Life without God?!?

United States
March 1, 2007 1:23am CST
Is it possible to have a life without God? Is it possible to have a civilized society without the entire God idea? It seems that alot of people put all that they have into the whole concept of God and without God they would be totally lost. Would these people actually deevolve if it were not for the idea of God?!? I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings with this post but this is something I have wondered about for a long time. So please tell mee what you think?!?
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@rubypatson (1842)
• India
2 Mar 07
God is not someone we belive in, pray to, or worship, He is The one who is in control of this world, without this God then this world will not exist, so even if a person feels there is no God, yet the fact cannot deevolve that there is no GOD
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Thank you for the respoonse and also thank you for using my made up word "deevolve" As I appriciate you oppinion I was just posing a hypothetical situation. So I guess a better question for you would be.... Would you still be a decient person if there was no God in your life? Once again thank you for the response and have a great day!!
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I certainly wouldn't be a decent person without God in my life! I know, because for the first 22 years of my life, I didn't know Him and He had no part in my life. I certainly know the differences in my life since knowing Him, and so do the people who knew me then! Have you considered that our legal system is based on God's revelation? (whether or not you believe it to be God's revelation) Have you considered that most of our hospitals and charity organisations came into being because of His work in people's lives and because of His principles laid down in His Word?
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• United States
4 Mar 07
cloudwatcher I think that you are absolutely right. This world was and still is RAN on the assumption of a God of some kind. Nomatter how much the US Government tries to have a separation of Church and State this country is still ran on the assumption of God. Many people would revert back to common waste if it wer not for God and yet another good reason there is a God!! Thank you for the comment and have a great day!!
• Australia
1 Mar 07
If the whole concept of GOD was gone from our society, it would not be long at all before people invented a new god. The fact is that man was created to worship and always WILL worship something or someone. No tribe anywhere in the world has ever been found that did not have a god of some sort: whether it be the sun, moon or stars; lightning or clouds; animals, trees or mountains; or a myriad of other things. Man is made to worship. In our civilised society, many people claim there is no God, referring to the living, Creator God. In their world, GOD has been eradicated, but these people still worship a god of some sort, whether that god be money, home, family, career, intellect, philosophy, possessions or SELF or numerous other gods. Life without God? For me it would be impossible. I lived for my first 22 years without God and life was meaningless. For the last 48 years life has had enormous meaning. I have an abundant life. I would not change the smallest detail of my life. I cannot prove the existence of God to anyone, but I KNOW He is, because I have a personal relationship with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ. I enjoy the REALITY of this experience, and without Him life would mean nothing.
• United States
3 Mar 07
Thank you very much for the response and for your sake my friend I am glad that there is a God for you to believe in. I myself would be perfectally content if there as no God as I strive to be self sufficient n all my ways and I make my life what it is. I do not have a devil to blame my problems on no a God to praise when things go good for mee. But for you I am glad that you have something to believe in. You are absolutely right that everyone has something to believe in and you even hit mine perfectally on the head and that is Intellect. My thrive is for knowledge and as such I ask questions such as this. Once again thank you for the response and have a great day!!
• Australia
4 Mar 07
I just want to clarify that I do not blame the devil when things go wrong and praise God when they go right. I praise God for everything, good or bad. I can praise God for all the abuse I suffered because it made me what I am. I can praise God for "bad" things in my daily life, because He uses them to teach me. They are but opportunities for growth. I praise Him for each and every thing that happens. He is in control and I am blessed. I enjoy an abundant life because of Him.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
I am so glad to hear that you praise God in all things good and bad as so many people use religion as a scapegoat when they do bad or bad is done to them. Usually when bad things happen people b!tch, moan, cry, and cause such hell not understanding that there is something to be learned from it. This is why I say that to mee the meaning of life is to learn as everything good, bad, or indifferent is to learn from. Once again thank you for responding and have a great day!!
• China
2 Mar 07
A... China is a communist country, but as far as i know, they still believe in Gods and Goddesses. In my opinion it is impossible to have a civilized society without any thought about God. The rules of God are the based of humanity and mankind -though as time goes by, each person interpret it differently and this may result in different rules around the world-. But in a single person's life, it may be possible to live a life without God -atheist-. I was one of those who lived without God. My life was so chaotic though.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I guess it depends on which history is believed. It is possible, given one history, that the rules of humanity and mankind are the basis for the rules of god. If you believe that a god plunked us down out of nothing, this makes sense. However, then one would have to deny at least some part of history. And, then, one would have to argue that god created a past, what, to deceive us? Then one has to ask when did gods history begin, and which point is the past a lie? Why would god create a lie? If you accept history, though, it's clear that the quest for understanding our world began by asking why, and we created gods to explain things, including our moral code. As science has explained the causes of wind, tides, precission, the gods have passed out of favor. The moral code is a bit trickier though, and this is the domain that the legacy of god lingers. In some sense, you could say that god is the result of our scientific inquiry.
