Tomorrow (Thursday, couple days after my 64th birthday) I may be getting the news that my life will soon be over. A number of my friends at the workplace are aware of this possibility. Some of them are quite religious and believe in the power of prayer and believe in preparing your soul for God. Examples:
Our HR Director sends me an e-mail every day, titled "Word" and inserts a bible quote, most relating to getting ready for God.
Some others keep telling me that they are "praying for me".
A VP came into my office the other day, closed the door, and talked about getting ready for God.
Oddly enough ( or maybe not so odd), Katie is "mad" at God. I never read it but I am aware of a book called Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?. Perhaps she should read it. Perhaps not.
I was baptized as a Roman Catholic. I attended Gesu Catholic School for 6 years before changing to a public school system for Junior and Senior High. Go Whitmer Panthers! My family went to Mass every Sunday, did not eat meat on Fridays. But by my teenage years I was questioning the existence of God. In my early 20s Cindy (Wife 1.0) and I joined some friends in an "alternative church". Even though it was officially an Episcopal congregation it was very-unstructered and the Sunday services rarely mentioned "supreme beings". When Cindy left me (2nd year of marriage) I blamed my church.
Over the years it became apparent that my view leans toward agnostic. The only times I have been inside a church since 1973 is for weddings or funerals.
I am perplexed because I struggle to make those who talk to me about "getting ready for God" feel at ease. It is a beautiful thing that they like/respect me so much that they are so "encouraging" about my afterlife (if there is one). When I told the VP that I was agnostic he immediately went into the talk we often hear: "Where did all these beautiful things come from? The beautiful earth, the beautiful mountains, the beautiful animals? They didn't just happen. A Supreme Being brought forth all this beauty."
I greatly appreciate their positive vibes, concerns, wishes. I struggle to do more than mumble, "Thank you, I appreciate those thoughts very much."
I know that Cyburbia has a few atheists, a few agnostics, quite a few believers. Not sure if I am asking for your thoughts or just considering my position via sharing my thoughts.