Are you there, God? It’s me, Michael

Well, aren’t I tackling the massive questions early on! They don’t get much more massive than “Is there a God?”, and like many people in the world religion and the existence of God is a subject that I can talk for England about. It’s not because I’m a particularly religious person. It’s not that I’m a hardened atheist. It’s because I find the whole idea of religion incredibly interesting. Someday, for no spiritual reason, I want to read the Bible. My name’s Michael, I’m twenty-three, and I’m an agnostic.

Yep, I’m a fence-sitter. I’m a sitter of fences. My backside has been neatly perched on the fence. It’s not one of those painful, spiky fences though. It’s actually quite comfortable. And why is it that I’m sat on the fence, other than for metaphorical effect? Well, it’s because of the alternatives.

Take atheism for example. The whole belief that you die and that’s it doesn’t swing with me too much. If I had that state of mind I’d be walking around thinking “what’s the point? It’s unlikely I’ll be remembered by anyone in the future. Existence is futile”, and be a miserable, depressed git who people would rather not speak to. Some atheists are completely ignorant of religious folk, failing to acknowledge that it relies on faith and belief not facts and figures. These people are often… nobheads.

Then there’s theism, the belief in a God, and on the outside it seems quite pleasant. When you die, so long as you’ve led a good life, you go somewhere comforting and serene for the rest of eternity. You’ll have a reunion with friends and family that you were around in your life. On the other side of the coin, though, there may be rules you must obey; you’ll have to go to church, you’ll be sent to hell if you’re a homosexual, and if you use the word “fuck” in the same sentence as “God” then you’re likely to outrage some religious folk. Sorry about that.

Instead, then, I just live my life how I think it should be lived. And if, when I die, I am brought before God in order to repent my sins then I’ll admit I was wrong not to worship Him/Her/It as my creator. But I won’t regret anything I’d done in my life. The way I see it there’s loads more to being a good person than drinking wine and eating bread, singing carols in a church and putting your hands together before a meal.

I don’t need the Bible to tell me that. I want to read it though. To me, it’s a bit like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter:

A bloody good story!

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Posted on February 28, 2012, in Life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Religion is all about faith. There’s no scientific explanation for faith because it’s just a feeling you have, just like if you’re in love with someone. Because of this it’s practically impossible to argue with people who have faith because their belief is so strong it can’t be questioned.

    I believe in my differences as a human being. Whether or not that means I believe in a soul I don’t know.

  2. “They consider themselves mounds of flesh, and that’s about it”

    Incorrect. Or at least I don’t.

    I’m a biological machine that came forth through a long line of evolution through natural selection that is surprisingly good at adapting to the world despite a lot of obvious flaws in our ‘mounds of flesh’.

    “because, if they acknowledged their souls, they would have to acknowledge there is an Eternal Spiritual Being as well.”

    One doesn’t follow from the other. Don’t believe me? Ask the Buddhists.

    “And, that a scary thought for them. So, they go on denying their souls so that they can go on denying God.”

    I don’t deny a god any more than I deny a soul. I see no evidence for either. That’s it.

  3. A lot of people don’t think they have a soul or a eternal spiritual component. They consider themselves mounds of flesh, and that’s about it, because, if they acknowledged their souls, they would have to acknowledge there is an Eternal Spiritual Being as well. And, that a scary thought for them. So, they go on denying their souls so that they can go on denying God.

    Connie

  4. It does. While I agree with the second thought (I do enjoy a good life, I’m not a total pessimist) the first I struggle with because I just feel so small and insignificant. Sometimes it feels to me that no matter how hard I try to make a difference it never works.

    I think I’ve still got some maturing to do!

  5. “If I had that state of mind I’d be walking around thinking “what’s the point? It’s unlikely I’ll be remembered by anyone in the future. Existence is futile”,”

    Really? Because I do have that state of mine, and I often think “I better do all I can to be remembered for as long as I can be” and “I better make the time I have worth it while I have it.”

    Goes to show how different people can be.

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