Do you think God can save us from evil, wars, pain, everything that’s bad or that we don’t want?
There is a number of believers who say that if we act “right”, God will save us. But if we don’t, well, I guess it’s hell and eternal damnation.
I’ve never tackled spirituality on this blog, but the human mind has a desire and a need to believe, and whether we admit it or not, religious beliefs have a huge impact, on most aspects of our lives. And unfortunately, our religious beliefs are not questioned enough.
Suggested music while reading this post: Linkin Park – The Catalyst.
God and the universe
According to most religions on this earth, God created the universe, all the planets, including our own, nature, all the animal world and finally, mankind. Never mind the number of (Earth) days it took to do that, it was a huge undertaking.
From what I understand (and I’m no expert), we are all children of God, and God loves mankind more that he loves everything else: more than the trees we destroy for plantations, more than the mosquitoes we kill when they bother us, more than the cattle we slaughter so we can have burgers everyday.
When taking a human perspective, even though we despise the thought or the accusation, it is not uncommon for a parent to have a preference for one child over the others. So, like a random parent, God loves us more than his other creations.
Wait… we’re talking about God here, the perfect one. How does it make sense than God would love one of its creation more than another to the point of letting one use, abuse, destroy, the others?
But we are worth more than plants and animals. Aren’t we?
If we are worth more than others because we are men and women, or because we belong to the right people, because we follow God’s wish, or are righteous (whatever that means given the society, time and religion), then it makes more sense.
We, being righteous, believe we are worthy because we are not murderers, or thieves, or whoever whose behavior is not approved by God.
But what about all the exceptions?
Can we kill someone who has killed? Steal someone who has stolen? Judge someone who has judged? Does that make us less worthy?
But we do that all the time.
So how come we are better? Oh yeah, we’re righteous, we follow rules.
Does it really matter?
God save us all
We want to be saved from what we don’t want, sometimes we also want to be saved from things and situations we need, that would teach us compassion and how to love unconditionally.
Do we get to choose?
Let’s take another perspective.
Why are we on Earth?
Are we here to be saved? to be righteous? to follow the rules? to reproduce so that our offspring could worship the same God?
What’s the point?
Being born to sustain the society doesn’t make sense from a higher perspective, having children so they worship a God is useless to a almighty one.
And to be saved… that’s circular. If we’re not here, we don’t need to be saved.
Besides, if we can be truly saved, it can only really happens once we’re dead, so it’s completely irrelevant in this life.
Wanting to be saved put responsibility and power into God’s hands.
If God exists, don’t you think he wants us to be responsible for our own path and destiny? For our own actions? Otherwise it would have made more sense to talk to each of us directly and whisper to our ear each action he wants his Sims to carry out.
It’d be easier. And so boring.
He’s given us the task of discovering what to do by ourselves. Isn’t that a sign?
A sign that says: you explore and learn, but you bear the responsibility.
If God loves everyone the same way, and he put us here simply to live and experience, from what are we supposed to be “saved”?
We don’t need to be saved
I don’t even want to be “saved”. I want to experience, I want to live, I want the universe (or God) to fill my path with opportunities to learn and grow.
If there is something to be done in this world, whether it’s God’s will or not doesn’t matter, you have to take responsibility to do your part. You can see a sign anytime anywhere, or disregard a thousand of them because they don’t fit your belief system.
Ultimately, every action you take, every word you say, every feeling you feel is your choice. Yes, we all have pasts and experiences and genes that influence our lives, but ultimately, we have the responsibility to attend to ourselves.
If you want to be saved from a meaningless life, be passionate about what you do and respect who you are, because it’s the only way to honor who you were designed to be.