Hi, ATS. Long-time lurker, first time thread-starter, yadda yadda. How’s it hanging?
I’d like to share a hypothesis with you.
To preface this, I should mention that I don’t subscribe to any religion. If you say “I’m a Christian” or “I’m a Muslim” or “I’m a
Hindu” or whatever, you automatically associate yourself with an inflexible set of beliefs. I’m with Rufus from the movie ‘Dogma’ when he says
(I’m paraphrasing): “It’s better to have ideas than beliefs. You can CHANGE an idea.”
So here it is:
Let’s go back as far as possible. Before the big bang.
Even the most rational, scientifically minded person must occasionally ask themselves: “What caused the big bang? And what caused whatever caused
the big bang? And what caused etc.”
Bottom line, we don’t know. No-one knows. All we can do is guess, experiment, learn, and repeat. Anyone that tells you they have definitive answers
to the mysteries of life is either lying or deluded (and sometimes both).
Now, for my idea, I’m going to start with a conscious, creative force that I like to call “Intelligent Energy”. (You can call it “God” if
you’d prefer.) Where this energy came from, we do not know. But let us imagine that, in the beginning – or as near to the beginning as we can get
– there is Intelligent Energy, and Intelligent Energy is ALL THERE IS. Nothing else exists.
Let us suppose that, at some point, Intelligent Energy gets a bit bored, and chooses to flex its creative muscles. It decides to make a universe.
Here’s the vital part: if Intelligent Energy is ALL THERE IS, then anything it creates it must create FROM ITSELF. If Intelligent Energy wants to
make a universe, then that universe (and everything within it) will be made up of Intelligent Energy.
Is there any evidence for this?
Break everything in our universe down, and we get atoms. Go further – atoms are mostly empty space, comprising a nucleus made of protons and
neutrons, orbited by electrons. Go further – what are these subatomic particles made of? Quarks? What about them?
As far as my admittedly limited brain can gauge, IT’S ALL ENERGY. (Perhaps any particle physicists reading this can correct me if I’m wrong?)
If this hypothesis is correct, then you and I, the sun and the sky, the grass, the rain, the apple pie you ate for dessert, it’s all a manifestation
of the same thing. If you want to call it “God”, then we are ALL God. EVERYTHING is God.
Now, then: if everything, without exception, is God, and our universe contains both “good” and “bad” things, then God must contain within
itself the seeds of both good and bad.
(Side note – I’ve always pondered the reasoning behind the origin of “evil” in the Bible; to any Christians reading this – if you want to
say it’s all Satan’s work, fine … but didn’t your God create Satan? Isn’t your God supposed to be omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent? I
would genuinely like to know what you think of these paradoxes.)
Instead of viewing God as a perfect, infallible force that knows everything and can do no wrong, does it not make more sense to think of God /
Intelligent Energy as a work in progress? Something which is continuously learning and developing and evolving – much like ourselves?
Over time, the human race seems to be becoming (by and large) more peaceful / tolerant / understanding. In the last 60 years alone, we’ve had the
civil rights movement and the spreading legalisation of gay marriage – not, I might add, because there’s a massive “gay agenda” conspiracy
underway, but because more and more people are realising that we’re all human beings and all deserve equal rights and opportunities. As a species,
we are (veeeeery slowly) making progress. Who knows … perhaps a couple of centuries down the line we’ll have found a way of organising our society
that doesn’t result in a few greedy self-promoters blowing up foreigners for money.
When our race has finally evolved to the point where we can stop fighting each other and actually pool the whole planet’s talents and resources
together, we might finally be able to peacefully explore space and make contact with similarly advanced societies. (That’s the dream, anyway.)
I’m not saying I’m right. But I AM saying “Isn’t this an idea worth considering?” Granted, it doesn’t answer all the questions; but at
least, when you view the universe this way, no-one gets left out or told that they’re evil or worthless. If we’re all “God”, if we’re all
one and the same, don’t we owe it to ourselves to stop the fighting and make some REAL progress?
Or perhaps the fighting (much as I dislike it) is all part and parcel of our continually evolving experience? If we’re all a manifestation of the
original Intelligent Energy, or God, then maybe “war” is just God arguing with itself.
I don’t know. No-one knows. All I know is that I prefer this malleable, evolving energy type God to an angry, judgemental guy that demands my
worship (or else).
But hey – it’s just an idea.
I look forward to your comments