God is the correct answer to a silly question.
This fantastic sight wasn’t created. It evolved that way. The NGC 1672 Spiral Galaxy © Hubble Telescope.
A young woman confronted me recently about my last post. She was angry at me because it made sense. All her life, even though she doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion, she still wanted to believe that somewhere out there, there was something more than the life that we have. Apparently she was dissatisfied with how her life turned out and hoped that there was something more. So I conceded that yes, there is something more, but it is probably not spiritual. She was furious: “Why not?” She prodded. “How else can we explain our existence if there isn’t some grand purpose to it?” This post is my answer to her question.
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One who has tough questions should never ask them of those who fear the answers.
Have you ever had one of those moments growing up when you were presented with an idea that you immediately accepted, but deep in the recesses of your mind, something didn’t add up? That was my entire childhood really. That’s basically how I grew up with religion. This post is for all the younger folks out there who have questions they are either afraid to ask or were given circular, useless answers. Read on to see what all your church elders were so afraid of.
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“Sometimes the truth is inexplicable – and that is the plain and simple truth.”
Consider this: If a dog really did eat your homework, how’re you going to prove it? You could examine the bowel movement of the animal. However, assuming your homework was written on paper, it would have already become an indistinguishable, finely digested mulch at that point. The teacher’s skepticism about your story is palpable though, largely because of their inability to prove it and the unlikelihood of its occurrence. Does your teacher’s doubt about your story prove that it isn’t true? No. Yet, this is how skeptics think. They believe that whatever can be doubted is not likely to be true. Skeptical Atheists love this technique for asserting the “likely” non existence of God. While that is true on some level, it’s easily the worst way to make any kind of assertive proof of anything.
“Without proof, belief is still belief – even if you believe in nothing.”
Is Atheism a religious belief? Most would argue no, since atheism is purportedly anything but religious. However, of late I’ve been observing a pattern among atheists that has made the entire movement frightfully indiscernible in motive from the very religious proponents they seek to rebut. The trouble lies in the fact that the argument between the two camps is about insubstantial belief – something that is unquantifiable one way or another. As a result, both sides of the fence are making all of the same mistakes – which is why their motivations must be called into question. That is the point of this post. Nonbelievers and people with imaginary friends, follow me for a moment. I have a few things I want to pick your brains about.
“The idea of God is a pseudo-religious anthropomorphication of an extra-dimensional force of nature.”
y very first blog entry delved into the concept that we live in a very logically structured mechanised universe. My second entry sought to explain the nature of the master of this domain. Now considering all things, neither entry delved any deeper than our common understanding of these things. I say “common”, because those are ideas that anyone, given some careful observation of the world around them, could have derived on their own. The truth of the matter however, is that our understanding of God and the Universe is still a very human one. In the post immediately before this one, I explained that our obsession with love is not much more than our obsession with ourselves. The same can be said of our understanding of God and the Universe. What is really going to blow your mind, is that for the last 10,000+ years of recorded human civilization, we’ve always imposed a human image upon our understanding of our universe. Everyone from the native American Indians who worshipped the great spirit right back to modern day Christians have always worshipped a humanised God.
What this post is going to do, is to throw everything you think you know and understand about God and our universe out the window – and start with very simple ideas, layering them with progressively more complex ideas, until we have a logical explanation of that concept we collectively refer to as God. Eventually, you will realise that we’re not doing anything different today from those who worshipped forces of nature that they barely understood. Now follow me closely, as this is going to be a very deep mind assault of epic proportions.
“Religions persist because most people prefer to be told what to believe.”
Most of the world’s religions, including Christianity, can be traced back to the same sources, causes and primary elements that were passed down from generation to generation – each adding their own twist to a growing mythology. This, the final chapter of Christianity on Trial will attempt to critically examine almost everything you’ve come to believe in with merciless, academic precision. I will clinically reduce it’s core concepts to elementary causation and systematically expose it for what it really is. When I’m done, I dare you to continue believing what you believe. This post will succinctly reaffirm every ounce of doubt you ever had and cause you here on after, to think like I do – never taking anything you hear for granted ever again. Can you handle the truth? Are you ready to see what I want to show you?
WARNING: This particular entry doesn’t respect any sacred lines. It doesn’t pull any punches and it is not aimed at being politically correct. If you’re not a critical thinker, then this information may either shock or offend your sensibilities if you haven’t heard it all before. All of the information presented here can be researched and verified on your own. In fact, I encourage you to not accept anything you read here. I am very confident that if you did your own research, you will come to very similar if not exactly the same conclusions. Read on if you dare.