posted on Nov, 2 2012 @ 08:10 AM
Since dinner Saturday night I've been wanting to readdress the question you asked me; do I believe in Intelligent Design. I replied somewhat
abruptly, No, I believe in Eternal Intent. I'm sure I went on to explain why I said that and what I meant by it, but I didn't come away with a good
feeling about how I expressed myself on the subject.
It is a religious issue, and I think that when people see that my ideas don't fit into any organized religion they are uncomfortable with me
because the implication is that I don't believe in what they might consider the foundational values that they aspire to live by. That is a
Here is what I believe, staring with an old poem:
If at first there was nothing, not even God, then nothing could ever be. But just look around at the many fine things, as far as the eye can see. I
say with certainty one of two things, it seems to make sense to proclaim; God or the universe has always been here, and maybe they're one and the
That is a little poem that I wrote in the 60's, believe it or not. And I have always found time in my life over the years to contemplate the concept
of a unity of all things, nature and God, without making a distinction between them but uniting them into "one and the same".
I am very happy that there are organized religions and they are good in so many ways that I don't need to recite. I have no desire to refute the view
of God as Love and Good. However, I oppose the view of "my God is better than your God", and "my religion teaches our children that our version of
God is the only true path in life and death", and I do desire to refute religious versions of God in those respects. Not all organized religions can
be right, and my view is that Eternal Intent is the best common ground among all religions that convey a God concept. Eternal Intent can be right in
spite of all the other views because no religious person, in fact no person is excluded from the realm of Eternal Intent.
So what is Eternal Intent? Let me explain it in contrast to Intelligent Design.
Intelligent Design has an eternal God that contemplated creating a universe fit for human beings, and that would give us everything we need to survive
and prosper. It would gave us freewill combined with a conscience, and would give us the ability to contemplate God and to worship God to the degree
we individually see fit. I add that perhaps the contemplations of God included the hope or the nudge toward faith without the demand for faith, and
included the inevitable encounters with evil and the bad side of living and surviving in a less than perfect world, intentionally. So we live in an
intended universe that started when God created it, according to my interpretation of Intelligent Design.
Eternal Intent, at least an overview of it, is based on the idea that the universe has always existed and is infinite. The principle is called the
Perfect Cosmological Principle. It says that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic on a grand scale across space and time. That is a bit of
scientific jargon that means that the universe looks about the same everywhere, and always has, at least on a scale large enough to encompass
everything that we can see in the Hubble telescope and far beyond, to encompass our entire big bang expanding arena and even beyond that. And the
beyond, in my view of cosmology, is an infinite landscape filled with similar big bang arenas where life is certain to be generated and evolve to
intelligent, contemplative, conscience bearing life forms of which Humanity is just one version. In my universe life abounds, it is intended to
abound, and it has always existed, and is always intended. Life is not an accident left to chance. So we live in an intended universe that had no
beginning, and the proof of God in my universe is the Eternal Intent of the universe which each of us can see for ourselves, and by which we can
invoke the power of acknowledgements from beyond the boundary of known scientific laws, and into the realm of the as yet unknown associated with
consciousness and thought and Eternal Intent. Seeking acknowledgements from beyond the boundary is the equivalent of prayers to God invoked by most
My philosophy includes the fine points of how to optimize the ability to seek and receive acknowledgements, and that is where the values and
principles that I try to live by take shape.
I hope that is not "too much information" as they say these days, lol.
With best regards,