This is my first thread where I will discuss part of my new spiritual views. I do not believe life is a struggle against our wretched base instincts. Unless you are born with a second Y chromosome which makes you prone to extreme violence, I have no urge to commit acts of violence. I do have thoughts of sexuality and committing violence, but I do not believe in a God who demands you struggle against your thoughts. To do acts of violence or what people perceive as sexual immorality requires correction, but it's not an outright war. Nobody else ought to be crusaders against evil. Instead, when we embrace love, evil will go away. I do not believe in a God who gets angry because to get angry suggests weakness of control. If you believe God is all powerful and all loving, you can take it for granted that good will prevail. I also do not believe in a God of sacrifice. I do not believe God demands you sacrifice physical pleasures, sacrifice feelings of self-worth, sacrifice relationships or sacrifice material possessions. That's not to say you embrace materialism and become narcissistic because in the case of the former, it makes life a struggle and a fight to obtain and keep things and in the case of the latter that is a sacrifice against loving others. I do not believe Satan is whispering things into your ear and you need to block his voice out. Which is why study of other religious persuasions is not evil nor is study of evolution. Life is not us versus them where we have to be in a bubble to separate the evil OTHERS. All human beings are children of God. There is no such thing as God's Elect. All you need to do is ask for love, and it shall be granted. No need for elaborate rituals and ceremonies of any of the world's religions to appease God. Now after everything I have said, you might be asking "Well what about all the evil done in the world and things like cancer?" Well for the latter I would say yes, life is a struggle against natural forces but for the former I would say that while evil needs correction, we need not fear it or struggle and fight in a desperate attempt to save our own souls and the souls of others. We can be confident that salvation is a given if we but ask and we can also be confident that good will prevail. If any atheists or theists disagree with anything said here, I'd be interested to read about it.