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|God and Positivity Church|
Positivity is a concept, not a religion. It is not a belief about the existence or non-existence of God.
A definition for Agnosticism:
Agnostics might feel that God's existence can neither be proven nor disproven on the basis of current evidence. Agnostics might believe that nobody in history has been able to prove that God exists or that God does not exist. If a person does not believe in God, they are not a Theist; since the same person might not be fully certain that God does not exist, they are not an Atheist. Agnostics usually holds these questions open pending the arrival of more evidence. They would probably be willing to change their belief if some solid evidence or logical proof is found in the future.
Religious people shouldn't look down upon agnostics or athiests just because they may not accept the existence of a God or gods. The reason I mention this is because some Christians and other "believers" will condemn the ideas put here and hate this and maybe even me for writing it. I would ask: what good is their religion and faith if they hate and attack those that don't believe the same things they believe?
Is there a God? Are there any "supreme beings" at all? I have not seen or heard anything to make me believe in such things. I was raised given the Christian God and the Bible as the truth about everything. I was also raised with a belief in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Those were very easy to disprove because the handiwork of humans was easy to see. My disbelief in religion took a little longer. I now hold the Bible in the same context as other books of mythology. When I read it, it reads like a book of fables designed to teach lessons; the events and characters in it seem to me to be either imaginary or exaggerated. Physical evidence to support the "history" in the Bible is hard to come by. Religious people with a more open mind will admit that the Bible shouldn't be taken literaly word for word and that it is more example than fact. Hearing that of course fueled my questioning into it's validity even more.
The biggest difference between Christianity and mythologies of the past that I see is that Christianity is much harder to disprove. It's easy to say there isn't a Mount Olympus because it was part of earth and mortals had visited it in the stories. Greek, Roman, Norse, etc. gods don't walk amongst us like in the stories. What's harder to say is that heaven doesn't exist. We can't go there while we are alive and no one visits us from heaven except in the Bible. It's hard to say God doesn't exist if he is not a being that exists with us and if his actions on Earth are as random as life itself. It's hard to say the Bible isn't God's word if it was supposed to have been written by man "guided" by God. Right now I am writing this "guided" by a piece of fruit on a tree in my yard. Prove me wrong. When I die I will go to a wonderful place of peace with no one else around; no angels, no God, no other beings at all. Prove me wrong.
But as hard as it is to disprove Christian faith, I personally find it just as hard to prove. Everything about it was passed down through the generations. The beliefs are based on what we are told and taught, just as fables and stories and the belief in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are passed down to our children. If I could have started back before Christianity with a good enough story that is just as hard to disprove, then everyone could very well be following that religion instead. Now, if you see the Bible as a product of man that could be mostly fiction, then what happens to your faith? That book is a big part of it's foundation. If you were never told of the Christian God and instead were told it was an inhuman force that exists unseen in the Sun that created and controls the world, wouldn't that be just as easy to believe?
Christianity is wonderfully popular because of the peace it can provide. Nothing is in your control. God handles it all. If things go wrong it's not your fault, you can't do much about it because it's all God's will. If you do something wrong you can be forgiven. If something needs to improve in your life then pray to God to take care of it for you. If he doesn't bother fixing it, then it wasn't meant to be fixed. Prayer reassures us with things we know we are powerless over. Why can't we just admit we are powerless over some things and accept that rather than push the responsibility to a higher power? Is it better to blame God for someone's death instead of admitting that things just happen for unknown reasons sometimes? Apparently it is reassuring to many to say a higher power can help you with things you have no power over and is the cause of things you wish hadn't happened.
The afterlife is a very popular place. That is a great selling point for Christianity too. If you are told you will have neverending happiness in heaven if you will just believe, wouldn't you like to believe that? Of course you can't go there until you die, so you won't see any proof of it until you've left this world and can't complain about what you've been taught. I can't say that there is absolutely nothing after death because I've never been there, but I find that life just ending and then there being nothing more is easier to believe. Heaven does sound nicer, but it also sounds like another fable.
Not all Christians I've met believe that everything is in God's hands. Many believe we're on our own and that's why bad things can happen. God gave us free will but watches over us and may actually help us in our time of need, but if he doesn't help us it just wasn't meant to be. How reassuring! Yes, I do believe we're on our own, but not because a God set us free, he just wasn't there to begin with. The only help you should expect is from yourself first, and those around you second.
"So where'd all this come from then if God didn't make it?" Well if God did make it, then where did he come from? Where is he at? When was he created? What came before that? What is the outermost edge of the Universe? What's beyond that? If the Universe wraps back around upon itself then shouldn't there be something outside of that? etc. etc. etc.
"God is all and created all." Such a simple, easy to believe explanation. I think it's rather arrogant to think that we can explain it all. The truth I see is that we are perhaps too simple to know the real truth to all those questions. Pushing the responsibility to a supreme being is an easy solution so that we don't have to feel so insignificant and unknowing. "We are God's children at the center of the Universe that he created for us." How reassuring it is to say that everything was created just for us. I think we are each the center of our own little Universes, our own set of perceptions, but that's just because without you, what you perceive wouldn't exist for you. Who knows, without you and what you perceive then maybe nothing at all would exist. You could be the person in a saying that I've made up: "you're just a figment of your own deranged imagination." The Grand Universe is too much for us to know or understand or maybe even to really be a significant part of. That's why I'd rather focus on my personal Universe and what I can do within that framework.
I don't want to know the nicest and easiest things to believe. I want to know something close to the truth in life. God being provided as the answer because our ancestors told us so just doesn't work for me.
Now with a label of Godless generally comes the belief that the person is bad and without morals. Agnostic and Athiest people belong to the Godless and immoral group in many "believer's" eyes. This is where the idea of Positivity Church came from. It was not enough to just say Agnostic as a person that does not know of God's existence or nonexistence. I'd rather be able to point to a foundation of ideas and values that is growing in to this thing I'm calling Positivity.
Positivity is the idea of a good and positive life to benefit myself and those around me. It's an idea that also acknowledges that humans don't have all the answers and that everyone will believe something different and that is the way it will most likely always be and perhaps should be. It accepts uniqueness and difference as the normal. It doesn't force conformity to one vision and would develop to a more harmonious world than most religions would I think. How many wars have been and are fought in the name of religion? How much division is created by believers of something trying to get everyone else to believe as they do?
I am, and probably will remain, the only member of Positivity Church. You are welcome to claim membership also, but our beliefs will never match exactly. Why compromise some of your beliefs to belong to a group? Form your own beliefs and be your own person! These are mine and just happen to be on display in case someone is interested in what I happen to say about things.
Do I follow the suggestions all the time? Of course not, but it's nice to try and remind myself of how the world should be so that maybe I can remember to work towards that and get a little closer. I would like to be a totally positive person, but it doesn't mean I should be a brainwashed seeker of utopia. It just means I should follow some basic rules of doing what's right in life. These are my rules.
If you are a believer in a religion and your message came loud and clear directly from God, Allah, or whoever and he said it is all exactly as we've been told by religion X, then by all means let me know which religion that is. Until then, I'll just remain a positive person living a positive life and at least -I- can say for certain that I won't do anything to criticize or destroy your beliefs, because they are in your personal universe and apply to you, not me.
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