posted on Jan, 8 2008 @ 12:42 AM
Originally posted by flyingwoody
I've been thinking and I have come to the conclusion that we will never be able to completely disprove the theory of god.
Well, of course not. You can't prove a negative.
But the biggest difficultly with trying to disprove God is that you have to define it/him first. You need to come up with a reasonable, coherent, and
logically consistent definition of God before you can even start to prove or disprove the thing. Personally, I've never found anyone who can give me
such a definition. The most common logical paradox that almost instantly pops up is the one where you have an omnipotent, omnipresent entity somehow
"compelled" to create the universe. How can something with no needs, feel the need to create? God should not be lonely.
As a result of this complete lack of a good definition of God, I really don't even understand what people are talking about. I don't even consider
myself to be an "atheist" anymore, because neither belief nor disbelief means anything if nobody knows what the hell they're even talking about.
But a person has to arrive at that understanding on their own. You can't argue it, because most people who believe in God very clearly don't want
to think about it too much.
The thing is, most people use religion as a kind of way to stop the echoing of the thoughts in their heads when they contemplate this existence.
There are huge blank spots in our knowledge, particularly when it comes to wanting to know why we exist. Intellectually, we really don't want to be
left with the idea that our existence is pointless and futile. That makes this life a real living horror. Oh, there are a few brief flashes of
comfort or joy, but life is primarily a constant driving pain, with a painful death almost always guaranteed.
"God" or some other belief structure like reincarnation, helps fill that black hole in our knowledge. It allows some of us frightened human beings
to sleep warm at night with fewer nightmares. And you're not going to argue people out of it. Nobody wants to be kicked out naked into the snow.
It's sad that some of these people use their beliefs and their fears to justify doing horrible things to other people. But hey. The world is sad.