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Does God Exist: Arguments With Myself
Does God Exist?
Everyone ponders it at least once in their lifetime. Does God exist? Does ANY God exist? Is He a person? An object? Like the sun? An idea? What about the bible? What about the people in the bible? Why doesn't God send ANOTHER son down to die for our sins? Isn't the world bad enough to warrant it? Which religion is right? Are any of them right? Am I going to hell? This article probably isn't going to answer all of these questions. The intent here is to deliver some perspective onto religion from a person who isn't very religious, but not to persuade anyone to draw conclusions.
We Are ALL Unique
It's obvious. We're all unique and very different individuals. We were all brought up on different circumstances, made different life choices, and freely flowing thought processes. We were born in a variety of areas, lived a certain lifestyle, and were brought up on ideas and principles that were either passed on to us or learned throughout our existence. The thought that we are different isn't too impressive, but the fact on how different we are is mind blowing.
There's the physical differences, some of us have blonde hair, some of us are brunette (which, random thought, I just realized I'm a brunette... that's a pretty feminine word...) blue eyes, brown eyes, etc. Physical differences aren't the highlight of this article, however. It's the personality traits. Why are some of us happy all the time? Why are some people grumpy? Some of us are outgoing, and some shy. Do animals possess these traits? Never saw a grumpy dolphin before... I wonder if those exist... We as humans have these strange personalities about us, and even if animals do possess them (which I'm sure they do), you have to wonder why? Why aren't we drones? We have the free will to do whatever we feel like doing, when we want to. Sure there's consequences for every one of our actions, but the idea that we can actually do what we want is substantially amazing.
We have hopes and dreams. We wanted to fly, so we built airplanes. We wanted to go faster so we built cars. We wanted entertainment so we manipulated science, electricity, technology to create televisions. It's incredible that we as humans did this. What does this have to do with this article? It's when you ask why?
To be clear, I think a large amount of the bible is BS. I don't mean to insult anyone, but thinking that some guy parted a sea with God's help is pretty ridiculous. Same with healing someone with a touch of the forehead. But free will is where my mind wanders. This world, or even the universe, could do without it. From what I've found, nothing in this world exists just to exist. Everything has a purpose (I'll get to that later), except free will. It just does. And it's not physical. It's an invisible thought process that we all hear in our own minds, and it's as sacred or as public as we wish it to be.
I know some may say that "people will react based upon their upbringing and their surroundings," basically meaning that bad people will act bad because they had bad parents. Or they stole because they had to. Or they killed because they had to. It's true, and I won't argue that. However, people still have the choice. Some people steal because they just want what they are stealing (I.E. Winona Ryder). The fact of the matter is, some people do the things they do, just because they feel like doing it.
The World is Too Perfect
The largest things we can see, the sun and the moon, both have affect our world. We need the sun to survive, and based on what I've read, the moon helps with gravitational pull. From the largest object we can see in the sky, to the smallest, this world is way too perfect. The sun gives us warmth, we need it to survive. It gives us vitamins, it allows trees and plants to grow, and without it, we'd all be nothing. Then we look at what we can't even see at a molecular level. We need oxygen to breathe, we need blood cells, proteins, potassium, nitrogen, and then we move up from there to larger things that we need like plants for food, and animals for food, all the way to the top of the food chain. All the elements for life are just here for the taking! Even disease can help. In Africa, Malaria runs rampant, but people have developed Sickle Cell and can't get Malaria anymore. Evolution at its finest! And you religious nut jobs who say evolution doesn't exist need to open a book. We have magnetic fields that protect us, gravity, radiation that we manipulate for X-Rays, all this science is just here. And we need it.
I'm curious as to how far this actually goes. I mean, we have all this stuff we can't even see, yet it's so important to us. What about the other planets in our solar system? Do they somehow benefit us? Will the benefit us in the future? With no scientific backing on this, I have a thought process that goes somewhat like this: Most of the other planets are gasses, what if they are the provider of the elements we need? What if we're getting streaming doses of nitrogen from (whatever planet has a bunch of nitrogen)? Oxygen from the same planet? What if elements from the space around Earth are having their own chemical reactions and sprinkling our beautiful planet with life? It's too perfect. Even without my stupid theory, the facts that we KNOW are too perfect, as if someone had drawn them up. If there was a big bang, I would think that the odds of a planet as inhabitable as Earth being created are slim. Extremely slim.
And what about life on other planets? Where would God's jurisdiction end? Would he reign supreme over all of them? Is there more than one God? Again, people who are strictly science, I agree that the odds of no life on another planet are slim to none, and I'm not stating that there is a God, I'm asking why? We can answer why things exist, that's easy. Dirt grows grass, grass is there to feed animals that we use to live, etc. But big picture... we have this big ball that we live on, that lacks NOTHING that we need to survive, and I want to know- why?
Why is the Bible BS?
Look, I have no problem believe in anything until I'm offered up proof. Jesus could have been, and probably was a real person. He was probably a good guy. Did he heal people by touching them? Probably not. We see it on TV all the time! Some idiot punches some lady in the forehead, and she walks again! If this were the case, we wouldn't need doctors. My point is- people believe in that crap! People go to that guy's show and cheer and pray and freak out! People buy into these psychic hotlines, which, news flash, if psychics could predict the future, they'd have won the lottery and wouldn't need a job as a con artist. And I'm pretty sure, in today's modern age, that we're much more educated than the people were back then.
In my understanding, the bible is made up of a bunch of stories that a bunch of people threw together, and it was reported as truth. If the world was so in-touch with God, and he communicated with these people, why doesn't it still happen? Why did the bible stories end? Shouldn't God still be present? I mean, we're still here, we kind of need him sometimes. Look, nobody can heal people by hand unless they have a scalpel in it, and nobody can walk on water without trickery, and nobody can part a sea. There's plenty of religious people out there who deserve that honor, and God hasn't granted them that wish.
As you can see, after basically arguing with myself, I'm not positive on what I believe. I hadn't even touched on everything. There's an infinite amount of thinking a person can put into when it comes to God, religion, and just plain science. I do think there is a God, and I'm not sure if he/she/it has a plan- other than to let us enjoy this amazing journey we call life. I don't know if there's a hell. I don't know if there's an afterlife. But I have faith that there's someone who has created our home and is allowing us to live here, rent free. Regardless of who is right or wrong, we should all live our lives in a way that make us happy, without hurting the ones around us. There's more than enough world for all of us to make it into something we all can cherish.
I didn't mean to offend anyone with this article, and if I did, I apologize. Just sharing my thoughts. Feel free to share yours in the comments!