Miracles.

May 23, 2009

What do I personally think of miracles? Well I haven’t really thought of it much.

Being non-religious myself, miracles have never held spiritual connotations for me. It’s only ever been a word that i use to describe an unknown situation that has occurred in my favour.

So is miracles tied in with religion? I don’t think so. As someone proposed within my tutorial, there can be two ways of looking at the definition of a miracle.

On the one hand, you have the religion connotation regarding the intervention of God or a holy subject, causing something to be turned in your favour. This is a religion miracle.

But on the other hand, you have the word miracle simply referring to the idea of something unexplained occurring, that has some positive effect towards you as an individual.

I say, people are too inclined to believe that we have help from a higher being. Why is it that positive situations which occur around have to do with God and angels? I don’t think it’s likely that they have that much time on their hands to pay attention to each and every one of us, waiting for us to do a good deed and reward it with a miracle. Isn’t the uncertainty of the environment enough to keep their hands busy? Aren’t there other worldly problems that have occurred that need tending to?

I’m not denying the existance of a God or angels. But I’m denying the myths and legends that arise from religious texts written by man (but of course, supposably man is only the scribe to God’s words).

People… take a grip. Stop thinking that God is standing there watching over you 24/7. Because the more you think that, the more you rely on a spiritual entity who’s existence is still not proven. And the more this happens…. what if something did occur? Something negative? Will you simply wait around for it to be magically resolved?

Again I stress my concern. Human kind is too attached to an invisible deity that we may eventually find this reliance to be a burden.

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Realisation hits.

May 12, 2009

I’ve just realised. God supposably has created the world in a matter of 6 days and rested on the 7th. (please correct me if I’m wrong.)

Well… how is this possible if during the process of creating the world… the concept of days was not yet developed? Isn’t time a mere restriction that we humans have to put with up? Isn’t God exempt from these time and space restrictions since He was the one who created them?

Does that mean… the Bible is misleading? Wrong even? What does this say about the reliability of this holy book?

Hm… I’m sure there are many other ‘holes within the Bible’… So why is it that even though this religious text only gives answers and not answers questions, so praised?

It’s a bit.. dodgy to me.

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*sigh* I’ve chickened out. Again, I’ve begun to type something in the little response box of my online tutorials, but due to the worry of offending certain relgious individuals… I bailed.
In fact, that little window is still up and running waiting for me to continue to argue my case about why I think there’s no point to praying.

So here I am. Arguing my case to an invisible audience – maybe even no audience. I’m not sure whether anyone actually follows this blog… besides my tutor. Hey Pete =]

So anyway. Prayers. Yes.

I. Don’t. See. The. Point.

Honestly? Honestly. All that talk about having a closer connection to God through prayers. Why? Is there a need to take time, sit down (or kneel), just to be closer to an entity that supposably residing all around you? I mean, gods are supposed to be all knowing are they not? Does it not seem contradictory that we must make time in praying, to talk to the God that knows everything about you already? To me, it’s like telling someone something twice. No point.

And what of the idea of asking for things in prayers? Again pointless to my point of view. Why sit around waiting in hope that god has answered your prayers? Why not act yourself to improve any problems that may have arisen? Strive for the things you’re asking for. It feels as though people rely too much on spiritual intervention. Hey, if it makes you feel better. Go for it. If it makes you feel better to know that someone is watching over your every achievement and every mistake – go for it.
I’m not saying that we should shunt away the idea of appealing to an entity that’s “bigger than us”, that’s bigger than the four dimensional world we live in. But should we really rely on this entity, knowing that we won’t have any solid reply?

God shouldn’t require someone to ask for something before he acts. He should be all knowing and hence act upon making our lives work more smoothly. And if you think that God shouldn’t have his hand in the operations of humankind… well again that drags my point back to prayers. Why bother asking for anything if you think that God isn’t supposed to intervene??

