Skip to main content

Dear Jesus and God...

By stormcloud ~

"Dear Jesus and God,

I love you so much, thank you so much for every little thing you've done for me and everything you continue to do for me. I pray everyone has a peaceful, easy-going night's sleep and a peaceful, easy-going awakening and existence. I thank you so much for everything in existence, please be with everyone who needs you. Please wipe all of my sins away and help me to be a better person from here on out. Please help me to be everything you've created me to be. And please bless everyone who has blessed me and all others a zillion times over. I pray someday things will be the way they're supposed to be.

In Jesus name, I pray,


Now that I actually took the time to write out what I used to pray every night before bed, I notice the excessive amounts of "please this and please that" throughout this prayer. And I find myself being rather pathetic calling out to some unknown "holy spirit" every night so I could rest easier. Knowing that nothing was as it should've been. Knowing that it may never be. I still clung onto this mustard seed of faith waiting on my mountain. But eventually I had to bury that seed in the ground and I never would've guessed realization would begin to strengthen it's roots, cracking open the seed of "faith" and breaking free from it's unreasonable claims, slowly sprouting into understanding and continuing to bloom as I type these words now. All those nights I spent, tucked in my bed, fighting off anxiety with useless prayers that only worked because I believed they would. Now when I lay under the comfort of those sheets, unable to sleep and feeling as if I can't make peace like I used to, I come to the realization that these prayers are unnecessary.

I used to use them as a crutch, saying to myself, "I know God is real, because he answers my prayers when I'm scared. He takes away my fear and keeps the nightmares away. These prayers must be the way." When merely it was my mindset that was the way. I wish I would've known that then instead of wasting all that time praying for outcomes that were usually up to chance. Now I finally understand that it's possible to fall asleep peacefully without praying to something I barely believed in. I no longer have to question why the world is full of such negativity and turmoil if it's created by the "all perfect good".

I now know that this world isn't corrupt, it's simply following the laws of nature and I only saw it as such because that's what my religion had taught me. Christianity's story was a sorry attempt at trying to show humans the difference between right and wrong without yet figuring it out themselves. And we still don't know the entirety of it. In it's purest essence, it's simply instinct and nature. What comes in and labels these actions, thoughts, emotions as good or bad are our own perspectives and opinions. One person might think it's right to go out and steal some strangers purse in hopes of obtaining money to provide for their family while the stranger and bystanders would consider it wrong. Just because the majority finds something wrong doesn't make it wrong or make it right. There truly is no right or wrong when it comes to morals. There just is. And we choose to mold and shape what is to however we see fit according to our standards. But holding other people to those same standards is what brings about the topic of control which I choose not to get into cause I've been rambling enough as is.

This is my first time posting anything like this anywhere, I'm not the best at staying on track, but my main thought I wanted to bring across to those of you going through the same things is; Prayer is not the only way to peace. I fall asleep just as easily without it, I'm able to work through conflicts just fine without it, I'm able to channel my negative emotions and thoughts into positive ones without it. Because it was never necessary in the first place. The only necessity is my will to fight for what I want. If my will is strong enough, I can make anything happen. And so can you. We all can. We just have to believe in ourselves instead of putting all our trust into something we can't see or hear. Let's put it into what we know.

So with that being said, this is what I now say before I go to bed every night.

"I'm thankful we exist."



Popular posts from this blog

Are You an Atheist Success Story?

By Avangelism Project ~ F acts don’t spread. Stories do. It’s how (good) marketing works, it’s how elections (unfortunately) are won and lost, and it’s how (all) religion spreads. Proselytization isn’t accomplished with better arguments. It’s accomplished with better stories and it’s time we atheists catch up. It’s not like atheists don’t love a good story. Head over to the atheist reddit and take a look if you don’t believe me. We’re all over stories painting religion in a bad light. Nothing wrong with that, but we ignore the value of a story or a testimonial when we’re dealing with Christians. We can’t be so proud to argue the semantics of whether atheism is a belief or deconversion is actually proselytization. When we become more interested in defining our terms than in affecting people, we’ve relegated ourselves to irrelevance preferring to be smug in our minority, but semantically correct, nonbelief. Results Determine Reality The thing is when we opt to bury our

So Just How Dumb Were Jesus’ Disciples? The Resurrection, Part VII.

