Originally Posted by Itwasjustafantasy View Post
Lol...okay let's see, if I believed there is god then he would have a lot of explaining to do. But I don't question Santa why he never brought my dear (atheist/former jewish) husband any gifts when he was a young child...so there is that.
My understanding is that those who believe in a god dare not to question anything...kind of like being in an abusive relationship: god will only love you if you love him back and if you don't, to hell you go! He tests your love by throwing these heart wrenching life experiences and if all goes well he gets all the credit and if all goes wrong, well he just works in mysterious ways...how dare you question anything.
By the way, I gotta thank god for making me an atheist. I don't have to go to church, pray, follow his commandments, etc etc and I get to enjoy the kind of life many wish they had. In the meantime some of my very religious family members who believe in a god have been through so much crap and yet they continue to believe in him blindly...guess they are looking forwards to that promise of eternal life. Not me, I live in reality, and my life is pretty good. My present life is my reward for believing in me, in my capacity to love and in my ability to change and to be a good (not perfect) person.
You have a VERY skewed and wrong picture of what God is like and how we relate to Him as Christians. We ask him things all the time. He has no issues with questions or doubts at all and wants us to be honest with Him.
He never forces us to love Him or follow Him, we all have a choice. I made that choice many many years ago and have never regretted it for a second. Life with Him is far better than life without Him, and the life He gives is awesome. We have deep inner peace, joy, security and a Dad who adores us and cares for us. We know our future and were we are going.
Prayer is just chatting to Him as Our father, just as you may chat to friends or family. Meeting with our spiritual family is great as well, we know so many really lovely caring people there and its a great place to make good friends.
I live in reality, the reality that God is real and that He loves us with a passion and wants all of us to be saved. Its the best way to live.
None of us are immune to suffering and troubles, you have been lucky so far, but we have God who helps us through tough times and we also have our church family who do the same.
BTW he didnt make you atheist. You chose that way.