, by Michael Suede
The big bang is a requirement of atheism and creationism. Both postulate a beginning time. Both state that at one point there was nothing, and then
suddenly there was something.
The freaking word “creationism” means something from nothing. – a big bang.
Consider the philosophical implications of the nature of consciousness. In order to describe the nature of consciousness as a fundamental entity of
the universe in its own right, one must have a steady state universe that does not necessarily have to have a beginning. If consciousness is a
fundamental entity of the universe in its own right, then by default the claim is made that consciousness must have existed at the same moment matter
came into existence.
Also consider that if consciousness is a fundamental entity of the universe, then there is no need to have a “god created” afterlife, since our
consciousness would continue on in perpetuity without physical form. What that afterlife might be composed of would depend upon our own unique
consciousness and the factors that compose it within the laws that govern conscious thought.
The only way to describe consciousness as something OTHER than a fundamental part of the universe is to postulate that the universe had some
beginning; that at one point it was nothing, and then it suddenly became something.
Atheism, the belief that there is no god or eternal soul, is materialist in nature. If you fundamentally believe that consciousness arises strictly
from matter, then you believe that matter must have existed before consciousness. Given that this is the case, then there must be a beginning point
at which consciousness did not exist. Hence, a beginning to the universe – a big bang. Consciousness is required to mark time. If there is no
consciousness in the universe, then “time” for all intents and purposes does not exist, nor does matter.
The only way to avoid a “beginning” point is to say that consciousness and matter have always existed forever. The only possible way to avoid a
“big bang” type scenario in any case is to claim that consciousness and matter are fundamental parts of the universe and that the universe has
So, if I wanted to describe consciousness as originating from the random chemical reactions of the brain, I would necessarily have to make that claim
within a framework that allowed for consciousness not to exist before matter came into being. And because of this, I would have to believe that
either consciousness is destroyed upon death or that it must be supernatural of divine inspiration. There is no other alternative.
Clearly the third obvious option is missing from those choices; that being, consciousness is simply a fundamental part of the universe that has
existed forever and will exist forever; that our brains are simply receivers of an external conscious input.
Now, I want to poke a little deeper. One of my favorite questions that used to drive my mother insane is “Why?”
If we stipulate that there is no god and that consciousness is a fundamental part of the universe that has always existed and always will exist, then
WHY does it exist? For what purpose and how did it come to be? Is it supernatural after all? I hate supernatural interpretations.
Ask yourself if consciousness could exist if consciousness was fundamentally evil. From our libertarian teachings, we know that evil is the
destruction of resources. We know that evil is harm and destruction. Evil is necessarily a destructive force. So however conciseness was created,
it must not have been an act of evil if it has always existed. The first act of creation for all times must necessarily be something that stems from
good, for something can not be destroyed or harmed (an act of evil) before it has been created.
Good things come from people creating things for themselves or others. Good things come from people helping themselves or others. Now it may be that
created goods are used for evil purposes, but the fundamental fact remains that good is fundamentally a creative force.
Is it logical to say that good must have existed before evil? And that if the universe and consciousness are infinite and eternal, then consciousness
must stem from good? That only a good creative force could have created consciousness? That because love exists, we exist? That god (in other
words, the first act of creation) is Love?
I don’t necessarily believe in a god, as a theist would describe god, but I do believe consciousness is a fundamental part of the universe and is a
separate entity in its own right.
Here’s an article
I wrote previously on this subject that provides some scientific information in regards to my logic.
Oh, and by the way… This view of the universe and consciousness is supported by the science of