I'm Grateful for Each Day I'm Alive but what has God got to do with that?

@josie_ (8087)
Philippines
October 16, 2018 5:56pm CST
"I had no shoes and I complained until I met a man who had no feet" Can't an atheist express gratitude for life's abundance? What is wrong with just saying "Thank you, thank you for today without adding the word "God" or "Lord". The feeling of gratitude is an attitude or disposition to act in a certain way. It may come from religious belief or from other values acquired through education and personal experience. Your thoughts? Image: Pixabay
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@dodoazo (22064)
• Philippines
17 Oct
That's correct for being grateful is thought from the Bible. It says there in everything give thanks.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
I believe other faith also propagate the idea of gratitude and giving praise to"God".
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@dodoazo (22064)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@josie_ That's true.
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• Preston, England
17 Oct
gratitude has nothing to do with religion. Atheists are just as grateful for help as any believer. It is just good manners
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
One should be thankful for any help another renders. But to associate our good fortune to an unseen entity and be grateful isn't about good manners but a matter of incredulity.
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• Preston, England
17 Oct
@josie_ yes it reassigns thanks that belongs to others. Thanking God for recovery from a heart attack detracts from thanks to the medics who actually saved us
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@arthurchappell _But faith believers will say it was God who guided these medics in time to save us...you can't win that argument.
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@rsa101 (16912)
• Quezon City, Philippines
17 Oct
Well for one for as long as you do not push your beliefs with others in here we will not have any issues about that. If you do not feel God should not be included in the gratefulness that you are in right now that is fine with me. Just do not question those that are doing what they feel is right for them. I respect your opinion about it and you should respect mine if I differ in opinion.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
It's the reason I posted this discussion. An exchange of divergent opinions and not to judge the belief system of others.
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@rsa101 (16912)
• Quezon City, Philippines
17 Oct
@josie_ I am glad that's your purpose. I do not like those that post like they are the one that holds the truth.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@rsa101 _ I totally agree with you. "Freedom of religion" is not only about no government interference in our choice of faith but should also include deterring religious fanaticism which seeks to impose their beliefs on others through force.
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@andriaperry (67521)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Oct
Well, I reckon since I believe in God that is who I thank for another day. I reckon since you don`t them you would leave out Gods name.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
How much more people of faith and non-believers could get along if they just have your open-minded attitude.
@andriaperry (67521)
• Anniston, Alabama
17 Oct
@josie_ I am like that, I don`t push my God on those who do not want him.
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@MattMeng (3291)
• Hangzhou, China
17 Oct
There are so many religions in the world.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
China abolish traditional religion during Mao's cultural revolution and the country is officially an atheist State. Do people now have more freedom to practice religion in your country?
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@MattMeng (3291)
• Hangzhou, China
18 Oct
@josie_ You know a lot about Chinese history, my dear friend. Yes, now people are free to religions. You could be believe in any legal religions if you are not a Party member.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@MattMeng _China is always in the news and the country is a major player in global affairs. Knowing about China's past help us understand the actions it is doing today.
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@CarolDM (12825)
• United States
18 Oct
We all have the right to believe how we want.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
18 Oct
There is no disagreement there but I am interested on what your point of view is regarding the concept of gratitude we owe an unseen entity called "God".
@CarolDM (12825)
• United States
18 Oct
@josie_ I try not to get involved in religious discussions.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@CarolDM _Why?
@iridion9 (11259)
• Philippines
17 Oct
Yeah, we should thank GOD everyday. Without GOD we are nothing.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
What about those who don't believe in God or believe in another religion, does that mean their lives amount to "nothing"?
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@iridion9 (11259)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@josie_ I don't know. But I guess you can find the answer in the Holy Bible.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
18 Oct
@iridion9 _As I am sure in other holy books like the Quran, Talmud, the Buddhist Sutras, Hindu Vedas among others.
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@NJChicaa (49913)
• United States
16 Oct
I don't know why people always have to bring God into things.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
16 Oct
For many religion play an important part in their life. But when people unquestioningly allow their lives to be rigidly structured around religious dogma and practices I ask why?
