him on Shiny Times Station before I knew of his work in comedy. I watched some of his stand up when I was young, but I didn’t understand it. It wasn’t until I was much older that I got it and he really made an impact on me.

Artists typically see the world differently than most people. A good comedian will have you think about something in a way you never thought of before and leave you thinking about it. They are only conveying how they see the world, with a little humor mixed in, and often exploit ideas we take for granted. Carlin was a master of this. His “bullshit meter” was always on auto-detect and he had no problem letting you know how he felt.

I’ve always been a very inquisative and skeptical person. I like knowing the fundamentals of things, especially ideas and thinking. Carlin showed me the world in such a different way that I now can’t stop openly questioning things. I feel that I would rather be inquisitive of things than gullible. George Carlin was also the first open atheist I had ever known. I’ve been questioning the church and religion since I hit the age of reason, about 12, and had always been alone in the matter. I always felt I would be punished for talking openly about my skepticisms. Not believing in a god is a social taboo, and coming from the environment I grew up in it was more of a social suicide. When I saw how he backed his thinking with logic and did so with confidence, I felt the mental chains I placed on myself snap. I was alone on this journey for the longest time and here he was in front of the world saying what I was afraid to. I had never felt so empowered before. George Carlin really kickstarted my mind to openly question things as an adult. I began to see the world the way he did.

I actually read 3 of Carlin’s books before I saw a full comedy special of his. I feel like no one can read his work and not think about the world a little differently. Thank you, George, for opening my mind to thinking more deeply about how we operate in this world.

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