Friday, November 16, 2012

An Updateory


     I figured it's time for another update on what my spiritual beliefs are because they are constantly changing. I've said how I don't like labeling myself anything. The reason for that is because when you give yourself a label, like you tell people you're an Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, etc. everything that is associated with that label gets thrown on you and people think they know everything about what you believe.
     I can tell you I'm an Agnostic because based on what is associated with that label that is the closest thing to me. And yet again I'm not. Agnostics think there is no way to prove that there is a god or not. I think there is a god... or better word, higher power. I also think that eventually with our continued growth in technology and scientific research that we will eventually be able to prove whether there is a higher power or not.
     My problem with theists and non-theists is their choice of words. When you present something as fact I have a problem with that. When someone says, "I know that was all by the power of God," bothers me. You don't know that! You may think that but you don't know! You may strongly believe in that but you still can't prove it and therefore you should never, ever present it as fact! I also hate when people expect that everybody else should believe the same thing as them, but I guess that's impossible when the book you put all your faith in says that whoever doesn't believe it shall spend eternity burning in Hell.
     This goes for Atheists as well. I know I tend to pick on Christians the most but I do have a problem with people who strongly don't believe in a higher power. I find that people who don't come from any religious background tend to not know how to argue against Christians. All they can talk about is the whole evolution thing but back when I considered myself a Christian I believed in evolution. You can't disprove God by saying humans came from apes.
     Whenever I express an opinion regarding not judging I often get the response, "but aren't you yourself judging if you're saying it's wrong for us to say homosexuality is wrong? You're being a hypocrite."First off, I wouldn't really call it judging because I understand why you might think a certain way. I don't believe in free will because every little thing that is said or done to you is gonna effect how you think and what you do. Hell you can't really blame anybody for anything when you acknowledge free will doesn't exist. That's not to say people shouldn't be punished for their crimes but I do believe punishments should be less severe.
     Anyway back to the point. When I say "don't believe that" that's just what I mean. I may be frustrated that your life circumstances has brought you to believe a certain way but I don't blame you for it. I'm not judging.
     So that's a little update on what I believe. I definitely don't claim to know everything. I would just hope that my blogs inspire you to think things through a little more carefully... to question yourself more. Never come to any conclusions and stick with it your whole life.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Maybe people can't handle the truth

     Here's a good question for philosopher's like me... If I'm right about certain things, can people handle knowing the truth? I don't believe in the god that most people believe in. I'm not sure if I even believe in God at all. I think there is something out there that we do not understand yet but as science improves we are constantly learning more about the universe. I believe we do not need a god.
     
     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.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Real life examples

     First of all I need to congratulate Obama for a big win last night. I know a lot of you aren't happy about it so I am sorry for your loss. Though obviously I disagree with some of your stances. Very rarely do I use real life examples to prove my points but I have some that I would like to share with you.
     So back to the whole homosexuality issue. I know I've talked about it a lot and you're probably tired of hearing what I have to say. I'm just so passionate about it though. It's frustrating knowing you are right about something and having others not seem to get it. Of course we all think we're right though.
     The Center at Blessed Sacrament (my work) is a place where people who have been issued community service hours can come and work. For the past few months we've had a guy from england who happens to be gay come do his hours at the center. As we were going around Los Angeles picking up pastry donations from various Starbucks yesterday we got to talking about the election. Never have I met someone so much against Romney as he was. It became clear to me that he is only against him because of his stance on homosexuality. I don't think he knew much else about politics. But I understand how one issue can be the deciding factor in an election. He can't vote though because he's not an American citizen. He was almost in tears as he was explaining to me how heartbreaking it is that other people think his "lifestyle" is wrong. He is one of the lucky ones to actually be married but a lot of people aren't because there's this book called the Bible that says you can't lye with a man the same way you lye with a woman and for some reason the government thinks they get to decide on the definition of marriage.
     Come on people! When will you learn? I seriously want to cry when I hear someone say homosexuality is wrong. I don't care how intelligent your other politics are, if you aren't capable of acknowledging the worthiness of another's sexual preference I don't want to listen to anything else you have to say because you clearly have some faults that you need to deal with first.
     Here's another real life example I would like to share. Recently a transgender woman has been coming into the center and participating in our groups. (A male who dresses as a woman and who gender identifies as a woman). I would say she's been coming in for a little over a month now. From the beginning I decided that I was going to make a conscious effort to treat her like a normal person and not look at her in a judgmental way. Now obviously that's what one should do, but believe it or not I'm not perfect and still get a little weirded out by transgender/transsexual people. I know, I really shouldn't. Anyway she has mentioned that ever since she started coming in to our center she is feeling very good about life. Even her health has drastically improved. She said nobody treats her bad and is making great friendships. For someone like that I think that that is what we're (the center) all about. Building community for people who can't necessarily build community outside of the center because people are judgmental assholes. Pardon my french but when I'm passionate about something I curse.
     This morning this woman said something that made a really good point. Here is basically what she said, "The other day a black man was calling me names like fag and and saying other mean things to me and it really hurt me. Now him and I grew up in a time when there were water fountains just for white people. I just don't understand how someone who had been so discriminated against can be so discriminatory himself."

Friday, November 2, 2012

How I use facebook

     I hear a lot of complaints about facebook. People complaining about how others use it. A lot of these complaints are pretty much the exact way I use facebook. Here are some of these complaints... "I hate when people post so many status updates on facebook!" or "I hate when people use facebook to debate politics and religion!"
     Since I use facebook in the way you say is wrong I feel the need to defend myself. I need to explain why I use facebook the way I do.
     First of all, if you don't care about what I have to say in my status updates, don't read them. Just because you don't care it doesn't mean others don't. It also doesn't mean that I'm conceited and think everybody should care. It's just... why not share what's on my mind? It doesn't take long to type out and it tells people a little bit about me, what I find interesting. It also might spark a good discussion. "Why don't you think it's interesting, or do you agree with me?"
     A lot of people don't think facebook should be used to discuss politics and religion. Why not though? To the right is a meme I'm not a big fan of. We live in a new age of communication. We can now discuss important issues and learn from each other on a larger scale. I think the internet, especially facebook since it's so popular, is a perfect way to do this. In fact I prefer it. I would rather discuss these controversial topics through text instead of in person. In person I just want to be friends with everyone and not let these disagreements tear us apart and will avoid talking about them. Not that they are tearing us apart discussing them online.
     I don't know. Maybe I should stop using facebook in the way I do. Often I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere with my points anyway. That's one of my opinions, that people are extremely stubborn with the beliefs they were taught growing up. Anyway, what do you think? Should I stop using facebook as a discussion website? Should I stop updating my status as often as I do?