God And Future Of Amercia Essay

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God And Future Of Amercia

Peter Martino
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God is an all seeing, all hearing, and all knowing being that no one has really ever been
in direct contact with. For skeptics that is enough to make an unbeliever, yet, with all
of the resurrections, walking on water, and visions of the Virgin Mary crying something
must be there. That something is the true dilemma. What exactly is God and what exactly
does he want us do? Many have tried to analyze what the answers to these questions and
most of them have received answers, it's just that all the answers are different. Many
factors have played part in my understanding of spirituality, from the views of the past
to the radicals of the present each idea has helped me realize that God is there, anyway
you want him to be.

I feel that religion is overrated, just as cigarette ads try to suck young teens into
smoking, religion tries to suck kids in through fear. Yet, while this approach may work on
some, others grow out of, just as in believing in Santa Clause. Currently, with the more
open-minded view of everything in society, there are less and less overtly religious
people in the world. Jean-Paul Sartre saw this concept. He saw God as a concept dwindling
on the brink of existence. "Traditionally religion tells us that we must conform to God's
ideas of humanity to become fully human. Instead we must see human beings as liberally
incarnate. Sartre's atheism was not a consoling creed, but other existentialists saw the
absence of God as a positive liberation" (Armstrong, 68). The idea of God as "just there"
appealed to me. That is how I have always felt; yet was convinced that a life without
full-fledged devotion would get me nowhere. All though this view was refreshing I still
questioned the reality of God.

The world is not a warm, loving place. Although you may have a good life filled with much
happiness, what about the millions of others that have a life of despair? "The Koran says
‘Not so much as the weight of an ant in earth or heaven escapes from the Lord.' That is
touching that Allah, God, and their ilk care when one ant dismembers another, or notes
when a sparrow falls but I strain to see the use of it" (Dillard, 195). Annie Dillard
skepticism is threw a wrench in the gears of my thoughts. While I wish to believe that God
is on a constant look out for all of his creatures, so many things have happened that can
in no way be for the benefit for humanity. Catastrophes such as the Holocaust and the
sinking of the Titanic show no good. "'God Speaks succinctly,' said the rabbis" (Dillard,
194) either God really knows what he is doing or he isn't there. Yet, I feel as though I
have to believe in the second.

While Dillard does make excellent points in her disbelief, there is too much belief in our
world, it's people, and in myself to just give up. A.N. Whitehead brought up an
interesting concept in my quest for God. He believed God to be "the great companion, the
fellow sufferer, who understands" (Armstrong, 73). What if God isn't mean to always be the
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