God in Context


3201242485_1963620a5eIn my book I’ve systematically debunked the Bible, almost the entire basis of belief. I’ve concluded that Yahweh was only ancient man’s feeble attempt to control others, so he doesn’t exist.

There are some other angles that prove he’s a fiction. I’m referring to god’s spatial, numerical, and temporal contexts.

Ancient Palestine, the place where belief in Yahweh was born, was only a smallish spot on the earth’s surface, an area roughly the size of Wales. The earth is only a tiny dot in an immense, in fact infinite, universe. When we gaze into the night sky, some of the stars are ten billion light years out there, whereas God’s birthplace is not a blink of an eye away in comparison. The enormity of the difference in distance is almost incomprehensible. 

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The population of Palestine in King David’s day, c. 1000 BCE, was not more than a hundred thousand. There were perhaps fifty million people in the world. So only about 0.2 percent of the world’s people had even heard of Yahweh, and most of them thought of him as just one of many gods. There were hundreds of other gods, yet we rarely hear of them today. Yahweh is not one iota more real than all these already expired others.

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“Yahweh” was invented about three thousand years ago, which is only one and a half millionth of the time our tiny earth has been in existence (4 ½ billion years.)

ancient_rabbisTo claim that this paltry band of primitive people, who have only recently appeared on a piffling part of our puny planet, is responsible for explaining the existence of everything in the entire cosmos defies credibility. Anyone who imagines this has an inflated opinion of the Jew’s, and their own, importance in the universe.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_LA47fuWc8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXEiKPxCSdA   http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=e8P1Y1a7-L4 – ! ).

The concept of any god, i.e. a supreme supernatural being who has an interest in us, has been around since people started wanting their questions answered. Where does rain come from? Rain meant water for drinking and that plants would grow. Sometimes it doesn’t rain for weeks, why? Man didn’t have the scientific knowledge to answer the questions, but needed to know. The rain god. When there was no rain, man tried to appease the god. He prayed, sang, beat drums, danced, and even made sacrifices. When rain came, god had answered his pleas.

one must stateGods were originally the product of puzzled people trying to comprehend things they didn’t understand, and hoping to control things they had no command over.

God made sense…to people who didn’t know any better. Ancient man created gods whenever it suited him. Replace rain with nearly anything; for example Yahweh was originally the “god of the armies,” the “lord of hosts,” who would help the Jews in battle. When man needed help in some way, he created a god to fill the gap. We don’t need the rain god now because we have something much better; we know how weather systems work. We don’t want a war god now because, well…why would we?

 

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If humankind had been left to itself, gods would have disappeared as people learned more about the world; replaced by common sense, intuitive explanations, and scientific explanations. Unfortunately, a largish part of humanity wasn’t left to follow this natural development. Certain groups of people saw a business opportunity. They set out to keep others – at least the unsophisticated others – puzzled. They wrote holy books and called themselves priests or prophets or rabbis or Imams, and they invented or appropriated gods so that they could control common people’s lives. They’re still with us today, they don’t have real jobs, they cause an awful lot of trouble, and they rarely contribute anything worthwhile to society. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODetOE6cbbc ).

 

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Religion is a relic from our primitive past still promoted by priests to give themselves a job and an income.

Today’s priests know that they can still sell a spiel because many people want something to dream about. A heavenly afterlife appears comforting. It means there’s something to look forward to, an improvement on the injustices, work, worries and ordinariness of life. Faith is like a lottery ticket; it buys you the belief that one day things will get better because you’ve struggled damned hard and you deserve a lucky break. Yet there’s no evidence anyone ever wins heaven.

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We shouldn’t fool ourselves that we have an understanding of the universe by believing in God. Faith, which ignores reason, is a travesty against our intellects. It’s anxiety about the unknown masquerading as certainty. To admit that there’s no god is to face up to facts. We don’t have answers to all of life’s questions, and that’s fine, because it’s the truth. As the decades go by, we’ll know more.

Heaven, the promise of an eternal theme park in the sky, is an insult to our intelligennce. Some claim that to hope for it is harmless, but I think the idea degrades the value of the one and only life we’ll ever have; our earthly existence. Why?

