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God, Supreme Being (the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions)
(n) deity, divinity, god, immortal (any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force)
When we can create something from nothing, then maybe we would be god.
A very good question.
Now if there is a God. He created everything and allowed us to exist. Would he not deserve respect?
Yeah, I know what you mean. I've been reading few of your post in recent conversations on this board. The questioning also led Socrates to his execution
Those that question are often disliked. But so are those that claim to know the truth. I once started a thread in purpose to provoke ppl, claiming that I know the truth - it didn't receive a warmth welcome But it was as I expected. In that particular thread, I claimed that I know the truth of that I don't know anything.
But yeah, it is as you said - to observe objectively and to question is the best way to learn. Not to accept anything as a fact, but question even yourself.
Human beings need to come to a few consensuses. First, I think its best when we all come a consensus about race and gender as barriers to basic rights. The western world has largely done this.
Second, I think its best that we reach some consensus about our place relative to the environment and animals. I think our position relative to animals is fixed and despite what PETA says will never change. We're working out the environment
Even if we lose our faith in the Gods worshiped today and in the past. Even if we find those God's were beings that were, while more technologically advanced, mere flesh and blood and mortal. Even if we come to the consensus that we are the most intelligent advanced force in the universe....we are not Gods.
If we lose sight of even the concept of a God above us that is perfect and full of love, despite what we truly believe - we've done an intolerable thing. It won't be enlightenment, it won't be atheism. Nothing good will come of it.
1. even when we have the ability to create a universe, and barring self destruction, I believe we will - we need to have some respect for what we now call 'creation' as something that pre-dated us and was/will always be (on some level) neccessary for our survival.
2. even if we don't believe in a god as lighthouse of the moral universe, declaring ourselves as lighthouse of the moral universe - or implying that we've ever finished our journey to a point of supreme moral enlightenment is dangerous as hell. athiest or religious, history tells us that posessing 'the truth' leads inevitably to slaughter.