What is God? Is He an Alien?

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Seriously, Set aside your religious beliefs and the stories you’ve been told, because in reality no one absolutely knows anything. We believe things, but we have no idea if what we believe is true. We believe things because we were told to. That holds true for most things we know, or think we know.

People have believed many things, incredible things, that we now know were false. Many were  out of ignorance, but none the less we believed them. The world was flat. Sailors were petrified they were going to fall off the edge if they sailed too far. We can laugh at that now, but they had no way of knowing anything different. Even looking at the round moon couldn’t show them it was shaped like a ball.

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Until recent history we had many gods. Gods for everything, even for the sound of thunder because the sound was so large and menacing and represented god’s anger in their minds. People were afraid of the gods. But when thunder was proven scientifically the God of thunder disappeared.

 

IF there was an all seeing, all knowing, intelligence that permeated every aspect of life and had the capability of controlling everything, made everything, understood everything, why didn’t he let “his” people know the world was flat?

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Some people believe this God knows your thoughts and has a plan for everything and everyone’s life. Hitler was a devout Christian and thought he was doing God’s work and God just let him murder millions of people? That would make me very angry at God.  Didn’t he love those families as much as he loved the German families? He favored one people over another and let the others die and you still love him? I wouldn’t. This is just one horrible example out of many where I guess he just sat back and watched? He could have intervened and didn’t? He can seemingly perform a miracle by saving someone health but he doesn’t save a town from being ravaged by a tornado? We can’t know God’s will, some say. I say, what God? Any God who acts like this means there is no God

I know people will say God gave us free will. Is it just an excuse to make sense of the bad things? “Hurricane Katerina hit New Orleans to punish the gays!” Christians, by and large don’t like gays. Today Texas law makers are considering giving murder charges to women who get abortions. Wow, God must really love them. Texas likes the death penalty. Should we put those women to death for killing their fetal cells? You know they are considering making them have funerals. Even for miscarriages.

People have taken the concept of what God wants to a new level. A woman I know was in a horrible car accident with her family and everyone was killed except her. Even the people in the other car. She was a devout Christian. She said God saved her. Only God could have saved her because she was so badly hurt. I listened to her story and asked, “Why didn’t he save anyone else?” She got quiet and said, “I’ve wondered that sometimes.” Yet God never told her why or gave any indication of an answer in any form. Maybe he didn’t hear her ask him. Maybe he was too busy planning out the lives of an ever populating earth – earths – on millions of galaxies in the far reaches of just this one universe and at the same time he’s favoring sports teams and political agendas.

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The Christian Right used God to sell Trump to the people to be president even though he exhibits traits that go against the ten commandment: lying and stealing ( from Trump university students, coveting and grabbing women’s private parts and more), so clearly God favors America over other countries. Trump never exhibited Christian beliefs verbally or in his lifestyle. This was a tough sell. The Republicans cater to the Christians for their vote so naturally God thinks America is special above all other countries.

All this is happening while people are praying God will save their dying family member while others give everything over to God’s will and His plan for their life. God can do all this because, well, just because he can. He’s God! We made him out to be what we needed because we need a crutch. We can’t do it ourselves. We need to be loved by what can only be an alien.

So what do you think God is? Does he favor a side? He’s not human, that’s for sure, so is he capable of love? Or do we put that in because we need to think he is capable of love. I don’t believe in this concocted God up there directing traffic. Is he a being? Energy? I do believe in the power of the mind. We can make ourselves believes there is a God but that doesn’t mean it’s really there and trying to force that on other people is wrong. Hurting others is wrong.

If there is an alien “up there” who can hear our thoughts and manipulate our lives, we are in deep doodoo; and I sure don’t want to go live is his space ship in the sky in his version of a mansion in heaven and I’d lay odds the billionaires are laughing at this prospect as well. Why would this sound appealing to a rich man? Unless he owned it.

Everyone is welcome to their own interpretation of God and why they think it is true. I’d be curious to hear yours. No bashing or hate talk or name calling. No statements of, “You’re going to Hell!” Tell us what you think your truth is and why. Sometimes what we believe is wishful thinking. That’s okay.

To me, if God is real, the alien concept makes the most sense, but I really think he’s something we made up in our minds to try to understand what our life means and where we come from. It’s just gotten out of hand because of our lack of understanding. Believing in Adam and Eve is just silly. Over time the concept grew and splintered in many directions as our population grew. Everyone thinks their version of God is the right one and are willing to kill for it. Are you.

Don’t stop searching for the truth.  I don’t look down on anyone who thinks differently than you do. We all have to come to grips with living and dying, and since we all have to die I’d rather do it with a smile on my face. But none of us knows the answer. You can say, “Absolutely! I know the truth. It says so in this many monk written book,” but you don’t. It’s only what you want it to be. Don’t get bogged down in what you were told. Start studying other ideas and broaden your universe. It might surprise you.

 

What is Religion and Why Do We Need It?

