It is fair to say that humans, more often than not, prefer comfort over discomfort.
We have evolved to seek safety and security, rather that wanting to go into hostile environments that could threaten our well being. We need to survive in order to reproduce – that is how the continuation of our species works.
This shows up within our worldview (here I am using the term worldview to encapsulate the thing that we use to make sense of the world we encounter around us). We strive to find answers and we setup our worldview as one might setup a house. Everything needs a place, has to make sense and then we can settle down within it. We use religion or faith or belief as a pre-created framework from which we can understand and live within this world.
But let’s break it down. We are lumps of organic matter, with minds attached. If evolution is true, then there seems to be a strong case (at least in my opinion) that how our minds have been conformed and molded is (almost) random, rather than pre-planned or intelligently designed by a creator. I say almost, because we evolved via natural selection and random mutation. Natural selection isn’t random, not in the true sense of the word, in fact it is quiet possibly the very thing that has created beings like you and me that appear to be designed.
As mentioned before, our comfort seeking could just be part of the way we make sense within the world as it enables us to create safe environments in which to raise a family and continue the human race. We see this in other species as well, schools of fish, or flocks of birds, groups provide safety and security in numbers, maybe not individual safety and security, but definitely in the collective sense.
The problem comes in when we create a worldview as one would construct a house of cards. Each section and piece is dependent on all touching sections and pieces, so if one goes and falls then everything goes with it.
The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God. That God has a plan and a purpose for us and for all of humanity. That we are not random chances, but planned sparks purposed with representing God within the world (time, place and position) that we find ourselves.
But, what if there is no God? What if there is enough evidence to point towards the God of the Bible being a none existent God? What if it was all a lie?
We like comfort, it takes a lot to move us from a safe position where things makes sense, to an uncomfortable position in which we can feel lost and confused.
Christianity offers a safety net, a way of to make sense of what we go through day in and day out as human beings. It helps us to place and deal with our feelings, thoughts, ideals and purpose.
But as I will express through this blog, when I closely inspected Christianity I found it cracked and flawed – because I believe there is evidence to show that Christianity probably isn’t a religion founded on a God, it is a religion founded on human hopes.
So, as expressed before, the position I find myself in now is defiantly NOT what I would describe as comfortable. I spoke to a friend today and they told me how their faith in God gives them complete comfort in everything, that even in the worst possible trials and tests (they are going through a ton at the moment) that come, they just need to push into God and trust that He has their best at hand.
Without a belief in God this obviously goes and that is hard.
I am morning my comfort if I am being honest, but I want to be real, and I want to be honest to all of you – my readers. Faith was something that has saturated the very fiber of my existence, and it is a flipping painful thing to now work through and unravel it day by day. Sadly I think I am going to be going through this for the rest of my life, but as I focus on the different aspects that rise to the surface, maybe together we can see what good can be salvaged from the wreckage of a belief.
Maybe this will help someone else as they go through the same thing one-day, maybe this will be enough to stop another person, in the next generation, from having to go through this at all… I guess we will have to wait and see.
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Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It has taken me a few years to get to a place where I am able to share about my loss of faith and to start writing about the journey that I am still on for you all. I hope you find it useful.
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