Hi there, everyone.

I need to tell you about the first lie.

You are not God.

Seems obvious. I am a human. I live a human life which is fragile and temporary. I have human powers which make me normal among my other humans. Some humans have more powers than others, some less, but we are all human and all humans are equal.

God is incredible! God is everything? God is love...how does that work? God is the greatest ultimate so therefore, God is. God is apart from us; in another dimension; unreachable without extreme devotion; untouchable; unseeable; unknowable bladity blah.

So clearly, I am not God.

I dare you to pose a question.

What is God?

How could a God exist in the cosmos? How could a God exist and survive on Earth? How could a God function?

God is all powerful within God's own domain.
God is all knowing within God's own domain.
God is fully existent within God's own domain.
God need not deal with the minor events within God's own domain.
God cares about the most important things within God's own domain.

Now, transpose "God is" with "I am" and "God's" with "my."

I am all powerful within my own domain.
I am all knowing within my own domain.
I am fully existent within my own domain.
I need not deal with the minor events within my own domain.
I care about the most important things within my own domain.

What is God's own domain? What is my own domain?

Supposedly, God's own domain is the entire cosmos.
My own domain is my own body.

What happens when God's own domain is threatened? God defends it! The ultimate God will destroy all pretenders to the throne.

What happens when my own domain is threatened? I defend it! I will never willingly allow another to affect my domain without my consent.

I could go on, but I have faith :) this is enough to realize, Thou art God.

In other words; I am God, you are God, everything which controls its own domain is God.

Become the God you would willfully worship.

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Comment by Pope Beanie on April 24, 2017 at 3:45pm
(I'd rather be Buddhist.)
Comment by Davis Goodman on April 24, 2017 at 4:24pm

Poetry. But no substance.

Comment by Andrew Brown on April 24, 2017 at 4:52pm

All words are poetry. I am trying to say you are as much God as anyone or anything else.
Substantive to me.

When I realized there is no god, I ran my life how I saw fit.
When I realized humans are on the same level as god, I saw how to live the best possible life.

Comment by Pope Beanie on April 24, 2017 at 5:13pm
(I'd say "same *imagined* level".)
Comment by TJ on April 26, 2017 at 7:54pm

Why use the word god at all though?

Basically, you are saying "XYZ is handsome , and I'm handsome, so I'm XYZ"

This is basically a non sequitur as far as the logic goes.

You then conclude that we should be narcissists.

:D

The problem starts with a basic premise that if you share a characteristic with a character, you are the character, or, they are you, etc.

This is not a valid point.

IE:

I have blonde hair, and had an affair with a president, so, I am Marilyn Monroe...or she was me.

See how it doesn't work?

Then we have the problem of your XYZ not actually existing, yet made up attributes are used for the comparison...to say "I'm like that so we are each other".

A faulty premise, combined with a faulty premise, = Gobbledygook.

So, the above is said as constructive criticism and not as a put down, as I respect and enjoy that ANYONE is working their way through these concepts...as most never think, period, let alone about these things.

Its just more productive, typically, if one were to either pretend they were hearing someone else critique what they write...to hear if it still makes sense....or, to REALLY hear what others think about what you wrote, and, not take it personally.

Perhaps you could dissect how you feel and break it into module thoughts, and create a flow chart that takes you from knowns, to discussing the unknowns, without bricks missing in the edifice as you construct it?

:D

Comment by Andrew Brown on April 27, 2017 at 11:48am

I did not say you should be a narcissist. That is how you may have interpreted it though.

Many linguistic terms are high level concepts; God, Atheist, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc.
Saying, "I am Christian," completely fails to describe beliefs. I heard a self-identifying Christian say, "Jesus is not the messiah, is not divine." I could never know that with the label of Christian.

A Jewish scholar claims the first commandment is to set yourself apart from God so you are humble. I say the writers need people to be subservient and made sure you could not feel like you are a God living among Gods.

God is the most powerful being in all existence while Humans are the most powerful beings in all Earth. Since I am an atheist and do not believe in the idea of a manifest God, the concept can be applied to the next most powerful which is us.

The majority of human problems come from how we live together. We have conquered the water, food, shelter and predator problem for the majority of Americans, now those Americans have to live with each other without stepping on toes. So, as the Greek pantheon lived on Mt Olympus and want for nothing besides status and power among their fellow Gods, we live together, jockeying for status and power among our fellow man.

Comment by TJ on April 27, 2017 at 1:07pm

"Become the god you'd worship" is the phrase I tongue in cheek said was your recommendation to be a narcissist.

:D

And, still, you are basically still saying that we are gods because of the overlapping descriptions of gods and us, etc.

For example, had you used the same line of reasoning to show how the gods were fashioned AFTER US, rather than us being gods, it might have made more sense.

:D

Comment by Jake LaFort on April 28, 2017 at 7:06am

Our sense of control is sometimes strong. Our actual control is quite limited. Our domain is inhabited by far more organisms than the host would have ever known or suspected until informed. And those organisms have far more to do with the sense and lack of control than the host would have ever known or suspected. 

Comment by Andrew Brown on April 28, 2017 at 11:08am

Very true, Jake.
The truth of our existence is much more amazing and interesting than the sum of all holy books.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 28, 2017 at 2:27pm
As I read the posts above I asked myself (my god):

1. Do philosophers use any of the devices of language, such as metaphor?

2. Religious indoctrination takes many forms, so aren't there many "paths to freedom" (a metaphor) from religious indoctrination?

Andrew, if verbal trauma hadn't resulted in my hurling my parents and my dad's Catholicism from my life, I would have required an analysis much like yours in your OP. That's because Catholicism had almost 2,000 years to devise answers to many of life's conundrums. My next step, quitting all religion, required only comparing the varieties of xianity and then the varieties of the world's many religions.

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