Deism and atheism are faith-based myths.
“Existentialism” means our perceptions are limited to our five senses and how we understand them. Humans are finite creatures in an infinite universe. Much remains beyond our ken. But we can embrace mystery. ~OO~
“Religious” people say all kinds of things. And people say all kinds of things about religion. Here are some examples…
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
“I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won’t let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.”
“I don’t call myself a Buddhist. I’m a free spirit. I believe I’m here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that’s my religion.”
“Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.”
“…I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.”
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
“Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!
But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!”
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
“I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.”
― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959
“The reason people use a crucifix against vampires is because vampires are allergic to bullshit.”
“The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.”
“Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.”
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”
“Religion is the opium of the poor”
― Ernest Hemingway
“The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little, by way of example”
“A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.”
“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley
After getting past religion, some people like to talk about faith.
Faith has always mattered…
“Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.”
Blessings we bestow upon one another, comforting words or a nod, wink, hug or simple touch… are more important than prayer and more essential than worship. The rest is commentary, art, science or fiction…
“One of the most important criteria for any complete education is the importance of skepticism. Systems of spiritual beliefs and articles of faith can be based in logic and rational considerations, yet include existential ideas.”
Why limit ourselves?
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. ”
―Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
―James A. Baldwin
Love Notes: about faith, lies, truth, science and fiction…
“We find our places, stay where we’re needed and do the best we can. The rest is commentary.”
~Doc Adams on Gunsmoke
Some people are so afraid they cannot find the courage to debunk the junk and face facts. And increasing numbers don’t want to know truths which may be too terrible to bear.
Here are selected opinions about great mysteries which elude scientific confirmation and hover over humanity.
We rely on five senses to interpret the universe. With a vast array of modern interconnected technology, we see great distances and hear sounds earlier generations could never have imagined.
We are always and forever smelling, tasting and touching evidence which surrounds. But our individual and collective impressions remain subjective, variable and eccentric.
These are no more than illusions which may or may not exist…
An invisible man in the sky, perfect… yet with violent human emotions, angers and fears… seems like a natural contradiction. Much of the bible, written by human beings, is vicious, cruel and filled with prejudice, hatred and vitriol.
“I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day.”
― Albert Camus
“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them, and that is eternity.”
― Edvard Munch
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
“Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.”
“Love takes off masks that we fear
we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
―James A. Baldwin
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