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Should You Believe In God?
Ever play this game as a kid? Or maybe you still do. Rock, Paper, Scissors says shoot! You always have a choice.
Religion is probably the most influential thing in this world. Almost every nation builds their system atop the foundation of what religion their forefathers subscribed to. Over here in America there might be freedom of religion, but our country was birthed by Christianity. Don't believe me? Try not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance.
"One Nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
There are many different supreme beings; God, Jesus, Allah, HaShem, Hari, Buddha, Mazda, the list goes on forever trust me. Where is one to go in order to find the one true supreme being? Is there one true supreme being? I don't know, and guess what neither do you, but what I do know is that if you are able to stop trying to "keep up with the Kardashians" for a minute you might be surprised to see where we are right now. I think Tyler Durden said it best in the movie Fight Club:
"We have no Greta War, no Great Depression. Our Great War is a Spiritual War, our Great Depression is our lives".
There is no Revolution taking place, there is no civil war being enacted to seize our freedom from Archaic Monarchs (maybe there should be, buts that's another story). All we have is a futile war going on in the Middle East between two sides playing rock paper scissors, but the futality is; there will never be a winner. I ask again have you ever played the game?
Maybe there isn't even supposed to be a winner. While researching the "theory of Gods existence" I came across this interesting passage from......THE BIBLE;
Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
Hmmm. If this is true then, I ask not only 'if you believe in God' but also 'should you believe in God'? And so I say, "let there be light".
In The Beginning...
This all started with 1 bad month.
Things were looking really bad for me. I won't get into it, but I kept having one bad thing happening right after another. I mean it was like someone (hmmm) was watching me struggle to fix all the problems and every time I thought I was in the clear a new obstacle arose. It was sort of like being in a video game that's really hard to beat with out cheat codes.
I'm playing Super Mario and I have two lives left. I just beat King Kooper and Mario's celebrating about to rescue the Princess. Next thing you know Poof! Kooper hops up and he's at full strength again. All I did is make him angry. I'm so shocked at this point I don't realize he's coming right at me. He hits me. Now I have ONE LIFE left. What do I do now? Gotta have faith right?
As I'm sitting down during this time of need, I started to ask my self, why is this happening to me? I'm not a bad guy. I try not to lie, I don't steal, never killed anyone, I don't even like seeing people get their feelings hurt most of the time (unless they deserve it). So why me? Then I came up with this forum question;
If God exists and he in fact does interfere with our lives why does he let bad things happen to good people? Why does he let people suffer who don't deserve to? Is this one big ass game to him or is there something that we can not understand in the works here? Maybe he doesn't interfere at all, or maybe.....maybe he does not exist?
Three weeks later almost 1500 post. I must have hit a nerve. Not really, I hit a few.
No matter how rich or powerful you get there will come a day when you face death or worry about it and the question of God's existence comes up. Philosophers have been baffled by this question for years, the funny thing is there is an easy way to find the true factual answer and it can not be challenged. The problem is you have to die first. And unlike Jor-el or Obi Wan Kin-obi we can not talk to people after we're gone (some might diagree, but can not prove it). We can't give our loved ones the scoop and so we sit here on Earth wondering.....Should we believe in God?
Paging Dr. House
There are three types of people. No arguments here, three types.
- Those who believe in God
- Those who don't
- Those who are not sure
The above picture is Gregory House played by Hugh Laurie. If you have never seen the show "House" before I highly recommend it. We'll come back to him later. First lets start with numero uno on the list.
The Believers (Rock)
BELIEVE it or not (get it?) there are two types of these. Religious Believers and Non Religious Believers.
Religious Believers (RB) rely on blind faith to lead them in the right direction. This means they do not deal in reason. For example, if their religion tells them that upon committing suicide in the name of their lord they will be rewarded with virgins and unlimited lobster and shrimp or something (I don't know) then they will. Now I am not mocking religion here (maybe a little) I'm just stating the facts. You can read The Bible front to back right now, go put on a nice clean suit, start quoting psalms in your nearest church and when you hold out your hand and ask for the Believers to pay their way into heaven (which seems kind of wrong to me) you could become rich beyond your wildest dreams.
If you ask a RB to answer questions that are not provided by the "Good Book" the only answer they have for you is, "you've just got to have faith". Really? If you said that to a judge after murdering 12 people, do you thing she'd be willing to take your word for it? No. And that is why we have a criminal justice system and not a religious tribunal for criminals. Although we do measure some of what is right or wrong based on the ten commandments. thou shalt not steal, kill, etc. So it's still in there somewhere.
Now on to the Non Religious Believers (NRB).
I am one of these. I don't know if The Bible or the Koran or any other age old book is right or wrong. Can you blame me? History is written by the conquerors, the winners. If I conquered the world I'd have people in the future thinking I was Superman. I'd have artist sketch pictures of me with six pack abs and huge muscles and display them all over the world to be found by our archaeologist is the future. You'd here about how I saved the world from destruction and brought peace to the republic. I'd even part the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Why not?
