KALEIDOSCOPE

There are many reasons for my becoming an Antitheist; most of them from observing the behavior of many in my lifetime who called themselves Christians. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those who, for whatever reason, have a need to be religious. My problem is not with the religious but with religion… all religions.

The dictionary describes RELIGION as: belief in, worship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny.

Believing in God made sense while growing up because everyone I knew was religious and not believing in God was an option I had never even thought of. How could there not be a Creator God? My parents said there was, my pastor said there was, and the Bible, God’s own word, even said He was. How could I deny all of these trusted sources and still consider myself sane?

The steps I have taken to get to where I am today have not been easy ones. I have lost the support and friendship of many who once were close friends, and even family members have turned their back to me. Still I wouldn’t change a thing, because the True Peace and Joy I have today in knowing and believing in Myself is so much greater than what I see in others who must live in fear of disobeying some supernatural being.

Imagine an Entity that creates defective beings and then makes them feel guilty for their imperfections… threatening them with abandonment into a lake of fire and brimstone forever and ever if they don’t get down on their hands and knees and beg for His forgiveness. This is what religion teaches… and this is the main reason I write against it.

We were not born evil creatures and we therefore have no reason to feel guilty for who we are. Each of us is a unique expression of Life and nothing more. There is no evidence to suggest the existence of supernatural entities living somewhere in another dimension of time and space, controlling mankind’s destiny… and although miracles have been reported since man’s first imaginary thought, none has ever been proven to truly defy the natural laws of science… because miracles don’t exist and neither does God. Life is simply an eternal kaleidoscope of changing colors and shapes produced by the Souls, or Fragments, of the Universal Fabric that has existed since before time began. We are those Fragments and the way in which we connect with each other today, will determine the shape and color of things to come.

Wayne Dale Matthysse

RELIGION

I am not interested in destroying anyone’s religious views or habits. We all crave security, and belonging to a religious group can provide us with the fellowship needed for us to have a meaningful life. The problem lies not in how a group of people decides to worship, but in how the group they belong to functions in the world. Many religious groups support proselytizing of “pagan” peoples or support military actions against opposing religious groups. While these destructive actions may not require the direct involvement of a majority of its members, it does require financial support and backing. While I know of many good people who would never think about turning a child against his parents or culture, without thought would give money to a Vacation Bible School program in some poor community or third world country, which is one of the most destructive weapons in the missionary’s arsenal. Most of us would never think about killing another person, yet support the military actions of our leaders with, not only our financial support, but with our sons and daughters as well. 

All I am asking of you is to  look within yourself for the answers to life’s questions and not to someone else; for until we have learned to accept ourselves completely, we will never even begin to realize the beautiful creatures we are becoming as a result of overcoming what many Christians call our “sinful nature”, and what I have come to think of as Ignorance of our true potential.

Creation is, in Essence, God. Let all of Creation rejoice!