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I believe you opened my eyes to the more enlightening poetry of Marilyn Manson some years ago: "… I’m not a slave to a god that doesn’t exist …" Isn’t easier to just live in apathy regarding the Great Question? After all, doesn’t the majority of the world believe in polytheism anyway – in which case, there is a high probability most people’s efforts of piousness are probably aimed at the
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>I believe you opened my eyes to the more enlightening poetry of Marilyn Manson some years ago: "… I’m not a slave to a god that doesn’t exist …" I’m not sure how enlightening that is, but logically it still holds true whether you believe in God or not. >Isn’t easier to just live in apathy regarding the Great Question? No doubt. But easy seldom equals right. >After all, doesn’t the majority of the world believe in polytheism anyway – in which case, there is a high probability most people’s efforts of piousness are probably aimed at the
deity. I don’t know if this is true or not. According to this site in 2002 (http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html), Christianity and Islam, which technically worship the same God, made up over half of the world’s religion. Another quarter were people who don’t believe in any god, so I think it’s safe to say your claim about polytheism is incorrect. The point of the poem, which I think you may have missed, isn’t questioning if God exists, it’s trying to reason or comprehend God’s existence. I always tell people that I believe it takes some reason to buy into God, but faith to believe. I can look at natural evidence and come to the conclusion that this all didn’t just happen, so there must be a higher power. But if you try to reason much past that, you have no way of comprehending it. Our relationship with God is much like that of a dog and a human. A dog obviously cannot think on the level of a human, but the dog does know that somehow we provide it with food, give it shelter, and take care of it in general. The dog has no hopes of ever comprehending how we do all of this, it just knows we can. Because of this, the dog is loyal. It also knows that a break in its loyalty will be met with some undetermined level of punishment. The dog can reason our existence, but has to just believe all of the things I listed will happen. It can never hope to comprehend them because it’s not within it’s capacity. Likewise, God is some other vast element and beyond our minds’ capacity. To try to comprehend Him is an exercise in futility. You can reason that He exists, but you have to have faith that he is righteous and true to the words of the Bible. To say that God doesn’t exist because "I" can’t comprehend him is arrogant to say the least.
Posted 12 September 2004,
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