What is God?

Mar 5, 2011
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Or it's like the only reality. :)
The point is that it's NOT like the only reality: it contradicts so much experience nowadays that you can only take it seriously by cutting off whole vast areas of experience. You might perhaps imagine a super-computer aware of every sparrow falling on Earth - but in the whole of the universe(s)? Such an imagination is a bit hard to equate with my own Dad, I can tell you that!
 
May 23, 2012
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God is a "crutch" that some people need to make it thru life. Some people use alcohol, some drugs, and some leech off others, while others (like me) simply maintain rationality & keep things in perspective at all times. :D
Post digging are we? lol But anyway, I agree. I'm an Atheist and quite happy!
 
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Aug 27, 2010
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Aufgeblassen, et al,

Yes, this is a not so uncommon perception.

God is a "crutch" that some people need to make it thru life. Some people use alcohol, some drugs, and some leech off others, while others (like me) simply maintain rationality & keep things in perspective at all times. :D
(QUESTION)

Are humans hard-wired for faith? said:
Dr. Andrew Newberg, neuroscientist and author of "Why We Believe What We Believe," wants to change all that. He's working on ways to track how the human brain processes religion and spirituality. It's all part of new field called neurotheology.

SOURCE: By A. Chris Gajilan, CNN, POSTED: April 5, 2007
Why we are born to believe in God: It's wired into the brain said:
The findings of Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, suggest that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth, and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force.

SOURCE: MailOnline By ARTHUR MARTIN UPDATED: 7 September 2009
Do you think there is any substance to the thought that humans have a predisposition to create a belief in a Supreme Being?

Most Respectfully,
R
 
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Oct 25, 2012
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Aufgeblassen, et al,

Yes, this is a not so uncommon perception.


(QUESTION)





Do you think there is any substance to the thought that humans have a predisposition to create a belief in a Supreme Being?

Most Respectfully,
R
Some may be...most I would think not, any more than tribesmen in the jungles of Africa would be.

God does not seem inherent, but looks to be a learned aspect of humanity.
 
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Oct 25, 2012
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if God is a "learned aspect of humanity"...why would humanity ever come to learn (of) it?
For the same reasons humans learn to speak....communication of ideas.

The concept of God however, seems to specifically deal with human fears and weaknesses.....think of it as a story you tell children to help them sleep at night during a storm.
 
Jul 26, 2009
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For the same reasons humans learn to speak....communication of ideas.

The concept of God however, seems to specifically deal with human fears and weaknesses.....think of it as a story you tell children to help them sleep at night during a storm.
Most gods are downright nightmarish...
 
Nov 8, 2012
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Perhaps earlier man was indeed visited by aliens from outer space, and seeing their superiority & what appeared to be supernatural, declared them gods.
Perhaps "man" was created by aliens (genetically engineered), in their own image. Although that doesn't make them "supernatural" beings, it does make them "the creator". It explains the "gap" in human evolution. It explains why we go to great lengths to "insulate" ourselves from nature (think anti-bacterial). It explains our desire to explore the universe and reach beyond this planet. It explains why bad things happen to innocent children. It confirms that "religion" is the most destructive concept in man's history.

It doesn't "rule out" the existence of a "supernatural" god. But it sure is infinitely more logical than religious rhetoric. If there is a supernatural god, I contend it is not a "just" god, and certainly not worthy of my reverence.
 
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Oct 7, 2012
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Newly-Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle

its some roman officer writing about his journey and one of several interesting events that occured on the journey was his happening upon Jesus healing a child. in other words this is not a disciple trying to proselytize, but a passive observer.


He describes many different episodes taking place during his trip, like a a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit to a temple in Melitta (modern day Mdina, in Malta).
The part of the text that really caught M. Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in the city of Sebaste (near modern day Nablus, in the West Bank). The author first describes the arrival of a great leader in the town with a group of disciples and followers, causing many of the lower class people from neighbouring villages to gather around them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua haNotzri.
 
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