I find it interesting that there are so many blogs out there that deal with spirituality and the need for a god. Okay, I’m really oversimplifying here, but, these blogs talk about how there are human emotional or psychological needs that require us to invent a god to supposedly “make it” through life. There are other sites that talk about god as a psychological invention, and still others who consider the human institution of religion as having an evolutionary cause. All these blogs view God or a god or gods as the creation of some human design. Now, I really don’t want to get into the logic, flawed or otherwise, of this kind of thinking. And, I am for the purposes of this discussion, separating, God as diety from the complete human institution called religion. I would like to propose some vital questions to consider:
1. What good is a god who is created or made up? Stated differently, why worship something I, myself, or humanity itself, invented? This is not God, this is imagination, or invention, but it is, by very definition, not God.
2. If God doesn’t really exist, then none of this matters. Why are we wasting our time and why do people on both sides of the argument waste their time getting so emotionally involved in this?
3. If God does exist, doesn’t it by logical reasoning, make sense that He existed before we did, and that He, being God, is calling the shots and not asking our opinion about it, and that He, if He is who He says He is (ahhhh, there’s the catch now, isn’t it?), ought to at least be taken somewhat seriously on His or Her terms instead of our own?
4. We speak a great deal of intellect and reasoning, logic and proof in these discussions. My question is where does faith come into play? Faith cannot be proved by anything other than personal experience which requires trust.
Like I said, if there is no God, then none of this matters, if there is God, then wouldn’t it make sense that nothing else matters or at very minimum all possibilities ought to be carefully examined and logically dismissed only after serious and thorough consideration of those possibilities for deity on the deity’s terms instead of our own preferences?