- Please notice before reading: I am simply saying that I`m in doubt! I`m not hating nor initiating on disrespecting anyone. I respect all beliefs and I accept constructive criticism. Enjoy! x -
...In loving memory of Stephen Hawking
Firstly, I have always admired Hawking`s theories. I`ve read several of his books (even though I suck at math and haven`t really tried physics) and basically followed him with great interest. He is probably the only person I will ever truly fangirl over. Except maybe Channing Tatum. Anyway, this MyTake is to honor and remember him. Please let me know what you think in the comments!
A dominating passion for science
I love science! Who doesn`t? Not everyone understands it, but science is a huge part of our lives regardless of our interest in it. The truth is, none of us really know for sure what is out there, who we are, where we came from and why. Archaic civilizations from thousands of years ago attempted to explain these puzzling questions and came up with God, whom we are all familiar with today. Science has definitely battled religion for several decades. Today, it varies what people choose to believe in.
My bad experiences with religion
I grew up in a cult until I was twelve years old. Being in one caused much damage on my family, my well being, and my individual view on life. But one thing is for sure: I doubt I would be the one I am today if I hadn`t gone through all that. I experienced pressure, my parents nearly divorcing, lies, intense judgment, and betrayal. The image I had of God was not him being kind, loving or forgiving. In addition, I was eventually introduced to even deeper history and one of the things I realized was that many wars the world experienced and experiences today is involved with religion in some way! That was definitely a red flag for me. If God loved his children I would assume that he wouldn`t want us to fight each other.
For me, religion was always a way of keeping people away from certain things. Religion is supposed to help you improve your belief in God, but my religious experience led to believe in myself and other truths outside of the community! Of course, this is not the case for everyone.
The view of God is different everywhere
There are countless religions out there. You have small cults like the one I was involved with, large religions like Islam and Christianity and there are many others we aren`t even familiar with. In other words, the truths and images of God are so different, and each one is just as true as the one you believe in. So which one is more accurate? Who can we trust? Would the Gods or God himself allow so many different religions?
Ancient Gods went extinct
Very few people believe in the Gods presented in Norse and Greek mythology anymore. But remember, these Gods played a crucial part in the average person`s life at that time. They were just as important as current Gods, perhaps like the one you believe in or know of. The fact that someone could believe in so many different Higher Powers at different times just makes it less reliable for me to believe that there is a God (or more) to begin with.
Humans are more God-like than God himself
Sounds completely illogical, right? Well, think about it! God can destroy, create, punish, reward, make things grow, love... Since when couldn`t humans perform these acts? Through thousands of generations, we have been able to create new civilizations, technology and new types of humans or species like AI. And that is just barely scratching the surface. We have been able to control genetic modification, interfere with earth`s natural processes and control domesticated animals. So why do we need to believe in a Higher Power when we are the ones who rule the world, punish people, control processes, dominate territories and create things?
The only Hell and Paradise you might ever experience is right in front of you
Just take a look at what humans have done to the planet. We are capable of rape, prostitution, corruption, and murder. Aren`t all of these things sins, according to the Holy Books? Additionally, the temperature is increasing because of global warming and the planet is demolishing right before our eyes, and it`s all a result of human`s reckless acts. Sounds a bit like Hell to me!
When it comes to Paradise, you pretty much choose how your life is going to turn out based on your decisions. You can make your life a great place, even literally Paradise if you live in Hawaii or plan on moving there (alright, that was a corny comparison, but I assume you get the point). Just make your time being here a good one and you won`t ever need to seek Paradise.
I can be a happy, good and likable person regardless of religion
I`ve just come to the conclusion that I don`t need religion or God to be happy or to fit His standards. I don`t need religion to do the right things, either. Some people think that you have to be a certain way or do certain things to be rewarded or accepted by God. But would you put that demand on someone? Your friends or family, perhaps? Would you tell them to wear a certain clothing, act a certain way or look a certain way to be the definition of a perfect person for your life? I don`t think so. You would probably end up pretty lonely, but you`re not because you consider your friends and family perfect just the way they are and that`s the best you could ever ask for.