I have been trying to reason out a Philosophical question that I have posed to myself recently. My mind is too tiny to come to a conclusion and draw a line under the entire thing. I need closure!
Feel free to leave your comments and philosophical logic, but please, if you’re a religious person, give me a reasoned consideration rather than empty religious dogma. For example, don’t start your sentence with “God wants…. blah blah blah”, because it is all conjecture, you are making it up, you do possess a level of objective truth, that I do not.
So, here’s my issue.
If we start from the contentious issue that everything that is, was created from nothing, I conclude that whatever created it all from nothing, was ‘outside‘ so to speak. If I, for example, were to create a tea cup, I cannot be part of that cup, I am the creator of the cup, I am outside of the cup. I see the cup from top to bottom, from front to back, from side to side. But I am not the cup. I perceive the entire cup. Similarly, if the creator of everything is outside of what he has created; time, light, space, life etc, then he presumably has it all set out in front of him, like a tapestry. He is not part of that creation, so is not affected by time, or light, and so cannot succumb to death or decay and aging, like the Matter that he created does. He is beyond that. He can see it from top to bottom, side to side. He can see the past, the present and the future, as if it were one. He preceded existence. He created existence. He is the height of perfection, there is nothing that he cannot do. If he wanted to create a stone that he could not lift, this wouldn’t be a paradox, it would be correct. He wouldn’t be able to lift it, if that were it’s purpose. The moment he decides the purpose is something different, he’d be able to lift it. He is the limit. If he couldn’t see everything, from beginning to end, the past the present and the future; he wouldn’t be perfect. Or the creator. If I created the cup, but can’t actually see the cup, that would be ridiculous.
So, therefore, he knew I would be an Atheist. In the same way that I knew the cup I made, would be white. I wouldn’t be shocked and disgusted if it were white, because i’d made it white. If I’d intended to make it blue, and it came out white, I would be a pretty bad creator. God, is considered perfect, he apparently doesn’t make mistakes. He knew a few of my friends would be gay. He created them Gay. He knew Dr Harold Shipman would be a murderer. He knows it all. There is no limit remember. He doesn’t start our path, he knows the entire route we will take, from beginning to end. So, given that our entire lives are pre-determined, why is this supposedly loving God, going to punish me for eternity, with the worst kind of pain, simply for not believing in him? I have no choice. I cannot force myself to believe in something that not only offends my sense of rationale, but also insults my sense of morality. I cannot change my belief, I can only follow my conscience. My conscience will always tell me that the God of all organised religion hinders and holds back the progress of humanity, all in the name of a fairy man in the sky. It is ludicrous to me. To suggest God expects me to give up my heretical views, and start believing in him, purely because the consequences of non-belief, are horrific; is blackmail. In the same way that someone dedicated to Jesus is unlikely to give up their beliefs, I cannot in good conscience, give up mine But, say i’m wrong, which i’m willing to admit I may be. If i’m wrong, God knew I would think this way, so why is he punishing me? I am not a bad person, so why punish me? What is it achieving? Why should I believe in a God like that?