The God Question: Otherwise known as stuff in my head



Recently I was reading over at Braja’s place and she had a very interesting little post about God versus Science. It kicked off my own thoughts.

There have been a couple of blogs I’ve read recently asking for theories and opinions on God and the existence of God. I tend to stay far away from that here but give my opinion elsewhere. But because the blog world seems to have abandoned blogs for the likes of the evil Twitter I thought controversy is an awesome way to reel people back in.

I was hunting my bookshelves trying to find something last night and I came across a book I’ve had for awhile and have only managed to read a couple chapters of so far. It’s controversial to say the least and gained a lot of press when it came out. God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens. (link provided for reference). I enjoy reading books that make me think. I don’t always agree with them (and in this case I likely won’t agree with the authors view that “God didn’t make us, we made God”) but that’s what might make it a good book. Reading opinions that are not like my own makes me think. It challenges me and that can only be a good thing.

On most days I believe God exists. After all how could I not given the fact that I’m still alive at the age of 30 something? Here’s a list of reasons why:

  • When I was 5 I nearly choked to death on an ice cube at my friend K’s house. I’m talking I was turning blue and they nearly had me upside down trying to get it out of my throat. That was save number one.
  • On my 7th birthday I fell off the dock at the lake and nearly drowned. The lake was deep, I didn’t swim well and not a single adult was anywhere near me. (They were all either out on the boat or up the hill in the cabin which begs the question: Who leaves a 7 year old who can’t swim on a dock by herself?) Obviously someone pulled me out just so I could write up this post. However I am terrified to sit in a lawn chair on a dock. Even now.
  • I pretty much almost died having Thor. Even my obstetrician said it was a ‘miracle’ I lived after losing so much blood. We now refer to that incident as my Lifetime Oil Change.

So I can only theorize that something exists. I want to believe something is out there. No one has proven there isn’t. But what is it? Obviously that’s a super personal question to be determined by each person. I’m going to ask you for your thoughts.

Do you believe in the existence of God? Are you practicing the faith you were raised in (if you were raised with faith)? In what way do you teach your children about faith? Do you believe in reading something even if the content disagrees with your own beliefs?

13 thoughts on “The God Question: Otherwise known as stuff in my head

  1. Maybe you have nine lives? 🙂 Sorry, don't mean to make light of everything you've been through…I am glad to hear that SOMEONE was watching over you. I do believe it was god, but I am fairly private about my beliefs which I feel are very personal. It's not something I openly talk about but if someone close to me asked, I'd discuss it.I was raised Jewish and am still practicing. There are a lot of wonderful rituals that make the religion meaningful to me. That's probably my best answer to your question.

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  2. After yesterday's shocker I owe you something more… appropriate.I've read and enjoyed Hitchens as well, although I found his arguments to be somewhat disrespectful of those who practice the faiths.I was raised Roman Catholic (even considered the priesthood for a while) but because my mind needs explanations for things other than “faith”, I am now an agnostic. The way I put it is, “I find it highly unlikely that there is a God, but I am open to the possibility that I am wrong.”

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  3. It is very strange that you wrote this post today. I was driving to a meeting at my church last night, thinking about a blog post on faith. I grew up in the church; my dad is a pastor. I would read something that doesn't correspond with my faith. I think it would be good to see what other people's ideas about faith are, and reading those books would probably strengthen my own faith. Not that I have time to do much reading lately! I think I'll have to go ahead and write down that post I wrote in my head last night!

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  4. This does offer one point of view to think about…I have been there in my thinking at one time or another. (As I believe all of us have been.) I am not well read on Hitchens-like SciFi dad. His theories are nothing new, though-Friedrich Nietze wrote the same thing in “The Death of God” 100 years ago. He wrote we created the illusion of God and then the eventual “death” of him. There are plenty of other readings, like- Lee Stroebel's Book, “Case for Christ”, that offer an alternate viewpoint. It is just as compelling as other books with opposite opinion. Lee was an avowed atheist and was an investigative reporter with a main stream newspaper. Thought this might help.

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  5. I like transcendental knowledge; ancient, undefeated scriptures and philosophies from the east that give God's name, where he lives, who he lives with, his favorite color, favorite food, his pet, it's name, a description of his bathroom (seriously), a list of friend, his favorite music, where he goes during the day, what he does, who he does it with, and on and on and on. Can't make that stuff up….

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  6. I definitely believe in God. Maybe not exactly the God that is detailed in all the religious books, but in a greater power.From everything I've seen as a scientist/engineer – nature always tends to disorder. It just doesn't make sense to me that people and the wide variety of amazing life on this planet were just a random accident.I think the golden rule sums up my religious beliefs in general. I don't really over think the details.

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  7. It is so difficult to summarize my feelings on faith. Because I have so many doubts. There are moments when I am quite sure that we invented God. And others when I don't see how anyone could not believe.I was raised Catholic. And now we Lutheran. Or Catholic lite 🙂 We went to church on Sundays. Mostly. Unless my parents slept in. And what we did seemed so contrived. I hope that I am giving my children more of a foundation in faith than I had while growing up.

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  8. I've always believed in God. I've had periods where I've been more distant, but I've never lost my faith. Honestly, I can't imagine getting through some of what I've been through without it.

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  9. I think we're all connected by love. I mean that at the sub-molecular level. There's a force that connects us all, and it is love. And we each have an infinite source to give. We all contribute to the universe, and the universe is entirely contained within each of us. (Non dual)Spiritual stuff is fun to ponder, and harder for me to articulate!

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  10. Sometimes people like Hitchens and Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher get under my skin a bit. Because, essentially, what they are is evangelical atheists. I don't really care what anyone believes or doesn't, I just don't want someone's religion or lack thereof all up in my face.Personally, I believe in something. Certainly not a Judeo-Christian big G GOD, but a power greater than myself

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  11. Wow, you're breaking out the hot button issue here! We have “God Is Not Great” and also “God Delusion”. I haven't had a chance to read them yet but Jamie has and he liked God Delusion a lot. No, we don't believe in god. I try to steer clear of the subject in life because the fact that I'm atheist makes people really uncomfortable. I respect people's beliefs and would hope that the respect is reciprocated but that's not always the case. I've also read another book called “Atheist Parenting”. It basically talks about raising kids in an atheist household and how to explain certain beliefs (IE: Heaven, Death) in a way that they would understand it. We realize what we're up against being atheist in a Christian world and we try to raise our kids as responsibly and with as much explanation as possible. After that, it's up to them to decide what they believe.

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  12. Wow, you're breaking out the hot button issue here! We have “God Is Not Great” and also “God Delusion”. I haven't had a chance to read them yet but Jamie has and he liked God Delusion a lot. No, we don't believe in god. I try to steer clear of the subject in life because the fact that I'm atheist makes people really uncomfortable. I respect people's beliefs and would hope that the respect is reciprocated but that's not always the case. I've also read another book called “Atheist Parenting”. It basically talks about raising kids in an atheist household and how to explain certain beliefs (IE: Heaven, Death) in a way that they would understand it. We realize what we're up against being atheist in a Christian world and we try to raise our kids as responsibly and with as much explanation as possible. After that, it's up to them to decide what they believe.

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