Why does God require loyalty?
The idea that we should follow the word of a being we don’t know is a recipe for manipulation. That we should accept God knows best without hard evidence of his existence or motives. When we do surrender to his will, he will anoint our head with oil, and when we walk through the valley of darkness and death, God will be our rod and staff. And in heaven, we can rejoice in front of our enemies.
In God’s kingdom, we are children, pawns really to be played and moved around at his will. It is not up to us to understand as we are mere sheep’s guided by the ultimate shepherd, God.
I have a problem with blind faith. Knowing the Bible was altered and translated into many languages before English makes me suspicious and uncomfortable accepting words that were used to justify the enslavement and torture of my ancestors. Knowing man’s nature to control with deception makes me a non-believer in God as written in the Bible.
I find it blasphemous to accept the premise that God used white men as conduits to deliver/write his words in the form of Bibles. The same ethnic group that went on to use the word of God to subvert and oppress good people who did not look like them.
God is symbolic of hope. I understand as a person of color hope is crucial to my survival. Most Black people heed the word of the Bible as if they saw God write it himself. They relinquish control of the events in their lives to God’s wishes. When bad things happen, they accept it as the Lord works in mysterious ways. They study and discuss the scriptures. Arguments about the words of the Lord are common.
What if the Lord was created to control our minds? What if the Bible was written by man to control his brethren? What if the Lord was an alien with superior powers? What if Jesus didn’t die for our sins but was visiting earth? Did we show Jesus compassion? How does that reality change who we are?
I no longer believe in a Christian God or God as a physical being; however, I believe in God as collective energy of the universe. God is the energy that resides in each of us as well as surrounds us. Our thoughts and actions can transform the energy into “miracles.” There are no chosen people. There is no black or white just pure unadulterated energy waiting for us to harness and convert.