posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 02:55 AM
reply to post by dragonking76
I believe it's all more complicated than my puny mind can possibly grasp.
I don't know. The concept of god may not be that complicated after all. I mean, we can understand Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Theory, and even the way
our own brains work. We know the basic components of life, and can now custom build organisms from "off the shelf" parts.
The tricky part is, the very concept of god requires that such a being be outside of our own universe. So it's hard to know anything definitive about
such a being. What we can do, however, is falsify claims about god's meddling in our universe and show attributes given to such a being through
belief as likely to be false by using what we know about the universe and our own logic.
Once you do this, you may start to realize that the vast majority of attributes assigned to god are merely anthropomorphizing projections of our own
human ideals and frailties.
Indeed, this path generally leads to atheism as you begin to see behind the veil. Some still retain their belief in a god, converting instead to
either a Deist, Pantheist, or other such belief systems. For me, it's easier to envision god as a programmer, and our universe a simulation. This
seems to satisfy the major cardinal rule of God not interacting with our universe - yet still being the creator of it and yet outside of it as well.
However, I tend to go a step further and strip away the attributes of omnipotence and omniscience from such a being. Elsewise, what use is a
simulation if you can modify it at any time and already know the outcome prior to the running of the simulation. If god is not omniscient, then he
would likely not interfere with the running of the simulation - so as to remove any taint of bias from the experiment. This means neither that he
knows and loves us, nor that he even knows we exist. There isn't enough information at this time. God may also not be omnipotent, despite having
created the universe. Programs have their constraints that prevent even their creators from having completely free reign over the program, despite
having a debug toolbox or command line which allows them to preform miraculous tasks inside the simulation.
So to answer the OP's question: Is god either a good guy or bad guy; the answer is neither. God, as envisioned by most believers, is merely a figment
of their imagination. A meme.