Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oh Boy




There's controversy coming our way. James Cameron has made a documentary where he claims he has found Jesus' Tomb...apparently, he's done his homework, rounded up a team of experts, and it's going to hold a press conference to reveal the news.

I can see that he's doing this to get the publicity, and who can blame him?

What makes me uncomfortable is that it is going to spark a lot of debates, and people are going to start saying stupid things.

Myself I don't take the Bible literally, I am not a religious person, or a man of faith. I read the Bible often, but I don't agree with a lot of "Christian teachings" furthermore, I don't believe there is a God, not in the way that most people believe.

I don't like to think of myself as an Atheist, that only says what I don't believe, not what I do believe. I like to think of myself as a Secular Humanist. I believe that we can better understand our Universe through reason, without the use of Supernatural explanations. Furthermore, I believe in having compassion for our fellow man, I am against human suffering, and I don't need to fear a hell to do what I think is right.

I believe this is the first time I mention my beliefs (or lack of) here.

Awkward silence

Anyway, back to the subject at hand, let's greet this with an open mind. The first thought that came to my head when I read the news was: FAKE.

But I want to hear the facts, and make my own judgment. I know that even if they can proof beyond any doubt that they have the body of Jesus H. Christ Jehova Jr. Social Security Number, DNA and what not, is not going to stop Christian people from believing, never. Even if God himself showed up and told us to stop believing in him, I think that we will. We want to, we need to. Life is too empty without a meaning, we don't want to accept that this is it. There's no afterlife, there is no heaven or hell, just today.

I understand why we want to believe in something, facts and reasons will not get in the way. I know. I get it. I've been there.

I don't know what I am trying to write here, it's late, we just finished watching a movie. (The Departed, Two Thumbs up!) but I feel the itch to write to the net.

So I think I know why we believe, I think I know enough to make my informed opinion.
I used to be afraid of letting people know how I feel about God, especially since I have a Christian upbringing. My uncle is a Pastor, my Mother works at a Seminary.

But, I can't help it. That's the way I see it folks. I don't want to lie anymore. I am not afraid anymore. I am not what I believe in. I am still the same person.

I've told my sister, and I've told two of my cousins, I need to tell my parents, and I need to tell my uncle the Pastor. I want to get this out of the way.

I love my Christian family. I love many things about the church, but not enough for me to defend it. I am not on their side. I don't have any hard feeling for any believer either.

I am going to stop right now. I need to go.

Good day.

J.V.

6 comments:

Natasha said...

I always like what you have to say here, Jose -- and I definitely hold similar beliefs, from a similar background. It's nice to hear other someone else say it.

Jose said...

Thank you Natasha.

Loralee Choate said...

I'm so back on forth on what I believe, I'm still trying to figure it all out.

All I have figured out so far is that I think there is something, I just don't know what.

Really profound, huh?

Froyd said...

Well, at least you're not burning churches down, or acting like Alex, so I guess there's nothing wrong with letting you think the way you think.

Anonymous said...

Al igual que la gravedad Dios existe.

Tu puedes lanzarte de un rascacielos pero no por que te niegues a aceptar que la gravedad existe vas a salir flotando.

Tal vez esto te suene trillado pero Dios no es religion... es mas tu que has leido la biblia sabes que si Jesus lucho contra algo durante su caminar en esta tierra fue contra la religiosidad y la hipocresia de los fariseos.

Solo quiero decirte por experiencia propia que no caigas en la tentación de desechar a Dios por problemas con la gente, no caigas en el error de desechar lo que El nos enseña solo por que alguna vez escuchaste alguna tonta-humana interpretación de sus palabras.

Jose said...

El problema es que la ley de la gravedad se puede observar y probar, es absurdo no negar su excistencia.

En cambio, quien dice que conoce a Dios esta mintendo tanto a si mismo como a los demas. Nadie puede saber nada de eso, es imposible saber.

Yo entiendo porque hay gente que cree en "algo" pero de ir a eso a asegurarce que algien "conoce a Dios" o que decir que saben algo de Dios porque lo leyeron en un libro o porque "Dios se los dijo" es, para mi, algo absurdo.