I spend a fair bit of time with my own thoughts during the day. For instance, when I walk in the park with the dogs or mop the floor, my thoughts turn inwards and I ruminate. I was talking to Dawn last night about my (half joking) belief in pixies and how it should be considered as a viable alternative to any other religion that believes in something no-one can prove.
[I just had a thought…if you universally substitute the word ‘pixie’ for the word ‘god’ how is it any different?]
Anyway…our chat made me think a little deeper about faith. And this is how my brain went…
I have a question. If religion is the faith and belief in an all seeing, all knowing, all powerful being then why do the faithful have to try and convert everyone else or kill them? It doesn’t make any sense to me and I’d like clarification.
If the all seeing, all knowing and all powerful being is all of those things then surely faith is all one needs. If you believe that by having complete faith and living a faithful life then the last laugh will be yours, surely. The ones who do not believe are not going to any eternal paradise after they die so why not leave them to it?
I really do not see why everyone has to believe the same thing in order to live a life on this planet…particularly when we all die anyway. Isn’t that Free Will?
I just read something which claims that God gave humans free will in order to experience his love without the stricture to do so. Okay, so why do humans claim we HAVE to believe? It seems pretty obvious to me that a belief in a supreme being is its own reward and the lack of belief simply the other choice. If someone chooses NOT to believe then that person is merely exercising Free Will, knowing the possible outcomes of the decision.
Apparently Allah is quite fair on the subject.:
‘Then whosoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills let him disbelieve.’ [Soorah al-Kahf (18): 29]
Of course, if you believe, you’ll go to the nice place for eternity and if you ‘disbelieve’ (which surely means you once believed but no longer do, which is apostasy…so let’s assume it means ‘don’t believe’) you’re not so lucky. It’s not a case of “do it or I’ll send a believer round to kill you!” It’s a choice. It seems that the supreme being didn’t want a planet full of obedient robots…well after the whole Adam and Eve debacle, anyway.
If you truly believe in a supreme being and that there is a paradise waiting for you when you die then I think it’s pretty heartless to want to send non-believers to eternal damnation quicker than one would hope. Or is that what faith is all about? Hate?
I believe in happiness in this life. If that means I’m going to spend an eternity in hell then I really don’t want anything to do with a religion that advocates it.