If you read some of my earlier posts on God, it might seem that I hate him or that I don’t believe in him. That is actually not true at all. I believe in God, but dislike some of his followers.
I am a Deist—a word that really isn’t thrown around a lot these days. It’s a religious belief that dates back to the Enlightenment and people like Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Thomas Paine, the author of the inspiring pamphlet Common Sense, was shunned by the public during his lifetime for his religious beliefs? People were afraid to associate with someone who wasn’t a Christian, and who openly criticized the Christian religion.
As a Deist, I believe that the world was created by God, but he doesn’t dictate our every move here. He gave us free will to do whatever it is we choose with his creation. He’s not sitting in Heaven with a big tablet, ticking every right or wrong we do. He’s not going to damn us, or reward us, for this, that, and what have you. I think God has better things to do than that.
People who pray often do so with a self-serving purpose. They pray to get out of debt, to get a new job, to get rid of an illness, etc. They want God to do things for them that they could be doing themselves. Then they are disappointed when God doesn’t answer a prayer. They lose their faith.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to let you in on a little secret: God never answers prayers for you, especially when you ask for things that you are too lazy to go out and get for yourself. And why would he bless you with anything when you rarely ever take the time out of your day to thank him?
By the way, when was the last time you thanked God for anything—such as the beautiful sky above you and the grass beneath your feet? Have you been too busy asking God for material things that you have forgotten all about giving thanks for the natural beauty that surrounds us?
The next time you go out, why don’t you take a moment or two to appreciate the beauty of creation? Thank God for it.
Heck, even if you are an atheist (which is fine by me), you can take a moment or two out of your day to gawk at some flowers or the blue sky and think about how lucky you are to be alive amongst such beautiful things.
Just be thankful for being alive! That is much better than the alternative, don’t you think?
- The Truth About Religion in America: The Founders Loathed Superstition and We Were Never a Christian Nation (chasdarwin.com)
- How about being thankful of God’s work? (thegazette.com)
- The Indifference of Truth (new.exchristian.net)
- Tom Paine and the Fourth of July (counterpunch.org)
- Why America is Not a “Christian Nation.” ~ Andrew Cort (elephantjournal.com)