Maybe its not my place to point out reality as I see it

As some of you may know I am an atheist/Buddhist/Vegetarian/ex-Christian. Some people have told me to stop talking about my views and to find something else to do. I started this blog with the hope that maybe, just maybe, someone would see reality the way I do. I don’t know if I have a right to do this. Maybe its not my place to point out reality as I see it. If it is not, then maybe evangelists should stay home too.
I see the world is broken. I see we are all hurting. I see that most of use are missing the point. So I write and write, trying to get people to open their eyes. But they all tell me that their eyes are already open and that it is I who has shut mine. You know how I feel about that….

I am not belittling people of faith. I do not think you below me or less intelligent than me. I am just trying to get you to see the rest of the world. I was a Christian for most of my life. I know how small the Christian world is, I was in it. When I woke up to the rest of the world it scared me. I tried desperately to go back, but I couldn’t.
You don’t have to believe me, but I am telling the truth.

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12 responses to “Maybe its not my place to point out reality as I see it

  1. I know how you feel.

    But, if you’ve discovered truth, and your life reflects that, you’ll get a chance to help people. Talk is cheap. ๐Ÿ˜€ Show the world how losing your faith has helped you learn about righteousness and love, and people wanting that help will follow your example. Does that make any sense? It’s coming from my bible, though, so take it for what its worth.

  2. You know, if you were to choose your words better, you might even sound like you understand my point of view…

    Can you try to understand? The only thing I have lost is friends. When a person wakes up from a coma is that called losing their coma?… After 10 years bill lost his coma. Poor Bill…
    Talk IS cheap. I live my life here and now as best I can. I am still working on it. But I am a happier, friendlier, more peaceful person today than I was 3 years ago.
    I don’t know about righteousness, but I have more love.
    Also, I didn’t know you have a bible. ๐Ÿ™‚ Is it called “The Gospel According to Bradley”? ๐Ÿ™‚ All books have truth in them. Every single one of them. Even the bible. The trick is to filter out the make believe.

  3. You can call it the Gospel according to bradley. ๐Ÿ˜€ I can only speak from my first-hand experience with Christ.

    How did rejecting the God of the bible make you happier, friendlier, more peaceful, and have more love?

  4. I didn’t reject God any more than you rejected Santa Claus. You seem to think that it is some personal problem between my and your god. It is not. His isn’t there….
    I am happier because I don’t feel pressure to live up to the standards of others and I don’t feel guilt over every little infraction of some arbitrary rule. I am friendlier because I don’t make “friends” with people so as to convert them. I can just love people where they are for who they are. And I am more peaceful because I I don’t have to fight to spread the “word”. And because I can accept myself for who I am without shame.

    You may not think any of these reason are good. You may think that Christianity isn’t like that. I don’t care. That was my experience and I am a better man today than I was 3 years ago. I don’t need a god to be good or happy. If you do, fine. That is your call.

  5. I am happier because I donโ€™t feel pressure to live up to the standards of others

    me too

    I donโ€™t feel guilt over every little infraction of some arbitrary rule.

    Only when I realize I’ve hurt other people.

    I am friendlier because I donโ€™t make โ€œfriendsโ€ with people so as to convert them.

    You did that?

    I can just love people where they are for who they are.

    Amen.

    And I am more peaceful because I I donโ€™t have to fight to spread the โ€œwordโ€.

    I actually don’t agree with you there. That seems a little like people helping me out and not doing the same for others.

    I can accept myself for who I am without shame.

    Yeah, I know I’m loved for exactly who I am, but I still feel a little bad when I tell the homeless guy I don’t have any cash.

    But, how did changing from having a relationship with God (not that you believe it now, but you did at one time) cause all of those things?

  6. I woke up and saw the world more clearly.
    I know you don’t buy that, that is you choice, but it is true.
    We only have now. We need to live now. Wee need to fix the world so our children will have a better one. If we are ever going to be happy and loving, we need to be it now. They is now guarantee that we will be here tomorrow and even less of one that we will survive our own deaths. So if we what change now is the time.

