My definition of 'god' follows the meaning of people like Einstein and Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins, even though Dawkins himself avoids using the g word.  God is the unexplainable.  It is everything in the universe that cannot be explained.  There is no living consciousness up there who is watching over the entire human race, listening to our every thought and watching our every move. 

But think about it.  Even if there was, would you want to worship a being that condemns you to an eternity of torture and pain and suffering just because you don't do what he says?  I know I wouldn't.  The biblical definition of god is an abusive parent with a childish yearning for control and power.  Who in their right mind would want to praise that kind of behavior?  The beauty of being an atheist is you don't have to live in fear of eternal damnation.  You can live life to its fullest.

giventofly giventofly
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9 Responses Nov 18, 2008

Dawkins is one of the most brilliant, eloquent people inhabiting this planet. I only wish more people would listen to what he has to say.

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." <br />
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Prof. Richard Dawkins<br />
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I think he nailed it!

anotherhuman is correct. I know that in the New Testament he is all nice and forgiving and whatnot but does that mean the old testament is rubbish? <br />
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Angela, I'm not sure what explanation you were questioning, God or the universe. But in both cases, neither of them can be explained right now. Perhaps they will be in the future, who knows? I already have an explanation for God, though. The diety, anyway.

can't be explained or can't be explained YET?

I must admit, I have not read all of the bible, no.

You haven't read the Bible, have you secretsadness? If you have, you've probably only read certain parts of the Old Testament. At least that's what it sounds like to me, by your view of the biblical God.

I wonder what its all about too. All the time. But I do agree with Buddha. I don't believe that the human mind, at least in this point in time, is capable of understanding. Whether you believe in God or not, creation or the big bang, it seems impossible to understand that there had to be a beginning to the universe and nothing before? <br />
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I hope that one day we can know the answer to what happened before the universe. Where it came from and how. And the fact that there is any existence whatsoever. It makes me dizzy just thinking about it.

The human brain is indeed a fascinating machine. I would consider myself a spiritual person also, but in the spirit of humanity and the human condition. The world is a wonderful place and humans are wonderful beings. The only problem is, a lot of people need some sort of purpose and it is a difficult concept for a lot of people that there just isn't a purpose. Well, a purpose other than the same purpose of a fly, which is eat, crap, reproduce, and die. To prolong the survival of their species. We just have a lot longer of a timefr<x>ame in which to do our job and in the meantime we seek some 'higher calling.' <br />
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I think God is a selfish creation to give the human race a false sense of divine importance, which is, to me, absurd. It speaks volumes of we as a species that we have created a story about the all-knowing, all-seeing, omnipresent supreme being. And guess what. We were not only created by this thing, but in his/her own image! What narcissists we are!<br />
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Why can't we just be a coincidence? Why can't we just be a pit stop in the journey of the evolution of life on a giant rock in the vacuum of space? I think it is much more incredible to feel that way. Being created by a god is just too depressing and not nearly as inspiring.

I agree. I couldn't make myself believe if I wanted to.