GODLESS: DOES TECHNOLOGY EFFECT OUR BELIEF IN A HIGHER POWER

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“Why is it being replaced?”


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For the past few thousand years man has worshiped a higher power. but what happens the more people become not only aware of self, but are deep into our gadgets. So much so that we begin to follow the practices not in alignment with our cultural backgrounds. We are ritualistic when it comes to our need to always be connected to our digital devices. We carry devices around like it’s our bible, and we can’t help but to look down even if it’s for something very mundane.

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How could ones belief system be in jeopardy because they are into technology. Well, the things that beliefs have challenged for so long are being made possible today. So people are less interested in the intricacy of the idea and more about the burden of proof. And the more technology we have the more information is out here, the more people challenge what is it they believe in.

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Religion is going away, but is technology really an aspect of the decline? Or, are we just more aware? But that awareness comes as a result of having so much technology readily available.


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GIVING IN: HAVE LOSING SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU EFFECTED YOUR BELIEF IN GOD

“Have you been broken or restored?”


Now, the title I decided to use for this topic is a little odd because dying is apart of life. But the title leaves open for a lot of ways to look at this particular subject. Dying could be seen at a young age, from an unexplained illness, or a tragic event happening to someone of such good nature. You might have so many questions as to why this person left the Earth at such a young age. Or better yet, how could such a debilitating illness take someone so good to the world. With so much bad in the world, why do so many of the good die young? It just doesn’t make sense how someone the world could seriously use could go so fast. What have you done when someone close to you passed unexpectedly? Did it bring you closer to God or make you not believe more?

In my life, there has not been anyone that have made me question. More so I look at the situation as a, “Wow, this person isn’t here anymore.” It just seems odd when that person who is not here was so pivotal in a family. So with me there was stunned feelings because of how everyone was discussing the holiday season. Little did we know, this person would not be around for both upcoming holidays.

Now on the other hand, there have been people in life who completely turn in their belief systems. This is usually people who lose relatives or friends to something tragic or an illness. In their minds, there is no God when something like this can happen. For example, a kid gets kidnapped and murdered, but the killer of that child is never found. People lose faith once they realize nothing will happen to find the person. So from that person who lost a child, they don’t want to hear about God, they might want revenge.

In the end, I can not tell anyone how to feel if they have lost someone close to them. Especially if the circumstances were quite tragic. With my example, it was the passing of my grandmother that was sudden. But she was 80 years of age, so it was easier to deal knowing she had lived a full life. But for others, that sometimes isn’t even enough.


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THE GOD INSIDE OF YOU: WHAT IF GOD IS MORE YOU THAN YOU THINK

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“I believe because he is I and I am him.”


As a child growing up, I lived in a household where my mother practiced the Christian faith. She would always keep some reminder of her Christian faith around the house. Whether it was her Chicken Soup for the Soul books or a carpet/runner on the floor monogrammed which stated, “As for me and my house, we serve the Lord.” And growing up for me,that is all I knew in life. Not that in our house we looked down on any other belief system. It’s just that Christ is what my mother knew best, and Christ is what is was going to be. But let’s sit back for a second and think to ourselves about what could be the true meaning of God. What if God was not the creator of us? What if there is no afterlife? And what if the true God was something endowed in us that we have harnessed and yet we are misinterpreting what it really means to love God.

Let me explain what I mean by the statement prior. There are two main teachings of how man came to be on Earth. There is the scientific reasoning as to why we are here and the biblical reasoning. Science states that we as humans share a maternal link that traces us back to a common ancestor in present day Ethiopia. While religion aims at more of a deity being the creator of everything: the heavens and the Earth; every man, woman, child, non-human creature, and plant. And though the two collide, what if the two are one of the same? What if the God we worship is and has always been inside of us, yet we didn’t know it. And that science is right about how we evolve, but God inside of us is part of that evolution. Meaning, we do good in life, treating people how we want to be treated, and giving when we can to those less fortunate is of Godly quality part of our no any other creature’s animalistic evolution. Which would mean God is conscious.