• United States
1 Mar 07
god is a word describing something intangible. therefore no culture has had god, they have only collectively refered to a concept that is different for every person. what makes god "god" is simply the way we label things, and this has very little to do with what the labels represent. it is possible to have a principled holistic society without the presence of three letters.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
But what would people do when they no longer have anyone to blame but themselves for their dispicable acts or any hope for a reward in the future if they act in a productive manner? Would it revert to the old ways of "Only the strong survive"? Or the wild survival of the fittest not caring about their fellow man?!? These are the questions I am seeking answers to. Thank you very much for the great response and have a great day!!
• United States
6 Mar 07
But Christianity doesn't reward good behavior. It only rewards belief in it's gods. Murders go to heave for believing, and people dedicated to feeding hungry children across the world go to hell.
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
2 Mar 07
It is only today that we can start contemplating having a life without God. Most people turned to God... or to a God... because they could not explain our Universe... our planet and our existence. However... in the last 30 years... this has changed with the beginning of space exploration. As we keep discovering new things everyday... and as we learn more about our Universe and nature... people have started to question God. This will keep happening... and more and more kids will turn to scientific facts rather than the bible. Within the next 50 years, religion will lose out and will only have its older generation still believing in God. I would imagine that in 50 years time... science will have an explanation for everything.
• United States
4 Mar 07
I don't know, there will still be many people that follow religion in 50, 100, 150 years. The reason I say this is because people will always need someone to blame for all of their problems (the Devil) and if this menacing persona still exists then people will need someone to PROTECT them from this spook (God). So I think God will always exist until people grow the hell up and take responsibility for themselves. Thank you for the response and have a great day!!
@sweetie88 (4559)
• Pakistan
2 Mar 07
It'll b impossible to have a life on this world without GOd bcuz Its God, Who gives food & dress to those who does n't worship Him and to those too who worship HIM. He is Supreme Power. Look! u r saying that is it possible to have a civilized society without the entire God idea but its impossible as u can see that usa attacks on every country which does n't accept it super power and a day'll come if usa still remained super power that there'll b only few countries on this world. On the other hand, God sent Devine Books from which we can take guidence on each and every aspect of life but i think that usa knows only that thing that we have to spread boldness every where and have to attack on countries which do n't accept usa super power.
• United States
2 Mar 07
you are asking a bunch of people like myslef who believe in god, go ask the atheists
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Actually I was asking EVERYONE but it seems as if you are the only one that has a problem with this question. It almost seems as if you have doubts of your own and can only think inside of the God box. I still thank you for the response and ask that you please loosen up. Have a great day!!
• United States
2 Mar 07
I COULDNT imagine my life without knowing about God. God is there no matter if you believe or not btw. Not something we made up. But anyways. I couldnt imagine life without Him. But I know there are places that dont know about God or Jesus Christ. These countries are not reached yet. Its hard to believe the way we are today, its hard to believe that some places dont know about God but its true!
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• United States
3 Mar 07
Yes there are some remote places that do not know about the Christian Faith. But there are also others that know and just do not care about it. It is a wild thought to think about a life without a God of any kind as I think that the civilization would revert to a state of Survival of the fittest or Only the Strong survive. Thank you for the response and have a great day!!
@redfang (969)
1 Mar 07
in short no it would not be possible because people need something to believe in, the power of thought and belief is amazing if people did not having something to believe in or that some kind of higher power would deliver them to evil they would simply be stuck in their mind they would not know what to do where to turn and would go mental.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
It would seem that way, when one has been entirely dependent on something, to imagine life without it would be impossible. But, life without god, for me, is amazingly rich and satisfying, much more so than when I was a believer. For example, I am no longer a writhing sinner, but a self sufficient human being.
