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To quote Jorge Luis Borges, "Strictly speaking, one immortal monkey would suffice."
Originally posted by EnlightenUp
An infinite number of monkeys theorizing into infinity will eventually arrive at the truth.
Originally posted by Nohup
Do you really want to limit "God" to being a Grand Observer, though? Because generally a couple of the fundamental qualities most people like to attribute to this entity are the abilities to choose and create. An Observer, something that sits back and allows all virtual possibilities to exist, isn't really doing anything. It's not acting to create the world, or deciding that a man should be "in his image" or in the image of a crawdad or something. An external Observer, which sees all virtual possibilities as equal, isn't going to listen to your prayers, or care whether you live or die. It's all the same.
This kind of God you're talking about is more like the "God with no name" of the Gnostics, which is infinite and so undefinable and incomprehensible to human beings that it might as well not exist, and in many ways doesn't exist in any way we could possibly understand.
Most people like their God to be more of a jolly Grandpa who lives in the clouds.
P.S. -- Just want to add... Parallel universes is an interesting concept except for one little thing. We only seem to exist in the one. We only have one point of view, not an infinite number. So if anything, it is our own consciousness, interacting with the consciousnesses of all other living things, that seems to define our reality. So we don't really need any kind of "God." This universe and reality seems to be "Do It Yourself."
[edit on 4-8-2008 by Nohup]
The bible is complete junk, man made so its not very credible to how things could and actually are. No evidence that Jesus ever existed,all religion is and will be what it has always bin a political mind control tool for the masses.
Originally posted by TruthParadox
Wouldn't the idea of parallel universes be contrary to the Bible in every way? So if Jesus died on the cross for our sins in this universe, then in another universe he was a pot smoking hippie, thereby causing everyone in that time line to suffer an eternity in hell. Also, if there were other versions of myself for example, would that mean that in this universe I go to hell, but in another universe, I go to heaven? Wouldn't that be akin to God flipping a coin on our eternal souls? Sorry but I don't buy that and I wouldn't buy it if I was a Christian either.
originally posted by: polomontana
So, the Parallel universes would actually be making the decisions for the observers.