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Sunday, 21 August 2011

{THE AGNOSTIC} ADVOCATE


That familiar cliché is often the response I receive after answering that seemingly simple yet complex question: “Do you believe in God?” The response, “I’m agnostic,” usually scares people off or moves the conversation to other points-of-entry, but every once in a while someone will prod a little further because they are legitimately interested or trying to figure out if I’m being serious.  The reason this question persists is because of the power of labels. You can gather a large amount of information about someone who is an atheist or a believer. And in a world where it’s all about how much information you can gather in the shortest amount of time, my stance on ‘God’ does not sit well with many.

Many make the assumptions that I am a cynic or a sinner, true or not, the ideas people have about me does not turn me on or off. I’m always interested in seeing how people react. Labels interest me GREATLY! So much so, that I wrote two other blog entries on this subject (more or less). As a homosexual, I know all too well how the language of stereotyping can be limiting, hurtful, and sometimes dangerous. You’re gay. To some, that also means you’re feminine. Or, it means you know how to dress well. In some cultures and religions, it extends beyond the insulting and carries into the inhumane. To be gay means to be sick or unholy.

I’m not claiming this as a ground-breaking observation. But what interests me is how we label when it comes to ‘God’ when we all are GODS! You don’t like being labeled as gay and having people assume you know the choreography to Run the World (Girls), do you? Well, I don’t. I believe we are many up of many different elements that no matter which side you fall on in the god debate, you can fit into a mold because NO one is 100% correct. Being agnostic, I get to unfold the both sides into something larger. So when I use the word ‘God’, am talking about the believer’s god or the non-believer’s universe? I think you know the answer to that question. So what do you believe?

10 comments:

  1. That has been exactly my problem throughout my my life...it is hard for people of faith to even contemplate such a position.
    suffice it to say that I think of myself as not intelligent enough to be able to answer the questions: where do we come from and who created all this?
    But at the same time I am not going to embrace some fabricated fairy tale that is ten times more outrageous than claiming not to know.
    good post
    saludos,
    raulito

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  2. I am an agnostic. I suspend all judgment on the existence or non-existence of God. I don't think people are smart enough to know whether or not God exists.

    I don't think people are Gods. We are tragic mortal beings who are destined to die. Is there a hereafter? Maybe, or maybe not.

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  3. Very well said, as usual. Sometimes I lean toward atheism, but then I say to myself, "Why rule out the existence of a higher being? I don't know everything." I do the same thing when I consider believing in one particular deity or another. I don't know everything. Nobody does.

    But I do know ONE thing. The guy in the photo at the top of this post is freaking hot!

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  4. Difficult question... I visited a couple of dictionaries in order to get a precise definition of what an agnostic is, so I guess I sort of am an agnostic. Is it okay that I be 'bi' on this issue?


    I kind of take the smorgasbord approach to God and the unknown. Though raised Jewish, I dont practice any particular religion and have over the years, borrowed a bit of this and that in making up my own brand of 'worship'.
    Honestly, it brings me an extra degree comfort and strength to believe, and I am entitled to my fantasy (if indeed it is).

    Does this LABEL me? Of course it does.. I am a White, American, Gay, Versatile, Jewish, Liberal, Bi-gnostic; which is all fine with me, and yet another reason either to love me or hate me and I DONT GIVE A DAMN what anybody thinks.

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  5. TRICKLE: NICE TO KNOW I HAVE COMPANY, WANNA START A CLUB?

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  6. THE OTHER JEFF: LOVE THAT YOU COVER SUCH A SMORGASBORD OF LABELS!

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  7. You answered it right there, we are all Gods! Yes. Right on time

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