Normally I don’t play blog games that ask you to fill in a survey. Today I’m going to break from tradition and fill out a survey I saw in Daryl’s blog. Daryl was sent an email by a kid research for a religion course at his school. He has six questions, of which I’ll answer below.
My views on religion are often misunderstood, even though I find them very simple. I’ve long toyed with the idea of posting an explanation on my views, but I avoid the subject unless I’m with very select company that I know will not take offense to a candid conversation. This survey seemed to sum up the points quite well, so I’m giving it a shot.
If you’re reading this, I encourage you to copy the questions and answer them as well. It beats posting about the 5 things on your desk or when you last ate Thai.
1. Do you believe in god or gods?
I believe in a “god” that is a connection among us all and gives us the knowledge over right and wrong. I do not believe in this god as a creator, an all-powerful being, or as any tangible entity that controls a “fate”. Since it is easiest to describe this as conscience, I guess Jiminy Cricket is a god.
2. Why or why not?
I suppose the answer might be that it provides an explanation for the unexplained. Proof is something that is absolute, faith has everything else. I look at how we know right from wrong, and how we reach to help our fellow man even when doing so puts ourselves at risk. This is something that is very rare outside of humans, and I’m aware of nothing that exhibits these qualities to the extent we do.
3. What is this god or gods like that you believe or do not believe in?
God here goes beyond just a conscience. In quantum physics, the observer not separate from the event he observers, he is part of it and influences the outcome of the event. In this way we are all connected (another idea in quantum physics). It is interesting to note that our “observer” has not been found by science. A human watching an event and then remembering the event later has the exact same brain patterns as when the event was observed. Our “soul” you could call it, isn’t detectable.
4. How do you know?
I don’t. If I did I could probably make a lot of money. I simply lay out what we know and draw my own conclusion from there.
5. Does the existence of god or gods make any difference? Explain.
The existence makes no difference. However I do believe that knowing of the connection we share, and how even as an observer we affect the outcome, we can gain a greater insight into understanding the events in our lives.
6. Imagine that you have been given an opportunity to interview god. What questions would you ask?
Well you can’t really hold a conversation with my view of god. If the question was “if you could have the answer to any question” I would probably want to know to what extent we can shape the world around us.