I do not believe in “GOD“.
That is to say – I cannot believe in the BIG-G version of GOD. You know the full-on CAPS-LOCK version. The mystical all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, omni-omni of everythingness. That big old voyeuristic super-santa in the sky: seeing you when you are naughty, and seeing when you are oh so nice. The one that then capriciously bestows the awesome gift of heaven, or the burning lump-of-coal of eternal damnation.
I think the question of “was there a prime mover of the universe?”, described as some type of primordial creator, kick-starter, or as the pre-bang to the big-bang is an entirely different set of ponderings. There might very well have been some primordial spark of existence that set this dimensional reality spinning and evolving into infinite time and space. Yet that to me really has no bearing on the idea of GOD. A creator is not the same as GOD.
A creator and GOD the great Maker, Director, Executive Producer and Judge are two entirely distinct ideas.
I find the fairy-tale that forms the basis of the Abrahamic religions too hard to swallow. In the beginning, as each religion that spawned from Abraham likes to start, has this perfect moment where GOD creates a paradise as a gift to humans. But then GOD ruins it all by setting a trap, a test, a challenge. GOD the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful invites temptation into the garden, and then GOD is upset that the humans fail the test. Not very all-seeing really. And in the process GOD invents, sin and shame, and deceit – and then finally places the blame squarely on those flawed humans (which he created….). Especially that exceptionally curious one called woman.
And what was that test? Well the placement of two trees – one the tree of eternal life and the other the tree of knowledge (of “good and evil”). Yet how could these humans even know what was right? or wrong? Not until they eat from the fruit of the tree and acquire knowledge – can they even know that what they have done is wrong! The entire myth ends up being a setup for an inevitable fall from grace.
The rest of the mythology simply moves from bad to worse. Convoluted rules, absurd stories, fantastical tales that border on delusions. And this is supposed to prove that GOD is real and we need to obey?
I will concede that there is a powerful gift of morality contained in the Abrahamic traditions that help guide and shape the development of our society and cultures over the centuries. Some real gems of true wisdom: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” and “love your neighbour as yourself.” Those are beautiful ideals.
I would also point out those same stories and myths have led to incredible horrors and persecutions because some people had other thoughts and beliefs.
The mythology of the Abrahamic faiths has been wielded as divine license and certainty. To me the greatest sin is certainty and the belief that mere flawed humans can impose divine will on other humans. That is simply madness, and should be treated as depraved madness of the worst kind.
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.
―God Is Not Great ~~ Christopher Hitchens
I believe in kindness. I believe in tolerance. I believe in forgiveness.
I do not believe in GOD – and I will not be limited by such a childish concept as a personal GOD of any kind. When I do pray (because we all pray no matter our beliefs) it is a prayer to the vast unknown offering hope and goodwill. There is no begging for the cold essence of space to somehow be different.
Hey humans – time to grow up and behave like adults and stop talking to our invisible friends.