By Robert Conner ~ T he first mention of Jesus’ resurrection comes from a letter written by Paul of Tarsus. Paul appears to have had no interest whatsoever in the “historical” Jesus: “even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, we know him so no longer.” ( 2 Corinthians 5:16 ) Paul’s surviving letters never once mention any of Jesus’ many exorcisms and healings, the raising of Lazarus, or Jesus’ virgin birth, and barely allude to Jesus’ teaching. For Paul, Jesus only gets interesting after he’s dead, but even here Paul’s attention to detail is sketchy at best. For instance, Paul says Jesus “was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” ( 1 Corinthians 15:4 ), but there are no scriptures that foretell the Jewish Messiah would at long last appear only to die at the hands of Gentiles, much less that the Messiah would then be raised from the dead after three days. After his miraculous conversion on the road to Damascus—an event Paul never mentions in his lette

Christian TV presenter reads out Star Wars plot as story of salvation

An email prankster tricked the host of a Christian TV show into reading out the plots of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Star Wars in the belief they were stories of personal salvation. The unsuspecting host read out most of the opening rap to The Fresh Prince, a 1990s US sitcom starring Will Smith , apparently unaware that it was not a genuine testimony of faith. The prankster had slightly adapted the lyrics but the references to a misspent youth playing basketball in West Philadelphia would have been instantly familiar to most viewers. The lines read out by the DJ included: "One day a couple of guys who were up to no good starting making trouble in my living area. I ended up getting into a fight, which terrified my mother." The presenter on Genesis TV , a British Christian channel, eventually realised that he was being pranked and cut the story short – only to move on to another spoof email based on the plot of the Star Wars films. It began: &quo


By David Andrew Dugle ~   S ettle down now children, here's the story from the Book of David called The Parable of the Bent Cross. In the land Southeast of Eden –  Eden, Minnesota that is – between two rivers called the Big Miami and the Little Miami, in the name of Saint Gertrude there was once built a church. Here next to it was also built a fine parochial school. The congregation thrived and after a multitude of years, a new, bigger church was erected, well made with clean straight lines and a high steeple topped with a tall, thin cross of gold. The faithful felt proud, but now very low was their money. Their Sunday offerings and school fees did not suffice. Anon, they decided to raise money in an unclean way. One fine summer day the faithful erected tents in the chariot lot between the two buildings. In the tents they set up all manner of games – ring toss, bingo, little mechanical racing horses and roulette wheels – then all who lived in the land between the two rivers we

Morality is not a Good Argument for Christianity

By austinrohm ~ I wrote this article as I was deconverting in my own head: I never talked with anyone about it, but it was a letter I wrote as if I was writing to all the Christians in my life who constantly brought up how morality was the best argument for Christianity. No Christian has read this so far, but it is written from the point of view of a frustrated closeted atheist whose only outlet was organizing his thoughts on the keyboard. A common phrase used with non-Christians is: “Well without God, there isn’t a foundation of morality. If God is not real, then you could go around killing and raping.” There are a few things which must be addressed. 1. Show me objective morality. Define it and show me an example. Different Christians have different moral standards depending on how they interpret the Bible. Often times, they will just find what they believe, then go back into scripture and find a way to validate it. Conversely, many feel a particular action is not

On Living Virtuously

By Webmdave ~  A s a Christian, living virtuously meant living in a manner that pleased God. Pleasing god (or living virtuously) was explained as: Praying for forgiveness for sins  Accepting Christ as Savior  Frequently reading the Bible  Memorizing Bible verses Being baptized (subject to church rules)  Attending church services  Partaking of the Lord’s Supper  Tithing  Resisting temptations to lie, steal, smoke, drink, party, have lustful thoughts, have sex (outside of marriage) masturbate, etc.  Boldly sharing the Gospel of Salvation with unbelievers The list of virtuous values and expectations grew over time. Once the initial foundational values were safely under the belt, “more virtues'' were introduced. Newer introductions included (among others) harsh condemnation of “worldly” music, homosexuality and abortion Eventually the list of values grew ponderous, and these ideals were not just personal for us Christians. These virtues were used to condemn and disrespect fro