My Life Without God - An Update
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18-07-2012, 06:30 PM
My Life Without God - An Update
It has been about a year-and-a-half since I have openly admitted my
disbelief. My life has expanded in many ways that I did not think
possible when I maintained my Christian faith. In a sense, life has
become free. There is no metaphorical "big brother" looking over
my shoulder, watching my every move - waiting for me to "fail" as a
human being. There is no more guilt, no more sorrow about my own
actions. I am free to make ethical decisions based on my own
understanding of the world and the way it works. Nothing could be more

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In the midst of this reflection of my transition away from religion, one of Jean-Paul Satre's metaphors permeates my thinking:
Quote:If we consider a manufactured object, such as a book or a paper knife,
we note that this object was produced by a craftsman who drew his
inspiration from a concept: he referred both to the concept of what a
paper knife is, and to a known production technique that is a part of
the concept and is, by and large, a formula. The paper knife is
thus both an object produced in a certain way and one that... serves a
definite purpose. We cannot suppose that a man would produce a paper
knife without knowing what purpose it would serve. Let us say... that
the essence of the paper knife - that is, the sum of formulae and
properties that enable it to be produced and defined - precedes its
existence (Existentialism is a Humanism 21, emphasis mine).
This is the way, apparently, that God works (if he exists). An
omnipotent, omniscient God knows the outcome, knows the destiny of each
human being. Sartre believes that this view of life is parasitic because
it makes us complacent to our current status. In this paradigm, there
are no goals - just indifference and complete reliance on the "Holy

Sartre has convinced me and has allowed me to observe my own complacency
within my life. I needed personal goals. Now, after I left Greenville
College, and religion as a whole, my journey remains my own. I am not
produced in order to function in a certain way; I exist to continuously
allay my identity with my own standards and dreams.

It is the ultimate freedom. I am still feeling the liberating aftereffects.

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