April 28, 2011
I don’t believe in God. I don’t have to believe in God. Have you ever looked down at the ground to see grass? Do you have to believe in grass? Beneath the grass have you ever looked at the earth and thriving ecosystem in the grass and the earth, the small creatures like ants, aphids, flies, mosquitos, worms, and bees? Do you have to believe in them? I see God everywhere my eyes and mind can possibly go.
Atheists have it all wrong. But so do the bible thumpers. These are like two extremes that couldn’t be any more different, any more in opposition. I can understand why it seems enticing to be an Atheist, especially if there is disdain for religion. It’s like being a Satanist, but being PC about it. The problem here is that if you really are an Atheist, your logical thinking brain is telling you that there is no God. That means that as an Atheist you don’t see God anywhere, in anything, in anyone. This still makes sense to me if the God you are looking for is an old man in a toga with a long white beard sitting on a throne above a cloud. The God that doesn’t exist could also be the one somehow described or characterized in whatever religion there is disdain for, and at least that an Atheist has exactly right: that God certainly doesn’t exist.
But what of seeing divinity in every single thing that exists? If this hasn’t yet been revealed to one confident and proud to call him or herself an Atheist, well, then that is the definition of Atheist! The definition is one who has not yet seen or can’t understand that God is everywhere, in everything, in everyone, is everything. I certainly would not walk around calling myself someone who is proud of understanding that I am short of understanding, but that is what the Atheist does, and most probably unknowingly. This is difficult to swallow because the knowledgeable and thinking brain is what leads one to be skeptical of any God, so it can’t be that there is a lack of understanding; lack of understanding is the hallmark of the one who is led by faith. So, one can say that he or she just doesn’t care.
The scary thing is that these are basically the same concepts that the proselytizer uses to get you to accept a religion, or Jesus, or what or whomever. They say things like, “Let him reveal himself to you”, or “once you accept Jesus as your savior”. The power of love is amazing. It requires no belief in any gods or God, it is religionless. I’m talking about unconditional love, not conditional love which is focused on some object or subject or external thing or person, even the idea of Jesus or God as some kind of paternal entity to Jesus. Many people have a misconception about what the definition of God is, and the head of a religious community may reference a God that I absolutely don’t recognize. In that sense, I certainly would proudly call myself an Atheist; maybe Atheists have it all right.