When the realisation suddenly dawned on me that religion was an entire heap of self-important crap, inspired by a kind of group hysteria and wishful thinking, and so, ipso facto there was no God, and when I made the big ‘I am an atheist’ call, it took me a little while to realise that ‘atheist’ actually means a complete lack of belief in anything supernatural.
Now I’m someone who always believed that there was ‘something else out there’- I’m close to people who claim to have had ghost experiences and I myself have had strikingly memorable dreams that have come true. (Mind you, I was never someone who just accepts any airy fairy thing that crosses my path. Start with me about homeopathic vaccinations and things will probably become very heated, very quickly).
But when I became a proper card carrying skeptic; a member of the organising committee for a national convention none the less, I renounced everything metaphysical, paranormal and not grounded in credible science. My eyes were opened to the truth, and the stupidity and gullibility of a really large amount of the world’s population.
I could talk on hot reading and cold reading and sleep paralysis induced hallucinations and the fact that with the number of people
dreaming every night its really not surprising that a couple of hundred dream about a plane exploding or a car crash on the night before it happens (although THAT bit still makes perfect sense). Masses of that is still valid. There are many many charletans out there, defrauding the public with magic potions and promises of true love waiting.
But now we have the well documented and much harped on still quiet voice that I seem quite preoccupied with.
Coupled with the fact that I’m still quite the skeptic, and I can’t shake the need for proof.
And then there’s the doubt, of course.
So, it occurred to me some time last year that IF I could find a legitimacy in the existence of after-life communication, and IF I could find enough evidence to convince me that ghosts exist, then this would be proof that the corporeal body is not all that there is, and that there is some sort of ‘soul’. Or at least the atheistic belief that when you die you die and that’s it, would be untrue.
If psychics are honest, and if experiences with ghosts are true, then it leaves open the possibility that there may be a God.
And once I make the jump from there being absolutely nothing after death, to there being something, then it would be much easier for me to go from that something to their being a God.
Now I’m just getting long winded and obtuse. Part 2 to follow…