 

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Depending on who your parents are or how you were raised is probably going to determine what religion you think is true. Are they all true? Do you think yours is the true one? What if someone else thinks theirs is true? Can they all be true? Do you know what other religions teach? Have you studied any other? Do you try every day to apply what your faith teaches you in everything you think and do?

There are people who change their faith in their life; I’m one of them, but what would make someone want to change? What has your faith done for your life? Has it made a difference in the kind of person you are? Does it enable you to overcome the obstacles you face? Why do we have obstacles, is there a purpose? Whose responsibility is it when you fail and succeed? Who benefits when you fail?

There are many questions. Have you ever stopped to think about these things?

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This question isn’t being asked to convince you that what you believe is the “right” religion of not, but why do you feel you need to have a faith in the first place? What is the purpose of a religion? To live a better live and become a better human? To praise a supreme being? To have a supreme being “in the heavens” who is capable of every that is attributed to him that has been around for eons of time wouldn’t he need to come from a superior race or be an alien of some kind to be so afraid of what he could do to us if he got made enough? Does this sound silly? Have you thought about it?

If you have a religion, are you a lazy practitioner when it suits you or do you try every day to put the tenets of your faith into practice in all you do? Do you only practice on the special days? Do you look down on other religions and think you are special?

I see religion being discussed more and more in areas outside the church and believe many people don’t question why they have the religion they do. Ask yourself, why am I a Christian, atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, etc.? For many it depends on where we were born and what dominant religion is in that area, because that is what your parents taught you, and their parents taught them. But does that make it true? The basics were indoctrinated into you from a young age.

Since your parents taught you everything you knew as a young child, why would you doubt the truth of anything they said? If they were good people trying to do their best to teach their children they wouldn’t intentionally lie to you. They wanted you to learn to believe what they thought were the right things to help you with your life, as their parents taught them and their parents taught them and so on.

How does that affect the children born into families, or adopted that were not whole in some way, or perhaps raised by abusive or addicted parents or raised by foster parents – perhaps multiple sets of foster parents who taught them nothing about how to live; how to be a good person or how to live a life of truth and why that matters.

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I see an angry world with different religions fighting each other trying to prove they are the best one; the right one, and finding ways to be okay to kill. I see Christian (?) lawmakers using their power to control people, forcing what they believe on others, not because they believe it to be true but because money can be made when you can control people and what they learn. That has been for many hundreds of years. For example, these law makers want to control abortion, and it isn’t because every life is precious, because adult life isn’t precious.

Why should one religion force any part of their faith on other people? That goes for any religion, anywhere. If you try to say it’s what God wants, I say, “Oh really?” I’m disgusted with people who say, God says this and God says that because God didn’t say a damn thing. It’s just someone’s interpretation of an interpretation. Just like saying, “God loves you or Jesus loves you,” putting a human emotion on something you hope is true of an alien supreme being you might say causes floods and hurricanes on people he’s angry at, but he sure never said anything at all. Religious preachers say that for control. They don’t know anything, but people send them money to keep saying it and they can buy planes and homes. We know who these men and women are.

We have hopes. Just hopes. Period. people don’t want to die and not see their loved ones again. Do you know what other faiths say about death? Maybe you would like their version of events better. All faiths that have a supreme alien being who hears all prayers and still has time to plan every life on a planet in a galaxy of millions and millions of galaxies.

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When you think about how vast the universe is, and this is just one universe, that makes our piece of sand just one extremely small piece of something terribly large. Man has wondered and contemplated the meaning of his life since he knew he could think. His ability to understand things has increased repeatedly, but still several religions try to teach us as though our intellect it hasn’t changed in thousands of years and it puts a white man at the center, even in a black country. Is that logical?

I’m not going to tell you my faith is right and yours is wrong. I’m not going to tell you what to believe. I’m going to ask you to think. Has your faith worked in the country where you live? Or do you believe because everyone around you does? Have you seen your hopes and dreams realized? Do you believe in miracles because you have no other answer? Are you happy? Are the people happy? Do they live well together? Is there war? Is there fear?

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Is it important for mankind to understand these questions if we are going to survive as a species? I feel we are on the brink of being in a very bad place and humans are letting it happen and it’s scary. People are being hurt because some people think they are better than other people. Do you are allthink you are better than others? Do you think some races are better than others, more intelligent or more worthy? Some people choose to not search for the truth. Do you, or do you usually believe what you’re told, especially if it makes you appear socially better?

I’ve asked a lot a questions, not to argue but to search for an open door to begin a dialogue. If you can, back up what you say with a real answer, not just an opinion. Don’t back it up with just Bible verse unless you’re willing to hear the written verse of a different religion that has a different opinion or truth.

I don’t want to argue. Remember, each person thinks they know the truth. If no one comments then I’ll take it that no one cares. I want to know, why do you think you know the truth, or would you like to think you are still searching? Answer any of the other dozen or so questions I asked. Be honest and be honest with yourself. That is not always easy.