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My name is Karl, and I have interests in theology, psychology, philosophy, science and ethics. World of Humanism is where I’m free to share my thoughts

Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnibenevolent and Omnipresent, or non existent?

Many theists are adamant in their confidence that their god not only exists, but is heavily involved in their lives, and listens to their prayers. They believe that their god is all knowing, all powerful and all present, yet they allow things to happen almost as if they don’t exist. Many theists claim that everything that’s bad happens because of man’s alleged lifestyle and sin, but that doesn’t account for natural disasters like drought, famine, earthquakes or tsunamis where countless lives are either taken, or badly affected. If a god was all powerful and all knowing, they’d surely prevent things like that happening, but it happens and theists just accept that it’s their god’s will through ignorance and naivety.

How can theists claim their god is all knowing and all loving but allows priests who represent the Catholic religion to abuse children and nuns? Surely he knows they are going to do it before they do, so why doesn’t their god prevent it if he loves everyone? This is the same loving god that send a flood and wiped out most of the life on Earth according to creationists, and the same loving god who’s prepared to order the execution of a man collecting wood on the sabbath, and it’s also the same loving god who’s prepared to punish someone with eternal Hell for not choosing to acknowledge their existence.

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus

What’s alarming about all of this are the amount of humans who take everything that happens as their god’s will and just accept it without question. If you are attacked, or raped, your loving god knew it was going to happen, yet didn’t prevent it. How can someone just accept that it’s god’s will, and just carrying on with life? I can imagine that through process could help with grief, but it’s far from rational.

What equally as disturbing is the belief that theists think that they have a personal relationship with their god, and he communicates with them. So if this is the case, why hasn’t god spoken to everyone and put atheism and agnosticism to bed? The fallacy that you have to seek god and put your faith in him before he reveals himself is nothing more than insane ramblings of the delusional.

Do we survive death?

You hear frequently that theists believe that when they die their spirit and soul will leave their carbon based bodies and meet God, where he’ll judge you on your actions during your life. Practically every religion throughout history has had some belief in some form of afterlife, where the remaining consciousness leaves the body and ventures into a spiritual existence, or reborn into another life. This is especially believed in Indian cultures that practise Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Hinduism. This can either be a reward, or a punishment depending on how they conducted themselves in their previous life. Abrahamic religions, that consist of the Baháʼí Faith, Islam, Judaism and Christianity believe in the dark and the light, the good and the evil. They all have their versions of Heaven, and Hell, where varying degrees of suffering and reward are subjected to the deceased depending on their level of sin during their lives.

“You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.” – Pope Francis

As you can read above, Pope Francis said in 2013 that be believed that atheists would enter Heaven if they lived their lives following their conscience. If an atheist adopts a humanist approach and lives a kind and virtuous life, surely any compassionate god would forgive them if it turns out Heaven does exist? We are approaching 8,000,000,000 on this planet, and some are by nature good, and some aren’t; but theists and non theists are individuals with different personalities, desires, morals and ethics. So how can an afterlife, or a Heaven be a personal experience for everyone? Is it an irrational concept to imagine an eternity as a spirit?

What will people do forever?

Surely it would get boring as I’m sure there are no bars, social clubs, sporting events or holiday companies.

Why would anyone use this life to plan for that?

“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Is our body mortal but our soul or spirit immortal? Personally I think that when we die it’s like turning a switch off and once brain activity ceases we are no more, but over thousands of years, various cultures and religions have questioned what happens after death. Is the afterlife no more than just wishful thinking and is it just to give people hope in that death might not be the end? When people have supposedly died, and they’ve claimed to have seen a tunnel of light, surely this is just electrical activity of the brain and if you were truly on your way to judgement, would you even remember after you’re brought back to life?

“I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.” – Carl Sagan

Independence Day

It seems like such a long time since the Great British crown had rule over the 13 North American colonies, and the growing hostility against the British colonial rule escalated into an eight year conflict, despite the ‘Declaration of Independence‘ being drafted by ‘Thomas Jefferson‘ in 1776, the fighting started in 1775 and didn’t resolve until 1783. Initially the small minority who desired independence was so few they were considered radical and a little odd, but as tensions grew, fighting escalated, France joined in supporting the colonists, and propaganda began to spread, more and more grew in favour of the break away from British rule. ‘Thomas Paine‘, who was a British born colonist, and an influential Deist, drafted up a pamphlet titled ‘Common Sense’ who’s intention was to put forward desirable arguments for the support of Independence, and is considered the key motivator for the American Revolution, as well as British Parliament forcing taxes upon them, when they had no representation there.

“Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first immigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.” – Thomas Paine

Powerful words, I’m sure you’ll agree, and it’s no wonder the colonists reflected upon what was written and quickly gathered in numbers to revolt. In the summer of 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies gathered at ‘Continental Congress in Philadelphia‘ to decide to dissolve any political connection between America and Great Britain, and this was the birth of the ‘United States of America‘. On July the 1st the agreement was voted 12/13 with New York not submitting a vote. Upon reading Jefferson’s draft, the voting changed with 9/13 with two voted no, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, Delaware undecided and New York remained uninvolved. Widespread mock funerals of ‘King George III‘ were celebrated throughout the summer to symbolise their revolt against a British rule, and what many colonists considers tyranny. It wasn’t until four days later, on the 8th July, that the declaration was read publicly at ‘Philadelphia’s Independence Square‘. It wasn’t until 94 years later that Congress signed a law stating that Independence Day would become a national holiday.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – Thomas Jefferson Declaration of Independence 1776

What’s interesting is the wording, and how many Americans celebrate the Independence, despite not agreeing with, or respecting what’s written on the draft. America is far from considering equality a priority, and if every man is created equal, then every man is entitled to liberty and happiness, and that shouldn’t matter what your allegiances are with regarding religion, racial, political or sexual. It seems to me that the ‘Declaration of Independence’ was written by people who understood what liberty actually means, as liberty is about living freely without restrictions on your life. Also the draft refers to the creator as nature’s god, and anyone who’s familiar with the meaning of that knows that it refers to Deism, where the creator doesn’t influence, or have any involvement in its creation. Many Americans believe that their country was founded on the belief of the Christian god, but this is as uncertain as it can be, and it’s recognised that at the time of the Declaration, there was a big insurgence of Deism throughout the colonies. Deism accept that a creator made everything, but leaves nature to rule its course. This is known as natural law, and Deism came about in the ‘Age of Enlightenment‘ where the scientific theory was acknowledged. Thomas Jefferson was known to be quite a strict Deist, and opposed to the supernatural and regarded it as ridiculous, and there are claims that he cut out the supernatural parts of the Bible, which has been coined as the ‘Jefferson’s Bible’. So, by all accounts, the founding father’s didn’t create America with the Christian god in mind, but try telling them that, and see where it gets you.