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This was not written by me, but by a great friend of mine named Chris Friday. Please continue and keep and open heart and mind.

At what point is it that we stop looking up to the sky contemplating the vast possibilities? When do we stop appreciating the here and now and all those little things that used to matter so much? Why do we praise Gods of flesh that we have crafted ourselves through our own labors of self loathing? When did co-existence so quickly become mockery? To what ends have we gone to achieve the means of what we now stand amongst? Humanity is proof that this world is not without its own sense of humor. Approach my writings with an open mind and alert vision. Things are quite often more than they appear to be after a first glance.

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I am not quite sure but at some point in time amongst skeptics and people still finding their way in life God became a four letter word. I have went through periods of self discovery in my life from one religion to the other and even periods without religion and without faith in any one deity. Why is this such a bad thing then? Perhaps it is not. Perhaps we are taking steps ahead of ourselves that should have never been taken to begin with.

As I was growing up and I am sure as many of you were growing up we were often taught to believe in some higher power that would lead us to salvation. A God of great compassion but a God that could strike fear as well. A God that knew only love for those who accepted “him” and who punished those who strayed from such a path. This upbringing served a purpose to many and even more went on to unquestionably follow this path in life.

One of the problems with such a path though can very well be the unquestionable following. Are we so afraid of God that we dare not question the teachings of such a being? In fact we do just that without remembering that even in the bible great things came from those who questioned God. They were taught many outstanding messages that carried on for centuries and most of these figures came closer to God as a result.

So perhaps a path of unquestionable devotion is the aspiration of some people. At the same time those who diverge from this path should not be punished. These people offer a different point of view on life and of the things we may not be able to see so clearly. A point of view without favoritism is required at times for certain events to carry on. At this point you may be asking yourself the point of this chapter and to an extent there is little point. Only the musings of an eccentric young man who has such different and radical views of the world today. I have spent my young life in contemplation of such things and am simply sharing my thoughts with those willing to read on.

What strikes me as odd is that we continue to speak as individuals for God and seem to know exactly what he thinks is right and wrong. This goes against the very concept of such a deity. If we know what God is thinking, if we know who God condemns to Hell, and if we are able to point the hand of God ourselves then where is God? We are becoming God in our own minds and our own actions and that collective theft of such a divine power is no doubt what earns so many congregations and so many millions of people the title of blasphemers. If we follow the very definition of God that we have given to God then we are unable to comprehend God. Yet here we are so advanced that we dictate who God is and what God deems as just. To this end there is no means. We should stop trying to decode God and impersonate God. As far as our relationship with God is concerned there should be only unconditional love. After all is that not the kind of being God is?

I would like to think that God is so amazing and incomprehensible that such an entity would be beyond labeling and condemning of others on the basis of who they are alone. As much as we would like to think and say otherwise we have as a group of animals degraded God to the point where most modern day religions are a perversion of what they once were. Though we cannot change this fact there are the proud and brave few who attempt to approach this with the strength and sensibility that it deserves. Ask yourself this. If God is all powerful and all knowing would he really hate? Would he hate someone for being African American, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, gay, bisexual, Buddhist, Atheist, for liking rap music, for dressing in all black, or for any number of reasons we ourselves have conjured up? If there is a God, and I personally believe there is then why would such a God hate to begin with? It is not in the nature of God.

I understand that today many people are Atheist or Agnostic. This should be a beacon of shining hope and instead is twisted into a candy coated beam of demonology. I fail to see the harm in questioning faith and God. It is no more blasphemy than the ever emerging and popular practice of speaking for God. Many of the people who question an infinite deity that I have personally spoken to are respectable pillars of their community. I am not telling you to embrace someone who you would knowingly feel uneasy around. At the same time why should you feel uneasy around them? Are they not born of the womb just as you are and do they not breathe the same air as you? Why then are we so uncomfortable and judgmental of those who do not follow a certain cookie cutter mold?