A question worth asking…

The God hypothesis

(I would like to note the following: While I believe in God, I would like to ask that no one try and debate me on the subject.  I was a staunch atheist for four years, I’m very familiar with Dawkins, Hitchens and the like, and could probably argue atheism better than the majority of atheists if I wanted to.  I simply don’t want to debate not out of fear that you’ll “convert” me, but because I find this to be one of the most useless debates in modern society – neither of us will convince each other of anything, and it’s rather pointless.  It will only store up frustrated energy on both sides.  Unless a third party to be convinced is involved – like judges at a debate competition or a political debate trying to convince voters, I see debate as an ego-inflating, useless activity.  I share this for others to gain whatever kind of personal insight that might come of this, and to gain understanding of where I’ll be coming from in future posts – not to start an argument)

Before I explore this weblog any further, I feel it is crucial I explain my perspective regarding God.

The great irony in this post is that I consider myself a sceptic – something which will become evident when I explore different topics in future posts.  I don’t buy into the “God of the gaps” way of thinking, nor do I think it is necessary for  a deity to exist in order for existence itself, and life, to be here (and both life appearing and the big bang, according to what we know scientifically, could have occurred just as easily without a God).  I just happen – based on personal experience – to believe in God.  And I fully admit that everything I’ve ever experienced certainly could have happened absent a God, but with no concrete evidence either way, I am only left to hypothesise.  I happen to be convinced that my hypothesis is accurate.

That being said, I submit the hypothesis that God does in fact exist.  While I consider myself a Buddhist (which has nothing to do with exploring ideas of the supernatural – only with how I interpret the world and interact with it), I am also a Roman Catholic (I have plenty to say on the church, that’s for another post).  I am unique in my spirituality, however, seeing as being Christian I’m actually not a monotheist, but rather, a panentheist of sorts.  People tend to project God in our image – a conscious being like ourselves whom happens to be the creator and has infinite power.  I do not subscribe to that line of thinking.

I see God as being like a tesseract.  A two dimensional square is just that – a square.  In three dimensions, keeping all right angles, it is a cube.  In four dimensions, it is a tesseract.  Seeing as we only experience reality in three spatial dimensions, it is impossible for the human mind to comprehend what a tesseract actually looks like, let alone visually represent four spatial dimensions as they exist.  I tend to think the same is true of God – He (and I only use that pronoun as it is what I am familiar with, I don’t believe God is literally male, or female, for that matter) is so beyond comprehension as something that exists that, to even try and fathom what God actually is happens to be beyond our comprehension.  So, God is like a drawing of a cube – a three dimensional object represented in two dimensions.  In this case, a metaphorical “four dimensional” entity that we can only project in the dimensions we can understand – which is why we personify God.  It’s the best representation our minds can fathom – even panentheism falls under this.

As far as Christ is concerned – I am not oblivious to the fact that life formed quite easily on this planet given the conditions, and that there are more stars in the known universe than grains of sand on Earth… it would be incredibly naive of me to think we are the only intelligent life in the universe.  In reality, it’s probably far more abundant than we can begin to comprehend.

Considering that, the role of Christ is shifted.  I’m not sure exactly how He fits, as a human being, within the context of all of this – and really, I don’t find it a relevant question to ask at this point in time.  I do believe he was holy, the Son of God, and of great purpose, but I don’t have the current tools to begin to explore how He would fit into a universe with countless intelligent species besides humans, and until I do, it simply does not concern me (this is not to say we should just stop at that and accept things without continuing to understand the universe the best we can).  Though I think the answers – which I assume science could one day provide – are probably far more spectacular and interesting than I could comprehend.  Again, probably another “tesseract” kind of situation – but, like a tesseract, I think we can come to know the answer without being able to comprehend what that fully means.

I understand this post may have been particularly dry to some of you, but my future posts depend on knowing this – especially when I start analysing things like astrology or “UFOs” and talk about things like confirmation bias.

And if you don’t believe in God, I respect that – I have no intentions of trying to convert you, nor do I believe in Heaven and Hell in any kind of conventional sense (so no, I don’t think you’re on a one way track to a lake of fire) – my only concern would be that you’re a good person, and I know atheists who are wonderful people, so your theistic perspective has no bearing on that as far as I’m concerned.