The Horrible Feeling of Non-Belief

by James R. Watkins

Non-Belief is a horrible place.

I am a rare person. I have been a faithful believer in God since I was about 7. I just knew there was a God and I spoke with him frequently and as casually as I would speak to you if I saw you in person.

I didn’t listen for God to talk back to me because I knew he was probably getting messages from everywhere. I trusted he would hear me but I did not need to hear from him in that moment. It was that trust that saved me from a life of disaster. You hear people say it all of the time, God saved me from myself.

Most people either start out believing because they were raised with religious teachings, or are not raised with religion and convert at some point because of a revelation or event that pushes them towards needing spiritual answers.

Or there are people who just don’t connect with religion for a number of reasons.

And I want to talk to about the people who do not find religion, and the effect it can have on a person’s life, even if they don’t realize it.

I also want to add to all of this what the Urantia Book has taught me about non-belief and the toxic effect it has on a society when religion (or faith) loses its influence.

Is it not true that at our core, most people would like to believe in the following things?:

That there is meaning in life, that life is not just an accident.
That our own life has meaning, that we are here for a purpose.
That there is a higher power who cares about me and I am loved.

Now, perhaps you are the kind of person who doesn’t care about these things. You accept that life is about none of these things and instead, is about what you make it, and the only thing that matters is your legacy, what you leave behind.

On some level this is probably satisfying enough. I know many people who are satisfied with this world view. It is a safe place because it requires no commitment to faith in something that cannot be proven by physical means.

But let me tell you what I have seen, and you tell me if you have seen this also:

People who do not believe in spiritual values, or spirit realities like the afterlife, or Deity, or worship, prayer, submission to a greater higher purpose, are toxically anxious, depressed or bitter, continuously pre-occupied by other people’s business, as many of them have no idea what is missing in their own lives.

Not all non-believers are like this, mind you, but many.

People who are antagonistic about religion or the church (usually because of a bad experience, or for selfish reasons) are among the most hateful, depressed and bitter of people you will meet. Many who are not faithful oftentimes never engage in altruism or service; they have an overriding superior belief that life owes them something.

Many who turn their backs on religious faith live life without hope, they give in to nihilism, the belief that there is no belief, only superstition.

To the faithful there is everlasting hope, And with this faith comes the understanding of purpose that is not in vain, one that allows us to serve with greater purpose.

Faith, not nihilism, takes courage, and it is this saving courage that transforms millions of people from giving in to the seemingly futile nature of human life into agents of positive living.

Hope allowed me to keep my sanity during the many dark times of living, it kept me sane.

I fear that as more people lose religious faith and lose hope, societal structure will start to break down just as the individual starts to break down when he or she loses hope and faith in that greater purpose in living.

I fear that someday, Mental Health Institutes will determine that religion is a disorder and must be treated, when it is in fact, the exact opposite which is the true.

Faith and spiritual conviction most likely PREVENTS or cures many forms of mental illness.

The rise in mental illness is most likely a result of, and inversely proportional to, our cultural distancing from the agelong antidotal effect of religious faith. Our faith is intrinsic to oue mind; it is part of who we are as human beings of will dignity. We are not orphans to a purposeless universe.

Meanwhile, there are leaders who want to diminish or marginalize religious institutions, and believe churches must be forced to adopt secular social policies or face legal action. Catholic services are being forced to adhere to secular law when there are spiritual conflicts such as nurses who are Catholic being forced to perform abortions; churches who wish to remain tax-exempt must provide gender neutral bathrooms despite the teachings of those who attend that church; bibles and other religious literature have been removed from public school libraries because some administrators (and atheist parents) hold that Bibles promote “hate-speech,” by not being “inclusive” of LGBTQ lifestyles.

Our Mental Health industry, fueled by enormous profits, disregards the role of faith in mental health care to the tune of billions of dollars a year in mental health “management.”

But isn’t it more likely that the lack of spiritual faith is a precursor to poor mental health? What is depression, anxiety, loneliness and nihilism? these could be signs of a restless human soule who doesn’t know where he fits in life because he or she has been convinced he has no soul, that only the physical world matters, that there are no eternal meanings, only present meanings? Millions of lost souls have been convinced that there is no God, through our education and media, that there is no afterlife, there is no real purpose other than the here and now, and that this world view is the only reasonable worldview; anything that deviates from this world view must be recognized as a disorder.

I feel like I am watching a scene from the 1950’s moving Inasion of the Body snatchers were society becomes soulless and the few remaining people are hunted down and converted to this nihilistic worldview.

