Today I received an interesting email. I thought I’d share it with you (the reader) and attempt to answer the questions posed.
The e-mailer starts off with:
Your title: Godless cranium says a great deal about you and your decision to delete God from your life. However, just willing God not to exist does not do so. Look at creation. It speaks volumes as to His existence.
I can’t really delete something I don’t believe exists. Just like you probably don’t feel that you deleted dragons and Santa from your life.
I find it ironic that you say wishing something to be true doesn’t make it true. I agree wholeheartedly with you. The same can be said for belief in God. Willing it (or wishing it) to be true doesn’t make it so.
If you have any evidence for your Gods existence, I’m all ears. Please share.
Oh, and thanks for noticing my blog title. I admit that I spent considerable time brainstorming. I wanted something easily remembered but suggestive of the material you’d likely find here if you decided to visit. I think Godless Cranium does the trick.
Man wants to be free of restrictions. God’s Ten Commandments are not restrictions but protective injunctions that keep our relationships correct. You have a right to your property, your good name, etc…
I think the Ten Commandments are bunk and I think they’re ethically questionable, since the punishment for some of them is death. If you live in a free country, the Ten Commandments would likely violate your constitution, since it demands you worship your God and no others. I think it’s telling that the Commandments address worshiping your God, but leave out slavery and rape.
In loving your wife and being faithful you are living according to His laws. What is it about the existence of God that bothers you? Is he detraining you? Are you your own god?
I’m faithful and love my wife anyways, and I don’t need a supernatural deity for that.
I find your question interesting, since nothing about the existence of God bothers me because I don’t think it exists. I find the belief system (or at least large parts of it) troublesome because I think it teaches some unethical things. To me, the teachings of Christianity or any other religion have nothing to do with God and everything to do with the religions adherents and what their particular scriptures claim is true.
And no. I’m not my own God. I find the idea that I would worship myself as a God silly, to say the least.
A friend recently wrote this that you might well consider:
I am always amazed and amused by those who claim to be atheists. Everyone believes in some being more powerful than they. Some worship money, or power, or alcohol or sex etc. etc.
The “atheist” merely substitutes the real God for another god that he sees in the mirror. His rejection of God becomes his cause celebrate rejecting thousands of years of human religious history for his own concept of reality. Another “atheist” wrote and said that she did not need God. The problem with that it that God does not need her, and at the time of death may so inform her….and you.
I am always amazed and amused that people try to twist the word ‘worship’ and ‘religion’ until they’re basically meaningless.
I’d have to find out exactly what your friend meant. If they meant something more powerful, such as the universe itself or the sun or a black hole, then I agree there are many, many things more powerful than me. If he simply meant (as I suspect) a God of some type, they’d first have to define that God and its particular attributes, and then show evidence that it exists.
I don’t reject humanities religious history. I think it has some redeeming qualities and it filled a need – and in some ways it still does.
However, I think it’s time we moved past such mythologies and stop pretending they’re literally true.
The last part is a Pascal’s Wager.
Maybe your friend will die and find Odin staring back at them or one of the other thousands of Gods we’ve invented. I’m really not all that worried that a deity who supposedly knows everything or that has infinite power would concern himself enough with my non-belief to burn me for eternity. I find the notion absurd, especially if it’s also a benevolent deity.
Trying to bully me with threats isn’t what will convince me your God exists.