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Is There A God?
To start I would like to clarify this, nor I, is anti-religion, nor is it trying to force my own views down anybody's necks. This is a theory that I believe in about whether there such thing as a god. Equally I would like to clarify that by no means am I using this a platform to slate other beliefs. any views expressed here, though they are mine, are not my only beliefs. I'm open minded and eared about religion, but this is how I see it.
The Grit of it
Now the self righteous, protecting my own back malarkey is over, I can get down to the nitty-gritty of my theory.
The simple answer to the question I flagrantly plastered at the top of my article here, is yes. There is indeed a god, however my theory suggests that there is not one being, no solid, actual thing - human or not - that is God. In fact my theory is that God is your own sub-conscious. However controversial or otherwise this may seem, it does make some sense when explained further.
Defining God is simple (according to google):
(in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.
(in certain other religions) a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity
Though personally, I give - again somewhat controversially to those of you who do take God as the creator of the universe - the credit for the creation of the universe to the big bang - for me science wins that argument. But that doesn't necessarily have to mean a god doesn't exist as some scientists would like to have people believe.
The Big Bang Theory
What is a God?
Googles almost too simple definitions of God are somewhat understated. In my opinion, and in line with this theory, for me God is hope. God is belief that anything is possible. God is a willingness to trust in miracles. God is a morality.
This however, is where my theory comes into play. It is simple; The belief we have is fabricated by our own minds. every day we believe in ourselves that we can do things, things as simple as safely crossing the road, and sometimes this belief goes further into the more dangerous areas where by we believe we can do things that normally isn't possible - which is where the 'miracle' side of things comes into play but more on that later. Our minds are so powerful that not even ourselves can comprehend it no matter how hard we try, and it is important that we as humans understand this. In our skulls is the worlds most powerful, sometimes even scary, mega computer that can do things we cannot even fathom.
The thing to understand here, back to the first paragraph about how I am not slating religion, is that some people, those who follow religions such as Christianity, Catholicism, Islam etc. portray this power they themselves hold as a supreme being. we all, far too easily, like to forget that actually we humans are supreme beings. Although sometimes it may seem as if humanity is stupid or far from being 'supreme', as a race we are quite the opposite and in all actuality it is just human kind being sincerely modest. We are extremely clever beings, and very powerful too.
On that note however, there is still a lot we don't understand. 'Grey matter' so to speak. and often in times of misunderstanding fear can arise, so the belief of a higher being than even ourselves can be comforting - which is also why even the most anti-religious people can turn to God in times of need.
It has also been displayed countless times in history and in the present that a scape-goat is needed to blame for when things go wrong, despite these mistakes often being man-made and again God gets dragged in this situation.
It is also key to note that the 10 percent myth about human brain usage is almost laughable, according to neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. So although the Hollywood idea expressed in films such as Lucy (2014) where by tapping into the further 90 percent could let us do such amazing things as changing our hair colour in seconds just with our minds, is a nice one, it is merely a pipe dream. Our capacity for the usage of our brains is already full, and that isn't such a bad thing.
It's a Miracle!
No, no it is not. Unfortunately a miracle is simply something we didn't perceive possible, being possible. Really miracles are just ignorance. Miracles are performed in front of people who have no knowledge of what they are looking at. For example; a child in a third world country who had never seen a simple magic trick, may label even the simplest of card tricks a miracle as they have no comprehension of how it was possible, despite the trick being in common knowledge amongst people in first world countries. This is where people get very confused with God.
Everything, and I mean everything, is a product of our minds capabilities. Every magic trick performed, stunt elegantly landed safely, were thought up, and carried out by the mind of the performer. The amazement, disbelief and belief in impossibility is formed in the mind of the audience. I wish to divert away form the phrase 'praying on the weak' but I fail to find ways to phrase it better. I also don't believe this is done maliciously or even consciously, but it is how the world turns. If you want people to be in awe of you, do something seemingly impossible. How do you do this? Think about it. If it is impossible, it will never be done, if it isn't then either yourself, or someone who's brain works in a different way will figure it out.
The smaller, unknown religions, whether being in seemingly far away tribes, or in the perceivably 'nutty' corners of the world where by the religions god is actually in existence and can be spoken to, exploit this to the maximum levels. The God has found people who need something to believe in in hard times - normally he or she is from a 'better' background than those they call their followers - and they use some form of higher knowledge to exploit the ignorance of those who need help the most and convince them that what they know how to do is impossible to a 'normal' being and then restrict them from ever learning the truth. It is how cults are formed. And, actually, this is the only time when I will slate religion, as non-formed religions like these that do exist are very dangerous and do in fact pray on the weak and exploit the minds curiosity in the unbelievable.
Paintings of one beliefs God
Okay, to summarise my theory is simple. Yes, there is such thing as a god, however it is not how it is normally perceived. God, to me, is our sub-conscious, our own belief in ourselves and the power of our minds to do such extra-ordinary things. The reason why the word 'God' exists and why a being under the same name is seen in paintings and fictions is that sometimes it is comforting to believe there is a being outside of our own world that has control of things that we don't understand. It is built, really, on fear of the unknown. The grey matter in life has to have a face and name - a figure head if you like - so that we can pretend to understand it. When in reality, even the fact that we can think about god, and I can think about this theory proves the unmatched insanity that is our brains capabilities.