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Do you believe a God exists? posted 03 January 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by GreyMantle, Commoner

Here's my thoughts on the subject (Forgive me if I offend anyone, it's not intentional)

I'm something of an agnostic right, and trying to formulate a workable philosophy that I can use. In my opinion, it's impossible to flat out say that God does or does not exist, for the simple reason that we have no definite proof for either argument.
However, I think God's existence is more subjective. If you choose to believe, then FOR YOU he exists. If you don't, then he doesn't. In essentially, you could view it as what believe is true.

However, I personally think that the need for a God has slackened greatly in the current age.
In the past, the world was not even close to as stable as it is now. There was always the chance of a plague, or as freak war, or famine, or flooding. And for that reason, there is the need for a strong central power that is able to enforce order and ensure some degree of peace and prosperity. Only the strongest most capable would survive (Darwinism and all that). And religion in many cases provided that central power.
"God commands that you do not kill."
"God commands that you live in peace with your neighbor." and so on...
People did not have the same kinds of dreams and ambitions as now, instead focusing on eking out some sort of survival. Therefore, most fit into this mold, and the rebels had to contend with powerful forces dedicated to their church, or king, or whatever.
Kings fit into this mold as well. They would claim their power came from God, and would expect others to obey them, which they did.

But now, the world has changed. Advanced technology has eliminated disease, famine, etc., from most of the world. And suddenly we depend less on higher authorities to make sure we survive. Instead we depend on our machines. We are the Inchoroi, empowered by Tekne to will ourselves through hardship without outside influence. And God has become obsolete. To quote Nietzsche, "But when Zarathustra was alone he spoke thus to his heart: 'Could it be possible? This old saint in the forest has not yet heard anything of this, that God is dead!'" view post


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