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?

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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.
Absolutely. Ever hear of invisible pink unicorns? Those definitely don't exist, but somehow man came up with that idea.
We keep talking about pink unicorns around here - they must exist!

(Although I'm sure they're not invisible, just really shy. I predict sectarian conflict between the pro-Invisible and the pro-Shy camps...)
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!

May She bring you back to the right path.
See...already it begins! You invisibilists (wow that's an annoying word to type) will face the full pink fury of the Horned Equine's righteous hooves for your blasphemy.

Repent now. Shyism is the only true path.
*polite applause*

Well played, my friend, well played.
invisible pink unicorns? can something be both invisible and pink?
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.

Yes and no. I can create a new product from previously existing materials. God seems very much to be a concept assembled from the random junk that was already lying around in the human psyche.

Maybe that's poorly phrased. I guess it's possible that the junk is non-random.
Isn't the human psyche built on things around us? Aren't we a product of our environment? Hence the idea of God can be built off ideas that come from the created order?
So, the god(s) we fabricated incidentally reflect the god(s) of creation in some way?
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.
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