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The other side of the coin




I have argued that the path to living a fulfilling life lies in taking up the challenge that Jesus has given us, to love God and to love one another. I've said that this is true whether or not you believe in God. And finally, I've suggested that we can find comfort in God through meditative prayer. I believe all this because (a) having searched into all kinds of religion, and living for a large part of my life an atheist, (b) attended counseling and reading up on counseling practices and their related theories in psychology, and (c) listened to how other people, Christians and non-Christians, live their lives, this is my best summary of what I've learnt.

Nevertheless, there are atheists who are living perfectly good lives (as far as I can tell, and whom I admire): http://www.deseretnews.com/top/2793/2/Jodie-Foster-12-non-believers-who-have-kind-words-for-the-religious-.htm.

And arguments against God which I can sympathize with: http://www.twainquotes.com/God.htm.

While I disagree with them (obviously), it seems to me kinder not to argue with them and to hold on to my belief that God is kind and loving, and that He, as any loving father would, understand their struggles and love them, as we do. I will even argue that they, in living their lives well, in accepting all religions, and even in rejecting Christianity because they see what is wrong with it, might be closer to God than many who believe. The only regret is that they do not have access to the loving God that believers have. One of the wonders of this life is that there are two sides to the coin.



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