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  1. I don’t have anything inspirational or thought-provoking to add. I just wanted to thank you for being frank. As a corporate professional (by day!) in the bible belt (even in one of the largest cities in America), it’s hard for me to own up to these exact thoughts and feelings. I don’t lie about my beliefs, but I shy away from the topic because of the lack of understanding.

    For a few minutes, I felt like someone understood. I have hope that I’ll be able to be myself without shying away from the topic at some point. Perhaps when I’ve finally become a successful writer.

    Thanks for being an amazing woman.

    • Hang in. There are times and places when you can dare to speak out. Work is usually not one of them.

      Writing, fortunately, IS. Save the frustration, work it into your fiction. It’s worked for me for years.

  2. I am a person of faith. I never felt the need to push my believe on others, not even gently, because I don’t believe you can teach faith or try to believe. You either do or you don’t.

    I believe in a close approximation of the Christian God and if the topic comes up I don’t deny it. (I kept quiet – though I never lied – about it for a while after a drunk teenage self proclaimed atheist threatend to set me on fire as “revenge” for the witch trials, until the people around me had grown up.)

    I don’ worry about people without faith. If there is a benevolent and omniscient divine being, it will see the hearts and deeds of people and not lip service.

    I worry about people without ethics.

  3. I’m not religious. I don’t believe in a personified god or gods. Religious family members and friends never push even the suggestion that I should “try” and believe because I think they’re wise to the fact that any kind of pushing infers they think I need saving in one way or another, which means by inference I’m not “good enough” the way I am.

    To the people above in the comments, consider what your “gentle” pushes really mean. And how it would feel in reverse, if someone who doesn’t (or can’t) believe tries gently to convince you your belief doesn’t exist.

  4. Hi Holly,
    Your letter perfectly expresses my own feelings.
    For years, I called myself an atheist, but of late I’ve begun to call myself a humanist. (same thing but sounds less, “In your face”.
    I recognise the need for ceremony and tradition in the lives of we humans, but the various belief systems behind so many of them simply make no sense to me.
    Cheers,
    Anthony
    PS Loving HTRYN. It’s not just having a system for revising, is changed the whole way up think about writing. YOU ROCK!

    • Thanks. I don’t care much for the word atheist — it’s literally “without belief in God (theism)” and as such, implies within the word that the person referred to is missing something. Humanist is not too bad, but comes with a lot of baggage I’d rather do without. I’m more of a rabid individualist, in that I believe fervently in the rights of the individual and the fact of our existence as thinking, creative individuals as the origin of those rights.

      But individualist, like atheist and humanist, has other and lesser meanings. And if I say atheist, at least people know what I mean.

  5. Thank you for sharing this well-considered explanation, Holly. I am one of those who have strong faith and are concerned about you. I have said nothing about it because, from things you’ve written, I think that would simply irritate you. That would not be helpful to anyone. I hope you don’t mind that I pray for you though. I have greatly benefited from your hearty courses, generous encouragement, and the best forum I’ve ever found. I always hope the best for you.

    • If you can get something good out of what I’m doing with my life, I’m satisfied with that. I appreciate your consideration.

  6. Hi Hollly!

    You are and will always be my mentor. I have such great respect for you as a person, a writer and teacher. Ps. Nothing will change that!

    You’re an amazing person. A go-getter, a fighter/warrior.

    Talking about God is the one place where words fail me. But the only thing I can say is that it’s not about faith, not about the seen or unseen. If you’re ever curious to pursue God or get to know Him. Go to the source. Cut out the middle man. Literally ask Him straight up. You’d be surprised at the answer 🙂

    Thank you for being such an amazing person!
    And my right brain’s hero!!!

    Warm regards,
    Hannetjie

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