Why The World Can&#39t Live Without God

August 29, 2009
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It’s strange that the topic called God is frowned upon. That the people who believe in Him are scared to speak of Him in public, and to their friends. That we hear about all the people who wish to get the “under God” taken out of the pledge, about news stories that are written about how abortion, murder, suicide, and sexual promiscuity rise even when the belief of God is present. Yet in all reality, Jesus/God is the most well known person in the entire world. It doesn’t matter where you go, when you bring up His name, people’s ears perk up, their hearts open, and they begin to recognize how He is present in their everyday lives.

He’s a fascinating subject and He’s even better once you really get to see why people love Him so much. You begin to see that He’s the person that you’ve always dreamed of becoming. That He’s the person that you’ve always wanted to marry. That He’s the hero the world needs, and that nothing else could have made this world other than God. That the world is so incredibly perfect, that in order to create it in a blink of an eye, would be ridiculous. That if even one little tiny fraction went wrong the entire world wouldn’t have ever come into existence. That miracles happen everyday and aren’t coincidences. One amazing miracle that we all know and possibly see everyday is childbirth. It’s the world’s ordinary miracle. Another example of a miracle is how the principle at Columbine was able to pick one key, out of a hundred and open a door, so he could get himself and two other students out of the building right before the gunman came around the corner. He later tried it many times over again and was never able to successfully do it again. So you tell me, was that a higher being watching over them or just a coincidence?

People often skew the way they look at God. They think that just because they are buddies with Him, that they’ll get everything they want. That if they pray for something, it’ll be there the next day. They believe that God is on their side all the time so they will always win. But they’re wrong. They don’t decide if God is on their side… He does. That’s what scares people the most about him. “I mean how is the world supposed to understand one who rejected the offer of power and control?" (Joan B. Campbell) That’s what humans strive for… power and control. How are we supposed to understand someone who takes the underdogs of the world and makes them into kings, who chooses the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and the weak to shame the strong? How are we supposed to understand someone who we know nothing about? How are we supposed to understand someone who is always consistent, yet unpredictable? You always know where you are with Him, but you very rarely know what He is going to do next. You can never find security in what He is doing, but you can find security in who He is. He’s the one thing in this world that we cannot control, and as humans that drives us crazy, because what we don’t understand, we fear, and what we fear, we try to kill. That’s why people die all over the world for Him. People get persecuted, put to death, put into camps, sent out of the country, and have to hide in fear that their governments with kill them for believing in God. So they meet in secret to worship Him. Now, can you tell me one other thing that scares the entire world that much?

The funny thing is, it doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not, because even the faithless come to Him when they are down. They pray to Him when they need something. They find him during war so they can be protected, and so they can find comfort in dieing, because they know that they are going to be going to another place… one that’s better then this place here. He’s the one that’s there when people fall into depression. He’s the one that pulls them out of it. They come to him beaten and broken, and He takes them in with open arms and a loving heart. He’s the only person who doesn’t judge us for what we have done, but instead forgives us again and again. He’s the only one who is always around, the only person that you can talk to wherever you are.

The last thing that I find interesting about God is the people who believe in Him and how they act because of it. They think about others before they think of themselves. They give God the credit. They sacrifice themselves so that others may live. They care enough to make your problems their own. They are the random people who change your day. They are there when no one else is. They believe in you when no one else does. No wonder these people get rejected, they promote goodwill in the world. They promote change. They promote a higher calling; they believe that the underdog can win.

So if you think that the world is bad now… just imagine what it would be like without God in it. There would be no hope, and no good. The ones that we all rely on would be killed. The world would fall apart. We wouldn’t have a scapegoat to blame all our problems on. We wouldn’t have a superior being to lean on, to use as support. We wouldn’t have anything to live for. We wouldn’t go anywhere when we died, because there’d be no Heaven and no Hell. When you are lying on your deathbed, wouldn’t you like to know that someone is lying there next to you, holding your hand, saying “Come with me, it’s time to go”.

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Nathaniel said...
May 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm
The ingredients that men of faith call "God" are already in them. So technically, there is no outside God ruling the universe. That's my little thought/suggestion for the day.
Lilliterra replied...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Now, all I'm saying is that you can't accept the idea that something pops out of nothing, just because one person says so.

