I Found God, When I Finally Dismissed All Religion

I Found God
I Found God, When I Finally Dismissed All Religion

At first, seeking the presence of something greater than ourselves was simply an appreciation of life, for the sun that kept us warm and nurtured growth. It being the focus of our adoration and gratitude. This focus was about nature, the natural world that provided food and everything we required to sustain life.

The first rudimentary religions that followed were about two things: power and control, those who created them developing the first concept of passive oppression. Without force, religion became the power to keep people in their place, governed by rules that they believed necessary in maintaining a blessed life and not suffering the consequences of non-compliance. The earliest religions all had consequences for those who would not obey the rules. Thus leaders learned quickly that power through this means was complete, guilt and self-incrimination a powerful weapon indeed.

Religious texts began to show the way with chosen prophets the focus of the ‘word’. These texts became the foundation of belief, stories that exemplified the nature of morality and good living. The stories of course were just stories, embellished and profoundly edited to highlight the paradigms offered. Of course to belief these documents historical is farcical. Have you ever tried to whisper a secret to someone who in turn whispers it to someone else and so one. By the end of twenty odd people, the secret has turned into quite something else. In the same way stories and miracles have been told and through time become something else. Remember the purpose of religion is power and control and that any text deemed acceptable to those who maintain it would be biased beyond any modicum of common sense. Religious texts have purpose, and enlightenment rarely one of them.

Morality was the precursor to religion, a set of rules that promoted altruistic deeds and good living. Religion used these core ideas plus a supernatural aspect that instilled fear into the minds of zealots, keeping them attuned to the words and beliefs and also fearing retribution for straying from the faith. The core morality is similar in most religions today, simple codes of ethical standards that both enhance and make life more harmonious. However it is the supernatural component that keeps believers on their toes, the unknown a fear of damnation and punishment for non-compliance.

For all time religions have been the same: created by man, adapted by man, and protected from any threat of proof to disprove the beliefs constructed. This illegitimacy is somewhat ironic to systems of proposed Godliness, the truth of which creates more death, struggle and suffering than any other belief in the history of mankind.

In the development of religions, it has been the rituals, the prophets and so called supernatural events that have become more important than the morality these religions were based upon. Seems ridiculous that people will believe just about anything in order to comply, to belong, to have something greater than themselves to think about. Promises no matter how absurd are swallowed whole when people need the reassurance.

Religions today, cripple societies, create wars, make killing righteous and allow human beings to act as animals, as long as its done in the name of God. God is of course not listening. If you created life, how happy would you be about any process of destroying it?

So when all is said and done, religion is a farce of epic proportions, the morality it teaches sound in content and indeed answers to many of our questions. Yet morality is separate from religion, the beliefs filled with anomalies that in most part were written thousands of years ago and bare no relationship to present day life. Why is it that people take those anomalies and follow them as valid in this time; not that they were back then with so many wars and vengeance upon innocents for the upholding of ideas. Any religion that teaches violence is not a religion.

Religion is not the answer, but morality is and as far as living is concerned, nature shares and gives us what we need to know in its natural processes. Living should be about love, compassion, kindness, respect, sharing, non-judgement, acceptance and giving. These are the answers to harmonious living, yet humanity is stuck on religion. We may have come a long way in a technological sense, but we are babes in arms when it comes to common sense.

My concept of God, not to be construed as anyone else’s, is that energy that exists in every atom of existence, the base energy that holds life together, that we are all made from. God exists for me in every blade of grass, every flower petal, every hair on my head and every sight I witness in this undulating journey we call life. To witness nature in all its beauty is as close to God as anyone will every get. The miracle of life is an awesome wonder that inspires such warmth and creativity in any soul, and what else do we need in life?

We are here to evolve, to learn and grow and become attuned to a higher consciousness that far exceeds the physical life and pursuits of the flesh. Love to me equates to God, the same pure energy from which we are made and it alone holds the key to life and prosperity on earth. So yes I found God, but in order to do that I had to dismiss all religion, as they are the obstacles of human endeavor. Truth is subjective, as we all develop bias through experience and belief. Therefore my mind is always open and my beliefs cannot be any more definitive that the limited intellect I’ve been given.

So all I can do, or any of us can do, is be true to ourselves, take responsibility for our lives and actions, and not pass the buck to any vision of God in order to placate our own learning. God is a term I relate to beginnings and creation, all of which I replicate with my own creativity and therefore in respect of it, aspire. Love has always been the answer, even when there was no question.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

8 thoughts on “I Found God, When I Finally Dismissed All Religion

  • October 1, 2016 at 9:49 PM
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    “Religion is not the answer, but morality is and as far as living is concerned, nature shares and gives us what we need to know in its natural processes. Living should be about love, compassion, kindness, respect, sharing, non-judgement, acceptance and giving. ” I wholeheartedly agree with that, Tony. Your concept of God is what my own son taught me when he was just in his 20,s. He told me that God is in everything he sees and religion is not where God is. Remarkable! Great work you have here, Tony.

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  • October 1, 2016 at 9:52 PM
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    Thanks Phyllis, I had a dream last night that had me writing this and hopefully as a consequence, people will relate and think about their choices in life. Cheers!

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  • October 2, 2016 at 3:00 PM
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    Yes! Amen Tony. So refreshing to see this, it is the sum of all that I take from your works, and why I am so drawn to it. Thank you for writing the truth so eloquently, for all to take in, and hopefully consider. Truly admirable. ‘Book Marked’

    Best,
    Mel

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  • October 2, 2016 at 9:38 PM
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    Thank you sincerely Mel, I simply consider the mess the world is in and work backwards. Religion has much to answer for, yet the core of its beginnings, the very concept of morality, is still what the world needs, just not the entanglement of other people’s aspirations. Glad you appreciated it. Cheers

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  • July 26, 2017 at 8:34 AM
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    Like many, I got sucked in by religion a number of years back, went through the whole baptism and without Jesus in your life you will always be a sinner and must be forgiven in order to proceed to a Heavenly realm. I found more hypocrites within what they call the house of God than homeless beggars on the streets. My marriage dissolved, I was basically rejected by the church, believers who were supposed to be my brothers and sisters abandoned me in my time of loss and pain. So like David Duval in “The Apostle” I yelled and scream at this God and from then on, I discovered peace at last in nature. I totally agree with everything you’ve penned here my friend. Was it not Marx who stated, that “Religion is the Opium of the Masses” that I truly believe. Governments and monarchies have always used religion as a restraint on their citizens, it’s called CONTROL and we’ve manage to do that very well in so many ways. GUILT is the big one, if you can guilt a person for not believing and following the masses then they become fearful of their powers over them. I’m now a Pagan and unless a God can materialize in front of me and convince me otherwise, I will stick to being a child of the Universe, from an atom I came, back to being one I will return as star dust. A magnificent write my pen, so many truths and the shedding of true light for all the cynical minds to consider. Bravo and Kudos to your stead fast thinking and belief.

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  • July 26, 2017 at 8:52 AM
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    Thank you Vincent. I see god in nature also and the reality of our creators is more than likely some advanced alien race who came here at the beginning and decided to play with our ancestors DNA. As far as beginnings are concerned, the concept of God is somewhat let down by our limited intellect and capability to understand. But human religion has done us no favors, that’s for sure. Glad you appreciated my take on things my friend. On this we agree, as with many things. Take care my friend.

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