a-peek-inside-my-head asked: do you believe in god? if so, why? if not, why?
No? I don’t really believe in anything, yet I am into the idea of everything. I don’t believe in god in the same way I don’t believe in aliens or santa claus. Yet, I think it would be a lot cooler if all of the above existed. So to quote X-Files: I Want To Believe.
I was raised catholic and forced through 9 years of catholic grade school where I learned certain lessons from things read to me every friday and sunday from a giant book. I also learned to fear things like god, heaven, hell, sex, and forever. As I grew older I came to realize that none of it made any sense to me. I then discovered things like the teachings of Gandhi and Star Trek: The Next Generation, which made WAY more sense to me and contained better life lessons. The wife and I agreed that if we ever have kids, we are showing them episodes of TNG every sunday as our form of “church.”
My uncle was a priest for 50 years (he died last year). I loved going to church to watch him perform his sermons (even though the rest of the show wasn’t really to my liking). He always made people laugh and the reoccurring theme of his message was about being a good human and doing good for others. He was a masterful storyteller. At his funeral I learned that he was also a total badass and broke the rules in the name of helping others. My dad said he and his friends were like the hippies of the priesthood, which made sense as they all got started in the ’60s.
People like my uncle (and a few close friends who believe in god) have made me more tolerant of all things religiously related. I used to check out immediately upon hearing a certain word or phrase. Now I at least listen to what’s being said before I pass judgement.
I am unsure if Gandhi was speaking literally or figuratively when he said that “god is love,” but either way, that’s as close as I get to believing in the idea of god. But the word itself has too many ugly connotations for me personally, so I choose to refrain from using it.
Those are my thoughts.