The only thing anything at all has to do with a God is, in my view, injected by human thinking. Other than that, nothjing.
I dunno, ed. I'm inclined to be in agreement with JL. The problem is that too many people think of "the old man with a white beard" when they declare themselves atheists. It's a matter of semantics. I don't consider myself an atheist but I certainly don't believe any of the crap that the churches feed us, except perhaps as poetic allegory. To me, organized religion has nothing whatever to do with God. In fact, I never feel so far away from God as I do in a traditional church. Go to the woods, go to the seashore, go up into the mountains or out into the desert if you want to feel the presence of God.
I use the word 'God' when I refer to a higher power which, obviously (to me), keeps this crazy contraption called the universe up and running, because it is such a simple, short word. I have absolutely no idea what God is. And I have a feeling that neither do the priests and ministers and rabbis and imams etc. etc. They just talk a good fight out of their own ignorance by relying on scriptural authority, rather than the evidence of their senses and their own powers to reason. And even Jesus is quoted as having said, "God is not of the flesh but of the Spirit."
I see no conflict whatever between a religious orientation and a scientific search for the physical facts of life and the universe in which we live.
There is no evidence that the world is other than just "is" and using the term, "God," injects an element not evident in a proveable way. However unconsciously intended, it's still anthropomorphism.
1) If religious belief had efficacy, it would be demonstrable, given all the s0-called "miracles".
2) There have been thousands upon thousands of different religious beliefs, most of which contradict each other.
How did you prove God doesn't exist? Are you omniscient?
Quote:How did you prove God doesn't exist? Are you omniscient?
Have you proven that Unicorns don't exist? How about fairies? Pink elephants?How about the teapot orbiting Mars? Have you proven that none of these things exist? I doubt it. But I bet you don't believe in them. If we believed in every concept that was ever introduced until we had proven beyond a doubt that it doesn't exist, we would live in a perpetual state of psychosis.
I am god.............prove I'm not.