THE MYTH OF THE GODS: PAGAN & JUDEO-CHRISTIAN
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GO TO CONTENTS:
1. DID JESUS CHRIST REALLY LIVE?
2. A DOUBTFUL EXISTENCE
3. THE HISTORICAL JESUS
4. SPIRIT, SOUL, AND MIND
5. BIBLICAL FANTASIES & JEWISH ATHEISM
6. WHOSE BIBLE IS IT ANYWAY?
7. BUDDHA AS FICTION: THE BUDDHA MYTH
8. HOWEVER…HUNDREDS OF PROOFS OF GOD’S EXISTENCE!
9. ...AND FINALLY: GOD'S NOTES
BUT WHEN ALL IS DONE AND DUSTED
...a composite question still remains, at least for me:
Free yourself from the burden of delusions!
Freethinking... sure. Think freely, and go mad.
Done this for most of my life,I'm now insane, and still arrive to the same pointless quandary. "Pointless" because nobody seem to achieve a purpose by it, and "quandary" because nobody, but nobody, seems able to provide a satisfactory answer.
The one basic unanswerable question (variously expressed below):
--- What started it all? What was there BEFORE? What was the "causator", the Prime Mover (Aristotle help me, pleeeeease)?
Ok, ok, you say 'why do you have to have a causator?' -- because, paradoxically, it makes sense. The other way around, it does not. You can't have something from nothing. That's physics, right? And, to top it all, my mind (and so the minds of all) cannot comprehend infinity, because my mind is finite; don't give me Big Bang theories: I accept them already. No contest. But before? It must have bigbanged from somewhere, the very 'action' of bigbanging...what caused it? Inflation? Good. Inflation from where? You give it physical explanations, and the question irremediably returns to the "before" - yeah, infinite regress, indeed. And before? What was there before?
Is God the Before?
Naaaah, let's put the 'God' word aside for a sec.
Then NOTHINGNESS? Well, folks, my mind cannot comprehend 'nothingness'.
Refrain, all together now: you can't have something from nothing.
But if you can, then can we call that 'nothingness' God? Ah, fuck, here's God again. The semantics of god. And we get something like... "In the beginning God...etc etc" -- but that's been written already...
Hawking (on attending a conference at the Vatican -- ...of all places!)) once said he did have some sort of answer... but then I believe it came to nothing (pardon the pun).
What a mess. Is it the same for you? An ultimate utter mental mess?
Infinite frustration, that's what it is.
---(which frustration, -- Dawkins docet -- must have frustrated Humanity since its collective mind started functioning, given the various & fantastic explanations throughout its history: the fear, the magic, the gods & devils, thus the religions, the superstitions, the rites, the propitiations, the wishful thinking, the holy books, the hallowed laws, the righteous killings, the just wars....bwaaahhhh)---
You see, it's the Cosmological Argument all over again, which in its simplest form states that since everything must have a cause the universe must have a cause - namely, God. This doesn't stay simple for long, I'm afraid. Says Dennett that some deny the premise, since quantum physics teaches us (doesn't it?) that not everything that happens needs to have a cause. Others prefer to accept the premise and then ask: What caused God? The reply that God is self-caused (somehow) then raises the rebuttal: If something can be self-caused, why can't the universe as a whole be the thing that is self-caused? This leads in various arcane directions, into the strange precincts of string theory and probability fluctuations and the like, at one extreme, and into ingenious nitpicking about the meaning of "cause" at the other. Unless you have a taste for mathematics and theoretical physics on the one hand, or the niceties of scholastic logic on the other, you are not apt to find any of this compelling, or even fathomable...
Hmm, I feel better already...........
And now a joke...
A Jewish lawyer was troubled by the way his son turned out, and went to see his Rabbi about it. "I brought him up in the faith, gave him a very expensive bar mitzvah, cost me a fortune to educate him. Then he tells me last week he has decided to be a Christian.
Rabbi... where did I go wrong?"
"Funny you should come to me," said the Rabbi. "Like you, I, too, brought my boy up in the faith, put him through University, cost me a fortune, then one day he comes and tells me he has decided
to become a Christian."
"What did you do?" asked the lawyer. "I turned to God for the answer," replied the Rabbi.
"And what did He say?"
He said, "Funny you should come to me..."
THE WESTERN CANON!
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And please don’t fall for that propaganda about requiring advanced technical skills in order to be able to unravel the mysteries of the universe. It is true that in some specialist fields they are essential, but it is amazing how much is sitting out there, just waiting to be discovered, simply by using the naked eye.
(Desmond Morris, The Naked Eye, 2001)
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