"In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."
"Any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory." (Ockham’s Razor)
– William Ockham
Let us assume I was born when my dad was about 28 years old, and I suppose that my dad was born when his dad was about 32. Currently I’m 21, the riddle is, when was my grandfather born? 32 + 28 + 21 = 81 minus this year, 2009-81, my grandfather was born in 1928.
So far I’ve paid God a visit and you have joined me in the past few days in looking at how I define God, the person of Jesus, questioning the basis of faith and re-thinking the holiness of holy books. Let’s continue on our journey through another alley that has left me in dark until I decided to reject the myths. Here is a non-mythical look at our origins.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5)
It’s hard to believe that most still take the bible literally on it’s creation stories (though they wouldn’t take the fact that this same book says we should kill adulteress, literally) but for the world to have been made in 7 days?
Using the riddle I started with, creationist have claimed being able to estimate the age of the earth as about 6000 years following various genealogical accounts in the bible. From the days of Noah, David, through to Jesus. While,I have already discussed in the first part of this about how mythical the bible is, it seems that the there seems to be the belief among many that taking a strong belief in myths makes it through. Considering I already dealt with that as a debunked the ‘God’ inspiration in the bible, I would desist from considering the bible story as a defense against the creationist God.
Most believe that God made this world, or more recently, that he made the frame work for which the world evolved — Intelligent Design theory.
The theory suggests that God was the first force in the evolution process, and somehow during this evolution, he occasionally interferes to see that things are still in order, quite convincing.
Today, many would not deny the existence of dinosaurs, or deny the validity of fossils that date back millions of years. As many might even ignorantly claim that God planted this things there to test our belief in him, I wonder if God has smarter agendas.
The law of conservation of Energy states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant. A consequence of this law is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. The only thing that can happen with energy in an isolated system is that it can change form. For instance kinetic energy can become thermal energy. As it is, this explains the universe in itself but then, let’s probe a little further.
In Stephen Hawking’s book ‘The Brief History of Time’ Hawking thesis drew on the fact that, we as humans, have come to recognize time as a reference to something. For example, it is outside our realm to understand that with the the progression of time-space, and in fact, at some point, time never existed because there was a reference to nothing (a concept that might be hard for our brains to fathom).
It’s easy to conclude that God made things up, of course since according to the law of conservation, nothing is created or destroyed – but alas, that would be a lazy conclusion. True, Energy or Matter is never created or destroyed, but changes form – our universe has always existed, and there was only a change in energies after which, it started expanding.
Our universe, which as always existed kept expanding, from a small condensed body of energy (think of the Sun or other planetary bodies in the universe) and kept expanding to a form, that choose to fit life. Which, in many opinion is another misconception of our existence, and the planet earth itself – the earth did not shape to adjust to us, we shaped to adjust to it [earth].
After millions of years, we have grown enough to adjust to the world (and form a basis of timing) so much as we can now question it’s existence. Religious minded might reject the idea of we, growing from single-celled organisms to Homo Sapiens (forgo the notion of we humans descending from apes, we did descend off apes but not the modern day apes, a misunderstanding intentionally propagated by creationist) and here is the structure of which evolution occurred as dated geologic column reveals:
If we can make do with a simplistic explanation towards the origination of the universe, why do we need an inexplicable God? I preferable to abide by Ockham’s Razor as quoted in the opening paragraph.
It might be hard to admit that at some point, we never existed; now we are existing, at some point we will die; maybe in the distant future, superior beings would wipe the Homo Sapiens’ existence out, or maybe we will wipe our existence out ourselves, what the moral?
For the relative short time we will live on earth, let us make maximum satisfaction of it, enjoy it as much as we can, live your positive marks on people’s heart [in the words of C.H. Spurgeon], our time where is too short to have it filled with myths, and, we live in a more enlightened world — face the reality.