Humans unlike any other creature is given the ability to reason. No other creature can look at another creature and decide yes or no because nature dictates their decisions. So when we evolved to have the ability to reason, that conscious may have been us realizing the God inside of ourselves. We could have and may have already unlocked God, and didn’t even know it. Which would mean that we have a duty to ourselves as people on this planet to care for each other, which is why we’re still here on Earth. And the day the conscious is lost, so is God. Which could also mean that these deity figures (Jesus, Muhammad, Moses) are merely men bringing us close to the conscious mind that brings us closer to God. And in the end, God is to be more realized than feared. And maybe the closer you become to being conscious of who you are and what you do to others, you are him and he is you. He lives in you, and have always. And when we die, you may not go to an actual heaven, but your consciousness continues to live on in others you touched, thus the continuation of God.


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IN MY TIME OF NEED: HOW THIS NATURAL DISASTERS SAY A LOT ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH

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“For I was hungry and ye fed me not.” – MLK


Watching the results of the hurricane that hit the city of Houston made me realize something. All these people who are saying keep the city in your prayers; I wonder how many of them are giving aid. And it does not necessarily have to be in the form of money. I wonder how many of those people are actively engaging in trying to make the situation better. Are they going house to house making sure people are fine? Are they reaching out to see if they could perform some civic duty to make the lives of people in Houston better? Are they putting together some type of initiative to aid in the safety of people in need? Whatever it is they should be doing should be exemplified, yet it’s not as much as it should be.

There was recent backlash at the famous pastor Joel Olsteen who runs a mega church where 16,000 people come on Sundays to hear him speak. He has a church that could hold masses, which could serve as a place of refuge. But he instead stated that he would help if there were more people who couldn’t get the help because helped had reached its capacity at its current levels. People felt that a man of his stature should disregard the aid people were receiving and still open up his doors. Since the backlash, he has made a turn around, yet people still think that he should have done this initially. Why did it take backlash toward a man who is suppose to be a man of God to answer? Let’s say no one made a statement, would he have acted or just left everything alone.

In moments like this, you really find out what the human species is all about. People themselves have been helping each other, yet the ones of the religious faith who are respected the most have been praying. If religion is real and the faith is real, there should an out pour of assistance of church leaders nationwide. And I think that as time continues to trek along, you are going to start to see a decline in religion. Because people are having this feeling that we have to help each other. So religion begins to take a back seat with so many people helping one another. It’s just sad that people don’t aid each other on daily basis. But as for the church, time passes and with that time comes a disinterest in the belief as a whole. Because when stakes are high and chips are down, these religious figures run away the fastest.

In the end, I don’t know what the real answer should be. But you see the real nature of man the moment disasters happen. This is actually the upside to us as people. No matter the ethnic background, our human existence becomes paramount when trying to survive. And that will always be the status quo, yet I do believe the religious figures are becoming less and less important.


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REVISIONIST BIBLICAL HISTORY: LET’S ASSUME THAT THE BIBLE WAS USED FOR NON-RELIGIOUS INTENT

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“Guide to life, not to preservation for death.”


The Christian bible has been pondered over for centuries regarding its authenticity in society. The believers say that it is the words of prophets and God; while skeptics say it was merely man. And that man created this as a template in how to live your life on Earth. And that’s what brings me to the topic for today. What if the Christian bible was just that in society? What if it were just a template in how to live your life? That would mean that all the miracles were just more imagery that is supposed to serve as something else in our lives. And what is that something else? Because the bible was written to be unchanged, and is supposed to last for the life of humanity.

But how does a book last for the life of humanity, when humanity in itself is constantly changing. So let’s explore the idea of what life is like for the bible as just a template in how to live your life. That would mean the miracles weren’t true and neither is the notion that we’re created in God’s likeness. Which would further go on to mean that Earth was not created in seven days. Does that devalue the meaning of the bible any less? Could people still believe if that were the case? And does that mean life as we know it for people is over because this is it? And that’s what clouds people’s minds on this topic, is what does life hold for me?

Is that something that people who were the scholars understood about the past? Maybe they knew that man needed something to believe in that was much higher than themselves to define their lives. Because humanity is just as fragile as any other creature. Only problem is that humans are given a conscious. And with that conscious we have the ability to make what we feel are rational decisions. And another aspect of that rational mind is knowing and understanding that we all will die one day; our mortality. Knowing and understanding that this is it for us in life, and nothing else. So here one day and gone the next, not experiencing any real fulfillment out of life. And here is where belief becomes strong in a deity.

