I know I'm a grave disappointment to my parents as I don't follow their particular religious beliefs. I don't really take to any organized religion. I think they are highly flaws, rely solely on human leadership (usually male), and quickly become absorbed in petty things. So I thought I'd take to this blog and share some of my beliefs.
Science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of a being greater than ourselves. Although we have some indications of how we all came to be on this planet, there is no real answer as to what started the process or what started the process that started that process. The idea of nothingness is beyond our comprehension, as our world exists in the form of matter, energy, and space. Even "nothing" is full of "something" in our world. Therefore, it is not illogical to believe in a higher being, although I doubt it is as we have imagined. (I highly suggest watching Futurama Season 6, Ep 9 A Clockwork Origin.)
Some would argue that their holy book, their religious tome is the only Truth. Whether it's the Bible, the Book of Mormon (cue South Park), or the Qu' Ran, they are all flawed. Why? They were written by man. Each man claimed to have been inspired by a god, whether it was "God," whoever was around that tree for that Joseph dude, or "Allah." You know, the Mayans thought they had it right, too.
I think there's a little truth in every book. I think some people legitimately had visions and saw the future. I think they described it as best they knew how, and that usually meant giving it a supernatural twist, because what they saw was NOT natural for the time and place in which they were. Think about it. If you are living in the middle of the desert in say....82 A.D., and you have a vision of drones and nuclear warfare, my goodness, you have just seen the apocalypse. Better yet, if you lived in 200 BC and had a vision of modern fashion, you'd also have seen the apocalypse. It is the end of the world as you know it.
I believe you have to take those books with a grain of salt. There are many wonderful lessons and values in each of them, but they are not absolute.
I'll go on to say that I don't believe in heaven or hell as many think of it. Bear with me here.
See, I think we were given a gift. We were given a paradise. The Earth, many years ago, was beyond beautiful. We had so many interesting and wonderful (and sometimes deadly) creatures that roamed the Earth, and there was food aplenty. We were given a task -- don't screw it up.
When I see people sporting those "not of this world" stickers, I get mad. That is a delusional and destructive mindset. We ARE of this world. We are flesh and we are bone. When we die, we disintegrate back to dust and to ash. Our bodies should replenish the Earth with energy and matter that will cause other things to grow and flourish in our wake. Instead, we box our bodies in caskets and plastics and embalming fluid. We refuse to burn our dead for fear of "eternal damnation." We fill the Earth with cold boxes, depriving it of our nourishing wasted bodies.
Believing that we are not of this world means that we also can shed ourselves of guilt for using/tossing our plastics, littering, overusing, and wasting. Because, after all, this isn't OUR world, it's the world for the sinners, right? Wrong. This world is a gift. It is beautiful, and it can be paradise. We humans can do that. We were given the capability to make it a wonderful, peaceful place. Do we do that? No. We are making it hell. We are all guilty of making huge carbon footprints. We waste water, we use harsh chemicals, we overeat, overspend, and abuse the Earth.
Think of the places that are inhospitable to humans -- places covered in smog, places where you can't see the sun, places where it's unbearably hot or cold, where nothing grows...were they always that way, or can you trace their origin back to man's doing?
Our constant demand for more, our insatiable greed is destroying the air we breathe, poisoning the water we drink, and eroding the ground from beneath our feet.
If we could all make changes, no matter how small, and continue to grow and change to clean up our Earth, we could again have a paradise.
Think about it.
Earth could be our heaven, but only if we make it so.
Cue the quoting of religious texts in 5, 4, 3, 2....