Silly Man, I am God

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins

(Links should be good, I reposted fresh link for Dawkins. Thank you.)

"One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody-not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms-had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think-though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one-that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell."
Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything)

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
-- Richard Dawkins (attributed: source unknown)

Religion teaches the dangerous nonsense that death is not the end.
-- Richard Dawkins, "Religion's Misguided Missiles" (September 15, 2001)

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.
-- Richard Dawkins, Untitled Lecture, Edinburgh Science Festival (1992)

I don't think God is an explanation at all. It's simply redescribing the problem.
We are trying to understand how we have got a complicated world, and we have an explanation in terms of a slightly simpler world, and we explain that in terms of a slightly simpler world and it all hangs together down to an ultimately simple world.
Now, God is not an explanation of that kind. God himself cannot be simple if he has power to do all the things he is supposed to do.
-- Richard Dawkins, http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=102(Damars: 1999)

Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens
You will know my Wrath
You will know my Wrath

“Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has sent me to you. This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.’” (Exodus 3:15)

You whom I fashioned from the light

You whom I gave twinkling eyes so bright

 

Why do you hate yourself with loathing tenacity

Why do you denigrate my work with deadly capacity

 

Why do you succumb to that Cherub’s plans

Why do you build your heart upon his sands

 

Do you think you have the answers to tomorrow

All your hypothesizing prognosticates cold sorrow

There is coming a day for your great epiphany

Unfortunately for you it will be no symphony

 

Your words cut off many of my choicest vines

You spew bile to which deafens and blinds

 

You celebrate removing me from your educated

Your dictum ceaseless toil wants me eradicated

 

Get out your best telescope you harvester of men

I am sending Wormwood straight to your den

 

Enjoy while you can my fabulous Bordeaux’s

Soon you will choke from which thy vain flows

 

Explain if you can the Babylon I will decimate

Your powerless whores will try to pontificate

 

In the end a knee you will take before thy son

Go gallivant now, reap the last of your fun

“A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.” (Proverbs 26:24-26)

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. –

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:9 & 5:13)

All God’s people said Amen

The lion and the lamb
The lion and the lamb
Cast your vote for And the Lord said Go!

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Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

You said it well.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Mr. Jack,

Thank you for such a quick response, I appreciate your contribution. Smart men do more damage than fools. Luckily I am only mediocre…

Those who deny the name that never fades haven't really lived. We can rejoice in being chosen and pray for spreading the healing power of the gospel.

God Bless friend


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

We can't out-smart God! Great post Jason!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Mr. Dee,

A hearty thank you for the support and encouragement. Ride on friend…


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

So, Jason, do you think we should just stop trying to understand the Universe? At what point do you reckon we knew enough? 2000 years ago, 1000 years ago, 100, 50, 10? Last week? We will never know everything, but pursuit of knowledge is part of our nature and to be encouraged. It's not something to be afraid of. And if our new understanding seems to contradict ancient teachings, could it not be that the ancient teachings were wrong?


pcoach 6 years ago

Remember Jesus said drop all of your possessions and follow me. He didn't say GIVE all your possessions to Caesar and let him disperse as he will. HE wanted all of us to drop all of our possessions and follow him. I wish I could say that I have done this. I have done my best. I have few possessions but I have many blessings. I live each day knowing that the old parable "Footprints" is true for every human being that ever walked on this sacred earth.


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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

Nice writing, and I would like to see you tackle Dawkins statements directly - I think you could pick them apart.


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

I hope that God will continue to bless America though it seems the majority of the nation has turned their backs on him!!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Dave, nice to see you back, at least I spark your curiosity. To answer your question, first I turn to scripture;

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principals of this world rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Avoid Godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene.” (2Timothy 2:16-17)

Now as for the studying of science as related to the bible, here are a couple of versus written by men who would not know the meaning until we advanced in scientific method.

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

This is an obvious reference laid out for the discovery of atoms.

"The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again" (Ecclesiastes 1:6-7 NIV).

Again, this was written during times when men thought the world flat, so how could they possible understand the cycles of weather?

Dave, if God did not want us to study the earth he put us on, we would not have the innate curiosity that drives us. How do you explain the origins of Cambridge and Harvard?

It is interesting that the likes of Hitchens and Dawkins suppose there cannot be a God because not everyone believes in “one.” It is further enlightening that such a small percentage of the earth is atheist; therefore rejecters of faith fling the onus on believers. No one is satisfied with lack of absolute knowledge, but who has ever attained knowing in all things? If we were born with the answers it is then when man would lie about in search of nothing having known everything. The testing of spirit and faith drives the unquenchable thirst within.