Not being able to come to terms with not mainly your ending, but your existing. We hold on to religion because it does in part gives us the reason to exist. We say, “Without God, where would I be.” “Or you’re never alone when God is near.” But how is it that in a world of so many people are we alone and no one to depend on. So the idea of the bible serving as a non-religious text, but more so just a basic moral code, still creates disconnect. Because the moral code is fine and all, but what about the living. We have something in us that goes far back in the DNA chain that makes us who we are, that is the reason we tend to be alone, not like other people, or ignore another person’s existence. And yet we need that friendship and companionship.

See, in the end, I don’t see religion going away. And when I say religion, we think about the major religions. I mean a new religion, or one growing in popularity that is already here, yet small may not go away. People are always searching for something outside of self. It’s something that both believers and non-believers both agree on. Once we feel know we know all there is to know about us as a human species, you’re now interested in something greater. Greater than you, me, this Earth we live on, and beyond.


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SINS: ARE THEY REAL OR ARE THEY DEEPER INSIGHTS INTO WHO WE ARE

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“A look into yourself.”


Most of us are familiar with the seven deadly sins. The cardinal sins that would most definitely banish man to hell. They are pride, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, envy, and wrath. And at least once in our lives we have come across one of these sins, if not all of the sins. But what I want to know regarding these sins is are they real, or just deeper insights into man. Was there something man knew about ourselves in the past, that is only being magnified in the world today? Because life was quite local in the days of early Christianity. So how did man know so much about us? But human nature is a universal characteristic. How do these sins tell us who we really are in life?

In the case pride, one carries an excessive sense of accomplishment. They are quite boastful in what they have achieved, almost to an intoxicating level. They Related imagenot only have to let others know, but they also have to accumulate tangibles as a means of showing themselves off to the world as well. But, don’t we all have some form of pride? Pride is the satisfaction you get out of winning a race. Pride is the fulfillment you get when you lose weight. And pride is the gratification you get when receiving a gift from someone close to you. So why is pride such a cardinal sin? Because pride is only a problem when it takes over your life. Or, it becomes a sin the moment you have allowed your pride to turn into hubris.

Well, what about lust; lusting is a sin. But how much lust is bad and how much lust is good. See, I lust, but to what degree makes it a sin? Is this lust going to lead down a road that will hurt me in the end? Or is the lust the yearning and wanting I get from seeing a box of chocolates. You see, lust is yet another Related imageambiguous sin that only becomes problematic once it grips you where you can’t shake it loose. Lusting over strawberries is different than lusting over a woman I might see on a job. Because those strawberries will satisfy my hunger pains and keep me until I consume a meal. That women might get me fired if it goes too far.

Next comes greed, which is the need to want something in excess where it leads to selfishness and control. Well is it wrong; once again, it’s all in context. Wanting to make a lot of money to leave for your descendants so they are not thrown into Image result for greedpoverty is greed. Why because you are taking more than you need. Yet, is it really sin if you are trying to protect family. Difficult to say considering money is a tough topic. Anyone that makes a lot of money, yet reworks their portfolio to make more can be seen as greedy. But true greed is taking more than you need for the sake of having. There is no use for it, you just don’t want anyone else to have it.

Then there is envy; which is the longing to have something that someone else possesses. Yet another sin that can be both bad and good. For example, I grew up in a poor household. I often wanted the lives of friends I had went to school with as an adolescent. But in the bible that can be seen as sin. Or is it really a sin? I Image result for envydidn’t wish to be them, just had a desire to have more than barely surviving. And that is the difference between the good envy and bad envy. Sinful envy is you have it, I want it, I’m going to get it if I have to take it from you. There is nothing wrong with seeing someone with something you want and don’t have; it’s human nature. Yet, there are limits to how far you can go before it’s a sin.

So let’s continue on down to sloth. The lazy and the indolent. Those who sit back and want everyone else to do their dirty work without putting in an effort. They let themselves go by the waist side. From their home life to their outer appearance; Related imagenothing is kept together. Then there is the good sloth which is, being tired. You work all day and sometimes don’t want to clean or move. You are not of sin because you have a legitimate reason for not getting up and making a move. But this is what we describe as taking a load off. Resting until you get up to make moves, which is sloth on a low level. Sloth on a high level is trouncing around in filth; almost in comparison to a pig.