You see I don't know what's right or what's wrong and call me crazy, but if I'm right and there is a God then I don't think he'd be mad at me for having an opinion. After all this is a new day and age. We are smarter and know a lot more than our ancestors did, but still after all our accomplishments we come no closer to answering these questions. Sure I have found myself being pulled into the 3rd option (Non Believer), I'm not sure if there is a God, but whenever I feel this thought coming on something inside me says, "no, don't even think about it'. That along with another reason I'll tell you about in the end is enough for me.
Non Believers (scissors)
These people do not believe in God at all. They believe in science and science only. Can you blame them? Science is all we know. Ask the oldest person you know how problems were solved back in their day. They won't tell you how things magically happened (unless they are over a few hundred years old and remember a time back when they thought evil spirits were in sick people). They'll tell you that a scientific break thorough saved lives. From vaccines to vitamin C, science has saved us from extinction as far as well can tell and it's all documented, and not in some mysterious book or sketches in caves. It's on film, pictures, and from the ears of people still living. Personally I'm glad most doctors don't believe in God. If I am sitting on a operating table, I'd rather have faith that God is going to save me, but the doctor using science instead of blind faith to do it.
Not Sure (paper)
These people can not bring them selves to stay in any one direction for either reasons of fear or just plan ego. They either are scared that they may pick the wrong one and suffer for it or just want to make sure that they are right so they can tell others that they're wrong.
Rock, paper, scissors. I won't explain it.
Take a look at Dr. House below as he explains his different views on God and those that oppose him.
Do you believe in God?
The End iS....HEre
So what is my answer to the question, "should you believe in God"? Well first let me tell you 'IF' I believe in God.
Here's my theory;
I'm like a cross between the Believer and the Non Believer. A hybrid if you will. I'm a guy who believes in what can be proven, and science has proven almost everything. A good scientist or doctor can explain how almost anything in the world works from making babies to creating artificial intelligence. But when it comes to God their answer is just as illogical as the religious people who tell you that this all started with a thought from a supreme being's mind.
Scientist believe in the Big Bang Theory. What is that? Check out this explanation form AllAboutScience.org. It's pretty good;
"our universe sprang into existence as "singularity" around 13.7 billion years ago. What is a "singularity" and where does it come from? Well, to be honest, we don't know for sure. Singularities are zones which defy our current understanding of physics. They are thought to exist at the core of "black holes." Black holes are areas of intense gravitational pressure. The pressure is thought to be so intense that finite matter is actually squished into infinite density (a mathematical concept which truly boggles the mind). These zones of infinite density are called "singularities." Our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something - a singularity. Where did it come from? We don't know. Why did it appear? We don't know."
Now I'm no genius, but I think what I am about to say is the best answer I ever heard to the questioning of God's existence. If you read above and comprehend you will realize that scientist doesn't even have a working hypothesis of what or where a singularity is and where it comes from. Even though their whole theory revolves around this one thing, they can not explain it. Hmmm does that sound familiar? Just to through some more light on this think about the fact that watever science does not have an explanation for in this world it at least has a hypothesis for. For example, we have not figured out how to cure AIDS or cancer, but we know how it works.
Lets review now; Believers believe that a super natural being created Earth, but they can not explain where this being came from. On the other hand scientist believe that the Earth was created by a 'singularity' and gases formed into a planet and the planet created animals, fish, whatever, that evolved into humans. But again they can not explain where the singularity came from. Hmmm.
Now this will bring everything together for you;
Looking at the fact that I think both sides are saying the same thing whether they realize it or not, I tend to lean towards the non-scientific beginning simply because this is about the only 'goddamn' (pun intended again) thing that science can not explain. Even more, I can't see myself sitting here questioning the existence of God or what my purpose is in the universe after evolving from a bunch of gases. I don't care how many light years of evolution you have gases will never be that smart. Yes I have a feeling inside me that God exist, but just to objective as all philosophers are, I have to at least assume that feeling could be due to the country I grew up in or my parents, family, friends, or society putting the fear of God in me. But if you take out all objectionable content from this discussion one thing remains, science has a big BLACK HOLE in their theory that happens to be the same big BLACK HOLE in religious beliefs and until science can explain things as they usually do, I have to give this one to the man upstairs.
So back to the question, should you believe in God?
You should believe what ever the 'Hell" (pun intended....AGAIN) you want to, however my advice is that you should come to this conclusion on your own and not be forced into doing so. Think about it; if you are forced into believing in something, do you truly believe in it? Make your own decisions, we will all be judged by them one day whether God exists or not. Down here on Earth you will be remembered for who you were and what you did. Never ever forget that.