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Thread #107407 Message #2257156
Posted By: Bill D
08-Feb-08 - 04:11 PM
Thread Name: BS: Still no gods 2008 (continued)
Subject: RE: BS: Still no gods 2008 (continued)
Interesting about Gould wishing for a God. I can see why: faced with sad and tedious situations if life, it IS tempting to imagine some way to 'magically' solve your problems...whether with prayer or personal power..(I get letters 'suggesting' that God intervenes and sends $$$$$ my way...if I just send a few $$ back..after kissing the 'secret, sealed card' enclosed.)
But I have grave doubts that we could psychologically handle it if seemingly random intervention by a Supreme Being were a demonstrable, everyday fact. (by this, I mean 'announced' it's decision, and perhaps explained why).If a god clearly and openly 'cured' some cancers and saved some people from terrible things like tornadoes and plane crashes...and didn't save others.... we'd be in a continued state of whining, pleading and complaining to and about such a deity.
As it is, some people 'get well' from bad diseases ...some walk away from bad accidents while those beside them perish...and IF a god has anything to do with it, we get no explanation. We just see results and some give 'thanks', though no one ever say "you're welcome". (...you know...kinda like Max & the clones deleting posts and threads..*wry grin*).
I think that IF I were to design a universe, and put some OverLord being in charge of it, I'd warn him/her/it NOT to discuss changes or start doing favors for the denizens, as there'd be no rest and endless complaints about service!....oh..like we have now.
If I were to actually encounter a genuine, obvious, miracle-working god, I'd probably ruin my eternity by insisting on some answers to some pretty heavy questions. I simply do not LIKE the common explanation of the 'rules' I hear from various supposed earthly spokesmen for this 'god'...even if he IS as powerful and concerned with my behavior as I'm told. I don't like being told that I have free will & intelligence and then that if I use it to question some pretty strange rules, that I will suffer forever for daring to doubt.