There are lazy believers and lazy evolutionists who equally defer to “because so & so said so…” This isn’t a reflection on anyone but the sloth like. Dave we fall short of Christ teachings, it was written that we all sin, no matter how “evolved” one likes to claim man is, we continue to make the same mistakes over the centuries – as taught in the bible, whereas evolution has us perfected in what year?

I am only mediocre in knowledge and understanding, we all must pursue experience and gain wisdom.

Thank you for asking Dave, the debate will continue…


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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

Some years ago I had a few revelations on God and science..atoms, energy, vibrations, plant growth, essence and much more..but...that does not dismiss me to obey the commandments of Jesus..so..now I could have traveled down the alley of scientific knowledge and God would have most probably explained even more of His secrets to me...but...that is still the tree of knowledge and not the tree of Life...I need the blood of Jesus for Life and not knowledge...

I tend not to share such knowledge clearly and upfront, because I have also learned that I only draw the attention of all the wrong people who rather wish to quibble over everything than to love and praise God for His immense Forgiving Love for us.. :)


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Yes--how silly man looks to God! Man is so ill-prepared for the great day of God the Almighty! Only the most abhorrent atheists will continue to deny Him on that day!

Excellent job on this material Jason! God Bless!


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

.......Amen.....


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

wonderfully put, write on, right on, write on!............and THANK YOU! you are inspiration through pixels ......GOD BLESS you as well...........AMEN!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Whew, I am a little behind in my responses, sorry to all…

Pcoach – Thank you for the contribution brother, you are right, we do need to make sure we are “living” the life visually and not just vocal juxtaposition. Healing and priority are related to living with less, there is no doubt friend. God bless P.

Mr. Price – Thank you for the vote of confidence, quite candidly, I respect many of the secular views Christopher Hitchens has, he is a brilliantly eloquent man, it is sad to say that he hurts our cause more than a Dawkins. If I were to square off at the podium with Hitchens, I would be a utility knife to his machete (only the Lord can graft his righteous words to my tongue). Peter Hitchens is a Christian and equally erudite writer, just lesser known than his brother. Dawkins is what his type is…I thank you for the contribution and giving me some of your precious time.

Sheri – you are quite right, even the moderate Christians have become complacent in urgent action. Just keep looking to the sky’s Sheri, the groom will be back.

Mrs. Gunter – nice to see a new face, thank you for giving my hub a look, I hope my open hard line faith hasn’t soured the well. I understand your outlook and know that the Lord wishes us not to engage in frivolous argument, but I have to believe in moderation of all kinds. We cannot always pick and choose whom we shall ignore because they openly challenge us. I accept challenges to my faith from believer and agnostic alike. Much to Para’s point, if we duck our heads at the mere scent of opposition, we (I) are not strongly convicted of our beliefs in Christ, and therefore (I) am not worthy to profess the faith on high. Please come back anytime, I want my door open to the curious; it is the only way for me to be an instrument of Christ.

Laurie – Indeed you are right about truth in death. There are atheist who could hold a clip board with all of the Revelation prophesies checked off to the last, denying Christ before the throne, all the more reason it is fallacious to call us the unreasonable, and illogical.

Y – Thank you dear…God blesses you and yours.

Jeremey – I am happy to see you are still interested in reading my (his) work. Thank you friend, you give me vindication that there are many purposes in life beyond the ones that man plans for self. I pray God heals your wounds and unites your distant family. God Bless you.


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Daniel J. Neumann 6 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa

Jason R. Manning,

How’s it going, Mr. Manning? I’m here to ramble a bit, loosely relating to your hub.

I used to be an atheist for three years of my life, until I had a dream at 15 that led to my writing talent. I learnt that ideas are real—perhaps more real than physical things. Ideas certainly outlast people.

I see where you’re coming from. I think your presentation of these ideas made it appear as if you reject all science. I don’t think you believe that. If anyone seriously studies the latest science like quantum entanglement, it all seems very weird. Take, for instance, the ubiquitous property of light and matter. When you’re not observing a particle, it exists diffuse in probability clouds. Relative to the speed of light, photons are outside of time. Even the M Theory supports the existence of God (or, more accurately, all gods that man could ever dream of and more), since God exists as a possibility, evidenced through our imagination (or subjective perception) of Him(/Her/They).

Considering M Theory, I’m a Universalist, humanist post-modern Unitarian who identifies with Christianity the most. A close second place goes to Buddhism. I believe God is so great, He’s every name we have for Him, us, everything else, and more. That’s what infinite, eternal, and omnipresent implies to me. I could be wrong—but I’m happy so far. I believe God is love, light, and truth. I believe God remised, forgave, and died for all our sins.

