I am spiritual but I'm not very religious. I do believe in a higher power but I'm not convinced the form is quite like the entity so many people are taught.
Is there a God? Does God control everything? Is every action or
circumstance "God's will"? I ask all three of these questions
regularly. My answer to the second and third question is the same: no. I don't
have an answer to the first one yet but I'm not afraid to ask it. Everyone
should ask it. Most people will find an acceptable answer, with or without
What about prayers? Do you believe in prayer and if so, do you expect
answers to your prayers?
One reason I question the "God's will" concept and the prayer idea is
that my Dad, a straight arrow, by-the-book, moral and religious man, lived the
last fifteen years of his life with Parkinson's Disease. His reward for doing
the right thing all his life? Did prayers from friends and family
alleviate his suffering or loss of dignity? Kind of random, in my view.
I'm asking 'why' questions the night I'm writing this because I've had a
frustrating day with my MS. Why do I have MS? Is this cosmic payback for some
wrong doing in my past? Is this just a random reaction to some intestinal
glitch in my past. I think it's the latter. Will prayer cure me? I doubt it.
I do pray sometimes; every time I board an airplane, for example. Do I expect
that prayer to keep me safe? Not really. But it can't hurt, can it?
It does make me feel a little better and eases the fear of flying I developed
Why do I ask why so much? Basically I am curious about things, people,
beliefs, attitudes, thoughts and many more things. I said I'm not religious but
I did find a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist denomination about
twenty years ago. Why? Because their approach is more about the search for
meaning and truth - asking why - whereas most other faiths seem to want to
provide answers rather than asking questions.
In my opinion, many if not most things in life are random, with a sprinkling of
fate. That's all. Nothing fancy. An example of randomness: I thought of this
blog while brushing my teeth. Random. And I wrote it spontaneously and now it's
time to go to sleep. Good night. Thanks for visiting.