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Is God Your Co-Pilot or Are You His?

Religious people often claim to be the servants, slaves, pawns, etc. of God and make claims such as “God is my co-pilot.” What they mean by co-pilot isn’t that God helps them drive through life, but that God does the driving while they just sit in the passenger seat with a glazed look on their faces. The point that I am trying to make is that many religious people believe that God is in complete control over their lives and they are just puppets in his divine plan.

And yet, these religious people are constantly trying to manipulate God’s divine plan. The paradox is that while religious people claim the false modesty of being powerless, they are the ones who are constantly exerting their power in an attempt to manipulate their deity into treating them with favor. If they follow these crazy rules or live their life in this way or that, God will love them more than he loves others and make them special. God will be on their side. When the end comes, they will be part of the chosen people who will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Interestingly enough, God’s entire divine plan rests on whether or not these religious people are able to convince God to treat them with favor by following the divine code. If someone doesn’t live their life the way God wants them to, than God may not bless them and his entire divine plan would be ruined. It seems to me that God’s divine plan is at the mercy of these religious people and how well they can follow the crazy directions laid out in their Holy Book. So who is really driving the car of life?

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  • http://www.myspace.com/itsahicke Her3tiK

    The fundies are back seat drivers, trying to give directions nobody wants to hear.

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-11708-Philadelphia-Reason--Religion-Examiner ShaunPhilly

    God says to turn left. But he only wants to go to the strip joint, so he’s probably leading you astray.

  • Hmmm

    Since loosing my religion I have both felt a loss of power over my own life and at the same time a new sense of responsibility for it, for myself. I use to ask God, “why” all the time and beg for change and then wonder why nothing was happening. Yet still, I felt that my ability to communicate with God gave me supernatural power over my life. Now, I feel like the world is insane and dangerous and I have a very limited amount of control, but when things go wrong and when I don’t like something about myself or my life, I step up to the plate and fix it instead of wasting my time on begging God to change it for me or looking for the hidden agenda of God in the events. I am far more functional and happy now.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      One of the lines in your blog today inspired this blog of mine today. So thank your for that.

      • Hmmmm

        I noticed, thanks :-) Good offshoot!

    • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

      “but when things go wrong and when I don’t like something about myself or my life, I step up to the plate and fix it instead of wasting my time on begging God to change it for me or looking for the hidden agenda of God in the events. I am far more functional and happy now.”


      I live with Asperger’s syndrome and becoming atheist has helped me overcome my issues since I know now that I have to take control of my fate because no one else will.

      • Hmmmm

        Thats the best attitude to have!

  • Jim

    Lots of truth in what you post here—coming from a Christian Believer

    There is a verse in 2 Tim about people in these last Days “having a form of godliness but denying the Power” as if power in self is supreme. Or, it just may be that many Christians deny that He has the Power to change hearts when and if He does.

  • fernanie2002

    I wonder if they understand how ridiculous prayer is. If god is in control and is all knowing and has everything planned/mapped out then why would you pray?

  • Mr. X

    Sounds about right.

    You need to read “The Family” by Jeff Sharlet. I’m about halfway through, and it’s already touched on a lifetime of religious/political talking-points.

  • http://www.myspace.com/DD_NU4EVER Diana

    Their religion paints them as weak, sinful peons…of course they are overbearing control freaks. People of the faith have it drilled into their heads that their god controls every part of their life, from shit and piss to career and day of death. Every little minute detail of their very existence is planned before their grandparent’s parents were conceived. Of course this kind of message would leave them feeling weak. If their lives are planned out then no matter what they do it is part of the plan. They could spontaneously combust and that would be part of god’s plan. They could eat saltine crackers until they asphyxiate and that would be part of god’s plan. No matter what they do it’s part of his plan. So, in that respect they must assume that me being an atheist is part of god’s plan and that the holocaust was part of god’s plan and that EVE eating that damn apple was part of god’s plan!
    If god planned for eve to eat that damn fruit then it is gods fault for everything! We have free will but we have gods plan too. That means god anticipates our choices or has a non-linear existence. Either way, he knew what was going to happen and he did nothing, or he planned for it to happen for whatever purpose. This brings me back to god being evil. If something bad is going to happen, and you know about it, you HAVE to stop it if you can. If you do not even try you are morally bankrupt.
    Also…if we have free will and then god changes our hearts, isn’t he taking away our free will? He’s altering our choices via mind control…
    Of course, all this is BS because there is no god, no eve, and no ultimate plan. Your life is your own and if something bad happens it’s tough shit, bad luck, a stupid mistake or you were made someone’s victim. If something great happens is a happy happenstance, good luck, you got skills or someone (a physical person) helped you out. No god(s) involved.
    Who’s my co-pilot? Well, my fiancé I guess. We are equal partners in every way and that’s a co-pilot, an equal, a partner. Not some mythological deity from antiquity…dumb ass
    Good blog Staks :)