Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Universe We See

If God exists, then this is the universe we see:
  • We can see that God creates children and entrusts them to humanity.
  • We can see that God is not required to do this, but that she continues to do this.
  • We can see the joy that children bring to us.
  • We can then conclude that God must greatly love us in order to continue to entrust us with these children.
  • We can see that she creates us to live, that, in her eyes, our lives have great value.
  • We can then ask ourselves what is the best response we can make to her.
  • We can see that the answer must be in the manner in which we treat each other and in the manner in which we raise her children.
  • We can see therefore that it is in our best interest to build relationships of mutual trust with our fellow man.

If God does not exist, then this is the universe we see:

  • We can see that each one of us has a choice:  to live in solitude or to live in the community of man.
  • We can see that  we sometimes we need assistance to live, fo, when we are ill or injured or without food and shelter.
  • We can see we have a basic choice, to fight or to get along.
  • We can see that if we decide to fight, there will be just one of us left standing, in a mortally wounded state.
  • We can see therefore that if we value life we should not fight.
  • We can see therefore that life itself is a value against which moral systems can be built. and that it is in our best interest to build relationships of mutual trust with our fellow man.
In either form of universe, created or evolved, we can see the same clear objective source for morality, that life itself is a value, and we draw its logical conclusion:  It is in ourselves we are to trust, it is our bond that will enable us to build a world of peace.

We can begin to see those that betray trust are not necessarily evil, that instead they are lost, no longer able to see the logic of mutual trust.  In some cases, they have become ill.  In all cases, they are in need of interdiction, restraint, education, and healing.

We are all in need of rational education and freedom from enforced beliefs in ancient ideas of God that contradict the nature of the God we see if God exists at all.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Decisions of Man

If God exists, we can see God's nature by observing the Decisions of God. We can see that She continues to create children and entrust them to us. We can see that She is not required to do this, but She does so anyway. Is this decision of God an indication of benevolence, malevolence, or ambivalence?

Whatever your answer, you have learned a truth about God, without a Bible, Quran, or Torah, or any other writing of man. You observed the creation and you learned this without even a single word from God.

God is beautiful, we can see this with our own eyes, our ancestors were mistaken in the scriptures they wrote. God is not a creator of hell, She creates this exquisite universe as a most suitable place for man and then she bestows children upon us, trusting us to raise them. And then we can see from this that indeed, She gives us to each other, trusting us to bless and keep ourselves as beloved to each other as we were beheld in God's eyes when She created us.

We were never evicted from this garden She created. We eat of the tree of life every day in our every embrace and we eat of the knowledge of good and evil when we see that we can respond to the decisions of God by living as repositories of trust for one another, or, sadly, as something less than that. She does not forbid this, She grants us the power and the will to make the Decisions of Man, to decide to live as ones who are like She who created us, as lovers of the generations of Man.

We are beautiful. We are the children of God. And as we live we are being rewarded with a new generation of Man, spectacular in its beauty. Shall we love them? Shall we raise them to love each other? Or shall we instead force them to believe the ancient opinions of our ancestors who were driven by fear to conclude that God is angry and punishes forever the believers in other faiths?

Our ancestors were mistaken and we are mistaken to blindly believe them. And if they live on in an afterlife and can observe us, they are in anguish because they can see they have entrapped us. We are entrapped in fear to question the things that they wrote, the things that were never the word of God but only the opinions of man. We can end their anguish, we can make the Decisions of Man, we can stand in courage to correct their mistakes, to free ourselves from this trap and to hear the heavens resounding in applause.