I know that religion is a topic that is taboo and writers should stay away. Thankfully, I am not a writer. This isn’t going to be another Christian rant about the lack of God in today’s society. I am not virtually coming to your browser preaching the good news. Neither will I ever throw religion down your throat. Something happened to me today that urged the ending of my silence and withdrawal from my blog.
In my opinion, it is common belief that atheists say that we are attributing all of our success or downfalls to a higher power, being God. Whether it is praising him for a job promotion or the opposite; feeling like he is punishing us in the loss of a job. Moreover, we feel that anything negative happening to us is our fault and we deserved it for some sin we committed earlier. Even if that may be true or not, why is that a problem. Regardless of if you believe in him or not, what is wrong with having somebody or something to look up to? That power that makes you want to “do good” and I don’t know about you guys but I am a strong believer of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. In my example, if I were to get promoted and I want to be thankful, what is so wrong with thanking your boss, your colleagues, your assistant and anybody you wish, including God? To me, this sounds humbling for wanting to show appreciation for your achievements.
Personally, my God serves as a reminder to be kind and to just generally be a well-rounded individual. To anybody else, whoever their God may be or lack there of, those teachings may be from their parents. I can admit that even for myself that might be the case but wherever the source is coming from, I still am trying to be a better person every day. I can only see positive coming from that—very literally can’t see another direction that that mentality can guide me toward. So why all the battling, the silence and hush of this topic and most importantly, the discrimination of anybody’s beliefs and/or ideas?
It most definitely goes both ways, where religious persons are being accused of casting judgment and spewing out bible verses at any given opportunity to try to persuade others to follow them. On the other side of the coin, atheists poke as many holes as they can and laugh at those who do believe in something. Clearly, I am not listing any other specific religions because that isn’t what this post is about. I don’t care what you or the world believes in, if that thing makes you a happier person and contributes to the betterment of society; by all means go right ahead. Please note that I added, “…contributes to the betterment of society…” as to combat any arguments of sadism that my statement may seem to have encouraged.
To end, I will share my anecdote that happened today, which brought about this post. Firstly, you guys need to know that my laptop had stopped working last week so I went to get it repaired. It was a bit beaten up so there was a chance that in addition to fixing the problem, I would have to buy a new casing for my computer. The casing comprised of the upper and bottom case. The problem was about $40 to fix whereas a new casing brought the bill up to $440. Students who can spew out that kind of cash in a moment’s notice should no longer be your friends and you should tell them that you reframe from illegal activity. Anyway, I made a deal with my parents to split it half-half where I dig into my savings and they help out with the other half. Obviously I had my eye on a much different prize with those savings but I figured, life happens so not a problem and it will just be another “shit happens” life moment. That feeling prompted me to suggest the idea to my parents in the first place. Moving along, you could have guessed that my laptop would have needed the $400 extra repairs.
With the money arranged and the repair given the green light, I received their call today saying that the bottom casing is not needed after all so the bill was cut in half. Just like that I got my savings back. I was happy; I was happy to have kept my savings, I was happy to have never hesitated to offer it, I was happy that I did the right thing and just this once, I got an immediate response saying “Good job Emory!” This could have happened to me in any other way, I may look crazy for thinking this way but I was thankful. I was thankful to anybody and everybody. It made me feel like God is always looking out for me and all I have to do is “do good”. I felt bad for not doing enough good, I felt that I needed to help more people and that I was not holding up my end of the deal that he always keeps up.
For the life of me, I couldn’t think of why anybody would want to question anything that gives me that feeling of wanting to do right for the world when I just received a gift.
Can you tell me why?
My God isn’t hurting anybody and I am not hurting anybody. I leave you be so leave me be with my God please! Some people question where I stand in arguments because I can agree with both sides. I stand for reason; sorry I’m not sorry that I don’t stand on your side. If you are an atheist spreading cheer and good will, I support you. If you are a member of any of the numerous religions in this world and are spreading cheer and good will, I support you.
We all have reasons for being who we want to be, so accept others’ reasons then we’ll start the discussion from there.