The Onion wrote about me, sort-of
I don't believe in an Almighty.
But I do believe you can rule over your own world, and bring yourself happiness.
That's why you are God (and me, too)
I don't believe in a Supreme Lord and Ruler of All Creation. Nobody created everything. Maybe, however, the universe came into existence (the big bang) after a "big crunch," in which a conscious being or beings played a part. But, like I said, you are Supreme in your own domain. You can relinquish that control, and submit, which I would say is what keeps muslim imams (as well as catholic priests) in power. And, I would add, there is no divine overseer. No santa claus who sees who's naughty or nice. Which is a pretty typical conception of what a deity can do. Impossible, unless God is re-defined as your conscience, a part of your own personal internal psyche.
I don't believe "nothing happens unless I will it." In fact, I'm leaning toward determinism. Which is to say, a billiard ball universe, in which animals -and people- are also just things. But maybe I'm wrong. You're God, You decide!
"I am a flawless and infallible being who controls everything that is and will ever be. I see all. I know all. I judge all." Well maybe, lol. Okay, j/k. I only see what my eyes show me, and what my mind sees, in dreams. That's all any of us sees, right? It's possible I know nothing. cogito, ergo sum is a bedrock principle, but I suppose it's possible that it's not me that's doing the thinking. I do a fair bit of judging, as this blog makes clear, and I don't subscribe to the oft-expressed "it's all good", but I recognize this is all personal opinion and preferences, not a Universal Theistic Morality. And I make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. Even Jesus, in my opinion.
I guess you might say I'm an atheist, at least according to the tropes of this onion article. Nobody's in control, I say. But we each have -enough- control over our own lives to be the Gods of our own private universes. Call me insane, but I think that's a sane outlook.
I've read the bible, and it says God is love, and love believes all things...but there are mutually exclusive beliefs -can I believe in God and be God myself, too? The concept of God, I would say, is elastic enough to allow both, defined differently.
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