Why I Found a Different God

On Religion: A Letter to God

Sometimes it's better to question the teachings of your church instead of blindly following


Dear God,

I'm 10/10 sure that you're up there. You're definitely omnipotent (om-nip-patent), however, you definitely don't have morals. But I do appreciate the fact that you give some people solace. What I don't understand is why you treat the world like a sandbox. I'm an avid Sims player. I know it's fun to give people conflicting traits, then sit back and eat popcorn while spectating the clashes that arise. But if you really do exist, wouldn't you want everybody to at least agree on two basic truths(?): that you exist, and what your role is.

Without divisions caused by religion, history wouldn't have those iconic catastrophic events that were ignited by people in power citing You as their "green light". I know that time is just a godly construct, but you do recall The Crusades? Technically you started a 100 year-long Holy War between the Christians and the Muslims over an area of hot dust. Religion was that powerful back then. And it still is.

You're probably disappointed now that we've figured out some of your underlying natural laws. Don't worry, we still use you as reasoning for our actions all the time. I have friends that talk to you often whenever they need someone to console them. I'll give you that, God. You're a good listener. You're somebody that people gravitate towards in times of need. And if not you, then whoever is calling upon you. How many millions of children everyday recite your name as a symbol of unity? And how many United States Presidents have referenced you not only during their speeches after tragedies, but also during their inaugural addresses? You're also not bad at motivating people to think that their life has a purpose.

But it's when you start to vary in your manifestations that division arises. How do you expect people who believe in a vengeful and all-knowing God to interact with those who subscribe to paganism? Sure, there are examples where religions can peacefully co-exist. After the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the Muslim community in the area raised $70,000 for the recovering synagogue. The Temple, the oldest synagogue in Atlanta, held a service where they encouraged the neighboring Christian and Muslim communities to attend. So yeah, sometimes religious divisions can be bridged to a point where practitioners of different faiths are unified, but sometimes the religious division is too great to be overcome. Motivated by passion for their manifestation of you, people shift to the extremes, and demonize those on the other side.

I'm talking forced conversions. To name one: Charlemagne and the German pagans in 785. 4,500 Saxons were killed for refusing to convert to Christianity. A more recent example: 1998, Kashmir (kushmere). 26 people, including women and children, were beheaded for refusing to denounce Hinduism and convert to Islam.

Why is it that you hold so much power over the way we interact with others? Yes, you encourage charity, but you also drive people to the extremes.

I'm not calling for you to be destroyed. Bad things happen when people lose faith. Look at Communist China- the government sponsored eradication of religion forced people into submitting to one man. When we remove You from the equation, Mankind just steps in with another mortal to worship and to look to guide their decisions. And without the supernatural guarantee of something after Life, we lose the will to live. That's something I can appreciate about your hands-off approach.

You leave space for us to wonder. You give people the option to have faith in you, or to reject you to pursue a logical lens of the world. And while you give us the freedom to engage in violent means of persuasion, you also give us the power to tone down the argument.


An Irritated Sim

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

These Superfood Beauty Products Show Kale And Matcha Work For SO Much More Than We Thought

Just another summer's day with a cold glass of kombucha on my face.

I've been vegan for about six years now, so a love for fresh vegetables and superfoods has now become a core part of my being. Don't get me wrong. I love my indulgent, creamy pastas and truffle fries more than anyone. But I keep most of my focus on eating clean and healthy so I can indulge guilt-free.

But I'd say about a large part of my diet has always, unknowingly, included superfoods. Being Indian, lentils, beetroot, garlic, ginger, and whole grains have been core essentials on the family dinner table since I could digest solid foods.

Keep Reading... Show less

Now that college is around the corner for most if not all young adults, students once shook by a pandemic now have to shift their focus on achieving their career goals. As if we thought we had it together already! As an NYC girl, I have always seen myself as a hustler, hungry to advance my career in journalism by having one skill: working hard.

Keep Reading... Show less

Kourtney Kardashian has decided to leave "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" after nearly 14 years and although we saw this coming, it breaks our heart that she won't be there to make us laugh with her infamous attitude and hilarious one-liners.

Kourtney is leaving the show because it was taking up too much of her life and it was a "toxic environment" for her.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

We Asked You How You Felt About Resuming 'Normal' Activities, And Some Of Your Answers Shocked Us

The New York Times asked 511 epidemiologists when they'd feel comfortable doing "normal" activities again, considering COVID-19. We asked our peers the same thing, for science.

Last month, the New York Times surveyed about 500 epidemiologists asking about their comfort level with certain activities once deemed normal — socializing with friends, going to the doctor, bringing in the mail. That's all well and good for the experts, but they are a very niche group, not the majority of the population. What do "normal" people feel safe doing? In certain states, we've seen how comfortable everyone is with everything (looking at you, Florida), but we wanted to know where Odyssey's readers fell on the comfort scale. Are they sticking with the epidemiologists who won't be attending a wedding for another year, or are they storming the sunny beaches as soon as possible?

Keep Reading... Show less
Disney Plus

Millions of musical-lovers around the world rejoiced when "Hamilton," the hip-hop-mixtape-turned-musical harder to get in to than Studio 54, came to Disney Plus.

For those who had the luxury of being able to watch it in person and rewatch it with us mere mortals on our screens, the experience was almost as gripping as sitting feet from Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. From the stunning sets, graceful choreography, witty dialogue, and hauntingly beautiful singing, the experience was one even my musical-averse family felt moved by.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Keto Is All Fun And Games Until You're Undernourished And Almost Pass Out

Keto is just another extension of diet culture that boasts rapid weight loss, but at a steep price.

Photo by LOGAN WEAVER on Unsplash

There has been a Keto diet craze going around in the past couple of years, with many of its followers claiming significant weight loss. With any new, trendy diet claiming miraculous weight-loss, one starts to wonder what exactly is happening behind the curtain. The keto, or ketogenic, diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that claims to help the body shift its fuel source from carbs to fat. In the medical community it has been prescribed to patients with uncontrolled epilepsy to reduce the frequency of seizures, but other than that there is little conclusive evidence to other potential benefits.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments