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thinking

While I made it clear in my last post of what I now believe in I had another thought.  My thought was more of a question, “what does ‘in his image’ mean?”

It’s one of those things that traditionally no further thought comes from but I implore you to think about it.  If you believe in a theistic god (as we said one who intervenes) he surely must look human.  But what if in his image means something internal.  That god looks like your brain or your internal body.  What if god resembled our brain synapses?  An image that looks a lot like the universe…  That is the ‘in his image’ that I’d like to be based off of.  Because if in his image is an outward apparence god would probably not look like me…and as they saying goes we are far more beautiful on the inside.

Visual proof of what I was trying to say…

 

 

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Little things

I’d like to stand on my internet soapbox for a minute and write about the little things.

I feel compelled to talk about this topic because the little things are easy to do when you first start something. But will you take the time to handle the little things as more time passes? Will the little things still have the same amount of importance to YOU weeks down the line? Because those little things are huge things to someone else. That’s the most important point to understand. The term little things is from the wrong perspective. If you turned the table you’d want your issues or concerns to be priority number one.

So let’s not let the little things go. Let’s remember to be good stewards of other people’s attention.

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I was raised a Christian. A brillant group of people to be around when you’re young. They teach simple truths that are great for a young kid, but as you grow up you realize that there are many christians we seem incredibly fake. People who use their beliefs as a way to make themselves feel superior to others. (For those people I just want to remind you something I read in sunday school, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone…”). I’m not going to expound on my hate/hate relationship with organized religion, maybe for another day.

Up until last fall I was fine with being classified as being a christian, mainly because of those basic concepts I learned all those years ago. But here I am 8 months later, an educated and thoughtful young man who has begun to realize that if you need a god to point your moral compass for you then you’re doing a terrible job at being a human. I mention this to simply state that I still think there is a god but I have a better way of understanding it all.

My new beliefs, and I like these a lot…

I am a deist.

What is that you ask?

belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe.

This definition of course goes against theism which is essentially the same except for the part about god not intervening.

My reasoning?

I believe very simply that the universe is far too big for it to happen by random circumstance. And to believe that a divine being aided in its creation makes sense. By accepting the fact that there is a god I will offend less people for sure, but that’s not what I’m after. Deism helps me to understand that there is no sense putting anger and blame on God for things like cancer, genocide, or natural disasters. If I had some sort of theism (the variation of an intervening god) then those things would make me angry. Furthermore, I believe simply that any human problem or condition can be solved by human reasoning and knowledge therefore there is no need for a god to intervene. A simple way to condense deism is to think of god as a divine clock maker, who made the universe and then let it be allowing everything in it to happen.

Furthermore I have a second belief pillar…

Humanism

What is this you ask?

an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems…

I just mentioned a very similar thing in the paragraph above, but this is an important aspect of my belief structure. The power of the human mind to achieve and succeed. That sentence in the middle has led me to accept the ideas of humanism, “humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings.” I rather like believing in the goodness of people.

Lastly, I have a third pillar of belief..

“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”

For whatever reason organized western religion seems to not be big on being happy. How can I believe something that does not state happiness as a fundamental concept. I mean, if you are truly happy and spend time thinking about making ways to make the people in your life happy then there is no better way to life. (yet again, this does not require a god)

Well there it is, my three pilliars of beliefs. I like them quite a bit.

Here they are one more time,

be a deist, be a humanist, be happy.

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