ATHEIST OR AGNOSTIC
ATHEIST OR AGNOSTIC
“If man cannot begin to make a human eye, how could anyone in his right mind think that eyes formed by mere chance? In fact, man cannot make anything from nothing. We don't know how to do it. We can recreate, reform, develop... but we cannot create even one grain of sand from nothing. Yet, the eye is only a small part of the most sophisticated part of creation - The human body.”
Keep in mind, the eye has 40,000,000 nerve endings, the focusing muscles move an estimated 100,000 times a day, and the retina contains 137,000,000 light sensitive cells.
If you are a reasonable person you will have to say that “Having limited knowledge” that we all have at the present time ... we don't have the absolute proof to say that “There is no God.” In other words, you actually don't know if God doesn't exist, so you are not an “Atheist” but rather you are what is called an “Agnostic” (not knowing). Gnostic is Greek for “knowing.”
You are as a man who looks at a building and says he doesn't know if there was a builder ... or sees a watch, and doesn't know if there was a watchmaker. I have met many Atheists, most of them highly intelligent and knowing more about world religions than those who practice it. The Truth is ... in my personal opinion, it isn't that Atheists don't believe in God ... they just don't agree with you on who or what God is ... to them. The don't believe in the God they were raised with or taught about.
There are people who have faith in the existence of a god, and there are people that have NO faith in the existence of a god. These are just two different belief systems ... or blind faith ... both knowing not the actual Truth of each others faith. It is simply a belief. A belief, is formed from a decision you have made. You cannot resort to defending scripture by simply saying “the Bible says” ... because God is Spirit, not flesh/matter and therefore can write no book. The Bible is a book written by men, believing it to be the Divine inspiration that guided their quill.
According to research at the time of this writing, there are an estimated 38,000 denominations in the world today that claim the name of Christianity, and 12,000 of them are in the United States alone. Now remember, of all the world's religious systems, with all of their doctrines and dogmas, only ONE can be right ... if even that one is right at all. Like the classic line from the movie “Highlander” during the epic battle scene ... it concluded with "there can be only one, at the end there will be only one. If that one is good, the world will see a golden age. If that one is evil, the world will fall into anarchy.” This is the choice humanity makes every day, with every thought, idea, decision, belief, and action.
In the 1972 film, The Exorcist, Father Merrin says “There is only one” when referencing the “demon” within Regan. They key here, is ONE. One belief, one demon, one Spirit, one world, one Universe ... all is one. And at the root of this oneness, is the animating force of Life. At this very basic and elementary level of understanding, we find the Truth to all that is. One point of origination, one animating force, one one Life, and one existence.
Without this understanding, there are so many choices on what exactly we are to believe. How can we make certain that our believe system will not fail us at some time in the future. First, we all need to realize that when we take our last breath ... all of these worldly theologies, doctrines and traditions of men labeled as “Religion” will end, and only the Truth will remain. It is then, that we will find out for sure. But physical death, cannot exist at the same time as physical life. There is either one, or the other.
Plain and simple ... it is an impossibility to prove a negative. But we can prove an positive through absolute evidence. For example, I cannot prove there are no black dogs in Virginia ... since I cannot possibly know or see every nook or cranny, alleyway, basement, stairwell, or forest, I cannot logically disprove the non-existence of black dogs in Virginia. However, if I set out to PROVE the positive EXISTENCE of black dogs in Virginia, the first one that I come across proves that they in fact exist. Search over.
Other propositions, however, can be disproven - and conclusively. There are two ways to do this. The first is to see if the proposition leads to a logical contradiction; if so, then the proposition must be false. Examples of this would be “a married bachelor exists” or “a square circle exists.” Both of these propositions entail logical contradictions - pointing this out is the same as disproving them.
Obviously disproving a god requires an adequate description of what it is, and what characteristics it has in order to determine either if there is a - logical contradiction - or if any testable implications hold true. Without a firm basis in reality - with an explanation of just what this god is - how can there be a substantive claim that this god is?
In the end, concerning our personal spiritual beliefs, all one has to ask is “did it matter?” or “does it matter?” Do we ask “did it happen?” or do we ask “does it happen?” Confused yet? Let's move on.
My own personal observation is that there is in fact a Universal organism of which we are an emanation, and essence. It is ONE ... and we exist within it. Call this organism God, Source, Universe, Life, All That Is, Allah, Creator, etc. There is something much bigger than we are ... and we have barely begun to understand it.
I will conclude with a couple of quotes from Karen Armstrong:
“I say that religion isn't about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.”
“Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.”
“If we don’t manage to implement the Golden Rule globally, so that we treat all peoples, wherever and whoever they may be, as though they were as important as ourselves, I doubt that we’ll have a viable world to hand on to the next generation.”
Our journey here, and our quest for answers, began a very long time ago. Perhaps one day we will know the absolute Truth. Until then, we’re doing the best we can with the tools we have. Clearly, there is an animating force in the Universe. There is a Field of Consciousness that connects everything within its web. It is our unified progress that will one day bring Heaven on Earth. Unity without uniformity. Love, peace, joy, and acceptance of all Life.
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.