Is There a God?
If So, What Is Your Definition of God and What Is Your Relationship With God?
If You Don’t Believe In God, What Is Your Reason?
My video response on the topic below:
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Where do I begin with this one? I was baptized in the Greek Orthodox Church. I had no religious instruction from my parents, though my grandmothers were quite religious so that was my first contact with religion.
As a little boy I would often stay at my grandmother’s house. We would pray without fail every night before I went to bed. She would speak to me about God and paraphrase stories from the Bible. I remember liking the stories even though I didn’t always understand them. i remember attending Church every Christmas and Easter and some random Sunday services. I remember kissing icons, taking communion and continuing prayer not only in my grandmother’s home and Church, but occasionally in my own home too.
My grandma died when I was 14 years old. After she died my family stopped going to church. I stopped the ritualistic prayers to God. Did God die for me when my grandmother died?
We did many things to please grandma, including partaking in her religious rituals. Does this mean that I never had any belief in a God? No it doesn’t. As I became an adult my definition of God or the God concept changed. I do believe that there is SOMETHING out there and that something can be classified as God.
God has certainly has become an assortment of different types of conveniences for people: emotional crutches, a tool of repression and control, financial gain, murder, war mongering. If I was God I certainly would not stop raging, crying and throwing up over everything being done in my name.
Science is able to explain so many things that we once didn’t have answers for. Science provides evidence for many world occurrences instead of relying on religion for those answers. Logic and empirical evidence is hard to argue with. I think of the existence of evil, pain and injustice. If there is a God who loves us so much why is there is so much pain and suffering in the world? This leads me to believe that the God that religious institutions live by is not entirely accurate.
However, I contemplate the design of the world. It is so specifically created, styled, and ordered that it heavily suggests that it has a creator. It is the ultimate oil on canvas. The cosmological argument comes to mind: Nothing comes from nothing and there must be something outside of the universe in operation that put it all together.
Blind faith is certainly an interesting dichotomy. On one hand it can be frustrating and limiting, yet on the other hand, it can also be admirable. The will and the strength it takes to believe so much in something that you don’t have proof of is extraordinary.
I like visiting churches and religious sites and I love learning about religion as a historical reference. However, the older I’ve gotten the further I have drifted away from organized religions and their institutions. This is not to say that I am not spiritual. I define myself as spiritual. There is something out there that dominates. I don’t really feel it when I am within the realm of a religious institution. I feel it when I look into the eyes of an animal, when I am at the beach, in a forest or in the mountains.
For me, being among natural elements is as close to “God” as I can get. I feel the creator in these instances. If I believed that there was nothing else beyond our world and beyond us mere mortals, it would be very discouraging.
I have a feeling that God is not a gigantic man standing at the pearly gates of heaven determining who can come in and who cannot come in. I don’t think God is a “he”. God is a source of energy. I imagine God looks like a giant kinetic sphere, hence a source of domineering energy that initiated creation. God designed it all. The purpose of it all? Well, if I ever come face to face with my God concept I will let you all know….somehow.
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