Thanks for sharing this,

Dan


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Daniel,

I always appreciate your contributions and challenges. You brought me a different insight to the nature of how this hub was fashioned. I did not think of it in the ways you did, I have no intention of ignoring or placing glass ceilings on science. To the contrary, I welcome all scientific facts and discoveries. The more research that is done, the more vindication I see in the presence of God. Extremely gifted leftist are always placing God in a box. You at such a young age command intellect beyond us normal fecal matter kickers. As for your mention of M-Theory, again, it takes men like Hawking to think in his superiority over us, that he can unlock the mysteries to God’s infinite designs. Certainly God leaves proof visible and invisible by the parallels of unlocking scripture and science as one, and not apart. M-theory might as well stand for finding the missing link. How many dimensions will it take to explain away God, 10 wasn’t enough, now they think they have “found” another 11 dimension to tidy up this mess. Good luck to them. Thank you for your time Daniel, you are always welcome to push me beyond my mental capability…after all it isn’t that hard.

GB.


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Daniel J. Neumann 6 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa

GB,

M Theory isn't hard at all to grasp. It's an answer to the question, "What started the Big Bang?"

The answer may be God, a loop cycle, and/or that every possibility is expressed in some higher plane reality—making our life-sustaining world inevitable. M Theory means anything you can think of (and anything you can't) exists as truth in some universe. Particles, themselves, are also vibrating Branes with an infinite amount of potential within them.

So, even though M Theory started out as trying to disprove God or at least have an alternate theory, I think we all agree the idea of God exists. Any idea must be true in some universe, according to this theory. That means Star Wars, the Christian God, and Flatland all exist somewhere. Part of that universe's unique physical laws can include extracting your soul or mind from this universe once we die.

I'm not saying that God must exist according to science, but, so far, I don't see any other way we could be here. Even a loop universe needs some cause-less cause to begin the chain.

Thanks,

Dan


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

You start your hub by saying that religion comes from prehistoric times; I will say no to that. Religion is an organized form of faith and it started much later when some “chosen ones” turned it into a tool to manipulate fears and hopes – is still doing that today.

Faith is a spiritual pursuit of humans in an attempt to understand, to learn, to cope and to fulfill their live with more than material things. Love and respect for a supreme being has little to do with money given to a church or with attending a Sunday service and it has everything to do with respecting human and divine laws of decency, of love and tolerance


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Petra,

It was Richard Dawkins who you are referring to as quoted. The only words in this hub which belong to me are the poem. I purposefully use Dawkins and Hitchens for their made genius, but horrifically off base denial of God. I will never understand the mind that has seen first hand the overwhelming destruction of secular totalitarian rule, and then proceeds to blame religion as manipulative.

The difference between secular rule and religious institution is the facts of fault. Someone who truly loves God will not hide from saying this or that was my fault or the fault of zealous group machinations. Secularism never apologizes because it never admits wrong. It is man who manipulates for his own gain. I agree with you about the trappings of tithing by way of how it became abused and misinterpreted. I am not sure you and I would really disagree much on principal of our nature and search of redemption beyond this life.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read anything I write; I know you are a studious soul.

Thank you for the contribution.


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Mistress of Spice 6 years ago from uk uae

Jason, lolz :-) Silly Man, I am God, look behind...heheh i like your articles....they awesome...they say God created man, man wanted companion, Eve was given life.......omg!the lustreous green, the forbidden fruit, so today we pay the hell on earth for the mistake of Adam and Eve...........quote , unquote....Umm..let see..../world year 2050! :-)


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Mistress Of Spice, thank you for taking the time to read so much of my work. You read me loud and clear, I may have bad days where I get upset with the order of things, but I do not doubt the justice we await. I appreciate you kind support.

What do you foresee in 2050?


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

A fabulous poem, my friend. The whole Hub makes a tremendous point. You drove home the Truth. God Bless You for it.


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello James, friend, thank you for reading and commenting. I wish to get back into the writing, but not until I finish some much needed business. God bless, I hope 2011 finds you well.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

AMENx3 -Another fantastic read you have put on paper here... I keep mentioning to atheists: "If you are right - there is no matter and no consequence, BUT, if WE are right, the consequences are eternal. Eternity is a very long time. Keep up the great work... Rev.Ted


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Lisa-Luscious 4 years ago from Ringwood

Hi All and Mr Manning:

Loved you'r hub, as a keen beliver of science and a fan of the late Christopher Hitchens..

Please help get a statue of Christopher erected in London

www.atheist-reference.org

Thank You

Lisa x :)


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks for reading my Hub Lisa, and while I admired Christopher for his intellect and brilliant writing, I think you missed the point of my hub. Nevertheless, I hope he goes on being remembered for his oratory and excellence in debating. Good luck with the statue.

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