  7. Ok… and I promise I’m not trying to be difficult or sarcastic… ๐Ÿ˜€

    But, how did ceasing to accept the notion of your forgiveness lead to all of that?

  8. I already told you, but you can’t see it.

    I woke up.

  9. Sorry, I’m just trying to piece this together.

    I don’t want to put words in your mouth… is this what you mean?

    ——————-
    1) You realized that life is precious. We need to live right now. We need to fix the world so our children will have a better one. Now is the time for change.

    2) You don’t want to live up to anyone else’s standard. You don’t want to feel guilty for being who you are. You don’t think it’s right to fool people into conversion, as promoted by the Qur’an. You don’t want the responsibility of helping your neighbor.

    3) You woke up.
    ——————
    My thoughts for conversation:

    How did Christianity interfere with him understanding Life is precious?

    How did he miss the parts of the Bible that teaches that Life begins now? Not in an afterlife… it’s right there in the word… after-life… death ends life, not starts it. (maybe an issue of sematics… Christ triumphed over death… he didn’t abolish it)

    How did he miss the whole point of learning what it means to be created in the image of God? Aren’t we combatting the unrighteousness of Man and the consequences, experienced on Earth, of that sin?

    How did Christianity make him think that it was about living up to anyone’s standards? The bible directly says differently.

    Does he really want to suppress a conscience that prompts him into to service for others?

    How does he feel more love when he’s so skeptical of everyone’s intentions that are trying to love him?

    Does he not understand the implications of everyone living solely for themselves?

    Why can’t he forgive everyone for their imperfections?
    ———————-

    You don’t have to answer the questions if you don’t want to. I’m just trying to be as transparent as possible. I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but when you say things that wrap up all “theology” and only say “I woke up”, I can’t help but think you’ve abandoned all sense and reason. You seem to feel such a obvious discontent for sin (I know you don’t believe in it, but if you really were a Christian you know what I mean), but at the same time you’re impatient with the only One righteous enough to deal with it (I know you don’t believe, but you have to know what I’m talking about).

    I mean, think about the righteousness of widespread swine flu, and salmonella outbreaks. See? You don’t like the way animals are treated. God takes care of it. Who are WE to control people’s behaviors? God does it. And, when you say “God isn’t there”, all I can think is “Huh? Does he NOT understand that swine flu and mass-tainted eggs are a direct result of unrighteous behavior?”

    I wish you all the best Zeb. I’ll be out of touch for a short while… could you think about those questions for a minute while I’m away? In the meantime I’m trying to wrap up my fast. I cut out most carbs, dairy, and preservatives over the last 5 days. I’m not finatical about it but I’m doing the best I can. Then after tonight I’ll be focusing hard on some issues as I eliminate all food for a few days. Wish me luck or prayer or w/e you buddhists do. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Take care

  10. You obviously never real read what I write. Maybe you just project what you think I would say or something…

    We see things differently. I don’t think you will ever understand me. Not because you lack anything, but because you are not standing in the right place to do so.

    All I will say is that I help my neighbors, I understand where the swine flu came from (and it is not from god), and you have not grasped who I am at all.

    Good luck, Bradley.

  11. Well… at least you gave it a lot of thought. ๐Ÿ˜€

    No, I read what you write. I just see constant contradiction in what you say is “non-existent” and what you constantly, personally confess as truth. Since you insist, repeatedly, that IT is not Truth, I have to assume everything you confess is in error.

    I hope you find what you need to fill the void Man has. That’s the real source of suffering. I’ll stay in touch in hopes of possibly celebrating with you in any new discoveries you may make.

    bradley

    PS… You ever study much Minimalism in art and architecture, and its relationship with Modernism (proper)? No need for a discussion… It could just help in articulating your minimalist philosophy.

  12. Bradley ~ Assume what you want. I am sorry that we can’t understand each other. You can stay in touch if you want too. But I am not going back to Christianity. I have been down that road already. I know where it goes.

    Thanks for the idea about Minimalism but that guy is not interested in what I have to say. He is just trying to twist my words. What some people will do you their gods… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyway, have a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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