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@NJChicaa (49913)
• United States
16 Oct
@josie_ Maybe it gives them comfort. I don't know. I like to think I have control over my own life and not some magic person up in the clouds.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
@NJChicaa _Religious faith can be comforting in times of need. It's very possible that when a life crisis happen I might also call out to "God". That would be my Catholic upbringing getting the best of my atheism.
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@jobelbojel (9584)
• Philippines
18 Oct
Always be grateful to God. I believe all praises and thanksgiving should be given back to Him.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
18 Oct
Giving thanks and practicing gratitude keeps us healthy and happier because our brain releases dopamine which make us "feel good".
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• Philippines
18 Oct
@josie_ I agree!
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@LadyDuck (196315)
• Switzerland
17 Oct
I agree, this is not something related to a specific religion. Many primitive populations are grateful for what they have and they simply thanks, without adding God or Lord.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
It is commendable to give thanks or express gratitude. But because I was raise as a Catholic, somehow I can't shake the feeling that there is a connection between the guilt (God gave us his only son to take away our sins) church dogmas continue to pound into our psyche and the gratitude we should be expressing for being "save" not only from eternal damnation but every bit of good fortune that comes our way.
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@LadyDuck (196315)
• Switzerland
17 Oct
@josie_ I was also raised Roman Catholic (as almost all Italians at my times), I know what you mean.
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@ilocosboy (42012)
• Philippines
16 Oct
I believe thanking because its a gift and blessings and not just a process or routine of life. Because I have religion I cannot remove God for thanking.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
17 Oct
Beliefs are deep-seated and if your faith provide you comfort I don't see why not. This discussion is just an exchange of differing ideas and opinions.
@ilocosboy (42012)
• Philippines
17 Oct
Yes I understand. Individual differences that's what we are, that's include faith and belief.
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@cindiowens (4945)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Nov
We can feel grateful without giving credit to someone or something. If I have a tree that bears delicious fruit, do I thank the fruit for being so delicious? Do I thank the tree for bearing such delicious fruit? Do I thank the seed from which it came...the ground...the rain..the sun? No. I just eat the delicious fruit and am thankful. I am pleased and satisfied.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
6 Nov
Your comment pretty much sums up my attitude regarding gratitude and giving thanks.
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@SIMPLYD (87189)
• Philippines
25 Oct
I agree. We should always be thankful we are alive every morning we wake up. Words of gratitude should fill us every time we wake up alive. Even if it isn't to praise a God or a supreme being, it is to boost our confidence and give us a positive and happy attitude to face the day.
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
25 Oct
Religion is a good thing for many people. It has help them through many crisis and it is natural for people of faith to equate their good fortune to the God they worship. But if God exist, I don't think he is so petty or narrow minded as to exclude atheists and non-believers from the grace and abundance he bestow on his followers. And for that we are grateful.
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@porwest (11832)
• United States
19 Oct
If you need God to make your life meaningful, fulfilling, or rewarding...you are doing it wrong. As Einstein once said, "If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
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@josie_ (8087)
• Philippines
19 Oct
Religion have had positive effect on people. Despite my having left the faith, father Peyton's famous quote, "The family that prays together stays together" is something I still believe keeps many family united. The flip side would be the Einstein quote you mention.
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• Calgary, Alberta
18 Oct
I think being successful starts with being grateful to what is available and being able to adjust from that. That is how a human can thrive with life.
• Midland, Michigan
18 Oct
It's helpful for everyone to have a thankful attitude even if they don't believe in God. It's been shown that being negative causes all sorts of ailments. And no one wants to hear someone complaining all the time. Fire those that do believe in God and Jesus Christ it's recommended that they praise them and be thankful. I believe doing so had many benefits and rewards both now and eternally.
@Arrazzi (203)
• Indonesia
18 Oct
I have read your writing. And, I can understand it. I appreciate your opinion. But, thanks to God is the most important thing for me. That way, I can feel life is fun.