I thought this was quite the interesting thought. I was gonna write this
as a response to one of a other discussions, but thought that I'd like
to get a bigger audience in on this one.
Many, if not all, good atheist believe that God simply does not exist. But I beg to ask the question: "If he doesn't exist and nothing in creation lends to the existence of God, why do we have so many thoughts about God? Are not our thoughts shaped by our environment? If our environment does not support the existence of a God, why do so many of us rule him into the equation? Is it that we are inclined to desire a god. Are we naturally inclined to think about one irrespective of our environment?"
The light bulb was created based on something that already existed, light! So I imagine Ben Franklin was inspired by the sun. Even the delusional has inspiration of thoughts based on things that exist. So why do we think about God if he doesn't even exist?
I don't think the question is very well understood. I guess i'm what I'm trying to get at is this: Is it possible for us as humans to concoct in our minds something that doesn't exist. For example: do you think an Eskimo could concoct within his mind images of a tree if he's never seen a tree before.
That is heresy! She is called the "INVISIBLE Pink Unicorn" for a reason. It's only our perception of Her that changes over time, but the Her qualities and attributes have been consistent since before the beginning of time. In other words, it is not a metaphor; "invisible" is to be taken literally. Anyone who says otherwise will taste the chastisement!
I would say, many of history's societies and people did build their concept of god from the created order. And what many ended up doing is worshiping creation and not the creator. What I think is interesting about the bible is, in Genesis Jehovah commands Abraham saying he needs to leave his father's house. Because his father worshiped idols of creation. God wanted to reveal himself as the force outside of creation. Creation, I believe, was meant to be a sign post that points to God. God never meant for us to worship it.
Our subjectivity was meant to give us a heart felt understanding of God by way of his creation and created order. Of course, i'm leaving out allot of details, but I hope I got the point across.