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Sunday, November 13, 2016

WHO CREATED GOD?

To be specific, the Trinity of God - son Jesus - Holy Spirit represents this Supreme Being.  The matter of being a person or what the heck is a Holy Spirit is not important in this discussion.  Ask any religious person and the answer  is virtually universal.  God is:
  • eternal
  • omnipresent
  • omnipotent
  • omniscent
  • created the universe and everything else, including time
  • self-existing
There are 102 variations of God in The Bible, but in an article that lists this total, Yahweh is not included.  Another source indicates Yahweh occurs more than 6,800 times just in the Old Testament.  For the record, ancient Hebrew, which does not have vowels, had God as YHWH.  Over time into the 13th century YHWH began to be pronounced Yahowah, where the Latin spelling was Jehovah, a term ignored by the Catholic Church, where the Lord predominated. 
But, frankly, that is not the question I wanted answered.  Who were God's mother and father?  Who created Him?  The standard response is that God is eternal, so he has no parents.  No sense asking where is the proof, for, like faith, you need to just believe.  Yet, here are two clips providing scientific evidence that God is real and how science has found evidence of God (liked the background music, which appropriately sounds like a toned down version of Surfing Bird, one of my favorites.)  On the other hand you need to subscribe to a theory that God represents our electrons or intelligent design could only have god-like origins.

Most scholars seem to be wedded to the concept of God first becoming relevant some time during the Bronze Age to the end of the Old Testament (300 years before Christ was born).  Read The Invention of God.  Through the accident of history, The Bible and Christianity dominated communication channels into modern times.  Thus Jesus became the most important human ever.  Whether real or an immortal selection by the Antioch Jesus Movement, the strategy worked, for religion dominated human society, and even today, 89% of Americans apparently believe in the concept of God.

So there are two schools of thought:  those who believe that God created everything, and others who feel that Man created God.  I scanned through the world wide web and could not find any international poll determining what percentage of the masses think that Man made up this thing called God.  In any case, for those who ascribe to the human source, the leading thinker is atheist and agnostic Richard Dawkins.  His  The God Delusion is the must read.  To summarize:
  • A supernatural creator does not exist.
  • Belief in a personal god qualifies as a delusion.
  • There's all the difference in the world between a belief that one is prepared to defend by quoting evidence and logic, and a belief support by nothing more than tradition, authority or revelation.
  • Robert Pirsig's statement makes sense:
    • when one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity
    • when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion
In doing research for my SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity I met with Dawkins.  Here is a quote:

In the midst of writing this chapter I chanced to ask him how he could be so brave as to risk an Islamic fatwa or bullet from a crazed assassin, for he has an in your face style and tells it like he sees it, in a nice sort of way. His immediate response was that these potential threats just were not that important, and he doesn’t let it bother him. Unfortunately, as I kept gently pressing him on this point, and wondered if he knew if Sam Harris (The End of Faith, a truly scathing treatment of Islam) had any problems, he seemed to begin to become concerned, and somewhat muttered so. If he did, I should feel sorry for this. He did indicate that he knew of no fatwa on Harris, and that he has never had a life-threatening incident, or anything even remotely close. He had no bodyguard on our campus.

There is an Unholy Trinity, plus a fourth Horseman:
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Sam Harris
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Daniel Dennet (fourth)
All their writings pretty much sum up my viewpoint.  I do, however, have one final point to underscore.  I've said this on several occasions in my books and this blog site, but as much as I think religion today is obsolete, it was crucial in getting humans to where we are today.  

Perhaps even before there were cave people, the concept of religion made the difference in the survival of our species.  Individual families in time evolved into larger communities.  These tended to have some form of leadership.  At some point someone came up with a concept of God and the afterlife.  If there was an omnipresent supernatural up there surrounded by "good" people who went to Heaven, all (like parents) still watching you, societies would better survive. There is something universal about honestly cooperating for the common good that works.   Then this system of thinking became formalized into something like the Catholic Church.  The gospels, Jesus and rituals all became part of an intricate network.  What we now have in religion is a controlling way of life that could not evolve in tune with the reality of today.

So, yes, Man created God.  Religion needed a foundation on which to operate, so the folk tales of those times were compiled into The Bible, Koran, Discourses of Buddha, and the Vedas.  These were then refined to what you see today.

Moses' two stone tablets from 1000BC+ (Charlton Heston played Moses) and Angel Gabriel's passage of God's revelations to shepherd Mohamed around 610 AD supposedly were the communications links, but...  The antediluvian foundations are trapped by the innocence of the past and can't cope with evolution, the Big Bang and world-wide web.  

It will still take some time to overcome outmoded attitudes, but more and more the issue of who created God will not make any sense, for it will become accepted that nature just occurred, there is no need for a Supreme Being.  The next question then is how did all this happen, a query that will perhaps never be answered.  The latest best guess by cosmologists is that we have something over a googolplex years left to ponder that matter.  A 
googolplex is 1 followed by 101000 zeros.
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