Thoughts on the essence and existence of God

A lot has gone on the past few weeks and I had a lot of thoughts bouncing around in my head.  I felt like chatting with you instead of writing.  So here is the first ever “vlog” post:

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on the essence and existence of God

  1. They call out to God, and nothing happened. Presumptious. Because you cannot see what happens and don’t understand the origin of suffering and God’s responses, doesn’t mean He isn’t there and that it doesn’t all make sense. Your outrage at injustice is justified, but our perspective is necessarily much more limited than that of God’s.

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    • John, I will have to respectfully disagree. Children on a raft crying out to god for help while there parents are eaten by sharks…. “God” absolutely did nothing and to help those kids recover was painful for me to witness. I am pretty convinced that the traditional sense of a “god” that is a patriarchal supreme being is a myth that has evolved with humanity and does not exist. I am more comfortable with the apotheosis of the cosmos more reasonable and realistic.

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  2. When I consider the order of the universe and the teleological argument, I think there is evidence for a Creator. At the same time, I agree with you, Nelson, that what people and texts (sacred and otherwise) say about God is not God’s words, but people’s ideas about God. But I also think that we misunderstand “God the Father” when we think of God as a protector instead of as a provider and teacher. To me, as a Father, God gives us a good world (not perfect, but good) with which we can build good and meaningful lives. And I believe that as our Father, God wants us to grow up and, in a sense, learn to live without the Parent-in-the-Sky motif. While I appreciate and respect your honesty in this video, I think that your “complaint” against God is similar to when my children tell me that I hate them when I discipline them or don’t prevent them from all harm or allow them to reap what they’ve sown. In this sense, God as Father is more a source, not a protector. If we ruin ourselves or our world, God will not stop us. I don’t think that the problem is that “God does nothing” in the face of suffering and evil. Rather, I think God has put within us the moral compass and the wherewithal to do something about much of it…and we won’t. Just my 2 cents.

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