THE MODERN UTOPIAN


 



 

GOD and the DEVIL?
Isn't it amazing that people thank God for the good that happens to them and never blame God for the bad that happens to them or to anyone else.

THERE ARE NO "ABSOLUTES"

FIRST STEP (We are not ready for this!):

Atheist and agnostic rights must be equal to all others.

They must  be defended as much as any other's rights - women, gays.  Discrimination against them must be punishable though our courts, like all other discrimination.  

(Rights are not to be voted on. That's why they are called rights: "Equality and justice for all" - it's the American Constitutional way.)

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 This page is not against science or religion, even though there  are absolutes in religion and in some scientific circles there is at l east one absolute: religion is bunk.  Herein we will discuss the fundamentals of religion.

    UNDERSTAND, this discussion is not to say that a theistic view of life is wrong. Some people need to believe in God and, if that belief makes their lives more comforting, and if they do not impose that view on others - especially small children - then that is wonderful   for them. 

    UNDERSTAND, this discussion is not to say that an atheistic view of life is wrong.  Some people feel no need for religion or a belief in God, and if they do not impose that view on others - especially small children - then that is wonderful for them.

    THEN, there is another view: AGNOSTIC:

a belief that says, "I do not know". Some people  believe that life and the Universe is too complex  to know for certain, that it is perhaps a bit arrogant to have certainty that a God exists or does not. #

 

    Most people will say they believe in God. Almost an instinctual reaction.   The real question is  "Define what you mean by God?

Heavenly Father? 

A supernatural being that answers YOUR prayers, and not the prayers of others?

The Creator of the Universe? 

Then, where is God?

Most people do not think about it (God).       

    I have had so many years  of formal and informal training in "religion" and philosophy", I have concluded that "God is unknown".  
    Given the vastness of the universe, how can we (with our comparatively tiny brains) be so arrogant to believe that we know!
However, if it helps you feel better, believe as you will, as   long as  it does not hurt others, and hopefully will help others.   (I know many fundamentalist Christians that are wonderful, helpful people   to their fellow human beings.)

 

    When we objectively study religion, not just the Christian religion, we view the "mysteries of the earth" a bit differently.  Soon people, like the Dalai Lama, begin to make more sense because what is really important is to make this earth a better place for all. God will not do that.   It is up to us!   
    People do good things and bad things, not God. Isn't it amazing that believers thank God for the good that happens to them and never blame God for the bad that happens, to them or to anyone else.
    I am neither an atheist or a theist and I always tell people   I am not a Catholic when they see me crossing myself.   Nevertheless, it  is finally great to see more atheists come out of the closet.   
    Alternet.org has 2 articles in a  recent "Most Popular".  One says
        "Atheism is not just about disproving religious belief; it's also a burgeoning social justice movement intent on tearing down the social structures that perpetuate injustice".  
    Anyone who does not care about our fellow humans and the planet's well-being, in my mind, does not really believe in God, no matter how they define it.
 
    There was an incredible Nightline conversation about 
"The Future of God" ...  Please take an hour to view and hear this extraordinary debate:
  
  To me the title was mistaken.  Rather, "The Future of Humans in an Unknown Universe".  They all agreed that traditional religions  and the traditional definition of God have no bearing on the future.  And, there is still a lot that is unknown.   For example, "we do not understand what the relationship between conscience-ness and matter is."  
    With that, we can not totally debunk Deepak Chopa's point of view, even though there is no way to argue against current scientific knowledge.   That knowledge is still limited.     
    Also, as Dr. Rick Hayes-Roth explains in his book, "Truthiness", one pathology among scientists is the tendency "to stubbornly adhere to old ideas that are not consistent with new findings"       (p. 55).
 

      The latest, yet disputable view, is that the Universe is Consciousness.

    For me, that concept began with the views of Deepak Chopra and was expanded by the film, THE QUANTUM MIND.   

    Now there is also a new release by Daviid Wilcock titled, SOURCE CODE INVESTIGATIONS. (His lecture about it can be found on YouTube.)

     Have you heard of Dr. David Eagleman?

He is a young scientist who is absolutely brilliant.
(Of course he is, because he brilliantly explains my point of view).   If you do nothing else, listen to his explaination.
http://www.facebook.com/l/rAQDSWxow/www.youtube.com/watch?v=LENqnjZlink, google or youtGX0A&feature=player_embedded
If you can not get him through this link, you can YouTube him!
 
        I have another point of view which I developed from a philosophy I created in the 1970s called TRANS-SYNTHESIS.           (I will be explaining this in a section of my life story @  mylifeinprocess.com)    That view regarding religion, I called  TRANS-THEISM (which kinda makes this entire discussion irrelevant).  But I just can't help expounding on the irrelevant since most people believe   in the absolute relevance of "it".)  
 
