detecting creator forces
we can see him, we can hear Him, we can touch, smell, measure, and detect Him in EVERY way; we simply award the Oscar to ourselves, giving congratulatory speeches thanking ourselves while we hold our hands over our eyes, put our fingers in our ears, hold our noses, use the wrong standard for measurement, and have dead batteries in the heart for detection, all the while flattering ourselves with our alleged intellect which leaves God out from his own creation. (ColorStorm)
Oddly poetic blogging buddy ColorStorm did one of his typically odd posts today. But the even stranger thing about this post was that I genuinely understood it – I got every word he was saying.
I agree with ColorStorm that our existence is amazing. We humans often have a sense that life functions in such a slick way that it surely can’t be chance that has us here. But it’s merely a sense, an instinct, a feeling – perhaps only a longing desire. And to linger on this superficial desire is to ignore everything we know and understand about our existence at this point in human development.
1. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is billions of years old. Even the most cursory glance and vague understanding of something like sedimentary rocks will tell you that things on this planet have been stewing, changing and taking shape for longer than most of us can comprehend.
2. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that some quirky characteristics make some animals more successful than others. And that those successful characteristics are handed down to their offspring. And that in this way an entire species can and does change. Over thousands and millions of years of course things change immensely – as we know our planet has and continues to do.
3. We know that all human societies in the world have developed their own superstitions, religions and belief systems based on their understanding of life around them. Every one of those is dependent on imagining an invisible force or being, undetectable by sight or touch or anything else. Developing belief systems is clearly a natural need for people living in relative ignorance.
4. None of this means that gods don’t exist. None of this means that a creating force doesn’t exist.
5. But, as human knowledge advances, we find we don’t need to rely on the belief systems developed in times of ignorance to explain our existence and calm our fears.
6. And, as human knowledge advances, we find we it telling that none of the invisible spirits or gods from times of ignorance have ever hung around for more than the five minutes required in order to enter the realms of oral or written tradition.
7. And, we know that as communication improves in the world, the least alluring, least possessive belief systems will fall by the wayside, and the most seductive, most inescapable belief systems will grow. A few belief systems inevitably will get sleeker in thought and stronger in numbers. By no stretch of the imagination does this make them likely to right.
8. None of this means that gods don’t exist. None of this means a creating force doesn’t exist. But it makes it highly unlikely. It logically points us to the conclusion that what we see, what we are only beginning to understand about our natural existence is likely to be only answer. No invisible spirits or gods required.
9. Finally, and most importantly for my buddies like ColorStorm, if we move to that tiny crack beyond the ‘highly unlikely’, it must be stated that under no circumstances is there a possibility that the god described in the Christian holy book is a real being. Under no circumstances, no glorious rainbow or deliciously long sleep, no human need to imagine a creator force, could lead me to the conclusion the dominant religion of my society, so full of holes and disgraces, so basic and ignorant in its sleek and sometimes poetic thoughts, has but an ounce of truth in its sometimes comforting, sometimes damning, but always rotten core.