reply to post by Lucid Lunacy
First of all, thank you for the concise and judgement-free description of where my explanation was lacking. Second, I believe I can explain my view on
the matter clearly in a way that should make some sense.
Now, I should make clear what I believe is the "Christian" God, henceforth known as "my God." I add the modifier "my" not to imply ownership,
but to state clearly that this is what I believe at my core, and has very little to do with any so-called "Christian" teachings, apart from the
Bible itself, and my own understanding of certain principles which I see as universal such as evolution.
Okay, so for my description of the Almighty, there are a few things that I believe need to be true for Him to truly be God. First of all, He must be
all powerful. This means he can change the laws of physics, and anything else around Him at will. I rationalize this thought with might be too simple
of a comparison, but I believe it should demonstrate the potential for omnipotence. I think of God almost like the author of a computer program
designed to emulate the universe. Given enough processing power, and the right formulas, I believe it is very much within the grasp of science to
build a complete and full "virtual" universe, complete with galaxies, stars, and planets just like this one with any laws and stipulations that
creator wants. I put the word "virtual" in quotations because if the emulation was flawless, it would create beings like us that were self aware and
to them, this "virtual reality" would be indistinguishable from the real thing. The other half of what I believe is that this already happened, more
than once. Actually, infinite times, because of the next requirement for God.
God has to be all-seeing and all-knowing. If God were a consciousness that existed "above" the emulated reality, God would be above time. Therefore,
God could pause the emulation, scroll through to any point and time and potentially see and learn everything that is in the universe. But for Him to
know EVERYTHING, like I believe He does, then there has to be one final condition on my description of God.
God must be eternal. I use the word eternal because the word immortal is not enough to comprehend the vastness of God's potential. God can die if God
wants to. That's part of His omnipotence. However, for God to be able to die and the universe to remain stable and eternal, God must always be
replaced, either by succession or by allowing the evolution of a "new" God. The age old question "Did the chicken or the egg come first?" is not
relevant here, because God has always existed in an infinitely self-replicating way. This, I believe, is the culmination of the goal for the principle
of evolution. So even if we somehow spontaneously popped into existence out of nothing, the instant this happens, God is produced as a result.
To recap, God has no Creator, but is eternally existent as a potential that cannot be stopped from coming into existence. As a result, all of the
potential of God is simultaneously released into existence, resulting in the reality of not just our universe, but every universe that can be
conceived of by a conscious being.
I'm sure I've missed something, so please, if you're interested in knowing how I can even for a second believe that I am still sane, or if you
honestly just want to know about God, let me know where you're having trouble understanding my rationality and I will do my best to explain.