Talking To My Zelph

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Friday, February 15, 2008

My Current Religious Status

Once I left Mormonism, I briefly considered looking into a more mainstream branch of Christianity - something non-denominational, but my personal studies had extended from Mormonism to Christian and then Religion in general. The only logical (for me) conclusion I could come to was that I didn't know, so I adopted the label of being an agnostic.

I didn't really think that anyone else in the world had an absolute knowledge of religious truth, either, so my mantra became "I don't know, and neither do you." I later learned that this attitude is called Militant Agnosticism. I don't really care much for the term though - it has an air of "I'm going to force you to believe as I do". That's not my intention at all. I'm willing to allow people to believe in whatever the hell they want. What I will argue with, however, are statements like "I KNOW this, that, or the other." That's such a foolish mindset. Nobody KNOWS anything about god, one way or the other.

So having said all that, I suppose I'm still a Militant Agnostic, but I'm bordering ever so precariously on the edge of full fledged atheism.

I agree with much of what Richard Dawkins, the author of The God Delusion, says on the matter. One great quote of his is (and I'm paraphrasing here): "we're all atheists when it comes to the gods of ancient religions. We just go one god further."

I'm still reluctant to come right out and deny the possible existence of some omnipotent creator, but until presented with absolute proof, I must seriously doubt that such a being is real.

I'm still trying to sift through my thoughts and feelings and overall beliefs with regards to god and religion, and for the sake of my own sanity, I need to find a way to boil it all down to the simplest terms possible.

Bear with me here.

Either god exists or he doesn't. I've seen virtually NO evidence to properly validate the existence of god. God then, most likely does not exist.

If there is a god, which god is it? Whose god? Just one or many? This idea opens up a can of worms and raises exponentially more questions than answers.

As a follow-up, if god exists, which church is His church? Again, there are no real answers, only subjective opinions.

Just on this reasoning alone, the likelihood that the mormon church is "the only true church on the face of the earth" is pretty low.

(I'd like to close with a disclaimer here - this blog is intended to assist me in my transition out of mormonism. I'm not trying to start any fights with TBMs of any faith. As I've said, you're free to believe whatever you want. If anyone even reads this blog and disagrees with me, that's your right and you're entitled to it. Any comments attempting to "set me straight" will most likely be ignored or deleted. I don't have the time or energy to fight with anyone.)


Blogger Interested said...

It's great to have you back. I've missed you thoughts. I have spent a lot of time recently reading about early mormonism...not that I haven't read it before but I need to refresh my memory. You may remember that my daughter married a mormon and it has distressed me greatly. I enjoy reading about your experiences as you free yourself from the chains. I am hoping that I will find a nugget that will help me pry my daughter loose from hers.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Al Jordan said...

Hey, thanks Interested. Even though I've had plenty of things to blog about over the past few months, I've just been lacking the motivation and the time to post anything.

I do remember you, although I haven't been keeping up on your blog entries. I just added your page to my "favorites", so that will help me remember to check in on you from time to time.

A lot of the blogs I used to read on a regular basis seem to be slowing down, if not stopped altogether. Probably because their authors have been able to finally close the "mormon" chapter of their life and move on to bigger and better things. I'm just about there myself, actually. I'm really not so angry about things like I once was and nobody's really bothered me too much (there have been a few awkward situations of late - I suppose I should probably write a post about them.)

What have you been reading lately? I finished Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven recently. Excellent book, if you haven't read it, but it's disturbing in some parts. At the very least, it serves as an excellent example of the dire consequences when someone believes that "god" is talking to them and sending them instructions.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Interested said...

Krakauer's book is great. I read it a while back and I think I'd like to pull it out again.

I just finished several books on polygamy. One by Deborah Laake and another about the LeBaron family. It is so interesting to read the history of the mormons and yet the mainstream deny it all. I also have a book on major cults by anthony a Hoekema. I just started it but it looks pretty interesting.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

>>If there is a god, which god is it?

If there is a God, he loves everyone and belongs to everyone. I'm a big fan of pluralism a la John Hick.

3:49 PM  
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10:19 AM  
Blogger Al Jordan said...

Thanks for the comment, Chris. It reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw on a beat-up old Dodge truck the other day that read:
"God bless the entire world. No exceptions."

IMO, if you're going to believe in some kind of higher power, yours is a much more healthy viewpoint than some of the elitist ones out there.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

You are EXACTLY at the same point I am. I love the way you articulated your beliefs. Thank you for sharing your blog!

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talking about religion, many people restrict themselves to Christianity or religions which evolve around a God.

Recently, I have listened to a talk given by a Buddhist monk with the title: "Religions based on revelation vs. religions based on realisation". I think it was quite interesting to see how religions based on revelation often lead to social problems, tensions, etc., while religions based on realisation lead to greater harmony among people, even if they do not share the same religion.

I have copied the link here, I hope it works:
BWSA is the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Ajahn Brahmavamso is the current abbot of the monastery.

Linda Bernstieg.

5:11 AM  

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