What I'd like to tell is that unbelief has never had any impact upon the truth. My friends, you are dealing with "Absolute Truth", and "Eternal Truth. Although, you may choose not to believe in it, but it does not change the fact that one day you will have to stand in front of God and give Him and account about how they lived their lives while here on this earth.
..and I can stand right in front of God, and say this:
"I believed strongly in the capabilities of mankind.
However, we had problems. And you weren't answering those problems, even when prayed to..
And instead of wasting my time wondering what I'll get in the afterlife, or if I do nothing and pray to you what I'll gain after this life; and instead of waiting until the afterlife to fullfill my potential and solve the problems of today, I did all of those things while I was still alive
. I worked hard to accomplish everything I wanted to accomplish - my own software to better the world and push the bar, a better society, a better understanding, helping others to understand a point of view that they may not have understood before. I tried to make the world a better place, doing all the little things that I could while I was alive, instead of waiting on you to fix people's problems for them at the end of time. People needed help - and I always wanted to help
. It was like a lightbulb that went off, that made me constantly try to help people.. "
"I think a lot of people out there could say the same. They called themselves 'rationalists', 'scientists', 'doctors', 'police officers', 'lawyers' (at times), 'judges', etc. I think you get the picture. We all did this on our own, hoping that we could build a better place than what we had. We did these things to try to do what's right, to try and solve problems and resolve our differences. We did this for our children, and their children. We thought this was all we would ever have. Sorry we didn't waste all of our time on absolutely blind faith, but science was telling us other things... No, none of us were perfect. But I realized that everything is perfect and it's not, all at the same time
. Perfection was just an illusion
. It was just a goal to look at and try to strive towards. Nothing will ever be perfect, but in reality - it's perfect in its own way. Not all of us believed that since God did not intervene in our lives, that he might not be real, that there would be a consequence. We were all just working according to what we thought would promote a better place for ourselves. We were all doing what we thought was right, at least to some major degree... we weren't spending all of our time waiting for the future to happen, but rather making the future happen.
"But I loved openly without getting it in return. I helped openly without getting anything in return. I gave people things they never had before, that was of really good benefit - for nothing. I gave the world all I could, got nothing in return, and left it without even the skin on my back.. Yeah, I became angry later in life with a short fuse. But, that's just the way the world shaped me. I can only say the same thing a few times now, and if it falls on deaf ears, it's irritating"
"I never really cared if I got eternal life
, so I largely ignored the bible (even though I read and understood most of it according to my own translation). I was content with just having one life
, and it really seemed like that was all I would get. So instead of wasting my time on problems of the bible and pushing for the agendas of religious leaders, I spent all of my time trying to help people that really needed help, and solving problems that really needed to be solved. I became an activist - a realist
. I was no longer concerned about what might happen after my life, but rather what gets to happen during my life
. I wanted to build my life around my beliefs on real things, not what the bible told me
. I was the best judge by conversation and points made on what was the best course of action, what was good, and what was right. I was constantly changing viewpoints on things
, until I felt I had it right. I didn't want to wait for tomorrow - I wanted to build it.
Sorry I didn't spend all of my time rehearsing scripture and trying to make people believe in something that may not be real except in my head, like Satan... But, you proved me wrong that you don't exist. Now, tell me this - why are the ones that spent all their time on fantasy and blind faith the saved ones, while the people that were working to try to make the world better condemned? Didn't you say that we would be judged based on our actions? How is faith in something that seemed like the imagination of the human mind deemed the highest possible action that a man could take, and every other action moot? It's believing in something that wasn't there - we couldn't see it, touch it, feel it, hear it, etc... That kind of faith is like looking at the void in space and saying - 'I believe there's something in that black spot, but don't have any observations (when nothing may be there at all)', instead of looking into space, making observations, and saying - 'this is what's out there'...
We were all learning based on our own reality, and trying to make our own reality better - but because we didn't believe in something we've never perceived, we're condemned? I don't understand this reaction...
main points bolded for brevity..