I believe that I am an agnostic because I don't know what
to think about religion. When it comes to saying whether I
believe in God or not, I feel that I have not yet come to a
complete understanding of God's existence. This tends to be
a vicious cycle which constantly runs through my head. Ever
since I can remember, I was taught by my family and church
that this Being does exist, but as I grew older I began to
question whether this Almighty Being really does exist.
How can I believe that this Being exists when every day I
watch the news and hear about all the tragedy that is
happening in the world. 

 I have been taught by my family and church that God is the
creator and supreme ruler of the universe. They also taught
me that He has set up certain guidelines or rules which we
must obey. These are commonly known as the Ten
Commandments. We have been told that if we disobey these
Commandments , we will ultimately go to hell. Furthermore,
if we follow these Commandments, we will go to heaven and
live in peace eternally. We all basically have the same
perception of what Heaven and Hell are like. Heaven is
commonly thought of as a utopia. A place which is soft,
beautiful and peaceful; where there is total peace and
harmony. Hell is known as being a prison for evil doers.
Hell is supposed to be a dark, hot, and gloomy place with
much misery; A person's worst nightmare. 

As I have gotten older, I don't believe that God created
Commandments or these places. I do believe that the
Commandments are a good set of standards and values for
everyone to live by. If we as individuals pray and hold
God to be the Almighty, how can we explain all of the
bloodshed, disease, evil and hatred that exist in this
world? If God creates, why would he create murderers,
thieves, and rapist? How do we accept the hardships that
human beings endure who are dying from diseases such as
cancer and aids? Can we really state that there is a God,
when so many of the young have died in war? 

I have seen far too much evil in this world to be totally
sure that there is one almighty being watching over and
protecting us. Many people pray to God to keep evil away
from those we love, however, in reality, there is no
insurance to keep us safe from evil. Isn't it ironic that
the one that many people pray to for forgiveness has the
power to bring pain into our lives. In my opinion, God is
an image for all of us to admire. Everyone wants to be as
perfect as the way we perceive God as being. Even if there
is no God, this can only make our world better. 

I still have not been convinced that everything around me
has been created by God. But, if it brings all of us closer
and makes the world a much better place, I don't see
anything wrong with having it. I believe that each
individual should get out of religion what they want, not
what society wants them to get out of it. 


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