19 December 2009

Where do I come from?

We are thinking animal. We like to know. We have been creating all kinds of things. Our perception is that all things are created.

While we are wowed by the beauty and complexity of the universe and when we think of ourselves about how the universe and we have come to being, the knee-jerk answer is someone has created us. Many a times this was reinforced by someone in a position of authority. But it is really the case?

Where do we come from? The correct and honest response is "I don't know". "I don't know" seems to be a very difficult response for a lot of people. That's strange. We really do not know. Admitting that we do not know is showing our intellectual honesty and humble character. Unfortunately, a lot of people use the "god filler".

Are those who tell us that god created us in a better position than we are in answering the same question? Do they have any evidence to show us that they know something we don't know? Sometimes the answer was "bible says so". Now, the bible was written by men (I am using this as gender neutral term to refer to human kind). These men were supposedly inspired by god. The bible was the "true words of god".

Let's take the story in Genesis 22:1-24 in which god asks Abraham to sacrifice his son. Although Abraham did not kill his son "because an angel stopped him", transfer the act to modern times, what would we think about a person, who was told by god, to kill his own son? The person would definitely end up in a mental hospital if not in prison. Men who wrote the bible were primitive and childish. How can we believe the bible can be the words of a god who is all knowing?

The bible also contains many contradictions. Again that can only lead to a conclusion that the bible are just a bundle of stories written by men. The inspiration by god is hardly seen.

Back to the question of where we all come from, the correct answer is again "I don't know".

What is wrong with the god filler answer?

Using a god filler does not answer the original question. We were asking, in a way, where the complexity came from. If we were created by god, god must be very complex. Where did god come from? The god filler is actually a think stopper. If we are satisfied by the answer, we would stop seeking answer to the original question.

Even if we accept there is a god who created everything, the jump from such cosmic god to a personal god also involves huge assumptions difficult to justify.

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