Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Non-Existent God?

On Sunday a video circulated of Stephen Fry calling God a 'monstrous person.' He was asked that if he were to get to God's pearly gates what would he say?



His response was splendid but I bet his response also caused a lot of Christians and other people to roll their eyes and think 'here we go another God hater.'

I did think his reply was a little over the top and some of the words he used were a little misleading. However, the one thing I really resonated with was when he said 'I would not want to go to heaven, I would not want to go on in on his terms and conditions.'

I think, just then, Stephen Fry actually voiced what I have felt for years but never really had the words to say it. In any religion I do feel there is a set of 'rules' that must be achieved in order to follow a certain God or reach a specific place. If you don't then you go to hell? I guess this opens the whole good vs evil debate. I have even seen people go as far to say that Stephen Fry is Lucifer and trying to create more oppression in the world. Yet, despite that, what he says is valid though.

If there is a God, to live in this kind of world they created is frightening. And even though, we as humans haven't created this world and cannot be perfect, it still exists and the attitudes we show. So why would I want to follow a God's way of life when I die. If I don't trust the world they created in the first place?

Another thing that I enjoyed about Stephen Fry's response was that he didn't actually say there isn't a God. He just questioned what type of God there is...I have many friends who have a relationship with their God from varying religions and I LOVE seeing how it has enriched them. But I won't lie and say the world is a better place for a God to be existing and I won't say it is worse off either.

'Why should I?' he asks 'respect a capricious, mean minded, stupid God who creates a world that is so full of injustice and pain?'

It's a fair point and no-one should should they? I don't respect such a thing and never will. I have read parts of the Bible when at school. I remember that Job went through a hell of a lot of suffering and in Genesis the topic of evil existing in our world is depicted is it not? And when Jesus was nailed to the cross - a moment of pure unimaginable suffering. The people who wrote the gospel, koran etc didn't believe in the same God Stephen Fry doesn't believe in either. They believed in a God of such humility that he paid the ultimate price on the cross, to end our suffering.

For me it is something religion can never answer.

Towards the end of his, how shall I put it? His extended answer. Fry says 'It isn't just about disbelieving God, it's about about questioning what kind of God is he?'

And that's a good question. I don't believe God is this utterly evil monster that Fry makes him out to be. I genuinely believe - if he ever existed - a God of love and a God who brings unspeakable amount of comfort to times of joy and pain. Yet, the other day I was in town and a group of Christian youth workers were preaching about how we don't deserve to be forgiven. We don't deserve to walk this Earth because of our sins. And this angers me! I do deserve to walk this Earth. I am allowed to make mistakes and I don't expect to be forgiven for them. I work hard to create a better life for myself in a world that is so full of despair. So when I come to the end of my time here in this universe, I don't want my life to be reflected in a God's terms and conditions to enter heaven or hell. To me that would just devalue everything I achieved when I was alive.

Stephen Fry is not a hero for saying this and neither am I bold for stating my opinion on here either. But I do thank his honesty in being able to confront a topic that I think is swept under the carpet, for the fear of offending anyone. I don't expect criticism for this post or even people to agree, I really do not. I'm just thankful I have the freedom of speech in which to do so.

Amen.

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