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Originally posted by 3v0lv3r
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." -- Voltaire
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Originally posted by NeverSleepingEyes
reply to post by ShiftyMedi
Oh, I also believe that those in need of a god should have their brains fixed.
Never presume to know precisely how another man defines "God", especially if you're an atheist.
Originally posted by annella
Originally posted by RevelationGeneration
The bible is the absolute truth and evolution is a evil deception.
Have you ever considered that it may be YOU that is being deceived?? There are multitudes who will agree with me BTW and I can assure you that there is no devils mark on them.
Originally posted by audiopackrat
Originally posted by Hopeforeveryone
We'll only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest
Good quote. But it should be attributed to Denis Diderot.
Originally posted by jeff197139
reply to post by ShiftyMedi
Christianity is said to have 36,000 denominations, and the human race has at least 25,000 religions. With so many claiming there's a God, angels, demons, etc. either they're all kooks and liars inventing stories to control the masses, or there's some truth to one or more of them. My personal opinion is that ancient religious systems were cursed by limited lexicons relative to what we have now with scientific knowledge and space exploration. When Berei# (Genesis) was written, we didn't understand how planets formed and didn't even know our's was spherical (I know it's not a true sphere but close enough heh.) But if we're claiming a god created the planet we needed a beginning so naturally the beginning was in the beginning of the story.
Now of course we understand a lot more about how stars form, matter falls into orbit around them and over billions of years planets form. NASA Exoplanet site has over 500 exo-planets "on the books" now so planets orbiting stars seems more likely the rule than the exception. If planets orbiting stars isn't anything remarkable (other than ones with life on them) then what remains for gods to do is much less dramatic than classical religions describe (i.e. make planets.)
But there's still a lot of narrative out there in theology describing human-divinity interactions. If they're not all lies then what's more likely? That ancient humans encountered paranormal/supernatural lifeforms, or ancient humans encountered extraterrestial lifeforms drawn to a life-filled planet? We can determine the atmospheric composition of planets light-years away by analyzing how light from those planets appears to us. So it's not out of the realm of possibility that an alien species saw our planet long ago and set out for it.
If our own species is progressing like others might, then an alien race may well have needed a fresh inhabitable planet after destroying their own through industrial pollution much as we're currently destroying our own. I'm more apt to believe this was the case than they destroyed it through warfare because of the technological hurdles with interstellar travel. You'd expect some "governmental" or infrastructure to be required to mount such an operation. But back to theology.
Assuming one or more stories about humans encountering the divine actually happened, but due to limited lexicons and non-existant knowledge of technology/science those stories used the only terms then available to them, then ancient humans may well have encountered aliens. Certainly with all the UFO/alien sightings today if we imagine the claims from peoples thousands of years ago, they'd be stories of godly encounters instead of aliens.
To sum up. "God" was alien, angels and demons were alien, and all the stories about miracles and other heavenly phenomenae were in fact "best guess" descriptions of technological encounters. As Arthur C. Clarke said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from magic."
Or, it's all made up for any number of political-megalomanical reasons.