 
    Today, I find it more easy, and a bit humorous, to call myself a "radical agnostic".
    I know  for sure there is not a personal God that answers my prayers and not those of others.  That is such an egocentrism. 
    When we understand we are each smaller than a pea in relationship to the vast unknown Universe, what can we say? 
             "Row, row, your boat..."  and  
             "I am here because I am here because I am here." 
That is about as much as we know.
    Let's make the best of it for ourselves and humanity and  the planet.   #
 
    Here are a few comments I wrote on Facebook recently: 
AN EXAMPLE OF WHY IT IS GOOD TO BE AN "AGNOSTIC"!
    A popular program on cable TV is  "Ghost Stories". 
A teenager sees the ghost of her dead uncle in her home.   She says her mother is supportive and her father thinks she is crazy.  He says, "The Bible tells us that when you die  you go to heaven or hell."  Perhaps he is the crazy one?
         As a believer - Christian or atheist - this young girl is delusional.  As an agnostic you would say, 
"Maybe we are the ones who are crazy because she has perceptions we are missing. We do not have her experiences.  
            Of course, there may very likely be a
            non-supernatural explanation ... or maybe not."
            As an agnostic you neither believe nor disbelieve. You are open to what is, even though you do not know why it is.
 
    ONCE AGAIN: Many, many people need a "faith" in the unknown to help them be happy. That's absolutely okay, isn't it?  As the song goes,
        "Whatever gets you through the night,
        is all right, all right."  
(Originally from the playwright, Tennessee Williams.) 
                                        We're talking not hurting others here.
 
PS:  Remember, it's also okay to be a "radical agnostic". 
They are people who don't know,  even though they often think they do know.  ("That is why I can write this nonsense." 
                                - a radical agnostic kind of statement.)
Speaking of nonsense, most Fundamentalist Christians are what Robert McElvaine calls "Christian-Lites" in his book:
Grand Theft Jesus, The Hijacking of Religion in America.   They believe if they "take Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior" they will    go to heaven.  For most of them, caring about other humans and animals and the earth  is secondary, rather than, as it should be, primary.

 

 

Here is my review and comments on an amazing documentary that to me is directly related to religion as well:

HUBBLE         from - moviereviews1.com           ***

            A documentary on the Hubble space telescope and what it discovers about the universe in which we live.                                  "Is anyone out there?”  

Hubble took more than 10 years and 10,000 people to build. Launched into orbit around the Earth by the shuttle Discovery. After not functioning as hoped, 3 years later astronauts returned to repair it.   In the following 10 years more improvements were made by astronauts.

What we see in this documentary is unbelievable. Trillions and trillions of miles in space.  Strange, unusual, and even beautiful images of stars, galaxies, canyons of clouds.   Even a “star nursery”  containing winds traveling around 5 million mph. Solar systems being created.  Suns forming. 

Astronauts are shown training to work in space.  Showing their preparation and their launch into space.  The universe may be unbelievable, but the ingenuity and complexity and sheer amazement of launching a space shuttle is equally amazing for us lowly human creatures.  In space they must find and capture the Hubble telescope.  (The sun rises and sets every 90 minutes!)  We are shown how they have to overcome great difficulties in order to improve and rejuvenate the Hubble. The rigorous details are described and shown.  Like a science-fiction film but this is real.   A new infrared widescreen camera is installed.  

Now, Hubble finds, in even more detail, a surprising universe, or should I say, a universe and universes and universes that seem to go on forever.   Millions of stars at a glance. 

         “…few hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone”.

2000 galaxies can be seen in one cluster!    Hubble sees objects 10 million light years away.  Hundred of billion of galaxies in clusters and super-clusters, each with billions of stars.

          “...only a small drop in an ocean of galaxies…”

COMMENTARY:  40 years ago I saw a show on the Universe.  Even then, totally amazing.  Theologically, I asked,           “Where is God then?”   

Even more so today, we can understand why people no longer believe in God.  Certainly not a personal God who answers prayers.  Can it really be said, “God is Santa Claus for adults?”  

Nevertheless, the universe is such a mystery; we humans know so little about it, or even about ourselves, for that matter.   

I am not ready to be absolute about anything.  

Even some kind of unknowable Creator.  Perhaps the very "nature of the universe" is what could be given the name God or Creator - via Deepak Chopak - but would that be meaningless as a definition?

PS:  To be honest, kinda feels good not to be absolute.          The dream of a life after death, a spirit, is sweet.  Nobody really cherishes the thought of life's finality.  So, dream on .. or, better, just try to live each day as if it were your last.  Enjoy it and bring joy to others while you are here.  The rest will take care of itself.