We are all so Pretentious

United States
October 4, 2010 3:10pm CST
Any of us that are believers in God believe in God in our own unique way. We believe that he/she/it is a certain way and we are ruled by what we believe in our minds that is right and wrong and what pleases and displeases God. The fact is: Nobody REALLY knows for sure. That is why we call upon our FAITH that what we believe IS right. However, through all of this we see religious wars, heated arguments, and the worst in my book: judgements of one another for what they believe. I've come to find this train of thought very pretentious. Just earlier today I said "God created the world with thought" and now that I am thinking about it, who am I, a mere mortal sinful human, to say how God created the world, IF in fact, he DID create the world! Just so so pretentious. Do I beleive that God created the world with thought? Absolutely. But for me to tell someone that they are wrong, or vice versa, is incredibly arrogant. It comes down to our own personal interpretation of God, and we are all so individual and so unique yet so similar that the way God works in each of our hearts and minds could very well be as individual and unique as our thumbprints. I can't prove that, but it's what I believe to be truth.
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@bird123 (10486)
• United States
5 Oct 10
It's true that religion is the catayst that brings so many problems to the surface. This allows the problems to be worked out through the interaction with others. Does that take drama?? Sure but isn't that where the learning is??? You are right, everyone paints God to their view of what feels right to them. They rely upon beliefs. Shouldn't one search for the real truth, the facts???? If God exists, then He can be found. Maybe people should search on their own rather than depend on others to lead them. Sometime people who search find what they search for. I find very few who really want to find God.
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• United States
5 Oct 10
I feel like people SHOULD search on to find God. I feel like religion takes out that aspect of finding God. People think that knowing God is going to church on sundays. It doesn't involve actually having a relationship with God which is what I believe mankind was created for in the first place.
@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
4 Oct 10
You are so Right! My God is a God of love. A God who loves with an Absolute Love! (A mother's love for her young child is Absolute, in that it Demands Absolutely Nothing in Return.) Would it be too pretentious for me to believe that My God is so Great, and so Grand that He forgives my sin, even before that sin is committed? My God makes absolutely no demands of me! No demands to be Worshiped or Gloried, but he will accept Praise, Honor and Love. My God is the Supreme Commander of His Universe, with no need or purpose for a Special Son, because all His Sons and Daughters are,(and always have been) created equal!
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• United States
5 Oct 10
In my opinion, God IS Love Thanks for your post I am glad to see someone with the same ideas!
@SinRealm (558)
• Philippines
4 Oct 10
A thought just came in mind, does God even care about us? What if he/she just made us then left us alone? Like us when we make art, not all of our artworks get remembered. Sometimes we make things then leave them alone. So what if that is the case? We could probably be just pretending that God cares about us. Just a thought, I'm not saying that it is how things go. But your topic made me think of it. We really don't know how things go and so the many possibilities that are out there are all possible.
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• United States
4 Oct 10
What you are saying could be true, we never know! That could very well be the case with what happened. I simply do not believe that, obviously, because of my post, but I also at the same time cannot tell you that you are wrong!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
4 Oct 10
Pretentiousness - if there really is such a thing as "sin" - pretentiousness has to be the source. Everyone thinks they are right in what they belief and they harrass, persecute, and even kill anyone who does not believe exactly the same. This has been going on ever since man came up with the concept of "God". Three major religions are all based on the same "God" (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam); yet, they fight amongst themselves and with each other and have done so for centuries simply because each individual claims to know what "God" wants and anyone who beleives anything else threatens their own beliefs. Humans have put words in "God's mouth" and claim they come from God with absolutely no proof. They also add to the original "teachings" to make things go the way they want. How can that not be pretentious? No human can know what "God" does or does not approve of; we cannot read his mind and neither could humans centuries in the past. Personally, I believe that if God would be upset about anything and were to sit in judgement of us, claiming that we know what he wants would be the biggest sin of all.
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• United States
4 Oct 10
Yes, this is exactly what I am saying! Thank you for putting it in another way for others to read and understand what we are saying.
@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
6 Oct 10
Love is what God is based on, I noticed Barehugs came by, I LOVE his idea of GOD. And totally agree with him. Organized religion confuses me, if there was one "true" way, we would all instinctively follow that way. So obviously there is only what is true to us, and personally I don't believe it is our place to tell others they are wrong, its fine to tell them what we believe, but not what they should believe. It gets complicated very fast, and far too many people are overly full of themselves in that regard, but there is very little I can do about that, and what I am willing to do, is already being done. Sincerely and With Appreciation.
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• Australia
4 Oct 10
I personally don't believe in god, but it is my belief and religion is all about belief.. As no one can prove it right or wrong.
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@kingparker (9686)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Everyone has their own belief, and no doubt, that is their freedom of believing. I would say that life isn't easy, and have your own faith that is the basic living concept. I don't have any religion on my mind, but I would say I have my own belief, and I have my own faith too. Happy mylotting!
@Drumman (305)
• United States
8 Oct 10
I understand why you think it's pretentious, but I disagree. Let's look at your example about God creating the world by thought. If you really believe that then you have to stick with it. If you don't think you can tell someone else that God created the world by thought and that what they think is false then you don't really believe it. You said you believe it absolutely, but it doesn't sound like you really do. I think some people are just wrong, and I think it's okay to say that. For example, I believe Jesus is God's son. Some people believe He was not God's son. We can't both be right. Either he is or he isn't, one of us is wrong. That's not judging, that's just the fact.
@Jagokonte (123)
• Greece
6 Oct 10
Hi dreamsofdark I perfectly agree : God is not about proofs but it is about faith. You cannot prove the existence of god but also you cannot prove the non-existence of god. BUT you can certainly prove the beneficial effect of believing in something positive and having faith. Religion is something different than God. It can be directed by humans and sometimes humans make mistakes or try to manipulate other people to gain power. Wars caused from religions and fanatics who were trying to convince others about their opinion with force which is the worst thing you can do. Force is not the stairway to heaven.
@sXeMare (11)
• United States
5 Oct 10
I have been agnostic for quite awhile now. I'm tired of various religious sects attempting to proselytize, and I can't stand hypocritical denominations that point fingers and cast blame. I have been called such things as a blasphemer and demon-worshiper simply for stating that there's no way to prove there is God and no way to prove there isn't. Religion has a very real function in society; it provides order and stability, a grounding that many people need today. However, To force your beliefs upon someone should be a violation of rights. It is one thing to inform, but to actively pursue and harass outsiders to come in is one of the best ways to push people AWAY from your faith.