God and Religion – Proof or Non Proof? ─ A Benign, Unbiased Analysis.

Is God Real? Is Religion Valid?

Logic does seem to indicate the existence of God. And about religion.

Galaxies in just a tiny sliver of our universe.

God

We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe, until Copernicus and Galileo got us straightened out on that. We now know how large and how old the universe is. For us to have thought we were the center of the universe at one time was the height of conceit.

The same logic applies to the existence of a Higher Power. It would equally be the height of conceit for us to think we are the most superior beings in the universe. Do we really think that humans are the most intelligent beings in a 13-billion-year-old universe that spans 93 billion light-years? Logic practically screams there are more advanced civilizations and much more intelligent and powerful entities out there.

Then there is the matter of technology. We live in a 13-billion-year-old universe. On a cosmic scale, there really is not that much difference between 12 billion years and 13 billion years. It is perfectly logical to conclude there were civilizations a billion years ago that were as advanced then as we are now. We've seen what our civilization has accomplished in the last 100 years; imagine what those older civilizations have accomplished in the last billion years. To us, what they have accomplished and what they have done and can do would literally appear to be magic to us. So from our perspective, there are probably thousands or even millions of civilizations out there we would logically more or less be forced to consider as god(s). They might even be worthy of the name; not only has there been a billion years of technological advances, there have also been a billion years of advancement in the social sciences.

So the question becomes, what is humanity's relationship to those civilizations and the individual entities therein. What is our relationship to these higher powers or what many may call god(s)?

This brings us to religion.

Religion

God is God. Religion is man-made. Many believe in God, but have not chosen a religion. One can believe in God and not be religious.

Religion is a branch of philosophy. It is our attempt to comprehend our relationship with a higher power or what we call God.

Let's face it; humanity is a mess, but we do keep trying. Being man-made; every philosophical hypothesis, religion, theory no doubt has mistakes and errors. It unfortunately is the nature of reality and our species.

Humanity being humanity, we all know we are capable of making incredibly stupid mistakes. We are so now, and we were even more so then when religion was first invented.

As a side note, most non religious people to not object to religion per se. What they object to is the classification of religious statements as facts, when in fact they are theories or a philosophical hypothesis. There is nothing wrong with adopting a philosophical hypothesis as being the most plausible theory of reality and then living one's life based on that theory. The conflict comes from the practice of calling a hypothesis or theory a fact or certainty; as opposed to calling said hypothesis a plausible working theory that one wishes to base their life.

In other words, people who follow our man-made religions should want to acknowledge their beliefs as working theories and should always be examining them for ways of improvement. What a religion tells one to do or not do is not being stated by God; it is being stated by other humans. A person owes it to themself to always question and examine what one is being told.

Maybe we will know the true answers someday. Possibilities range from:
  • We are ignored or possibly not even aware of; after all, the universe is a big place.
To:
  • All 7.6 billion of us are indeed being benignly monitored and interacted with on an individual basis; a billion years of technological and societal advancement makes practically anything possible.
And:
  • Then there are all the possibilities in-between, some of which may not be so benign; or so empiricism would seem to indicate.
We just have no way of knowing yet.

Conclusion

In keeping with the philosophy and tenor of this page, this article is merely a hypothesis and just the theory or theories of one or more individuals.

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