posted on May, 15 2010 @ 11:48 AM
For some reason I have been reading alot of fiction that deals with gods and how they effect how humans act. I'm a big Warhammer 40,000 nerd and read
alot of the fiction on that. But lately I have read a lot of Terry Pratchett, and a book called Divine Misfortune(DM from here on out) by A. Lee
Martinez. The two authors have a common view of gods in that they derive great powers from worship and then more often then not forget to care about
the source of the power ie. us mortals. That is about where it ends. In DM the gods once created never really go away and there is no mention on
monotheistic faith. The gods can lose almost all power but never really go away. On Discworld the gods can be promoted, demoted, or not exist at all,
only to pop back into existence when some one needs them again. In DM the gods seem to have defined, classic roles and domains. On the Disk a god can
some from anywhere, including the god of things that get suck in drawers.
So this brings me, one who is not at all convinced by gods at all, to wonder: Are gods able to exist by thought alone? If they are, would random
occurrence in a believer's life be attributed to the god? Does a belief in gods awaken a latent power in humans?
Let me explore the above questions, and then I would like to see that all of you think.
Q: Are gods able to exist by thought alone?
I think so. you cannot disprove a negative. For people like me who like to take apart a bigots argument that God allows for say the persecution of a
race or other religion you get to a point where the bigot assumes that you are questioning the existence of God and says to you "Well why don't you
just go out and prove that God does not exist then!" They know, or rather should know, you can't. I cannot say for sure that God does not exist
because it might. God may have a body and may look human and may do all kinds of things to stay hidden, or not. So working from that point you can
safely say that ALL gods exist, from Thor god of thunder to Buggerit the goddess of paper cuts and hang nails. If you suddenly have something
happen in your life, assign a god to it, become a prophet and boom a god is born. Gods are a way of really assigning blame to sense less events. Why
did grandma fall down and break her hip? Was it because age had taken her balance and strength? Or was it a divine judgement?
Q: If gods exist, would a random occurance in a believer's life be attributed to the god?
A: Yes. What do the deeply religious say when mechanical failure causes an accident, or any other seemingly random event, that kills a person? More
often then not, it is a variation of 'It was His will'. Really? The mechanical failure was Gods doing? Would it not just have been that the owner of
the vehicle never got it serviced and the breaks failed? This one almost answers its self.
Q: Does a belief in gods awaken a latent power in humans?
A: This one is not so cut and dry for me. I think so, but am not sure. I have memories of my Nan (My wife's grandmother) who was deeply faithful. She
had horrid medical problems and never once did I hear her complain. She knew that she was in gods hands. She was 89 years old when she passed, and up
until the day she died she was thinking of others. I know everyone says that, but she was. She knew all 76 people in our family's birthdays, names,
and addresses, she made sure she updated her book and come hell or high water, this woman would make sure she got to the post office to mail out
Christmas and birthday cards for every one. She could not walk after the age of 78. I cannot remember my own fathers birthday, and have no idea what
my mothers address is. You see the church going old ladies who always seem to have the time to knit sweaters for the homeless or cook meals for the
needy. They will do amazing things on faith alone. What I am unsure of is whether or not this same feeling of faith could cause the species to under
go some sort of psychic transformation.
I am sorry about the walls of text. Please tell me what you think.