August 29, 2011

Why I Don't Worship or Believe in (a) God

I was raised Christian. It took years to figure out my relationship with the God that had been taught to me. Over the years, I examined the reasons I was told to believe. There are many things I could say about why I now don't worship, believe, or even have interest in God, but this quote pretty much sums up the basics. 
 
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." –Marcus Aurelius

2 comments:

Rochelle said...

Tammy that is a wonderful quote. You just described my belief system to a T. I too was raised to be a Christian. However the older I got the more it seemed my questions could not be answered. When I started college I really started to question what I had been raised to believe. I know live a happy healthy life with my husband and kids. We are kind people, we by the philosophy, treat others with kindness and the right thing because it's the right thing to do. Not because some vengeful god will deny me access to heaven. Do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because your afraid of a consequence.

Athena Ortiz said...

This is a good post. I can relate to it. I also was raised christian. I attended catholic school at one point. I havent been to church in decades. I believe that people should do good and not bad, which is common sense. I do not agree with the church's finger pointing and condescending attitudes to those who 'dont follow the rules'.. My belief system includes taking the best from all the religions out there and being a good person every day.