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Bright Stuff #542

August 5, 2008

Bright Stuff

A rabbi’s daughter, who has devoted her life to the faith, begins to doubt the existence of God.

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  1. August 6, 2008 11:18 pm

    Interesting topic or words for discussion. Just sharing the personal experience that mirrors this…

    I have run the spectrum of religions…well, more accurately from one extreme to another. I started out Catholic, turned Wiccan and became a real obnoxious, in-your-face Pagan, converted back to Catholicism, then went contemporary Catholic, non-denominational Christian, Fundamentalist Christian to cult member, private Christian and now back to Wicca…but not so obnoxious. I’m at the point right now where religion is SUCH a personal and private choice. What happens between you and God/Gods is YOUR business. Period.

    After I left the cult, I went through a short period of questioning the existence of God. In the span of about 30 minutes, I went from being a devout Christian to completely doubting everything that had happened to me over the last decade.

    When my boyfriend tried to understand where I was coming from, I explained, “It’s like someone came up to you and said about us, ‘You know that relationship you’ve had with Arial? Well, it actually didn’t exist. All the conversations you had, the love you shared, the things you did together…they were all a figment of your imagination. It’s all in your head.”

    WOW! Talk about the spiritual rug being yanked out from under me! I had a grieving period. I felt like I’d lost my best friend. But what changed? Whether God was there or not was not really in question. The ONLY thing had changed was…what I was thinking. My perception. That’s it.

    It was a valuable lesson for me and I’ve come to terms with what I believe…which really isn’t important at this point. I share this because it amazes me that people risk their lives, take the lives of others, persecute and torture others…all over something they BELIEVE. Can we PROVE the existence of God/Allah/Goddess/Buddah…yadda yadda yadda? Can someone take me to Heaven/Valhalla/Reincarnation…wherever…today and show me what happens after we die? No.

    You can point out to me SIGNS that will lead you to a conclusion as to why you believe in something, but take those same signs and someone else will “prove” to you otherwise.

    It boils down to people fighting over who has the best imaginary friend when, personally, I think we should be focusing on being each other’s friends.

    That’s my two pence…
    Arial 😉

    Arial Burnz – Romance Novelist & Artist

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