But to me, it’s pretty simple when you strip away emotion and just look at behavior. It’s simple to see how a group of men might have invented Christianity, or any religion for that matter, purely for their own selfish interest.
But so many still rely on the mythology of religion in order to justify their existence. It surprises me how many people take the word inside of that old books as literal communications from the divine being himself. As if the energy that runs our universe could actually communicate with humanity. And to be frank, it still surprises (and troubles me) when I think about how many people still cling to this romantic notion of what a God should be.
But I didn’t tell my friend to shut up, or get upset when he tried to explain what he thinks about religion. You see, my friend is pretty intelligent and I value his opinion, so why would I instantly dismiss his views on this topic?
Would that not be hypocritical of me?
Do I not claim to be open minded?
So instead we sat and had an open dialog. A calm, civilized (albeit passionate) discussion about our beliefs. And it was fun.
It was interesting to have that type of debate without having the other person shouting or getting upset. Without him judging me or telling me how I was going to burn in hell for my lack of belief.
And honestly, he made some really good points. Things that made me stop and think about my thoughts on religion. But then again, so did I…
Which got me thinking about how I would define God.
So, here goes nothing…
I think that we are god
I think that each of our minds has just enough capacity to harness a small sliver of the intelligence that is god. A glimpse of the energy that makes up the real god.
I think that god is love.
I think that the real god is an all encompassing cosmic energy that connects us all with each other and to nature. A soup of quantum bits buzzing in and out of existence at all times. Limited by human minds which are only able to make out a tiny slice of reality through the senses by which we perceive the world around us. An energy that we can feel and connect with, but not by reading some book or believing some fairy tale.
I believe that God is the same energy that makes life a possibility, the pulse that powers our soul. It’s the same energy that gives us consciousness and our ability to understand the little we do.
If you ask me, bodies are just the biological vessels which get to carry around that tiny fraction of energy in order to propagate our species. A limited gift which we so often squander.
But god does have a mission. A desire to one day aggregate his intelligence into a physical existence. The real resurrection if you will.
What I mean is, that humanity is just a natural evolution on the way to a god manifesting himself. We must exist, for we are the progress of god’s own experiment. Him trying to manifest himself. Trying to satisfy an unquenchable ego.
Humanity is but a stepping stone to god’s existence. We are the caterpillar building a cocoon to his butterfly.
The physical universe infinitely expanding into itself, and now intelligence faces the same singularity. A big bang of one and zero’s which will surely lead to new worlds and new realms. One that is even causing people to suggest that we might be living in a holographic universe ourselves. A matrix like existence created for us by some super intelligent society from the future.
And while it is a little crazy to think about, it does make you wonder what we will discover over the next few years as science and technology teach us new things about the world around us, but it will certainly bring with it a whole new understanding of how it all works. A moment that will once again fundamentally shift everything we thought we knew about anything. Including religion.
Because even if a god did not exist, man would create one. And we’re doing just that with technology and artificial intelligence. Soon there will be enough computing power to render the need for human thought obsolete and our usefulness in this universe will come to an end. Unless we find a way to evolve ourselves. Something which we are also doing at a faster than usual pace with the advent of biotech and nanotechnologies.
Think about the evolution of man over the next thousand years. Do we exist as we are now? Doubtful.
More likely, we will exist as representations of humanity. We will exist as virtual versions of ourselves. Representations of life, rendered on a graphics cards that will make CERN look like a pentium processor.
Your memories will be seamlessly integrated with that technology, the body will become obsolete, and we will replace it with genetically modified, cybernetic versions of ourselves which are considerably more efficient. Ones which do not need to be fed, won’t break down, and can not be hurt in any real way.
Immortality will become a reality, and we might even see it on our lifetime. But it may be a soulless existence. Just a fragment of your memories, living on into infinity. Your consciousness nothing more than a spinning disk, floating on a server, somewhere in outer space. Even if that space is under the influence a planet’s gravity.