My Idea About God

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Is God real? My opinion, I do not mean to offend anyone.

Submitted: August 29, 2010

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For the second time, I told my dad I did not believe in the family’s religion. For the first time, I told him I did not believe in “God”. I asked him what a person got from faith. How does believing in God impact you, internally? Faith provides a sense of belonging. Not only to other people, but to yourself.

To yourself.

That idea got me going.

See, for the past year or so, I’ve been trying to figure out how people can unconditionally believe in God. It’s not that I once believed in Him, but after a tragic disaster I chose to reject Him for not fixing the situation… I’ve just never believed. It simply isn’t in my system to believe in this higher being who is said to have created mankind. Who looks down from Heaven, or all around us, or in our souls, to make sure we do not deviate from the “right” path. Perhaps it’s just the fact that reason and faith do not cling together. They are separate, like government and the church. Most of the time, I’m a rational person. But today, as my dad tried to explain to me what believing in God can do for you… the sense of completeness you can obtain from believing… I lost it. I felt like I was missing out! But I’m just not capable of wrapping my mind around the concept of God.
So maybe that’s what God really is. A concept.
You’ve heard it – believe in God, and He shall guide you down the right path, the moral path, should you choose to listen to Him. But He doesn’t make individuals bend to His will. After all, He created mankind with free will. We have the potential to shape ourselves.
What I have concluded is that God is none other than a divine substitute for an individual’s conscious. Like Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio! Or you could just think of it as the little voice inside your head that tells you if what you’re doing is right or wrong.
This image of God is created because some people haven’t yet come to the realization that their sense of morality comes from within themselves. Not from another being who transmits knowledge and light and goodness into your soul.
Look at ‘religion’ itself. Religion is usually part of an individual’s heritage; furthermore, it represents a set of guidelines that should be followed in order to lead a good life. If you choose not to follow these guidelines, then you are doing something wrong. It would be immoral to deviate from these rules.
The goal of religion is to provide moral guidelines, in other words. So when different sects of a certain religion attack each other, they’re actually fighting over morality. People have different definitions for what they think is right or wrong. Simple as that.
My Re-Statement:
  • God is a substitute for “morality”. God = morality, in a divine powerful form (a higher being) that is more intimidating than the mere concept. When people fear to provoke the wrath of God by sinning, what they really fear is the guilt that will wash over them for what they have done. They have deviated from their own morals. Those who believe in God have not come to this realization.
  • The goal of all religions is to provide moral guidelines for individuals. What they don’t realize is that morality is innate.
I’m rereading what I write… and my mind is swimming with confusion. Oh the irony. Religion is a tricky subject. Because once I’ve established that religion is supposed to ‘provide’ morals, then we come to morals themselves. Who creates them? Individuals. Then how are we persuaded to deviate from our own morals? How is it possible?
I suppose that human nature is not stagnant; it changes. Anyone, any idea, can mold the human essence.
I realize that this is open to a lot of interpretations… And more than likely, you can find some opening, some flaw in my ideas that would lead to more cracks and blank spaces that have yet to be filled. Ah well.




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