God and Understanding
08/06/2018 @ 06:55:19 AM (EDT)
Religious people are trying to get it, they just don't.
We understand that a belief in God is subjective, and while we do not personally hold this belief, we do not inherently have a problem with anyone who does. We realize it improves the quality of life of many people to have this belief, however we do see it as a sub-optimal way of living life.
As such, we do not by any means assert that you should agree with anything you read past this point. You can consider this piece of work a piece of fiction, if you wish.
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." -
"God" Is An Enthymeme
God as it is commonly defined and used is what is known formally as an "
First, let's look at the standard layout of an Enthymeme.
• It is impossible to prove whether X is true or false
• Y can only be true assuming X is true (but X being true or false cannot be proven)
• Y is true because X cannot be proven false (but Y can only be true if X is true so this also asserts X is true, when it is already determined that X being true or false cannot be known)
Now, let's apply it to how people use it to describe "god".
• It is impossible to prove whether God exists or not
• God's existence can only matter assuming God exists
• God's existence matters because it cannot be proven that he doesn't exist
An Enthymeme is also known as a Rhetorical Syllogism. A syllogism is essentially a statement that makes an assertion about a conclusion based on premises. The difference between a rhetorical syllogism and a regular one is that a rhetorical syllogism only presents an assertion for the sake of rhetoric, not to attempt to understand the truth.
With any reasonable level of intelligence, you should easily be able to see why it would be problematic to live your life based around a rhetorical syllogism. These people must really love arguing, huh?
We cannot understand everything because our brains are only capable of thinking within a limited plane with 2 extents: existence and non-existence. Every single thought we produce is contained within these parameters, and the balance our brain achieves in order to consciously realize a thought as such is an imbalance of that plane in a certain way. This offset in balance is an emotion.
In order to truly understand -everything-, we would also have to truly understand -nothing-; Because our bodies are not physically capable of understanding -absolutely nothing- once we have understood anything at all, we can likewise never truly understand -everything-.
This is a truly vital realization, as it has 2 main implications:
1. We can never know what happens when we die. We can never truly experience death at all without dying because by definition, death is permanent and irreversible.
2. No form of god perceivable exists. Because of how any and all gods are defined, they are never truly perceivable while alive. This does a very good job of facilitating the forming of doubt in relation to the topic further within a person.
How a Fear in God is Formed
Essentially, a belief in god comes from a fear of death. One definitive thing people assert about god's existence is that you will go to heaven (or hell, but regardless, you get judged by him first, still asserting his existence in relation to the issue) once you die.
This belief is a belief seeded from other people, retained by a fear of death governed by his existence. What people are really seeking in the belief of god is an attempt to understand -everything-, including death.
Some Insight Into How Fear in God Works
Think about how religion defines you relative to god: you BELIEVE in his existence. If you know of his existence, you no longer have any reason to fear him since you have absolutely no doubt in his existence. People who believe in god typically tend to ignore this because it is assumed that you will only ever see him once you die.
God is a Manifestation of Fear Within a Human Being
Created by external sources, retained by them themselves, because of lack of uncertainty about how the world was created and what happens to them when they die. Someone initially feeds to them that "god" created it, and that they will go to him once they die, and they build their own beliefs further from there.
How God is Perceived
Think about how god is perceived:
VERY DIFFERENTLY BY EACH PERSON!
If you ask different people, the best they can do to prove god exists is show you something they BELIEVE he MADE. "the clouds in the sky", "this piece of paper", "you" (as in a human being).
A Practical Example
If you present to someone who believes in god that god did not make human beings, their parents did, then they just say god created your parents and their parents and so on.
If you ask them, "But how do you know?", they will probably respond with something which more or less means "Because God exists." So god exists because you exist and you exist because god exists? That means if you didn't exist, god wouldn't exist? But according to your definition of god, that is not the case.
Religion, The Ultimate LSD Trip
Because religion is subjective and not objective, that means that any "truths" contained within it are within the scope of one's personal experience.
Similarly, any "truths" contained within a psychedelic LSD trip are also contained within the scope of one's personal experience.
In this fashion, religion can be likened to an LSD trip.
The individual takes comfort in believing what they want to believe over what objectivity provides them.
The difference is religion is not as blatantly unnatural to less logical thinkers than an LSD trip is, so they buy it as reality.
People often like to use the argument/justify belief with saying something to the effect as "even if it's not real, on the off chance that it is, i don't lose anything by believing", using religion as an "emergency escape" or just believing to the extent that makes them comfortable.
"God doesn't make mistakes as everything He makes He said it is good!"
Cancer is pretty damn good right?
Since you believe God to be omnipotent, that means you believe he created ALL the things in existence.
Not just the pleasant things or what you want to say he did.
You can't pick and choose what is God's doing and what isn't while at the same time saying God controls everything.
Either God doesn't control everything, in which case everything else you believe in crumbles apart, or since he does control everything, he made EVERYTHING, including all the horrible diseases, disabled individuals, and everything unpleasant/unfortunate in the world too.
In that case, he's more so an evil ruler that likes to watch us suffer and struggle through life (because like it or not life is a constant struggle) and for what purpose? His own amusement? What a good guy, huh? That's who you're believing in.
The bible says the bible is right so you believe it? The internet often does the same, do you believe everything you read here? Of course not!
Do research, think logically and take a step back to examine what you are dedicating your life to. Otherwise you are just another mindless religious follower (regardless of your holy text of choice) falling in line to pay the establishment you follow for lying to you.
If you're looking for real information, you need to reference multiple sources before coming to a conclusion. Preferably something not quite so biased as a targeted holy text.
Objective Reality is the real God
If god is always right
And what is right is real
That means god is always real
And the only thing that is always right is objective reality
Because objective reality is the only thing that is always going to be real
Therefore god is objective reality
"God" is really a synonym for reality.
The reality of reality is that every person is intended to be different and hold different beliefs and perceptions of their internal and external worlds. All the various interpretations of reality are merely a compliment to the complex and wonderful nature of the essence of life and all that can possibly be perceived to be what is known to each individual as real.
In a sense, everyone is their own "god". We control what we're thinking, what we're saying, what we're doing, to a very large extent. At the least, it isn't all too useful to believe otherwise.
Instead of looking to mindless rhetoric, you can look within yourself for answers. It's not always easy, but when did life come with any guarantees it was easy?
God Is Completely Insane
Being creative is being a little bit crazy in just the right vibration. With that in mind, you should understand, God is completely insane.
Being a realist is not "right" or "wrong", it is simply a wholly logical perspective on the topic of religion. Because religion is entirely based on emotions, an entirely logical view towards the topic chooses to essentially ignore it as a factor of one's existence entirely, except for the obvious fact that it can be a reason that can end that existence at any time.
Logically speaking, the existence of god cannot be proved or disproved based on how god is defined, therefore the statement that god exists is, objectively speaking, simply a suggestion and not a fact. Even if you are blind, deaf, and mute, however, reality can still firmly prove its existence to you. To put things into perspective, one can assert that a pink unicorn exists within their basement, however it cannot be seen, touched, smelled, or otherwise have it's existence verified in any logical way via available human senses or reasoning; it is simply said that it exists.
Most people would take the logical view on the topic that because the suggestion is defined within parameters that do not make it verifiable in any way, and therefore that is the only reason it also cannot be proven incorrect, that it is merely a belief of the one making the suggestion and will not believe it is the truth because they recognize that in that case, it is only as real as they make it to themselves, and will likely come to the conclusion that the one making the statement about the pink unicorn and taking it seriously is on one or more mind-altering substances or perhaps clinically insane.
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