What, the monarchical Abrahamic God that was based off older religions? And really, just consider the Abrahamic vision of heaven/perfection. It's like
church 24/7. Honestly, who wants that. At least Muslims get virgins, eh? Well, these religions may be facing extinction soon because their relevancy
is beginning to wane. That is, until they finally embrace mysticism (direct experience and understanding, not hearsay and wishful thinking).
The only way religion can survive is if it's mystical, so here are two of the biggest ones that we already have on this Earth and their concepts of
God; alternatives to the above religions:
The Hindu idea of God is the self: the collective consciousness of each and every one of us and the whole universe. It's perfect in it's
imperfections, because a "perfect" and flawless world would be utterly boring to experience -- just imagine a movie with no plot... In Hinduism, you
come into this illusion to forget who you are, to play out a mortal life full of danger, excitement, and so on. You can, of course, be liberated from
the illusion of life, and that's basically what Buddhism is about.
Buddhism doesn't tell you who you are, and has no idea or concept of God: Buddhism is about you finding that information out yourself, directly. It
doesn't care about concepts and beliefs, it only cares about you waking up, being wise, and achieving happiness by ending suffering. You do this
typically by meditation and insight while being naturally compassionate and selfless. It takes integrity and will (ie. true faith in yourself) though.
Buddhism is like the science of religion and metaphysics, which is why many don't even consider it a religion. I liken it to "the religion of
no-religion", especially in the Zen variety.
All of this touches on what Sagan said: "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." The only reason I posted all the above is because we have more
choices in life to guide/introduce us to the path of self-discovery, and with no strings attached. Even Jesus taught that we are more than the sum of
our parts, that was his main message even, but, you know... they didn't want this popular guy telling people, especially the "scum of the earth," that
they are actually of "divine" nature.
Face it, we like variety and mystery in life, and the thrill of experience and adventure. Good, bad, atheist, theist -- whatever -- those differences,
that variance, the contrast of it all, pulling unity apart and examining it as duality and then reuniting it into Oneness again: all of this and
whatever else you can think of is what makes life wonderful. The fact that we can do any of that is what makes life worthwhile. The dance and drama of
life is far better than staring at a wall that's painted in a single colour.
There's no reason to prove or disprove it but by all means, keep trying.
You have every right to do so.
edit on 5/12/12 by AdamsMurmur