@Galena (9123)
1 Mar 07
depends on your perception of God, really. God as in the Bible, the Torah, the Koran... no influence on me. to me God is a personification of that little spark that ignites everything and turns matter into life. this force has no thought, no plan. but it drives us all. without that then we would not have life. a fresh carcass is physically the same as it was when it was alive, but it doesn't live. it doesn't have that spark. that spark has returned to the Earth. as the Carcass will in due time. the Gods are faces people put to nature and to the spark that drives everything in nature. but just because we can understand nature in this way, doesn't mean she is any less divine.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
I believe in God in the same way as I do not believe in the Old man in the sky type of God. I believe that God is alive and well in each and every one of us as is the devil, heaven, hell, etc... To mee the Hermetic axom of "As above so as below" is completely true. Thank you for the response and have a great day!!
@whacks (774)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
God is the source of life but He has done that already and He is not yet taking it away but He will take that away on the last day when this earth will be melted and therefore nothing more remains. While we are now in this world, we believe in whatever we want to believe. Others don't believe that there is God. I do believe that there is God. Deevolve? The Merriam Webster Dictionary that I am using does not have such word. Man did not evolve, man was created by God. Man will never deevolve, or become lesser than man as we are now. We will never become apes because we are men and we will be men until the judgment day. The believers of the evolution theory has never proven and will never be able to prove that man evolved from the ape.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
When I made the statement of deevolve (I know it is not in the dictionary but I could not think of a better word at the time) I ment into a godless state like a caveman or could there actually be a CIVILIZED society. Evolution is evolution weather it is phsycal, emotional, psychological, or civil. Anyone that would deny the evolution of us from our primative ancestors would be living a lie since I no longer live in a cave, I have running water, I do not only eat what I kill, and I do not live in a wild fashon. I ws in no manner suggesting that we would turn into apes but I was implying ape like as in the wild cave dweller! Thank you for the response and have a great day!!
@anonymili (3138)
1 Mar 07
I agree that many many do put too much energy into believing in God and not enough energy into the rest of their lives, thereby becoming obsessive and often people avoid people who rant on about religion too much - I'm not referring to clerics here for whom talking about God is their job; just regular people who don't even bother going to work because they have to pray to God so much! I think it is important to have a fundamental belief in God, this helps us maintain a happy medium - if we believe in God we believe in heaven - we try to do good in our lives to ensure we will go to heaven. If you don't have a higher being to believe in, then that's when people go off the rails and commit murder and other awful crimes. I have no time for people who are terrorists for example and say they're doing it in the name of God; I'm pretty sure God doesn't approve of killing or terrorising people. Don't you agree?
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I do not think that God promotes terrorism either, but there are some people that twist the teachings to support their own objectives and as such there are terrorists. As long as there exists religion there will exist those that are twisted enough in the head to twist scripture to suit their fancy. Thank you for the response and have a great day!!
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
4 Mar 07
Everything is possible if you want it. If a person lives without faith in God is his choice she, it can do it, no one forces him. I would be not di it, have faith in God, the life without not sense have, all is God, everything decides, begins and finishes.
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@jricbt (1455)
• Brazil
4 Mar 07
Yes, it is possible to have a life without any god. Yes, it is possible for a society to be civilized without the entire god idea, altough I see it unlikely in the present day world. I can't answer for those people devoted to god. That is what I think.
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@vkbllm (474)
• India
2 Mar 07
Hi...How are you? First of all thanks for initiating this discussion. No one will be hurt by this. Its really true what you said. Let me tell you, I am a Hindu and I belive in God, for me the true source of the existence of God is the existence of the Universe in which I live. I do not entirely believe in all the religous text of Hinduism. These are just the feeble efforts of some great Human Being to strenthen the belef of people in God. Just an effort, Nothing more than that! And its true, You just cant imagine the life without existence of the faith towards the God, Its the only thing which makes a diffrence between humans and the beasts!
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@gsnarayanan (1705)
• India
2 Mar 07
I want to submit that the force that makes the earth to rotate by making day and night is the GOD. The driving force is taking all forward. Whether one belives or not the eternal force exists by the grace of Almighty.
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• Indonesia
2 Mar 07
no way i believe god and i believe my religion
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@hazeter (671)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
i dont think people can live without God, me i accept i grow up as a christian person but due to many circumstances i fell apart from God but still God is in my heart, i really hope that everything in my Heart will be ok and my life as well so i can live totally in Gods will.
@bgerig (1259)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I can NOT imagine a life without God.
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@ReyM21 (281)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
Yes it's very possible. Man can live without the idea of God, since God have provided and sustain everything before creating human, there's air, food, water, land, etc. but still man cannot comprehend God's purpose for them. The idea of ignoring or put aside the concept of God (and everything about God) are for those people who do not know their purpose in life.
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