How about seeing prayers as a sort of counsel. To the problems that you’re facing. God is someone you can talk to about your problems. Again pointless. If you have problems within your life, yes of course you have to talk about it to get it off your chest. But the point of sharing problems is to receive feedback to resolve the problem. And… God does NOT give feedback. I suggest a counsellor. A literal person to help you with your woes. And im not talking about those priests you can talk to in those little boxed rooms – unfortunately (I’m sorry if i do offend, I really am), the feedback you receive is influenced by the idea that it’s coming from a “higher place”. And in the end it will affect your judgement as whether to take on board this feedback and act upon it.

To cut the long story short (though I think it’s quite long already…), prayers? No point. This is my views though. Obviously, I’m not one for religion. I don’t think there isn’t a spiritual world – I’d like to think there’s more than just the physical world around us. I’d like to think that there’s a place in another dimension maybe, that is unseen by the normal human eye.
But in saying that, I don’t believe we should rely on these beings to run our lives for us. And to me, prayers are just simply a blackboard where you write all your whines and problems onto. You’re producing, but you get nothing in return. It’s simply a journal so to speak.

Pointless.

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I question God.

April 26, 2009

God.
Real? Existent? I don’t quite think so.

Before I begin, I should reiternate my religious status – I am agnostic. I DO believe there may be a God. Sure, why not? Anything is possible. But is THE God real? That’s another matter altogether.

From discussions this week in my science and religion classes, other students have proposed the idea that God is all good and all knowing. He’s a saint. A dear at heart. He can’t created evil within our world. He has just allowed humans free will. And from that, we humans have condemned the fate of evil on ourselves. Absolutely not God’s fault.

But I say, how ISN’T it his fault? If God was all knowing, then he should’ve KNOWN that he was creating a kind of animal who could enforce such evil into the perfect world he made. Is this not contradictory then, that he has done this and yet still is considered all good? Does this make God not as fantastically pure and happy happy as we all thought he was to be?

Another thing. Jesus. If God was all good, and lovely, and a darl; why in the WORLD would he create a man – his own son for that matter, and send him to his death? Why mould a being to be killed by its kind? Yes, Jesus was born and sacrificed to clear others for their sins. But in doing so, God would’ve condemned a man to pain and suffering! How is God then considered the wondered being he is? How can he sit back and watch his son be nailed to a cross!

If I were God, I would’ve just discreetly forgiven everyone’s sins. Rather than bothering to put a man in pain just to prove my point that I’m here, watching their every move.

Yet another thing. If God was supposedly wanting to be discreet about his influences on our world – the butterfly effect, why would he allow religion to exist? Why be discreet on what he does, yet have people be educated about him and have us humans know of his existence?

I question God. I question his way of working his magic. I question his existence. I question all these contradictions that occur in regards to a being that’s supposed to be perfect!

Maybe this is why I can’t stand to believe in a single god. There is no way I cannot question their methods. I am a believer of the existence of Gods. But I’m not a believer of God’s existence.

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God is in the stars!

April 16, 2009

Anyone read the Telegraph today? Interesting story.

Is God gracing our stars? So far, the Hubble Telescope has found two very interesting forms of energy within our stars – one only just found recently!
The “hand of God” is a combination of lights emitting from the remains of a supernova, creating a whole image that resembles the a hand.

hand-of-god

It’s calculated that this star phenomenon is approximately 17000 light years away – that means that this would’ve occurred 17000 years ago! The span of it is approximately 150 light years!

Does this suggest anything? Was this one of the first glimpses of God in our Universe? Did he make himself evident 17000 years ago?
To brush this wispy questions aside, would those of strong religious backgrounds use this to promote their religion? Try and use it to manipulate others who are more ignorant?

Guess we’ll wait and see.

This is another that was taken awhile ago – the eye of God.

eye-of-god

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5 mins with God

April 10, 2009

I found this really interesting video!!

It shows God in a pretty bad light, but its a pretty interesting video. It’s an animated clip of a conversation between a Yak of a journalist and God – depicted Michaelangelo style (hope that’s how you spell his name).

It’s a pretty good watch…

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Was Jesus real?

