June 3, 2016
The Proofs of God, or Not!
I avoid proving someone’s faith in God is wrong, choosing to believe in God is a personal decision and one I do not wish to interfere with. What I object to is the assumption that one’s thinking or faith is the absolute truth without so much as taking the time to surf the thoughts of those who believe otherwise. That seems arrogant to me.
I do not say there is no God, only that the existence of God cannot be intellectually proven and appears to be out of our reach. God may indeed exist but God’s existence is unprovable, proving God exists is probably intellectually superior to human understanding and awareness.
There may be God but an acceptable definition of God is difficult to concretize as there are many views of a divine being. There may be no God and that idea is also unprovable. So, with both the existence of God and the non-existence of God as possibilities, and there is no proof of either, we are left to speculate.
Many speculate on the idea of God coming from a particular religion usually called their faith. I no longer hold to faith, as I believe there is much more than the story religion or faith tells us. Personally, I would go so far as to say religion is dead for me. Spirituality is what I try to understand. There is a big difference. However, neither religion nor spirituality can be proven. So, we are left to speculate and some speculate so much so that they end up crystallizing their thinking into religion. Somehow that brings comfort to them, as it appears most religious are horrified at the idea that once this life ceases to exist there is nothing beyond the grave. As a result, they lose a basic curiosity about their world and a sense of what it is like to be present now and in its place believe they have found truth and a supposed eternal future. That is regrettable and unfortunate, as the proofs of that kind of thinking do not exist. Taking the speculative road appears ingenuine to me as it is based on faith and not reason.
About Ed Anderson
I am "non-religious", not an atheist as some suppose, since after reading what I have written many wonder if I believe in "God", I just don't have a name for the concept, "God", nor do I have an origination story or theological mystery tour to stretch your faith. (I have no proof of what I believe and I wonder if my belief in "God" is supportable as I have increasing doubts.) I just can't accept an inflexible point of view that says, "I know what you need, and I know what you should know and here it is, you can have it too." Religionists present yet another obstacle to finding "truth" as they claim to have succeeded exclusively in finding it.
Having been a part of the religious scene for years it is clear to me how easily duped we are to believe in something we have no proof of, has caused an abundance of divisions, and "territorialized" people into believers and non-believers.
Furthermore, my belief in "God" equates to the larger perspective which includes an awareness of "God" in everything. I speculate at times whether or not consciousness is "God" So, my belief in "God" does not necessarily match up to the Christian/Judaeo tradition of a being existing somewhere in the beyond or in one's "heart". If there is a "God" he/she/it could be anywhere and in anything.
Though I believe in God, it is not a belief in the God of Scripture. Too many “holes” in Scripture to satisfy my inquiring mind. It may indeed point me in the right direction but I find it not only unreliable but full of plagiaristic thought and re-writing of some of history’s interesting solutions. I much prefer to trust the minds of men and women who conjecture on the basis of what we now know of our universe than those men and women who trust the minds of ancient spiritual guides who, in turn, contributed to a book allegedly “inspired” by God. It is all unprovable, either side of this argument, but I prefer to invest most of my thinking in current ideas rather than those that show little support in logic. Do I hear an "Amen"?
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