Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
You'll not be able to get rid of God, and that is the main desire of the wretched human.
Uh, yeah, great idea; let's get rid of the organized way we see to road upkeep, common defense, etc.
Wow! Too bad the world isn't so over-simplified, or you might have something. As it stands, no.
I'm sorry to feel the need to answer on this, TC...but I do.
You say I'll not be able to get rid of God. In one way, I agree with you, since I'm a Pantheist. It would be difficult to get rid of the very stuff
of which I'm made... I believe that all of creation is the Creator.
Also I'm a Deist and thereby consider the Creator to be seperated. Knowing how incompatible this may sound to you, let me explain...
A Deist will tell you that the Deity created the universe, figured it looking good, and left that universe to fend for itself. A Pantheist, on the
other hand, will tell you that the Creator is dreaming the universe and that the universe is the Creator Itself, that every atom in the universe is
part and parcel of the Creator.
In either case, we are left to fend for ourselves...what we do is written in the records of our souls (our souls being the stuff of the Creator).
I do not believe in a God that has a hand in current affairs on Earth and that is where we differ.
The belief you have is every bit as credible as mine and I respect your faith in it. We both believe in the truth of a soul and that is most
important... because having that belief, IMO, makes us want to behave honestly to our conscience.
About the road upkeep and common defences, I would like to point out the fact that 'roads' were kept up before the European invasion of the Americas
and that trade flourished (for ages previous) between the Algonkian tribes of the North Eastern quadrant of the North American continent and the
Central American peoples. These roads may not be 6 lane freeways built for 18 wheelers, but the paths and waterways at that time did the job just as
well, if not as fast
The reason for this thread, as first laid out, was to point out that religions and countries both shared the same basis. Both were contrived to
encompass the masses in order to keep their neighbours at bay through the threat of war.
I have no desire to push my beliefs on others, including you, but I hope you will respect my beliefs as I respect yours.
[edit on 20-8-2005 by masqua]