Why Create A God?
The Existence of a God!
While this is not a topic that I'm comfortable considering, I do think that it's necessary in this discussion. Because most churches, religions, and much philosophy is grounded in the idea of a supreme being, an invisible deity which created and “directs” human activity, such an idea must be considered.
First, there is no irrefutable proof that God exists. There are philosophical arguments and suppositions concerning such a being or entity; however, there is no proof. It is a matter of belief or faith that a God exists. God is a thought, an idea, a means to explain life and our mere existence. Humans have no way to explain it other than evolution, an idea which is abhorrent to those who endorse, support, and radically defend the idea of the existence of a God who is said to have created them.
Much of the radicalism involved stems from the theory associated with Charles Darwin that man evolved from lower primates, apes! Whether that is true or not is not the real issue, merely a distraction which caused simple-minded, barely educated people of the 19th century to demonstrate their ignorance. Evolution, the changes in DNA and subsequent alterations in various species, is a fact. Humans need only look at the history of mankind to see that evolution is the process by which things change, grow, improve (hopefully), and adapt to their surroundings. If things didn't change, eventually they would cease to exist, destroyed by the world around them. Animals go extinct because they are unable to adapt to mankind's alteration of the environment. People die because their bodies don't adapt to the changing weather patterns or new viruses and bacteria which challenge the human body. Look at the world of electronics. Computers originally took up whole buildings to do the work that the most current consumer toy, Apple's new watch, can do in miniature. If the world didn't evolve (change, adapt, grow), where would we be? (Yes, I agree that not all change seems to be good, but that's irrelevant to this discussion.)
One of the scientific explanations for our existence is the “big bang” theory, not to be confused with the television sitcom of the same name. While this theory seems to be founded on solid science, it still has a tiny (gigantic actually) hole through which two questions come to mind and which prevents many people from accepting it.
The first question is “From where did the “material” which makes up our universe come that was exploded in this “big bang?” If the material existed, and I think all of us would agree that there was in fact material since we do exist, as does the Earth, other planets, etc., what created that material? While you ponder that question, I'll pose the second one.
The second question is “What caused the 'big bang' to occur?” If there was in fact a “big bang,” then something or someone had to initiate the explosion. The immediate answer for the “God believers” would be easy. “God lit the fuse!” For this group of people, God simply stirred the pot with all of the ingredients for life as he (or she or it) planned for it to be and then set life in motion through whatever chemical process that was designed. Ponder that as I move forward with other thoughts.
IF there is a God, from where did this entity come? Religious teachers and church officials and believers everywhere who dare to offer an answer simply say that “he always was and always will be,” which is no answer at all. If your mind can handle it, try putting your brain in reverse. Go backward from now to the big bang to a God creating the big bang to another God creating that God to another God creating the God who created our God. If that doesn't fry your brain, not much will!
Putting that aside, consider how God created the heavens and the Earth and us. Is he a magician? Did God just snap his fingers and, “poof,” the world existed. That smacks of magic and devil worship stuff. Holy folks don't abide by that! Okay, perhaps this God was (is, for that matter) the GREATEST engineer that has ever or will ever exist! Can you picture him sitting at his drawing board laying out the design for this new creation, our universe and any and all forms of life that will inhabit it, not to mention creating all the natural laws and rules by which our bodies and Mother Nature and chemistry and gravity follow? That blows my mind just writing that sentence! Every rule is perfect; every law of nature is perfect; nothing can violate any of the rules. How long must that have taken? Was it a matter of trial and error, or did God have the ability to create a perfect system, one without any flaws?
Oops, there was one flaw, at least from my viewpoint. Humanity! Wait, though! Religious teachers will tell you that man IS perfect. How is that possible? Oh, yes, I forgot. God gave man “FREE WILL,” the perfect “out” to excuse God for our imperfections. Anything that doesn't fit with perfection is “MAN'S FAULT” because man makes bad choices! Man certainly does make many bad choices, but that wouldn't excuse a “parent” from helping or guiding or preventing as much pain and suffering as he could. As a parent, I know that I protected my kids the best that I could until they were adults and taking care of themselves. I can't say that a “God” has done that for humanity on this planet. If he had, then disease and crime and wars and hatred and mass killings such as the Holocaust would never happen.
It makes no sense for this “God” to have created us and then stepped aside to leave us to fend for ourselves without returning in person periodically (say, every generation) to remind us that he created us and that there are rules to living this life, that he does really exist, and that he will either reward or punish us when our life is done here.
Okay, I know that many of you believe that the “Bible” is that proof and the set of rules for living. What Bible is is a fictionalized version of the history of mankind. Some of the events have actually been documented by archaeologists, but the majority of it has no basis in fact. It is a wonderful piece of literature, one which a person could use to guide his/her life. However, the book of Genesis is pure fiction. It is written by someone who had little education and offers an explanation for the creation of everything in simplistic terms. It's a good story, but it offers no real explanation because the author had no real explanation, no understanding of science or the laws of nature. What is amazing is that the Bible has had such an impact on so many people over the centuries. Of course, it wasn't until the spread of public education that mankind was given the opportunity to critically examine this document, as well as the many others which support “religious doctrines” around the world, and use science and critical thinking skills, that people could see that the Bible is only a book. Those who claim that it is the “inspired word of God,” fall into one of two groups: those who benefit from people believing that claim and those who sincerely believe in their hearts because it gives them comfort, hope, and guidance.
I have the utmost respect for those who fall into the latter group. While I believe that they are wrong, so long as it makes them good people, it does them no harm. What is my definition of a good person? That is someone who, because of of a practiced faith, is compassionate, kind, generous, loving, tolerant, gentle, non-violent, and non-judgmental. There really is no place among humanity for hatred, racism, intolerance, violence, greed,, etc. All of the problems that have plagued and continue to plague humanity stem from these negative characteristics.
Every human has the right to follow whatever religious teaching or philosophy that he/she chooses, SO LONG as it does not interfere with any other human living a peaceful life. If you go to a church or belong to a group which teaches you to hate others, regardless of the reasons, please leave, no, RUN as fast and as far away as you can. Nothing good comes from being prejudiced or racist or hateful. I hesitate to mention any particular belief which falls under this category, but as an example, I will. “Gay rights” are one of the current flash points in the news. Someone will have to explain to me how a gay couple getting married interferes with the rights of anyone else, how it prevents anyone from leading a happy life. It doesn't!
When one group, whether religious or political or fraternal, attempts to impose its beliefs on others, that prevents non-group citizens from following a different belief system. This country was founded on the principle of separation of church and state, the cornerstone on which our society (hopefully all free societies around the world) is built.
We may have political differences, such as taxing and rules for driving a car or economic policies, but there cannot ever be an attempt to legislate morality. Public safety can be a tricky area, but basic moral values cannot be imposed in a free society. No legislature can establish a church or make decisions for citizens about what is sinful and what is not. Those are personal decisions that each person must make.