April 5, 2009

I’ve always wondered…. was Jesus real?
Was there ever a man that stood out to sacrifice himself in the name of “cleansing” others of their wrongdoing? If so, that’s very brave.

But even so… was this man really the son of God?

I’ve always wondered whether there was really a man called Jesus or whether there was really a man that stood for Jesus and was just named that afterwards. It’s hard to think that there is a God truly intervening in our lives. Just the fact that many don’t SEE or have any personal contact is already getting me to be a bit iffy.

I relate this idea to another religion that I’m more familiar with and have come to a conclusion – my personal opinion on the existence of Jesus.

Like Buddha, I believe that Jesus was in fact a man that lived within the age told by the Bible. He was most of a very nice man – a man who sacrificed alot for his surrounding people. He was most probably one of the best, loving men you could ever find. He might have even sacrificed himself at the stake, for a reason which is similar to that stated in the Bible.

But all that stuff about him being the son of God? I don’t think I’ll believe unless there’s stark, solid evidence sitting right in front of me screaming “PICK ME UP AND BELIEVE YOU IGNORANT GIRL!”

It is the same for what I believe of Buddha himself. I do believe that there was a man who tried to make himself more enlightened by starving etc. But in thinking about a whole heaven built in the clouds above us, supporting a family of Gods and Goddesses…. I’m not quite ready to think that’s the truth – just yet.

Maybe I’ll be convinced later on in life. May I’ll meet them after I die & they’ll say something like “They told you so!”

But until then, Jesus and Buddha would be legends to me. But the whole intervention of spiritual life stuff? That will remain a myth.

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I just snooped around Google abit and found two interesting images that related to the contrast between science and religion. There’s only one problem that I have with these two images… why don’t people ever show religion in a good light?

science-vs-religion1

science-vs-religion2

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“Traitor”

March 20, 2009

Has anyone seen the movie “Traitor”?
It was out in cinemas recently, and even though it wasn’t the most fantastic movie I’ve ever seen (quite dull actually – sorry to the fans out there); the underlying meanings of the narrative was very interesting.

The story basically revolved around an American spy who was placed in a group of Muslim terrorists, to try to report back all activites that could’ve threatened our society.
What I thought was interesting, was the way they interpreted the reasons behind Muslim terrorist acts.
Their thoughts were that even though these actions would deem them to their religious “hell”; they were actually providing a service to the community through “purification” – in a sense.
They believed that what they were doing was for the common good of their society – simply acting out to achieve what their God described as a better world.

But even though I do sympathise, in the sense that they believe they’re doing a deed for the world; it was still simply a wrong form of interpretation that caused all this damage to be done.
If they could simply act in different ways, though trying to fight for the same cause; would Muslims then be stereotyped as the better race within our society? Rather than now carrying the weight of a terrorists’ name on their shoulders?

Their initial belief was coherent. Understandable. Commendable even. But the path they took to help our world has infact caused a diservice to both our people and their religion.

I guess this is the same as many other disasterous acts that have occurred in the past – those related to ‘acting in the name of God’.
From medieval times of burning suspected witches at stake, to the era of Hitler; each revolution was once, right from the start, a belief stemmed from a good prospect of God. But all turned negative in the end.

So my question now is: who is to blame?
Some blame the religion in itself, for providing such beliefs that caused such tragedies. Some blame the interpreters for twisting a once positive belief, and interpreting it incorrectly.
Some just simply don’t care.

Though… I don’t think a general agreement will be made on this question.

Oh and by the way… I just thought to add the poster for the movie, just to lighten things up =]

Traitor

Just an intro…

March 17, 2009

Hey all!!

This is Catherina Dang here. I’ve just mainly created this blog to express all the ideas that has come across my mind; but am not comfortable in sharing with my Science & Religions course.

Hopefully my views won’t offend anyone out there that may be reading – I am quite naive in the subject so please, anyone. Correct if you believe I am wrong.

I may include some videos or articles that I find relevent or interesting… who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see.

But all in all, thanks for reading this post & hopefully I’ll give you a little insight on what I think of religion & science

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