Explain why you do not believe in God.

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Getup Get God

It is fascinating that this came as a random blog post idea after seeing Oatmeal’s hilarious webcomic, How to suck at your religion  today.

I am not an atheist. I just don’t believe in God as “he” his presented to us via the Judeo/Christian dogma. I think the Judeo/Christian God as presented in the Bible is ridiculous (And, dare I say, a jerk. But that is a blog post for another time). I think the whole idea that God created this world in 7 days is just silly, if one is to believe this literally. It is story. Folklore. All cultures have stories of creation and this is just one of those many stories. The Bible is the story of a tribe, full of metaphor, like all folklore.

I don’t have any answers when it comes to God and religion. I believe everyone has to find their own path and it is a very personal thing. My own path has taken all sorts of twists and turns. I don’t deny that I am a seeker. Right now I believe that god (if that is what you want to call it) is in everything. I believe that we are all connected and “god” is the thing that connects us. I am no greater than the robin that sits outside my window. We are cut from the same cloth.

I like thinking this way. It is fairly new to me, having been raised with a Christian mindset. But looking at the world this way makes me feel happier and, generally, more at peace.

The Mountain by Heartless Bastards

Books, Music, Art, Movies

I happened upon this band when I searched our library’s catalog for “banjo music” so that I could get inspired to learn to play. I thought I needed to know about a band named “Heartless Bastards” so I checked out the CD “The Mountain.” I fell in love with this song immediately.  I just moved to Sandy and Mt. Hood was watching over me every day, so it resonated deeply. This song also helped me through my grieving over the loss of my step-dad.

I made a CD for my mom and put this song on it. After listening to it for six months she revealed to me that she swore they were singing, “pee into the mountain.” It made me laugh so hard. So now this song makes me laugh a little too.

I love this video. I love that they are playing this song during the magic hour at sunset. It is so beautiful.

Incidentally, they don’t sing about the joys of peeing into a mountain. Here are the lyrics:

Oh you feel and you taste it and you want to go higher
So what do you do
And so you peak into the mountain where your desire goes
Spilt blood on this place it only echoes
True all through the days
And so you peak into the mountain where your desire goes