“And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt his existence.” Bertrand Russell
“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours” Richard Dawkins
I was thinking about the qualities God must have. The Abrahamic god that is, with his omnipotence and omniscience. What must it be like to govern all of creation, and yet be concerned with life forms on this planet? To the amoeba, we are god like beings. Imagine how they would regard our cities and vehicles, not to mention the vast oceans. Yet do we regard them at all when going about our daily activities? When driving to work? When building a new city, or destroying an existing one? Does the soldier consider amoeba’s when fighting for his life, or the business man when structuring a new deal? Of course they don’t. To believe otherwise is ridiculous.
In the unending expanse of space and time, do we appear, to the one being who created it all, as anything more than the lowly amoeba; swimming about and mating in our pool of slime? Surely there must be life on other planets, as the building blocks of life are commonplace in the universe. Is there any difference in how we accommodate the paramecium and the amoeba in our mundane lives? Of course not, but how godlike and eternal we must appear to them!
Consider the vastness of space and the ongoing cycle of creation and death and the being we call God that presides over it all. The universe is expanding at such a rate that we will never see the light from stars forming on its outer edges. The Universe will cool and, essentially die, before the light ever reaches us. Is the God being aware of itself in the same way we are, or is it a kind of “hyper awareness”? Does it know it is omniscient and omnipotent, or is it merely going about its duty, completing the tasks for which it exists to complete?
Try to imagine the God being as an entity who observes; an entity which can begin an event like the big bang and see it through to the creation of a place like Earth; a being that effortlessly glides over the whole of the vast universe in observance of all, yet still concerned with micro managing the miniscule activities of life forms on Earth.
How would the reverence of the amoeba and paramecium affect our ability to build and advance? Would their devotion and love change the mind of a developer intent on turning their slime home into a landfill? Would they thank the developer afterwards for punishing their ill behavior? The answer, of course, is most definitely not! It’s silly to think otherwise.
We are but one incarnation of life’s process. If we are destroyed, by whatever method, life will continue, If not here then on another planet in this star system or another; possibly in another form, another incarnation of the amazing process of life. If the amoeba dies, life here will also continue, although its death would disrupt an ecosystem, life would continue… for a time at least. Even if they did die and the rest of life followed, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist elsewhere in this expansive universe in the same or another form. The point is, life equals more than life on Earth. Life is the result of processes allowed to work their magic in ideal settings.
Does the God being know he is a god in the sense that we think of god or gods? Is he aware of a duty to create? Do thoughts like “I am a god and must create” betray a sense of pointless ego? What is ego really unless there is someone to admire you, Or rather someone to compete with you? Does the powerful man’s ego depend on the look of admiration from the destitute man? No it doesn’t. Only his success and standing among his equals, and peers will effect his ego. Are there other God beings to justify this sense of ego? Jealousy and ego, in my opinion are not two of humanities best attributes, so it seems a bit trite for a God being to possess them as well.
We believe in ourselves. We believe we can do something, or we believe we can overcome apparent insurmountable odds. In the absence of possible failure, “belief” becomes “know”! Does the mathematician believe he can solve the mathematics of String Theory or does he know it? Does the same mathematician know or believe he can solve 2+2? He believes the first one and knows the second one of course. It all depends on the existence of possible failure.
So would the God being believe in himself? Does he know he is a God? If he believes IN himself, then that assumes the possibility of failure when it comes to his duty. Would “God” be a state of existence acknowledgeable to a being that is the only of its kind? It would be just as ego driven and borderline psychotic as the man who fancies himself a god due to his indomitable strength and power over the amoeba!
Atheism is simply the lack of belief in god or gods. It is within this definition that I claim God to be an atheist. If the major religions are correct and he is the only one then he obviously can’t believe in other gods, even if he wanted to. If he is the only god ,solitary and wandering the heavens, and believes in himself then that assumes failure, so it’s highly improbable that he believes in himself. Therefore it is logical to assume that..
God is an atheist.