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I've noticed a few messages on this forum from people who've said they found some comfort in 'God' and I was curious. I'm asking myself what this could possibly mean. None of what I say is new, by the way. It's just reiterating what a lot of spiritualists believe. Ying and Yang; positive and negative.
As an agnostic, it's not my place to question the existence of a God. I barely understand my own existence let alone be arrogant enough to question the existence of something that apparently created me.
My understanding of religion though, from a purely spiritual perspective, is that in order for one to say they found comfort in 'God' they must first know what the concept of 'God' is.
To my knowledge, I have never seen any proof of the existence of some higher plain beyond life obviously because I'm not dead (and neither are you if you are reading this) so it's virtually impossible for me to say whether or not I've seen, touched, heard, tasted, or smelled 'God'; this benevolent being, sitting on a cloud, giant white beard, with many, many strings attached to 6.8 billion people who are nothing more than fleshy marionettes. If that's 'God', I don't believe in it.
However, religion is full of allegory.
If I were to say, “God is everything that is good and Satan is everything that is bad”, I'd say that if one were to apply that logic to oneself, then God as a concept does exist, and Satan as a concept does exist, because understanding human nature, there is good and bad in everybody – we are our own God and Satan, in effect.
Then what springs into my mind is this concept of Heaven and Hell. By believing in God, we're aiming to reach a place that offers comfort when we die. Similarly, by following Satan, or by committing acts that are considered “bad”, we go to a place of suffering and torment when we die.
I think this is nonsense.
If one were to say to another, “you do good things and follow God so you can get to Heaven when you die”, it begs the question, “well, how do you know what happens when you die?” - which then makes me think, maybe following the concept of 'God' (ie. By doing 'good' things) you reach Heaven whilst you are still alive, and by doing 'Bad' things, all you ever do in life, ultimately, is suffer.
In other words, maybe there isn't an afterlife in the typical Christian sense; maybe your afterlife is your present life, and that doing good or bad things affects your life as it is now.
This, by the way, is not a way of saying “what you believe is nonsense” because ultimately if you follow the concept of a 'God', by definition you are doing good things. The mistake, however, is in assuming that by doing good things, the second you die, you find yourself standing in line at God's own Housing Association waiting for a permanent room in Hotel De Las Heaven. One cannot possibly know if that is likely to happen.
Basically, religion teaches us that by doing good things, we achieve happiness. That's not a bad thing at all, really, but then you don't have to say you're a Christian, Muslim, Judaist, Hindu or Pagan to do it, or read Bibles, Qu'rans, go to churches, mosques or synagogues.
Finding some context within depression, especially, I ask, when was the last time you did something good that made you feel good about yourselves? Because you'll find that if you DO more good things (by following the concept of a 'God'), you will find happiness and peace (the concept of 'Heaven').
Don't find comfort in religion. Find comfort in doing good things.
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