how can people have faith in god and give him credit for things they accomplished on their own.
i'm an athiest so doesn't that mean that only athiest are strong enough to accomplish things without the influx of god's powers?
In my opinion, being humble is part of being a Christian. If one cannot become humble, then you can never see God, in the way He wants you to see Him through the Holy Spirit. Humility and humbleness are key, and a must. A proud soul will never find God.
Actually, noone can do anything at all without God. It is by Him and through Him that all things work. The breath you breathe you do only because of Him. Atheists and non-atheists alike are beholden to Him whether they recognize Him or not.
If a person has faith in God (the Christain God), then that means that they believe that God is their Creator, their Healer, their Savior, their Redeemer, their Counselor, their Protector, their Provider, their Teacher, their Shepherd...
Therefore when a person of faith, for example, is a great artist, then he/she gives credit to God for creating him/her with that talent. If a person of faith is a great mathemetician then he gives credit to God for that gift of knowledge. If a person of faith survives cancer, then He gives God credit for healing him either by miracle or through chemo, etc. If a person of faith gets a promotion, then he gives God credit for giving him favor and for helping him to be a good employee. If a person of faith finds something he lost, then he gives credit to God for answering his prayer. If a person of faith climbs a mountain then he gives God credit for helping him achieve this accomplishment.
A person of faith, knows that he can do nothing without God, but can do all things through God...
It is an inner knowing that can't be explained, just experienced. You know in your heart that something bigger worked through you.
It is time for you to wake up and smell the coffee. There is nothing in life that a person can accomplish without the help of God somewhere in the accomplishment. You would not even exist if it were not with God helping your father to impregnate your mother.
Certainly one doesn't need God to grow a garden or pay their bills....things move along... however God created everything and those who give thanks and credit to him are giving credit to the one who created them to be able to achieve things! One doesn't have to give credit to God or realize all things came from God! One doesn't have to believe in something for it to be real either! The Bible even says that the just and unjust would prosper... that is paraphrasing! Our bodies, finances, and whatever will prosper...but our spirits do not!
You can cut through all these arguments when you realize that a part of you - whether you're an athiest, agnostic, believer or calaphumpian - a part of your very self IS god.
"When vegetables boil in a pan they jump up and down. Little children that watch this phenomenon say 'See! The vegetables are jumping on their own!'. But grown up people know that the boiling vegetables jump just because of the fire below the pan; remove the fire and you will no longer see the vegetables jumping up and down; it is God's power that acts through people. Only the wise know that it is only because of that power they perform" - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
I must ask, before answering your question. At least, I think it is a question. Here goes:
How can you have a question that does not include proper punctuation?
So to answer your question, now that my OCD is out of the way, people of faith credit God with everything, not just their accomplishments. To those of faith, ALL things come through God, not just the bad or just the good, and therefore He is entitled to the credit He deserves.
If you are an atheist who is doing something outside God's power, you have acknowledged that God exists and that you are working outside of Him and His deeds. That makes you an agnostic (you recognize there might maybe be a god, any god) as opposed to an atheist (you don't believe in any gods at all). Under no circumstances could an atheist do anything outside of God's power, since an atheist wouldn't believe in a god to begin with.
And how you believe you accomplish things is up to you. You can believe you are your own power, or you can believe in a higher power. Either way could be seen as correct, depending on where you stand. How you accomplish things is all about PERSPECTIVE and PERCEPTION.
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