The Urantia Book says that secularism supposes that man does not need God, Recently, such attitudes have become more aggressive, almost antagonistic towards Deity. Marxism and communism provide fair examples of the secular world view being embraced on a global scale.

In our education and media we see that religion has become a politically charged word, which means it is one step away from being regulated as hate speech. the word God, may one day be regarded as the G word, a word that causes great stress when uttered to those who are “deity-neutral.”

The Urantia Book also warns that a society without God cannot last, quote, “any more than a solar system could be supported without gravity,” paper 195.

What does a world without God look like?

Mental illness, lax morality, gender confusion, the celebration of vice as virtue, the promotion of fetishism in place of character-building, the pursuits of self in place of service, breakdown of family life, a general debasement of culture, crime, drug use, youth violence, religious persecution and oppression.

Non-belief requires no commitment on the part of the self, no skin in the game, no emotional commitment, no real pursuit of character building. Non belief requires nothing on the part of the believer. Non-belief leads to little or no truth discernment or even the pursuit. of truth itself, except as expressed in physical reality.

Only a belief in a supreme being or external force greater than himself enabled mankind to grasp eternal realities that sustain civilization from one generation to another,” but if this generation no longer values the past truths, or the religious heritage that is the result of thousands of generations of truth seekers who produced vast wealths of knowledge and wisdom, then what happens when that society loses or destroys such wealth of wisdom?

What happens to a society that prioritizes present truth, while disregarding the past, because it is relative only to immediate needs? What happens is we are truly one step away of global tyranny if this trend continues.

It is feasible that there may be yet another religious underground, people who must hide their faith or face persecution, as is already the case for a1.4 billion people.

These are my words, gained from what I have learned from the Urantia Book and from Christian beliefs in general. As a Jesusonian, one who believes in the divinity of Jesus and also follows his teachings, the pocket of believers is getting smaller as the world’s troubles increase.

This is best exhibited in the friend I spoke of earlier. 

There comes a point in a person life where they have the make decision as to whether they accept the divine plan of perfection attainment, or as our Christian friends tell us, growing in grace and doing the Father’s will, or reject that plan. And we all know that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can make that decision.

I believe the world has not yet hit rock bottom, and it won’t as long as people still hold on to faith.

Without it, we are lost.

And this is why we do Urantia Radio, to tell people there is something fantastic waiting for them, but it starts with one simple thing. Faith.

Right now the greatest challenge os for people of faith to unite and pushback against social policies that advocate religious persecution. Social Justice warriors will use social advocacy to merit a legal defense against religious institutions. We must push back by calling people out when this happens.

And in our personal lives, don’t be afraid to talk about the value of faith in ones life. People always hear about treatment by medical means,but no one talks about treating mental anguish with a spiritual approach, and that just means pray, get down on your knees and ask for help.

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To My Fellow Humanist, No Thanks

by Jim Watkins

A group called Good Without God wanted its city to remove a cross that was erected to honor a World War I veteran.

The case, like many, seeks to uphold the seperation of Church and State, with which I firmly agree. The State should never foster or inhibit religion, it’s in our Constitution, and it is relevant because no government should ever pick sides on which faith it supports.

But by the same token, Good without God is a misnomer. How can good without God be real? Good comes from God, good is God in action, his three personality traits are Truth, Beauty and Goodness. God is the source of all that is good, for goodness would not be possible unless human beings could percieve such a divine attribute; as spiritual beings we observe good, therfore, Good Without God contradicts reality.

I understand there are people who choose to believe there is no such thing as God. To many the idea is slavish, unreasonable and archaic. Humanism is exalted as altogether reasonable; hence it becomes defacto materialistic to assume that since no one can prove God exists, such a belief is unreasonable.

But Humanists miss the point. To assume there is no deity is to profess ignorance of origins. We have no idea why human will creatures have evolved, Science can tell us how, but not why.

Only a belief in a first or original source personality can explain why there is personality. If all things material have a source point of origin, then where does individual perception, personality interpretation find its beginnings?

The ‘why’ is God’s purpose.

If one chooses to believe there is no ‘why’ or purpose to the existence to life, then that is a belief system, a postulate that is also unverified.

An argument could be made that any Athiest group who demands the removal of religious symbols is asking for the prohibtion of religion – which is unconstitutional – and is asking the government to assert on one specific belief system or the other. In this case a non-believer is asserting his/her non-belief as factual, but unverifiable, over another who does believe in deity purpose, a belief which is also yet unverifiable.

