One Ancient Book One Brilliant Atheist


First off, I believe in God. I talk to Him and pray all the time. I do not need a church and steeple to deepen my faith with the creator of the universe. More sin has taken place within the walls of the church than any congregation members household. People do not need a building and a book to connect with God. Go for a walk in a park, forest, or on a beautiful trail. Pack a lunch, find a peaceful spot, and take in the beauty of the earth. In those peaceful moments our hearts open up to connect. If land is not available, sanctuary can be found in our own backyards with the birds and butterflies, or build a peaceful room inside. There are many ways to connect with the Lord without all the politics.

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Thorncrown Chapel Arkansas, Architect Euine Fay Jones

Humans have turned the Bible into a book that has caused so much death and pain. I actually do not believe the Bible we have today is the original version God intended. You can clearly see in passages like Deuteronomy 28 where there’s promise after promise of leading nations, being set up high, admission into a special group and earn great wealth if we all follow the rules. God doesn’t care about money or material things. God wants us to love one another and take care of the earth. Human kind has strayed far away from both.

At what point do we stop living by a book of politically influenced rules and start being guided by love, fairness and kindness? How many more wars have to happen and people have to die before humans are willing to change? When will the hypocritical judgement, singling out, casting away and using one sentence from a 2000-year-old book to condemn others stop? None of this behavior is God like at all.

“Religion is based primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing – fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things.” Bertrand Russell

Russell lived life as an Atheist. He was a mighty angel and dirty little devil all wrapped up in one. He fought for many good concepts and spent time in prison for his outspoken views on antiwar. However, he had some very strange beliefs, yet so do we all. All humans have their angelic and demon behavior that plague us individually, so to disregard Russell’s quote because he’s an atheist would be ignorant.

I agree with Russell but I feel he’s missing a big point. I feel that if we are truly good inside and out that our suffering here on earth will be less. Pull religion out, keep the spirit, do good deeds and there’s not much room for political fear. I have had a few moments where I look back and say thank you God, that was epic! In turn I have had other situations where I’m crying out where are You! Most of the time when I’m crying out, I actually made some dumb decisions that got me in the situation. I don’t need to be fearful of God punishing me. I just need to make better choices. If we live a life to serve others and be helpful in every way we can, reward for that kindness funnels back. A reward not only from God, but our neighbors, family and friends as well. The crown of respect from a community of people wanting to help you back because you are a good person, is more valuable than money or power.

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                Bertrand Russell courtesy of Brain Pickings

Even though Russell spoke out against the church, Bertrand’s favorite motto came straight out of the Bible. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). The entire passage reads like this.

 “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.”

 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its loads, do not leave it there, be sure you help him with it. Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.”

“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. Do not oppress an alien, you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.”

What I find interesting is that a majority of our world’s leaders are in direct opposition of these written guidelines. They pander to the congregation masses twisting the Bible and finding specific passages that work in their favor. Being a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and a person of great wealth. Russell chose Exodus as his motto to live by when he could have chosen a very easy privileged life with no regard to anything.

Growing up with the 1%, I’m sure Bertrand watched many harmful decisions be made by politicians. He was included in many discussions dealing with war, power and the church. Bertrand was an antiwar activist until it came to Hitler and nuclear activist till the day he died. We all know how much the church in the past influenced the decision making of world leaders and many of those decisions were not nice. Did Russell watch gross decisions being made against humanity by religious leaders and politicians that caused him to give up on God?

We need to reexamine certain aspects of the Bible that are being followed. I’d love to compare ancient guidelines against what we currently read. As a society and for the future of mankind there needs to be change now. The amount of greed, cruelty, pain and suffering in the world just should not exist with how much our technology has evolved. Our lingering primitive thinking on some subjects such as racism, and our reliance upon an altered book is holding us back. Humanity could move along at lightning speed if we just stopped thousand-year-old cruel beliefs that are time consuming.

We can’t continue to pray for a savior to save humanity. For Jesus to float down on a cloud and straighten our problems out. God led us to the water, gave us amazing directions. Leaders altered those directions and screwed things up royally. Citizens through greed, addiction, over indulgence and ignorance amplified our problems and made them easy to exploit by leaders. Humanity needs to gather together and save themselves to complete what God laid out. The answers are all there if people are willing to look.

They say after every pandemic that humanity grows. The Maya said 2012 would bring great change for mankind, not the end of the world. That 2012 would bring a new reality. When you look at how much technology has taken over the past eight years, I’d say the Maya were spot on. Humanity has lost touch. We need to pop our heads up from our phones and take a look around at what’s happening. I really hope change comes soon. A majority of the world is looking for positive light, a positive change. We need to be our own guiding light now!

Bertrand Russell

The Guardian Is Religion Based on Fear

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