Has anyone here every thought about what if there happened to be a god. It doesn't really matter what god or what religion just if there is one. When you die what do you think they/him/her would say and how you would react? If they were a god that passed judgment, do you think that they would understand your reasons for not believing and forgive you or would they punish you without question?

I was raised Christian and while I don't believe anything they say, the above still crosses my mind quite often. I'm a musician and I get a lot of gigs playing for church services, especially around Christmas and Easter. It's hard not to listen to the sermon and try to understand their way of thinking during these times and these questions always pop into my mind during and after the service.

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Sorry, Jo ... but I am SO STEALING THAT LAST! [grin!]
Me, too.
Oh, you mean the Worm Over-Verbose?
There are more things in heaven and earth, eh.

Listen, who cares? Is this life some vast version of World of Warcraft? Who knows? We aren't equipped to tell and neither were Bronze age shepherds and fishersman. They WERE equipped to know quite a bit about herd mentality and where the fish school up for easy pickins.

Pascal was the WORST type of gambler. He didn't even pick games like blackjack and poker where a bit of skill can make a difference - he picked roulette and craps - pure luck. 4,200 formal definitions of 'god' -and most deny the validity of the others. So, what to pick?

Read Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." Come out into the light my friend. The Universe is VERY big!
Excellent! Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" had a profound impact on me. I use it all the time to try and help concrete folks stretch their minds a little.
not using Plato's concept the way he intended

I'm not interested in Plato's intentions on this one. It's a great exercise to help students with critical thinking and empathy (see through the eyes of the people in the cave... how would your perspective be different?). It is also a wonderful metaphor for the sometimes dramatic shifts in perspective that occur in students who have never before learned critical thinking skills.
Jeesh - who cares what the author intended. I had a friend who would write amazing poetry rife with allusions to Shakespeare, Bacon and Pope. I would say - Wow, dude, I love the way you juxtaposed MacBeth with Ayn Rand ... He would say "who"? And he wasn't kidding.

Listen, you could use Plato's Cave to explain why a kid should get outside and shut off the PS3. At it's core - it simply means - "Get out of the frikkin' cave!"
Dont worry, there is no God.
If there is a god, i really doubt he/she/it will be of the type that passes judgement.
What if there was a god?

Perhaps god would be defined as a mathematic formula that explained how Gravity, Magnetism, the Strong, and Weak nuclear forces acted. Perhaps that formula would tie together large body theory with atomic and sub atomic theory and explain singularity.

If you are asking, "Does god exist?" using typical dictionary definitions of god as a supreme being and creator of everything, worthy of worship then you aren't an atheist.

I say God is math, Science his Prophet.
If that's the case, I know a bunch of Christers who are going to need a LOT of remedial education!!!
Excellent. There are over 4,200 formal definitions and most EXCLUDE the others. This word has to be the most useless word in the dictionary. Everyone is so SURE of what it means to them (not really) and even more certain of what it doesn't mean.

Look - why use it when it usually does mean: a being, separate from the universe it created for its whim that can be petitioned to alter outcomes by individuals, and that, at the end of the day, wants to be worshipped for eternity OR ESLE! AND, on top of all that silliness is the idea that the universe is all about this god and human beings. Eh.



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