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i am an addict of laughter and also sadness. i guess basically i am very confused...

Friday, January 05, 2007

god delusion

is there a god?

if god answers your prayers, how come all lottery winners are not christians?

if god is omniscient, what is point of praying? god already knows all things present and future, and because he already knows everything (what is going to happen), there is no way you can change his mind whether you pray or not... if he was going to change his mind, he would have known it already and it is not really changing his mind because he already knew he would...

why do so many innocent people die for no good reason? and if god is willing to let it happen, do i want to love a god who doesn't love me back enough to protect me from these bad things?

some say all those bad things may have good consequences that i don't know about. of course, you can always look at the sunny side of life, and you don't need god for that.

i went to a midnight mass christmas eve and had breakfast with monks. i have a deep respect for the clergy, however, that does not mean i have faith in anything... i am driven by two things... logic and love. logic, because i don't want to believe in things that are false... love, because without it, i don't see a point of human life...

i don't believe i can be a better person because of belief in god. i want to be a better person because i love others and i want others to love me...


Blogger it's the little things said...

I love this post, Larry. Really love it.
I want to add the one question I always wonder, "Why can't people believe I'm a good person just because my religious beliefs are different from theirs?"
Cause if you were falling off of a cliff, I'm the kind of person you'd want to catch you at the bottom, regardless of which religion I do or don't subscribe to.

January 5, 2007 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity but did you base the title of this blog off of the book with the same title? I noticed the book at work the other day and it looked to be an interesting read, however I was hoping to talk to someone who has read it already before I bother.

Interesting blog too by the way.

January 7, 2007 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger larrykim said...

little things, i will remember that next time i am about to fall of a cliff... i believe that any kind of prejudice is due to lack of understanding.

maria, i did read that book. it's an interesting read. it made me think... i don't necessarily agree with everything, but he presents his point very well. i think you should read it. i have always enjoyed reading well organized thoughts...

January 8, 2007 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Cynic with Flair said...

I'm late to the ball as usual, just catching up with your posts. I just think that god is a state of mind; if a person needs to believe in one to give them a feeling that someone is running this thing, then that's fine. I just don't like those Christian Baptists, but that's another story.

January 11, 2007 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Memphis Steve said...

Somewhere in the Bible some people asked Jesus about an incident where a wall fell on some men and killed them. They asked whose sin the men were being punished for, their own or their fathers. Jesus said 'why do you assume they died for anyone's sin? Sometimes bad things happen to good people and you won't ever know why.'

I think if we paraphrase that it comes down to this: Shit happens.

Yeah, it was Jesus who originated that. We just don't translate it quite that way in the Bible.

Faith is hard and God's so far away. I wish I had deep words to say. I've blogged about these questions, too. I know God is there, but I think maybe who he is and who we want him to be isn't always the same, so we struggle with the whole idea.

January 15, 2007 at 1:42 PM  

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