Image result for gluttonAnd of course we all know gluttony. The overindulgence in eating, almost to the point it will cause you to develop an ailment. There is a difference between eating to live and eating just to eat. Eating to eat leads to health problems; while eating to live keeps you in line with having good health. And of course from time to time you indulge, yet you never veer off course too much. So as to not be led too far astray where you have hit the point of no return.

 

And last but not least, wrath, which is that strong wanting to punish someone. That inner hurt you feel that someone else must feel in the moment. Now wrath is tricky because is there ever a time to want to dole out punishment without sin? And the answer is yes. In the case of being a parent, the wrath is often brought down and is justified. Not only in biblical text, but even among non-denominational people. But when you want someone to feel pain because of your Image result for wrath sinown internal struggles, then you become the true face that is wrath. See, in the end, all seven sins not only are of biblical context, but they say something about us all. Interestingly enough, you can’t go through life without having one or more seven sin qualities. But it’s not having these sins, but more so an excessive sin trait that becomes problematic. Because that is the point where you start to lose control.


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ALTERNATIVE FAITH BASE: WHAT IF GOD EXIST, BUT NOT OUR BELIEF IN HIM

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“He might exist, but we could be wrong about him.”


The alpha and the omega, the creator of the heavens and the Earth; God. The age old questions, does he exist? Did God create us, or was he made up for humans to have purpose in life? But what about the alternative to both views. What if God exist, just not how people of faith see him. Meaning, what if science is wrong about his existence? But also, what if people of faith is wrong about his existence as well? Whoa, how could that be possible? Well, I have come up with a few scenarios as to why both sides could be wrong. One of the ways both could be wrong is his existence.

His basic existence could be something different on the scientific side and the religious side. Let’s first start with the scientific side that says there is no Blue Orange and Red Outer Space PhotoGod at all. Well, just as much as religion can’t prove his existence you can’t prove his nonexistence. Science can aim to disprove his existence as to how people interpret him. Meaning, humans were created by a deity is the religious faith base. But what if God is the all seeing, all knowing, who created the earth, and all creatures. But, he may not be the deity we see him as, but more so the force keeping all of existence of everything in order. And our scientific understanding of the universe, is in essence an understanding of God.

We could be slowly figuring out God, just from a scientific standpoint. Our human minds could have created the scientific theory for what he the creator have wanted us to find out. Our scientists just are picking up the bible, book, chaptercrumbs of what he left for us to figure out. It’s doesn’t remove science, but it also doesn’t remove religion as well. Which brings me to the religious aspect of who God is. And that is interesting in itself. What if God exist, people of religion would be ecstatic. But what if he is not the God we want to accept? What if he is more so one faith, than the other? Are we all ready to accept what the all-seeing God truly is as a deity? And what do I mean by accept who he is.

Let’s say you’re a Christian, and you die. You stand before the voice of the Gold and Black Crucifixhigher power. And then God says to you, “You have to past these series of test.” Makes sense because our religious beliefs always imply that God gives us obstacles. So, your first test is standing before God. Then your next test is
standing before Jesus Christ. But one more test you must face, and you’re ready for that test. Then out walks the Prophet Muhammad. Now, here in book, close-up, faiththis moment, you can’t accept that. Why would a challenge be to prove yourself to Muhammad. Now, your human belief says this must be wrong. But religion says God makes no mistakes. So what do you do? Because you can’t challenge God, it’s his house.

So, accept what he has placed before you or remove yourself from his kingdom above. Because he doesn’t need you, you need him. And what I could have just said would be the same for Muslims and Jews mixing the bible, church, handsdifferent deities. You might reject what I am implying in this moment. But what would you do standing before God. So even in our own belief of not challenging God, you’re ready to challenge him. Yet remember what I said, God makes no mistakes. So if you shall prove yourself to these other deities, then so be it.

And in the end, that’s what has so many people stuck in thought. We control so much on Earth, that we want to now control the afterlife. But you don’t control the afterlife. We all have beliefs and theories of what takes place after you die, and who you answer to when you die. Science says no one, this is it, and religion says God. But neither is ready to deal with both sides being wrong.


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