I remember the first time I saw this bumper sticker on a guitar case at church:
I was blown away at its simple and beautiful statement. With God, the God of Abraham of course, in our hearts, we as believers have a peace of mind that people without Him couldn’t possibly understand. It was a bold and profound statement that bolstered my faith and made me feel a strong sense of solidarity with my fellow believers.
Imagine my surprise when years later I found the opposite to be true. That holding no recognition of a god or gods was actually when true peace finally met me. I’d come to realize that much of my inner turmoil, frustration and stress was directly associated with belief in a god and trying to make my faith work. Working to find agreement with what my brain thought and my heart felt, had dead ended me to a intellectually dishonest place where I couldn’t stand to stay in anymore.
Being able to take the world as it is and accept my fellow man unconditionally was the first time my mind felt at ease in my adult life. Realizing that we’re not born broken by default and forced to accept a cure to a disease we don’t have was my ultimate awakening.
My name is Nathan Pratt and I’m exceptional for the mere fact of existing and you are, too. We’re not broken. We’re not incomplete. We’re not unworthy.
I didn’t feel fully alive until I was almost 30 years old. To have no gods is to be free. To have no gods is to know peace.