I'm Grateful for Each Day I'm Alive but what has God got to do with that?
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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• Quezon City, Philippines
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.
@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.
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.
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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.
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.
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.
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.
• Midland, Michigan
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.