Why am I questioning my own beliefs, you ask? I'm not questioning them per say, I am merely questioning as to whether people need that extra motivation (God) to help them. I know lots of people who claim that if it weren't for them knowing that God loves them and is there to help them they would not be able to get through the hard times that they went through. In my line of work I encounter people who were alcoholics or drug addicts that got through their addictions because of "God." And they are certain that if they hadn't put their trust in the Lord they would still be living the way they did before... wasting time with their addictions. You know what? I believe them. I really do! I believe it was all in their head but the head is a powerful thing. The idea that the most powerful being in the universe loves YOU is a very intriguing concept. But with knowing that people can abuse it. That's where the whole judgment thing comes in. If others don't have the exact same beliefs, God does not love them as much. Of course no one would ever admit to thinking that but I believe thats basically the psychology behind judgmental thoughts. Psychology is probably not the word I'm looking for. Can't think of it. You get the point though.
Here's a quote I like... “When the stakes are this high- when calling God by the right name can make the difference between eternal happiness and eternal suffering, it is impossible to respect the beliefs of others who don't believe as you do.”
Despite how often I get told that people respect my beliefs and will not judge me for not believing in the same god as they do, I think that's a bunch of BS. People tell me that they don't believe and trust in God because of the whole after life thing, but really, how can you ignore that part? It makes a huge difference!
So I touched on the whole people thinking they wouldn't be where they are without God thing. And I believe them. But if everybody in the world accepted that they were alone in the universe and can help each other instead of relying on God, maybe there would be no need for God anymore. I don't need God. I'm as happy in life as I was back when I did consider myself a Christian, if not, happier. Of course I've never had to worry about getting over a serious addiction though. I don't know, maybe people can't handle the truth. Below is a video I would like for you to watch. If you don't want to watch the whole thing start at about around 6:00 min. into it. Pay close attention to what he says. He makes some very good points.