In this post I am going to be writing about a subject that can bring up a lot of feelings in many people. To get right down to it, we are now living in a world where more people are doubting the existence of a Higher Power and choosing to be atheist. My understanding of what it means to be atheist is that it is a person who does not believe in the existence of God, or any kind of Higher Source of a Divine nature that is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. If a person chooses to be atheist, then so be it; that is their choice for whatever reason. We all have free will to make our own decisions, and I do believe that whatever choice that a person makes to believe in God (or not) should be respected.
What I have noticed is that atheism seems to have taken on a sort of “personality” of its own over the years. Atheist do not like it when religious people start shoving their beliefs down their throat, and I can understand that because I do not care for it either. Even though I am very spiritual, I am not a religious person today. I grew up going to church on Sundays. I attended Sunday school. I have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation many times. Yes, I mean every single page from front to back, more than a few times. When I was in my twenties I started becoming very involved in church activities, and even helped to start a group for young adults in the Episcopal church I was a member of at the time. We started a church newspaper, hosted events and even took charge of the Sunday services and sermons during Black History month. I went on retreats hosted by the church every year, which I LOVED! I thoroughly enjoyed those times of being a very active member of my church, and it helped to ease a deep longing that I had. Having said that, there was always a part of me that could not reconcile many of the things I read in the Bible. I directed questions to ministers and priests, but never got answers that made a lick of sense to me. When I reached my late twenties I decided to set out on my own spiritual search for answers. I NEEDED answers to my questions because I felt the urge within me to grow closer to God and discover my Higher purpose. Setting out on my own personal spiritual journey for Truth was one of the best decisions that I ever made for myself. A whole new world opened up to me, and I received answers that made 100% sense to all the questions I ever had. It was a very thrilling and fulfilling journey of discovery for me, and I was never able to look back on the old paradigm after that. I stopped attending traditional church services, and started going to Sunday services held by Unity, which was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. Once in a while I would go to Science of Mind Sunday services, but I mostly enjoyed Unity. I also had an insatiable need to read books on spirituality, and I read dozens of them. I was never without a book in my hand, and I scoured the bookstores looking for more spiritual “food” several times a week. I began to believe less in what I was taught all those years growing up within traditional religion, HOWEVER, my belief in God became even stronger. The difference now is that I no longer believe in Satan who tempts people to do bad things, or that I am born a sinner. I no longer believe in the God of religion who is an older white man with a white beard, up in the sky who judges people. For me God is no longer separate from me, but closer than my hands and feet. God is in every breath that I take. God is in all of nature and everything that we create that is good and enhances all of life. I learned that God is consciousness and God is all love all the time.
Traditional religion can no longer fill my spiritual needs. Before I went out on my spiritual quest I “tried out” churches of different denominations such as Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran and Protestant. Other spiritual texts have long ago replaced the Bible as my staple for spiritual knowledge and inspiration, such as Saint Germain’s I AM Discourses, and a six volume set of books titled Life & Teaching of the Masters of the Far East, by Baird Spalding. However, I am very well aware that, for many people, traditional religion is still major for them in their lives, and I feel that it is important to respect that. Just as my spiritual journey is personal for me, everyone else is entitled to go where their search leads them. It is not nice to mock others because of what they believe or not believe. I have had people who are still traditional in their beliefs tell me that I am being fooled by the devil because I am more now aligned with the New Age community, and that is simply rude. One person said to me that what I believe in spiritually is sh*t. I have been told off (in the name of Jesus, no less) by traditional Christians, and even told that I was going to burn in hell when the time comes. I have been verbally abused to the point where I felt dragged down. No one has the right to shove their religious or spiritual views down anyone’s throat. What I have noticed though is that atheists (many, but not all) have started doing exactly what they have been accusing people who believe in God of doing. It is almost as if they want to recruit others into their non-belief. How is that any better? Show the same kind of respect that you want. Why do you feel you need to call people who do have faith in their Faith morons? We have faith in the magic and the mystical, so you call us delusional, gullible and stupid. You think that if it is not visible, tangible and proven by science then it is not real, so you believe that you are more rational and mentally balanced than we are. I have a question for you. Can you see the wind? describe to me what the wind looks like. We deserve the same respect that you have a right to. You say that we have not proved that God exists. Well honey, at the end of the day, you have not proved that She doesn’t. And pointing to the state of the world is NOT unequivocal proof that a Higher Power does not exist.