Especially when there is a huge motive for wanting to say something like that, which you have said. It is wanting to beleive in the Big Bang.

Just goes to show that people can believe anything when it supports their preferred conclusion. Even something popping out of nothing.

earlybird_8 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm
People didn't create quantum mechanics as a way of explaining the big bang theory. They came up with it to explain the strange phenonmenon observed at the subatomic levels. Basically, as long as the net mass is zero, particles (say, a proton and an antiproton) can pop into existence in a vacuum, but as they anihilate eachother almost immediately after their creation, the net mass would be zero.
Lilliterra replied...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 12:03 am
Oh! Well that doesn't prove that the rather more stable form of matter that we see today popped out of nothing...
Nathaniel replied...
Jun. 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Ah! What a fantastic string of thoughts my comment has spawned! And it has been--what?--a year? The endurance of the Internet never fails to amaze. It has been in my experience of living on this rock called Earth that views are subject to change; or rather, with education, comes earned enlightenment that helps one endlessly theorize their life away. Perhaps that is the fun of being a self-proclaimed intellectual: to create theories and then ram them head on ... (more »)

sailerc This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 8:40 am
I am an atheist, and I have never prayed to god, FYI
jbutterfly10 replied...
Jun. 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Why are you an atheist?
Sythan replied...
Dec. 28, 2010 at 2:33 am
Because he has the right to be.
BlueRain replied...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm
jbutterfly10: Why are you a Christian?
BlueRain replied...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm
jbutterfly10: Sorry, I should rephrase that, as you may be of a different religion than Christianity, my mistake. Why do you follow your religion?
LeannaRose said...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm
i like your article! please read my article, 'Standing out, what makes me different,' and tell me your thoughts!
Darkstar6265 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I read your article and I really liked it, brought up things that I find others do to me; especially the whole "innocent" thing. 
AngelGal07 said...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm
i agree on most stuff you had written. a lot is true and i'm glad that you wrote this paper , to explain what things are turning about. keep writing and have faith in god for he great and can give and take away!
ChristopherK This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm
No reason to apologize--I just misunderstood. Thanks for clearing things up. You're a good writer.
question-authority said...
Dec. 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm
And not all promoters-of-good-will act on God as their motive.
Darkstar6265 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 31, 2009 at 12:14 am
I'm sorry I didn't mean to say that all the faithless come to him in times of crisis. Because you’re right that certainly is not true. What I should have said is that in times of huge disasters or times of great stress or great emotional fear they come and lean on Him for support to get them through the event, even if it’s only for a few moments. Also in no way was I meaning to say that “all promoters-of-good-will act on God as their motive.” I merely meant that... (more »)
BlueRain replied...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm
We call all say that when good things happen it was because of God, but then can't we also say that when bad things happen it was because of God? If a child dies in a tsunami, it was God's doing as much as it would have been if the child had survived. What exactly is the point of living on Earth if a god purposely does things like that?
question-authority said...
Dec. 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm
Not all faithless bow down to him in times of crisis, as you said.
ChristopherK This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 30, 2009 at 11:14 am
I agreed with many of the points on this article and I do agree that it is indeed well-written. But, like Destinee, I found many points that I did not agree with. Just to name a few, in the first paragraph you are addressing these issues as if they are prominent because people are afraid to talk about God. In reality, many of us are just trying to be sympathetic and fair to those who DON'T believe in God and Jesus . Another small thing: you said that God chooses whether to be by one'... (more »)
Darkstar6265 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 31, 2009 at 12:53 am
I’m sorry during the first part I was going for something different then what you seemed to get out of it, unless I misunderstood what you were saying. I can’t quite remember quite what it was I was going for so I’m sorry that I can’t clear that whole mess up. Also you’re very right about us being sympathetic and fair to those who don’t believe in God. But even with what you said there is still a fear there that makes us not want to talk about Him to them. The... (more »)
Persona said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 12:34 am
As an atheist and former Christian, I'd have to disagree with you on several points(including that supporting the pro-life or pro-choice movement is not inherently Christian).
People are afraid to speak for him? Tell that to televangelists, radio talk show hosts, politicians, and outspoken churches in their communities(check the news every once in a while).
As far as the Pledge of Allegiance goes, this is a secular nation and deserves a secular pledge. "Under god" wasn... (more »)
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