My "God" picture..

I hope i won't lose readers because of this, but I just gotta be me.. I am responding to readers comments on my "I call this 'God'" post, I hope you will continue to read my blog because of my papercrafts/photography/general contribution in our craft world.. but i just gotta say:
i won't ever believe in god.. i've been there, tried that, and i'm a fact-based person. i believe in science.. i believe in carbon-dating, evolution and the big bang theory. I know there are Christians that believe all of that AND believe in God too, but I just don't.

i called that picture "GOD" because as Char eluded to, it's the stereotypical scene movie and tv-makers use when "God" speaks to them. (think "Touched by an Angel..)

I think along the lines of what Oprah talks about. Positive thinking, karma, being kind to people and our earth, and living this life to the fullest because this is all i've got. I've got an amazing child, career, fiance and invigorating hobbies because I have persevered in my trials/tribulations ie: sexual abuse by a family friend for many years as an infant/toddler, discovery that I was going to be a single mother when I found out I was pregnant (the guy said, and I quote, "you're on your own,") and various battles with weight, eating disorders and general life crap...

Please know that I accept all people's personal freedom of choice. It's wonderful that we live in a society that affords us this freedom, and my PERSONAL CHOICE, is to live my life as I choose. I don't judge people for believing or not believing in God, being gay, being straight, being single their whole lives, being black/white/asian/indian etc etc... what I DO judge people for, however, is not being true to themselves.. I live my life with integrity and love, and I hope you will accept that, because I accept you.

Love, Tobi

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  1. Well said Tobi. People sometimes get confused when the term god is used and misinterpret the meaning or are surprised when it does not mean the same thing to everyone as is does to them. I respect your opinions and obviously your freedom to choose. Since this is also my first time on this blog let me just say that a) you have some wicked cards and b) your dog is really cute.

  2. I am with you... very well said. I don't 'dis those who believe in God... I do though 'dis those that try and force it upon me. And I totally agree with being true to yourself - and I for one will continue coming back to your blog :)

  3. Hooray, hooray, hooray for science!

    I'm very happy to have found your blog :)

  4. If more people would only apply the ideas of "GOD" then we would live in a happier world. Unfortunately too many people get caught up in GOD that they can't see what is true and right in front of their eyes......I'm still a reader.

  5. I'm with you! You'l never here me complain about what "God" means to you or anyone else...there are all kinds of words that mean all kind sof things...what is important is using those word's for good, like as a sentiment on a card. ;)

  6. I'm with you too !
    I strongly believe in the human being, and I am moved everytime I come into a church, it is not because I believe in God (because I don't), but because of the strength of people.

    And just like you, I won't judge anybody because they believe or not in God, Allah, Buddha or anything else, I don't judge people by the color of their skin, I judge people on their behaviour.

    I'm still your reader !

    xxx from France

  7. I thought (and still do I might add!) think it is a stunning photo, it is the 'chocolate box' image of GOD and when I see the sun breaking through like that I think GOD......because in movies, tv and books that is how GOD is protrayed. I dont care what people believe in, as long as they are nice, hard working, honest, and true to themselves....Your blog rocks!

  8. I didn't understand God either....but the bible teaches you must be born again and now that I am born again I can understand His WORD and I am very thankful for what Jesus did for me. I didn't know this until I was 39 and I am now 55. Tobi you are so can't understand this until you believe and are born again.

  9. I totally get the "god" picture- whenever i see the sun/clouds in that combo, it brings me right back to the days when i was dragged to church and spent most of the time fiddling with the program, that ALWAYS had that exact pic on it!

    And i assume that this post was in response to emails "helping" you? To each their own- I call myself a "humanist". I'll stick around and if you lose a few because you don't believe? They aren't true "christians" imo!

  10. Good for you hun, I totally agree. Its your behaviour towards others and yourself that truly affects the world not a belief or lack of belief in anything. Great blog btw

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  12. A hurtful, and harmful post has been removed. Please keep comments polite. If you want to show me your point of view, that's awesome, that's why I wrote this post, if you want to show me how hateful you can be towards someone for not being christian, your post will be removed..


  13. I'm sorry someone left a mean post! Just wanted to say a couple of things. First, I won't stop reading your blog because of your beliefs! That's silly! You are still a person of great worth! Second, if you ever do have any questions, please feel free to ask me! God is God, and He's good. I know this because of the change He has made in my life. He's in control regardless of what we think. And He loves each of us regardless of what we think!

    Hope you have a great day!

  14. That's sad that people would leave comments on something that you strongly believe in. I believe in GOD and continually do so but would never thought of anyone less just because they do.

  15. Hi Tobi, I'm new to stamping and this is the first time I've seen your blog. You do great work on the cards! Just wanted to tell you that I grew up in church and left it at 20 years old because of experiences with people in the church that hurt my feelings. But being gone over 20 years, this year I returned and am so glad I did. God loves us even when we are floundering around out in this world. He waits for us to return to him...not to people because people are not perfect and never will be. Christ promises us eternal life with him at the end of our time on this earth by following the plan of salvation. I sure hope that one day you will be able to come back to Him and raise your children, too, in the belief in Him to have eternal life and that there is faith and hope in knowing you will be with your loved ones again one day.


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