The Voice Inside

I once believed the voice inside my head was God.
I once believed the voice in me that said
That taking things that are not mine is wrong,
That hitting and hurting others is wrong,
That saying things which are not true is wrong—
That simple voice was God.

But the voice said many other things as well:
That torture and slavery are savagely wrong,
That subjugating women is inhumanly wrong,
That building gilded shrines and lavish temples
While children suffer and starve is heartlessly wrong.
What voice was this?

This voice inside my head also cried out
That punishing people for working on a “holy day”
Or for having sex with someone they love
Or for denying belief in unbelievable things—
These punishments are undeniably wrong.
Was this a different voice?

I once turned to that voice to decide my path,
To tell me what I should live for,
To tell me what I must oppose,
To tell me who to marry, where to live, what to do—
I tried to pledge myself entirely to that voice.
At that, the voice seemed suddenly silent.

So what is this voice inside my head
That speaks in the accent of my ancestors,
That encourages me when I struggle,
That chides me when I come up short,
That dares me to question and to reason,
That compels me to be better, to know more, to grow?

I once believed the voice inside my head was God,
But now I recognize that voice
As it enunciates my humanity,
That voice of intellect, of passion and compassion, of imagination—
That voice is no one else’s.
That voice is humbly, proudly, simply…me.

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About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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7 Responses to The Voice Inside

  1. Sylvia says:

    Wow…beautiful

  2. holly says:

    There is a voice inside of you That whispers all day long, “I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.” No teacher, preacher, parent, friend Or wise man can decide What’s right for you– – just listen to The voice that speaks inside.~ Shel Silverstein

  3. Amanda S. Moores says:

    Since shedding the burden of blind faith and embracing my unbelief, I’ve heard people ask: But what if you’re wrong and there is a Heaven and you didn’t believe so you’re going to Hell? Well, #1 – if that’s true then so be it. That’s my tough luck. BUT #2 – I’d like to think that if there is a Heaven, my admittance, or lack thereof, would be based on the way I lived my life. Not simply on whether or not I was a believer. And I live my life as a good person, not because God says I should or because I hope to go to Heaven, but because that is ME.

    I came across this quote that embodies my thoughts perfectly:

    “Regarding my actions in this world, I care little in the existence of a heaven or hell; self-respect does not allow me to guide my acts with an eye toward heavenly salvation or hellish punishment. I pursue the good because it is beautiful and attracts me, and shun the bad because it is ugly and repulsive. All our acts should originate from the spring of unselfish love, whether there be continuation after death or not.”
    — Heinrich Hein, DAS BADER von LUCCA

    • M. Rodriguez says:

      thanks amanda for the comment,

      I think for me, when I get the question “What if I am wrong?,” I can’t help to think to myself, that this is such a silly question. Cause what should a person do if they possibly wrong?….Keep investigating and researching until they find the suitable answer.

  4. Noel says:

    Hmmm! Beautiful and touching. I sometimes wonder about the “voice” that also talks to me during the day and lets me know what is right and wrong. Is it my conscious, or my soul, or a higher Being? Still reflecting.

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