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I’ve been stuck on this post. I really don’t know the best way to confront and tackle the problems and issues with faith. I want to show empathy for those who have religious faith, but at the same time I want to say to them, “Really, you believe something because you believe that you believe it?”

So I’ve finally figured my approach. I’m going to ignore my first thought and go with the second.

What are you people thinking? Why the faith?

Full fleshed out thoughts coming soon! Hope this teaser finds whoever reads this well.

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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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