We should focus on the wonders of Mother Nature, not a fictitious God
Over the past few months I have read all the letters featured in your Mailbox section relating to readers' beliefs in religion and the existence of God.
I am 81 years old, disabled due to cancer 20 years ago which resulted in my having 34 operations.
I am also a haemophiliac, but I do not blame a God for these ailments, or thank him for my survival.
I consider myself very fortunate to be alive. Can I please explain?
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When the Earth first settled in our galaxy billions of years ago – a timescale will never be established – we can only assume that life as we know it did not exist.
Eventually, after being barren for many, many years, the ice age formed, but subsequently melted almost completely, due to atmospheric reasons, which produced seas, rivers and lakes.
From some of these waters evolved various forms of life, due to Mother Nature, and eventually human life evolved.
Therefore, it appears that Mother Nature has been around since the Earth settled in our galaxy and should be the only existing important being to thank and worship for our existence today, together with all the beauty and disasters which prevail all over the world.
To conclude, it seems obvious that human beings alone invented God, evil weapons and wars, and greed and jealousy.
It would make more sense if religious people and establishments concentrated on spreading the wonders of Mother Nature, which has existed since time began.
People of the world should be positive and not worship fictitious stories written by humans who have only been on this Earth for a very short number of years.
PS I doubt that you will give me space on your page for this letter, but I believe that I have given a realistic view of why we are here.
J G Heighton, Wigston.