Thanks for your question.. Hopefully I can shed some light on it for you.
I want to know where I am going when I die---the "me" that is inside my body. If there is a God who will give me these answers, I want to know
You're going to decompose or transform into ashes. You're body will give nutrients and life to the soil. Or a nice decoration in your granddaughters living room inside a vase. The "you" that is inside is exactly that. You're a unique, highly-evolved organism that is just starting to grasp existence.
In the.. many words of Alan Watts: “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” “You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.” “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” “You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”
It's all about perspective and where you were brought up. The "God" of the Bible was invented in a time where people thought the earth wasn't round and had very little understanding of our place in space and time. The stories can form some great morals but I have very little compassion for those so pursuant on pushing a specific religion as "THE ONLY WAY..."
It's a very selfish opinion that is hardly reputable. Look outside at night. The stars you are seeing are suns and planet surround many of them. All matter is from the same source, a giant gas cloud light years away. The "picture" you're looking at is a moment in the past.. many of the stars you see are not even there (in the stars present moment).. yet light is still traveling to us. This shows the level of understand that only 100 years ago, humans did not have.
What makes you think a "God" has understand such as humans?
Why did your God not deliver a message to the dinosaurs? Do you believe animals don't have feelings? Do you believe animals are incapable of learning moral code or receiving "voices" in their heads such as those in the Bible received from your "God"? Do you really believe God waited 5+ billion years for humans to evolve to start shaping the social/moral structure of Earth?
Even if there was such a thing as a "God" in the way the Bible describes... he would look at us humans as we look at mold on a piece of bread. I think Christians take a turn for the worse when they truly believe "God" is more believable as the fictitious Bible's portrayal, rather than simply the beautiful, complex interaction of the Universe as a whole.
You can live a happy, full-filling, morally acceptable, socially respected life without being a religious nut. Simply take a look at the entirety of everything. The sky, other cultures and religions. Start asking questions and wondering why.. Lead don't follow. Religion creation was a big hit in the 1800's and back... the cultures of the past craved this human-derived "God" figure. They had a massive thirst for knowledge and understanding when it comes to the big questions humans have.. Why are we here? How did we get here? Where do we go afterwards?
As time has passed and our technology and understanding has risen, many have came to a conclusion.. and that is... we're here due giant gas cloud far out in the unknown. We're moving further away from it every second. What we do here is up to ourselves. I'll spend mine being compassionate, helpful, kind and giving as much as I can while maintaining a loving relationships with friends/family, a job, shelter, food, and the occasionally peaceful walks the the woods. Meantime, you may keep asking selfish questions such as why aren't people following MY faith and MY god..
"One man with courage is a majority." ~ Andrew Jackson
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