Here’s the irony. That such sons of God should debate the ethics of governing is in and of itself, proof of mans’ desire to be godly and more perfect in his governorship, a spiritual principle.

To the Humanist, no thanks. I’ll stick with my belief system until you can prove to me that God does not exist.

When Truth No Longer Matters

Anyone who has read the Urantia Book, and in particular, Part 3 on our history, knows that when societies aren’t spiritually hungry, they perish. When man stops looking for the truth, eternal truth, then that man’s days are really numbered.

In paper 195 we are instructed “a society without God is like a solar system without gravity,” meaning there is nothing to hold it together. God is the central force and figure, the stabilizer, the purpose and the origin of life itself. To ignore God is to really ignore true reality, which means a society that ignores God is really a society that is living in its own reality and that reality cannot sustain itself.

When Jesus asked about the end times, and his return, or when the world is about to go through tribulation he said to “look for the signs,”  just as you would observe the changing leafs of a tree when new seasons come.

I see the signs and they are not good. Religious affiliation is down, socialism is on the rise, authoritative totalitarian regimes are gaining strength, drug abuse and the drug trade are exploding, suicides and insanity are increasing (promoted by an over-zealous medical industry that believes everyone one is suffering from something, and therefore must be treated).

The most powerful, influential and wealthy country on the planet is sick, very sick. But at the root of this sickness is that, for the most part, society has given up on God. He is not talked about, he is not referred to (except in relation to social rights or social justice), and outside of church or some religious programming, mainstream media ignores God and anything to do with Jesus.

I am not an evangelical. I am not a Christian as you might define the word, but I do believe in the truths that Jesus taught and I do believe in Him, who came to represent the Father and to show us the way. So I say this with great sadness and even some contempt: How dare we turn our backs on eternal principles when we are the recipients of so much wealth and luxury – at the hands of the millions of people who suffered and toiled so we could have what we have today? How is it that our political leaders have become so corrupted, and our media and all that it represents  has also become so vacuous, pornographic and vulgar? And why do the non-religious hate Christ so much that they are willing to tear down statues for fear of offending someone? From whence comes this great offense that a spiritual figure would cause such pain?

Can we not see the seeds of our own destruction? Can we not hear the cries of the lonely and the despondent for salvation and redemption in a world so cruel that we even now pass laws that allow doctors to kill babies after they are born just to protect a “woman’s right to choose?” (I understand the necessity in a promiscuous society to provide life planning options to young people who may not be prepared for child-rearing, but the line of decency keeps getting pushed back where we don’t even see our own cruelty because it has become categorized as a “right”).

Urantia (Earth) is a troubled-planet. From the very first human, we have been slightly askew, different from the rest of our cosmic brethren. We know that Michael chose our world for his seventh bestowal because we were backward and lost, and while I am grateful there are still millions upon millions of people who have found God through Jesus, it’s not the flock who frighten me. It’s the other 60 percent of humanity who are quite frightening, and off course.

Books like the Urantia Book should have appeal to people looking for a smart and consistent religious faith, but admittingly, it’s not for everyone. I know this truth, but I also know the number of people who read the Urantia Book is growing, and this gives me comfort. It’s why I do this blog and Urantia Radio broadcasts, to keep the beacon of hope bright for those who are passing ships looking for safe harbor.

To the future we look and see mystery, but if the past is any indication, then we are in for a very rocky ride. Strap yourself in.

In God we must trust, indeed.

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James R. Watkins is the creator of UrantiaRadio.com and the editor of this blog. James is also th eauthor of The Urantia Book: Exploring a New Revelation,” and host of Candidly Speaking on UrantiaRadio.wordpress.com

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An Argument for the Existence of God

   An argument for God is but a mere belief that life is more than just materially derived.
   I hold in my hand a Sandisc memory card. It was created by human beings. We took organic material, using elements from the ground, and with precision and coordination, created a mechanism that performs a specific task. It moves binary data from one place to another. We created it so that it can serve a purpose, indeed an apparent invisible purpose to most.
   Could not the same argument be made with regard to our solar system? Organic materials, designed and aligned to perform a certain function, whereas which comes into existence a world of living, breathing, functioning human beings, themselves consisting of organic materials, designed and arranged in such a way as to be able to perform a certain function, and yet we would observe such a phenomena such as life itself, as being accidental, its purpose invisible.
   An argument for God is an affirmation, an acknowledgement, that there is order and purpose in an otherwise material existence, even if we, in our present state, are ignorant to its underlying purpose.