Don’t have the foggiest idea what to think about God? This might be the blog for you.
This is probably not a good blog for True Believers of any kind—both theist and atheist. I don’t buy into the whole concept of dogma. If I’m going to find a religion/church that I want to get involved with again—and that’s a big if—it will be one that’s devoted to not knowing.
That’s another way of saying you need an open mind to appreciate this blog. I have the tendency to say unorthodox things that piss off theists and atheists.
Does God matter? Can He make a real difference in your life? What does it mean to be spiritual? Can God speak to you?
This blog is about finding my way. I spent 35 years as a devout Christian. Then, feeling a nudge from the Spirit, I began writing my first novel, A Danger to God Himself, which would be a scathing takedown of Mormonism. Problem was, I was the one who got taken down. I “lost my religion,” as they say.
Do I find anything non-negotiable? What do I know “for a surety,” as the Mormon missionaries say? Do I know there is a God for certain? Of course not. But it seems more likely than not that reality wouldn’t exist without a creator. Does He love us? I know most religions agree on this one, but I think you could make a good case from the data of our day-to-day existence that God is indifferent to us. Maybe that’s a misinterpretation of the data, though.
Here are the things that are pretty close to ironclad for me:
Religion doesn’t work. It doesn’t make better humans—at least no better than any other alternatives, including atheism. Religion doesn’t make one any “closer to God.” What does that even mean? (Maybe our problem is we’ve been doing religion all wrong, looking so sure of ourselves in our Sunday best.)
There is not one true religion. A corollary to the above point is that no one religion is more effective than any other. All believers are frauds. They’re all just muddling by as best as they can. I’m pretty much making the same life decisions now as when I was a believer. The difference is I’m not depending inspiration to make those decisions now. It’s just me, as far as I can tell.
God doesn’t speak to/through humans—at least not clearly and reliably. That’s another way of saying scripture is a lie. Believers who feel God is leading them are just using same intuition that nonbelievers use to navigate life.
I could be wrong, though. I’m open to other ways of interpreting the data. This blog is where we can have those discussions. I’m not interested in debating scripture verses. I can, but it bores me. Let’s just use common sense and the facts and data from real life.
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