love and religion

I heard someone say a little while ago that, in their opinion, God would much prefer a loving atheist than a hateful Christian. Since hearing that, it's stuck with me and I've thought about it so frequently I finally had the urge to make a  blog post about the concept behind it and my ever-evolving faith in general.

I've always struggled with my faith. I guess that's the disadvantage of constantly questioning existence like I find myself doing. Half the time I'm so sure of God and can feel his presence in every beautiful thing I see, and the other half I can't help but wonder who planted this seed of an idea into a generation and watched as it worked to their advantage? Perhaps part of it is my cynical nature. Of always seeking comfort in doubting.

Regardless, I am ever thankful for the world around me. The beauty in the simplicity of mountains and waterfalls. Why the birds migrate and how the beaver makes his dam. There's a quote from Into the Wild (a highly recommended book/movie) that says "You are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God's place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things."

So I guess with that being said, I just wanted to share a friendly reminder with you. Try your absolute hardest every day to show other human beings compassion and love, and there is no doubt in my mind that whoever started this all (whether it be science, God or pure happenstance) will nod their head in an "mmmmyes" fashion and grant you happiness. Whatever that may be. I may not be perfect but I sure as hell am trying to do just that.

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