posted on Feb, 24 2011 @ 11:42 PM
"If you believe," he shouted to them, "clap your hands; don't let Tink die."
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
"God is Dead"
Dear God! Don't let God die! If you believe, then clap your hands. Genuflect! Testify! Sit, stand, kneel, sit, stand, kneel, sit, stand,
I am pretty sure that God is not dead, but am certain that Frederich Nietzsche is.
It seems to me that many people, atheists and true believers alike seem to believe that the existence of God is predicated upon belief. Now, I
suppose the true believers would take issue with this and argue that God exists whether one believes in God or not, and certainly I would make the
same argument, but for many religions, there seems to be doctrines that insist that non-believers will be punished for their non-belief. As if God
needs people to believe in God. Is that what God believes?
Just what or who does God believe in? I suppose Christians would argue that God believes in Jesus, and some would also argue the Holy Spirit. I
suppose Muslims would argue that God believes in Muhammad, and I suppose that Jews would argue that God believes in...well, the Jews. If God didn't
believe the Jews would they cease to exist?
It is often argued that God made man in his own image, and then man returned the favor. The idea behind this is that humanity invented God, and in
their invention declared that God invented humanity.
The atheist will insist that God does not exist because there is no proof of God's existence. The true believer will insist that God does exist but
that you gotta have faith, baby.
For the atheist, God's existence is, for all intents and purposes, moot, and yet, there seem to many who claim atheism that seem to be obsessed with
denigrating the true believer, and conversely there seem to many true believers who seem to be obsessed with denigrating the atheist. It strikes me
that both camps have effectively reduced God to the equivalent of Tinkerbell. Belief is the necessary component of God, for both camps.
It is a strange argument this belief argument. I don't really believe in broccoli,and yet it exists. Of course, broccoli demonstrably exists, but I
would argue that so does God. Hell, take a look at broccoli! How can one not see God in broccoli? Whoa! If I don't believe in broccoli, does this
mean I don't believe in God?
But wait a cotton pickin' minute here, Jean Paul, some of you might be thinking. We can point to broccoli to show its existence. You can't point
to God to show God's existence. Of course, I can't point to zero to prove its existence and yet we all, or most of us, accept zero as an acceptable
equation. I can't point to nothing to show that I have nothing, but I have nothing just the same. Conversely, I can't point to everything and can
only point to one of everything at any given point.
I wonder, do I have nothing because I believe I have nothing, and if I believed I had everything would I have everything? If I believed in
Tinkerbell, would she fall in the forest?
God is not Tinkerbell, and the belief structures around God are not necessary in order for there to be a God. If science wants to disprove God, their
best bet is to attempt to prove God. Of course, this would require a hypothesis based upon some observable phenomenon, or phenomena. What observable
phenomenon or phenomena would we point to in order to formulate a God hypothesis? Could a God hypothesis lead to a God theory, and once a theory
would God then become accepted as a viable complex system that describes the universe we live in?
It seems to me that God can not become a law and can only be, scientifically speaking and at best, a theory. A law is a set of observed regularities
expressed in a concise verbal or mathematical equation. A theory is a grand synthesis of a complex system of information about either a group of
related phenomena or even everything.
It seems unlikely that science could ever disprove God, but it is always within the realm of possibility that science could prove the existence of
God. As the passage goes; "With God, all things are possible."
The God question, or theory, or hypothesis is a mind boggling question. I really, in the end, don't know what to say about it, other than I believe
in God, but just as surely as I believe in God, I don't believe in Tinkerbell.
There are not, despite my pretensions otherwise, many things I know in this world, but I do know this: I am pretty sure that God is not Tinkerbell,
and that Frederich Nietzsche is still dead.