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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

My religion (or lack thereof)

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My attempt at writing down my spiritual beliefs in a way that makes sense, here goes!

I found a thread in the Pit asking what everyone's belief in God was if they had one.  I copied the bulk of this post from what I said there. 

Do I believe in God?  I always answer no to this, because anything else would be misleading.  I don't believe in any kind of creator or omnipotent watcher.  I don't believe in any afterlife or divine rulebook.  But I don't believe that everything in this world is based on measurable science, either.  I do believe in some kind of higher power, which I'll call God for the sake of convenience, but I don't view it as a single entity or deity of any kind. What it boils down to is that certain facets of our own individual consciousness - our sense of right and wrong, our aspirations and dreams, our individuality - form that higher power.

In a sense, we contain God within ourselves as a facet of ourselves, as opposed to an external force. At the end of the day, religious zealots and atheists alike try to satisfy their goals to satisfy these impulses - their own sense of what is right and what is wrong. The exact tenets of everyone's morality differ on a few things, but the key is that at the end of the day the source of our satisfaction is internal. Put more clearly but less accurately, we are our each our own God, and dictate our own lives. The closest descriptor I've come up with is a kind of spiritual atheism.
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