A Happy Little Atheist

A Happy Little Atheist

Who remembers what it was like to be a young child?

Picture yourself running around a playground. We didn’t waste time worrying about God, heaven or why we are here. We were too busy exploring every nook and cranny of our world, were unhindered by our experiences, expressed ourselves openly, and we weren’t afraid of being judged. We accepted life with wide-open arms, didn’t deny our emotions, and weren’t cynical or opinionated.

We lived in the present, and were thoroughly happy. I contend people should be more child like by embracing the here and now. When we do that, life has more meaning: the taste of food, a glass of good wine, a friend’s smile, a string quartet, or a Miles Davis ballad can be enjoyed because they’re real and temporary. To experience the pleasure of the present, and stop worrying about consequences, can be like coming out of a trance. It’s about being receptive to the full gamut of the human experience, and that helps us feel more alive. The promise of paradise robs people of the pleasure of living in the present. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus knew that life should be all about the journey, the here and now, not an imaginary destination, which is why we don’t need gods, beliefs, and creeds; we need to let them go! ( http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/epicurus/ ).

When it turns out there’s no god and no afterlife, it won’t matter, because we’ll be dead! We were “dead” for billions of years before we were born, and it didn’t bother any of us in the slightest.

There’s nothing supernatural after death. “Heaven” is here and now, and is what we create on earth through love. Hell is also here; it’s what happens when we hate our fellow man.  

In the modern world, “people” should replace “God.” “God” is the human race. Love of “God” should be a love of everyone in our global society.

the good news

 


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References:

Dalai Lama., Cutler, H.1998 “The Art Of Happiness” . Hodder and Stoughton. London

Dawkins, R. 2006 “The God Delusion” London Transworld Publishers.

Winell, MarlenePh.D. “LEAVING THE FOLD: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion, ©1994, 2006

http://richarddawkins.net/videos/646003-full-length-talk-how-to-tell-you-re-an-atheisthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KBx4vvlbZ8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwG9pDNSAXA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Oh947g4zvg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlxpQlNLKeM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngM-hZGYKgE

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4 Responses to God in Context

  1. Scott Morgan says:

    “Who remembers what it was like to be a young child?”

    I do.

    “Picture yourself running around a playground. We didn’t waste time worrying about God, heaven or why we are here. We were too busy exploring every nook and cranny of our world, were unhindered by our experiences, expressed ourselves openly, and we weren’t afraid of being judged. We accepted life with wide-open arms, didn’t deny our emotions, and weren’t cynical or opinionated.”

    I remember times like these, especially on playgrounds. But as a child I also recall wondering about the existence of God and why I was here. I also remember being hindered by experiences (some of which are painful to this day). I remember being afraid to express myself openly quiet frequently and was regularly concerned with being judged by parents, teachers, and sometimes peers.

    “We lived in the present, and were thoroughly happy.”

    I was often discontented and dreamt of better times to come.

    It is interesting, though, that you and Jesus both agree we should be more like little children.

    • Mark Fulton says:

      Hi Scott.

      I suspect that when you were two you were unhindered by your experiences and you were probably thoroughly happy. You were living in the present. When you got a little older you were worried about what everyone thought, and you didn’t know what the future held. We should all time be a little more like two year olds.

      “Jesus,” in his comments about being liked children, is quite clearly asking people to be uncritical and to have faith. That’s quite different to what I’m talking about.

  2. Jason Firestone says:

    One of the arguments used for god(s) is the “fine tuning” of the universe argument. The fact that we are here, in some way proves the universe was “fine tuned” for life. The argument goes like this :

    “if the strength of the particle masses, or the strength of the Weak Nuclear Force (in Physics) were any different, and I mean ANY different), we would not be here, and thus it leads one to think the whole thing was “designed” for (our form of) life”.

    (They forgot to mention universes without life disproves god, according to this line of BS). If every star in the universe has a habitable planet circling it, then one billionth of on billionth of one millionth of one percent of the universe is habitable. Oops. Black holes are estimated to exist for 10^100 years. Most stars in this universe will be dead before 10^14 years. The life span of stars, divided by the lifespans of super-massive black holes is zero, (to 80 some decimal places). Thank you Jesus for “fine tuning” the universe for us.

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