posted on Dec, 14 2008 @ 02:01 PM
I have recently seen a lot of threads that have to do with God, and I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject.
Personally, I grew up Jewish but several years ago religion just seemed 'flawed' to me, so I explored and looked into other religions to see if I
could find what I was looking for, which was simple just truth.
I feel that no matter what we think is god, we expect him/her/it to have these two characteristics.
Omniscient - infinite awareness/knowledge
Omnipotent - infinite power
Now, here's the logical argument that originally started it all for me. If god created us with free will, then he cant be omniscient. But for god to
be omniscient, implies that we don't have free will.
"Perhaps the future is pre-determined by the character of those who shape it. " - Stargate Atlantis - 'The Seer'
This quote accurately describes how I feel, at least towards the nature of fate, destiny, and free will.
Just as how people fall into patterns in there everyday lives (a majority of us, even I fall victim), this results in a certain predictability. With
enough 'numbers to crunch', you can accurately predict how a person will respond to given experiences, how it would affect them, etc - obviously
with a margin of error. Its more likely to predict major shifts in events rather then individual events.
So with this, we are granted our full free will, however, our lives depends on us controlling our minds, and not the other way around.
"The mind is a excellent servant, but a cruel master." - Unknown
Emotions such as fear, anxiety, etc are those that influence us, and specifically, how we approach, interact, and react to any given situation. THe
difference lies in being able to tell the difference between what is actually happening and what we think is going to happen. To live in the present,
not the past or the future. However, we should still draw from the past and look to the future.
Now onto God. I would just like to note that when I first began doing research about the universe and the human consciousness, I read something about
both that linked them together. Both the human consciousness and the universe both act in a holographic way, which for lack of a better description
means that they are both reflections/images of themselves, in every way and on every level.
The universe itself follows this basic pattern. The universe is made of galaxies, and in turn those galaxies are made up of clusters of stars, and
those stars form the core to solar systems. This leaves us with individual planets for life to live on. This life can include things on the
microscopic level and on the physical level (such as plants, animals, etc).
From my Buddhist studies, it was made very clear that all life, no matter what, does have a certain degree of awareness. I will argue that awareness
is a sign of consciousness. Obviously a plant isn't conscious like we are, but they are capable of reacting to there environment (a plant leaning
towards the sun, for example). Animals exhibit fear which shows a higher level of consciousness, and final you have human consciousness, which I guess
is awareness of the self.
But what of the very planet that we live on? I will argue that the planet does display signs of consciousness. No matter what life does to a planet,
the planet will heal itself and bring itself back to an equilibrium - whether physical life exists or not. The planet requires certain needs to be
met, just as we do, just as animals do, just as plants do, and just as organisms do. The solar system itself needs to be positioned in a certain way
to attain equilibrium to the system, as does a galaxy (this is not to say that change cant be made, and that the system will not adapt). So we
ultimately see how so many larger, more complex systems (like the universe) can be affected by a change in the smallest function of that system (a
planet). A classic example of this would be man blowing up the planet.