Sorry Dad, But We're All Ruled By Science, NOT God

Sorry Dad, But We're All Ruled By Science, NOT God

Faith makes you more passive and obedient.

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When I was 16, I was still involved in the religious life of our family, though in order not to quarrel with my parents, I stopped wearing a cross necklace on my chest, stopped praying, and only visited services once a month after my mother reminded me. The problem was that I didn't need the religion, it stopped me from engaging in real life.

Because of the eternal fasts, I was constantly missing the birthdays of my friends, did not celebrate my own, did not go to parties, because it was impossible to have much fun. It was forbidden to eat meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, it was forbidden to work and clean the house on Sundays, so I was forced to do it on weekdays when I was already busy.

It was forbidden to listen to "bad" music, forbidden to go to music concerts. Every little thing that was associated with faith infuriated me because it contradicted any logic. And I realized that the most important thing is that faith did not let people think. The religion is ruling people, but they don't even mind that.

Often people like to bring different miracle stories from life in proof of the existence of God. For example, a homeless person came to ask for food, and later in the temple, they recognized him on the icons. The priest prayed for the health of an old lady and her legs stopped right at the services. Someone lost something, prayed, and immediately found it. This is nothing more than self-hypnosis, which is a cure for all diseases itself.

When I started to notice the obvious substitution of concepts, I wondered where the truth was and what was really going on. Obviously, I turned to a real, experimentally verified, scientifically evidenced field — biology. I studied how the hormones (mood regulators) act and tried to find what physiological processes make us believe in miracles.

It turned out that the simplest school education was enough to understand that we are ruled by chemistry, not by God.

This simple truth allowed me to look at things from a different angle and opened up new opportunities. Now I could not simply write off achievements and failures on God like my parents always did. It became clear that everything in this life depends only on my actions, not anything else.

Living with such thoughts has become more difficult. There turned out to be no invisible insurance, no promised paradise after death. From now on, the people who surround you, the skills that you possess, and the future that you are building yourself have become the only things that are truly important.

Faith makes you more passive and obedient, it makes you think that your life is already all planned out, so you don't even have to worry about things. Atheism makes you build, develop, and create a favorable atmosphere around yourself and make the people you love happy because there will be no second chance.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Young Adults, If You Do Not Pray Now Is The Time To Start

Prayer is not just for our grandparents.

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Every Sunday night my parents would drag me to the prayer service. There was no kids church, we all had to sit in a pew with my parents and listen. I remember counting tiles on the roof, reading hymnals, doing anything to distract myself, except pray.

I didn't understand it then. What was the point of talking to God if He knew what you were thinking and doing all the time? I didn't understand how important it was not just to let God watch you like an all-seeing eye from Heaven, but to talk and have a personal relationship with him.

We all talk about prayer, it's the Christian thing to do. We pray for our food before every meal. We tell a friend or co-worker we will pray for them. When a friend posts on Facebook or social media about something bad happening, the comment section reads "praying." It's the automated response that everyone gives. If we actually sat down and prayed, think of the good we could do. I am nowhere near perfect, but I know that I can pray.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

When I feel like the world is crashing down around me, and there is nothing else I do, this verse is the one that helps me remember that my conversations with God can make a difference. We are called on to pray for everyone. We are called to pray for each other without dispute. No anger, no hatred, just sharing a moment of lifting hands in prayer.

I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1
Therefore, I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8

Prayer can bring people together. When I think back now to those Sunday nights I appreciate all the prayer that was offered up. I don't remember what they were for but weekly we would hear reports of what God had done through prayer. That is a powerful tool.

Prayer is not gender, race, age, or political party bias. It is not something that is out there for the world to see. It is a very personal choice, but it has the power to change the world. The loss of Reverend Billy Graham and so many others this past year brought me to a realization. Our generation needs to step up.

Young adults have the chance to make a huge difference. In an interview, Bishop Bill Hamon said that he believes young adults are going to be an army for God that is unstoppable and on fire. You can see it in all that we do. We are driven, we are not afraid, we are unstoppable. It is up to us to start making a difference in prayer.

Don't wait for the prayer warriors in your life to reach heaven before you start praying. The time is now because none of us are promised tomorrow.

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