December 30, 2010 § 2 Comments
I will be downright honest: My faith in J.C. has declined over time. When I was young, I totally believed in God and that when I asked his son, Jesus Christ into my heart, I will spend the rest of eternity in Heaven when I die. My mental thinking was just far too young to think outside the box; more like outside the Bible. Every kids’ brain is like a sponge – you say anything and they’ll believe it instantaneously. I have gotten “saved” and baptized at the tender age of 7 oblivious to what all the church-goers threw into the small head of mine. All I knew was that when I get saved, I’ll go to Heaven, and that God/Jesus was this goody-good person/thing to assist you when you talk to yourself with hands clasped together.
The initial reaction that caused me to question the Holy Bible was just by listening to sermons and reading the scriptures. Aside from fantasizing about an imaginary “friend” helping you get an A on your exam, or somehow saving you from a car accident during travel, I looked deep into the Bible and just examined it. My skepticism of Christianity did not arise from speaking with those “damned to Hell Atheist” Christians like to call, but it actually arose from my personal discovery.
I questioned some people at church, which I wrongly assumed were knowledgeable, and asked if there was life in other galaxies. All I got from them was to read the book of Genesis, which talks mostly of the formation of planet Earth, so I guess Earth out of the entire universe is the only place with life.
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity. — Werner von Braun
Another question I asked was, “If God has a plan for everyone, would it be His fault if people don’t believe in Him and eventually go to Hell? I have received a multitude of varying answers to my complex question. My youth group teacher was unable to answer.
I have come to realize that the Bible has many missing pieces. Yes, maybe it speaks truth, but what about the Qu’ran, the Book of Mormon, and Hebrew Bible? Oh, wait…wasn’t Jesus a Jew? So, According to the Holy Bible, if I was a Jew, I’ll be damned to Hell, but Jesus died on the cross to save the people from eternal damnation, which then created Christianity. If God was a good God, then maybe he wouldn’t make it so confusing for people to believe. It was is plan, wasn’t it? I have many other logical pinpoints to bash the Holy Bible, but if I do, this blog would be filled with redundant facts all Atheists stand by.
I honestly do not know the last time I went to church. The only good thing I get out of it is the positive environment. Despite the thought of God/Jesus, or whatever you call him, the Bible really does have some motivational stories we can apply to our own lives. The writers of such a fictional book were incredibly creative.
And since I have committed some form of blasphemy, I’m eternally damned to Hell. If I spontaneously decided to turn my heads back to Christianity, God wouldn’t allow me to Heaven since blasphemy is an unforgivable sin. Don’t believe me? Check the facts in Mark 3:29. Anyway, I think I’d rather go to Hell since all anyone would be doing in Heaven is worshiping and serving God. Now that sound like paradise, doesn’t it?
December 21, 2010 § 1 Comment
The lunar eclipse that’s happening this very night is more significant than any other lunar eclipses of our time. Why? It coincides with the winter solstice. This extremely rare event – according to astronomers – occurred in December 21, 1638, and also happened to land on a Tuesday morning. A similar event like this is going to happen in the year 2094. I believe only the babies alive today will see it if they are lucky enough to surpass living more than 80 years…AND if their 80+ year old eyes are strong enough to see it.
It’s definitely unlikely for me to be alive in the year 2094. I’d be 105 years old. You see, the idea of death lies dormant in my conscious mind. It’s not something I think about everyday. When I really think hard about the fact, it scares me, and that’s an understatement. I don’t intend on sounding so depressing. My complex mind thought of it when I didn’t want to.
This phenomenal occurrence caused me to imagine what kind of death I will undergo. I’m most definitely afraid of drowning or dying in a fire – that’s the worst. If I could choose, I’d rather die overdosing on Tylenol and massive amounts of alcohol in my system. You just go to sleep and then…you’re gone. No pain, no nothing, as what I’ve read from multiple sources.
Looking at this “death” situation in a better light, I guess I could use it to make my life better like making my life worth living. As the cliché saying goes, “Live everyday as if it was your last”. That pretty much sums it all up.
In all my 21 years alive, I wasn’t actually living — I was existing. You may think I’m strange. Don’t ask me how a damn lunar eclipse made me think so deeply about life and death.