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Experiencing an Atheistic Thought

Experiencing an Atheistic Thought

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Something inspired by a SCRIBD discussion. Just some thoughts on listening to each other, being appreciative of differences.
Something inspired by a SCRIBD discussion. Just some thoughts on listening to each other, being appreciative of differences.

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Published by: Rose on Sep 26, 2010
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Experiencing an Atheistic Thought
 
Some months ago, I had a brief discussion with a man who insisted therewas no God. He said anyone who believed in God must be a fool. Hewas quite belligerent about it. But I wanted to listen objectively and understand his point of view. So Ilistened, and I looked at it head-on. THERE IS NO GODI allowed myself to fully experience that perspective. It was like a cold,suffocating emptiness. A deep loneliness with no hope . . . And I thought – Wow! No wonder you people are so cranky!! But that wouldn't be the right thing to say at all, would it? For one thing, I am not interested in arguing or trying to put anyone down. And for another thing, I am sure someone would point out the fact that there are plenty of people who profess a strong belief in God who are just as belligerent and cranky as non-believers. And some might even say that the MOST belligerent and cranky people they had ever met were“believers”. And I would definitely not try to argue against THAT point!I would just want to say – That is NOT the way it is supposed to be!Making a strong connection with God is about finding peace and joy andlove.. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control . . .Galatians 5:22-23Connecting with God is about finding comfort and strength when life ispainful and difficult. It's about finding purpose and meaning when lifedoesn't seem to make sense.
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayerand petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 And it's about treating out fellow humans with respect and compassion.Do to others as you would have them do to you.Luke 6:31It seems to me that, if that's not what people are finding in their“religion”; if they are just using their belief in God as justification forfeeling guilty and angry and unhappy; and if they are using their belief as justification for judging or for feeling superior or for treating otherpeople badly, then they are just flat out doing it wrong!! But the people who are doing it wrong and the people who are rejecting God in a more direct and honest way – I don't blame any of them. Therehas already been way too much blame and way too much anger andarguing and fighting. We have done way too much damage to each otheralready.Can we make it stop?? Can we clean up this mess and build something better?GOD IS LOVEDear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one andonly Son into the world that we might live through him. This islove: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and senthis Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends,

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Rose added this note
"And maybe we don't even know what the questions are. But LOVE is the answer. And we DO know that!!!"
Helen Winslow Black added this note
Lovely, Rose. And...I'm pretty conservative about typefaces, but I like what you did with that here, it complements the text.
Brian W. Porter added this note
Respect and compassion are the foremost necessities for any human, no matter what faith. It's too bad that so many who profess to be religious don’t follow those necessities. Great essay, as usual.
Paul Richardson added this note
I missed this earlier, so glad I found it, excellent as always.
Rose added this note
"Connecting with God is about finding comfort and strength when life is painful and difficult. It's about finding purpose and meaning when life doesn't seem to make sense."
David1949 added this note
Rose, I don't know how I have missed this. Once again a great job and very well written. I always love reading your work. Keep the faith and your joy in God who is watching over you.
Jessica Barksdale Inclan added this note
From the comments, it would appear I'm missing some context here! But I like your approach, especially if it works for you! Happy New year.

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