Re: God

We all have a form of faith when it comes to godhood and the afterlife.  We may believe that there is a supreme being; but there is no way to prove that.  We may also believe that there is no god, no afterlife, and that the only things that truly exist are those that can be proven through the Scientific Method.  However, this is also a form of belief, because this same person cannot prove scientifically that a deity does not exist.  Thirdly, we may believe that, if a deity exists, we don’t care because it doesn’t affect our lives personally.  This decision to be undecided is still a decision in the negative toward the existence of deity.

So if everyone has a belief system, the question is begged: who is right?  What is true?

I think that’s the whole point.

When you get down to it, down to the essence of allegiance to any collection of beliefs, you want to be convinced that what you believe is true.  You don’t want to waste your life on a lie.  Is everyone with me on that?

It has been said that inside all of us, there is a god-shaped hole; and every person throughout history tries to fill it.  They may fill it with a system of beliefs in a being on a higher dimension than their own, or they may fill it with pursuits of ambition and temporal pleasure.  But it is universally acknowledged that there is something inside us, urging us to become more than what we are, to aspire to be good; urging us to be truthful, reliable, generous, and loving.  These qualities are held in high esteem globally, from century to century and culture to culture.  That man as a species has a conscience, and has acknowledged the higher good throughout history, cannot be denied.

If man has tried to attribute the higher good to a greater being, era after era, culture after culture – could it be possible that there really is something to the whole concept of deity?  If enlightened men, who hold goodness in high regard, do not consider this possibility, then they are fools, are they not?

If a god exists, then some form of respect is required, if nothing more than for the abilities and power that the deity holds.  But what if the deity is possessive – that the deity claims to have created this world, and the universe in which it spins.  And what if that deity is jealous about it’s right to ownership, expecting that the creation it made should acknowledge it as creator and give it their allegiance?  What then?  Do we rail against the deity’s claim and demand our freedom?  That would be a silly notion; if we are mature, we don’t rail against our own mothers who gave us birth and then claim the right to call us their children.  We agree that parenting is a good thing, and that giving birth gives us the right of guiding the immature toward maturity.

Okay, so if we can see that as a good thing from a temporal parent, why can we not see that as a good thing from a deific parent?

Ahhh, we put limits on it, don’t we.  Both the parent and the deity must conform to a set of guidelines in order to deserve our respect.  And what are those guidelines?  To be truthful, reliable, generous, and loving.  Wait, aren’t those the same qualities of that god-shaped hole discussed earlier?  Ironic, isn’t it?

But can we really apply those same guidelines from human to god?  If the deity exists on a higher plane, could the reasoning the deity uses also be on a higher plane, inaccessible to our temporal way of thinking?  If the god does things, and says things, that are inscrutable – do we then dismiss the deity because we don’t quite understand it’s motives and behaviors or agree with them?

Don’t teenagers across the globe try to do this very thing with their own parents, thinking they are more mature and understand the world better than their sires?  And didn’t older people counsel the teenagers to listen to their parents, because the parents were actually smarter than the teenager thought they were?  And didn’t the teenager choose not to listen to this advice, instead choosing to rebel and petulantly demanding his own freedom at his own time and in his own way?  And didn’t the teenager suffer the consequences of that decision?  Yes, we all know teenagers like that, and we ourselves possibly were teenagers like that.  It wasn’t until we were older that we understood our own folly.

It is common in this age of enlightenment to think that those who believe in a higher power only do so as a crutch for their own weaknesses.  Perhaps it is those who are fearful of a higher power’s claim of authority that have the crutch, choosing disbelief as an excuse for their petulant insistence on freedom from authority.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. myartefacts
    Apr 09, 2011 @ 08:19:49

    Love this post, Charlene, and I’m pleased to have found your blog. I have just subscribed, because I’m into polymer clay too. My blog is allchainedup.wordpress.com.

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