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Thread #29796   Message #1944288
Posted By: Bee
22-Jan-07 - 10:38 AM
Thread Name: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Subject: RE: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
The word God to me is a concept so bandied about by the good, the bad, and the indifferent that either no or all meaning can be ascribed to it.

I've yet to see any confirmation that such a being exists, or created the world, let alone influences the world. God/Goddess/Gods worshippers tell us often how their lives have been affected by direct supernatural intervention, yet all over the planet I see believers and unbelievers alike living lives of pain and misery, children sick, maimed and killed, animals tortured, landscapes destroyed.

Lucky Westerners like ourselves are likely to ascribe the most meaningless bits of chance to direct intervention of God: a preacher says God sent someone to help load her groceries into her car (true story); she believes that, but does not see the disconnect between this and the people massacred and maimed in their church while praying in Rwanda a few years ago. (This incident was burned into my consciousness by a story a year or more later about a fourteen year old girl who, horribly maimed, survived under the corpses of others, but who lost every single member of her family, down to aunts, uncles and cousins, and must continue to live amongst their murderers.)

I understand that belief systems comfort most humans, and I don't mind this; I am willing to respect the beliefs of others, especially if some good comes of their belief, and I admit that is often true. I am the only member of my family who does not believe; I have no problem with that, and will even on occasion volunteer to help with church activities for their sake.

And a side note: what exactly does 'spirituality' mean to you? People, even agnostics, will often say they or someone else is 'spiritual', but it seems to usually mean 'good', or 'unconcerned with material wealth', or 'likes to commune with nature', or 'is very romantic'.