The below is an email received by the World Union of Deists from a lady in London, Linda, who is a
survivor of the 7/7 Islamic terrorist bomb attacks which were committed on July
7, 2005. Sadly, 52 people were killed, one of which was her husband, and over
700 people were injured. Linda is one of the 700+ injured victims. Her email makes it clear the fear and superstition based "revealed" religions need to be replaced by a reason based natural belief system, which in Linda's case as well as in the cases of thousands of others, is Deism.
I am a Deist living in England and saw what you wrote about revealed
religions not being about God. I love Nature and believe in the God of Nature. I
am a survivor of the 7/7 bombings in London which also killed my husband,
injured some of my friends and put me in a wheelchair and pain for life. I
struggled for a long time trying to find a meaning to it all and tried to be an
Atheist but the one reason I could not succeed in doing that is because I looked
at Nature and thought there must be a Creator - all this must have been created
by a Creator. There could not be design without a Designer. But I couldn't find
any way to believe in God without religions. So I studied them all.
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It was religion specifically Islam, (although I must admit they were
fanatics), who put me in my wheelchair and pain. And for that they think they
will be rewarded by having entrance to Paradise. Well of course I could not
believe in that religion because any God must be a God of love and there is no
love in that way of thinking. Then I looked at Christianity - but there is no
love in that either because what sort of God would require the sadistic blood
sacrifice of his own son to save the world and then send all those who failed to
believe in him to hell to be tortured for eternity? Then I looked at the Eastern
religions with their doctrine of karma and their caste system and saw that they
treat the dalits, (outcasts) with utmost cruelty and
barbarism . I looked at all these religions and all I
saw in all of them was superstition, hatred and control. And I still believed in
a God of love.
I also believed in scientific medicine and not faith healing or all that
gobbledegook. But still I could not find how God could fit into that because a
lot a scientists are against religion. But the more I studied science the more I
saw order behind things. Science being more the evidence of a God than proving
that there is no God. And then I came across Thomas Paine and Deism and suddenly
it all started to make sense.
I got blown up because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got
pain because of scientific reasons because my body was injured. I wasn't being
punished because I didn't believe and because I was an agent of Satan and or his
demons, (which don't exist anyway). I didn't get hurt because of karma and had
lived a bad life in a previous existence. I was just in the wrong place at the
And there is a God - but one of reason who has given me a brain to think
with so I can find a way around my problems together with other people who can
think such as doctors and the people who research and produce medicines to stop
pain and this is the way forward. Not following the understanding of religions
from the dark ages who fill people with superstition based on fear and control.
I am glad I had enough belief in the power of my own intelligence and knowing
that this was given to me by God to help me go forward.
Your website ( http://www.deism.com ) has been one of the things that has pulled me through my
darkest hours and I thank you for it. And God for my God given reason to make
sense of things where people practise their own darkness by relying on revealed
religions and faith even when they demonstrably do not work. Thank God for
reason which has shined like a beacon to me when I was trying to make sense of
things. And thank God for creating it so it could be a path by which we could
come to know him more.
With love and gratitude for the work you do.
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