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Meditation 387
Is There a God?

by Phil van Bergen

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If we start from the hypothesis that a supreme being created the universe then we must logically deduce that this being is the most highly evolved and advanced intelligence in (or outside of) the universe and has virtually unlimited power. It therefore goes without saying that the intellectual gap between it and ourselves must be vast, greater indeed than that between ourselves and smallest bacterium.

We must now ask ourselves the following questions:

  1. Could mere humans even comprehend such an entity, let alone converse with it?
  2. Why would such an all-powerful and super-intelligent being need to be worshipped - what possible benefits could it receive from entities so low down on the evolutionary scale as ourselves?
  3. If there was a purpose to creating humanity, why the long interlude between creation of the universe and the emergence of intelligent life?
  4. If the universe and (by extension) humanity) are eventually destined to die – as evidenced by the 2nd law of thermodynamics – then how can there possibly be a purpose to either the universe or life?
  5. If we on this remote speck of dust are central to the creator’s purpose, then why did it create such a vast universe – the greater proportion of which humanity will never see, let alone reach?
  6. If the creator has our best interests at heart, then why does evil exist in the world and why does the creator appear indifferent to all pain and suffering?

In contemplating the above questions, I must conclude that:

  1. It is not possible (either physically or intellectually) for us to communicate with the creator.
  2. The creator is above being worshipped and inferring that it does wish to be so worshipped is conferring upon it the intellectual frailties of humanity’s attitude to power.
  3. There is no discernable purpose to life or the universe and intelligent life is just a blip in the history of the universe. The universe may even be a mistake, albeit a fortuitous one for us.
  4. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if intelligent life is indeed central to the creator’s purpose, then the mere vastness of space would indicate that there MUST logically be intelligent life elsewhere within the universe - else why create such a large playground.
  5. The creator, if it exists, is an absentee landlord and has not the slightest interest in us.

From all of the foregoing, I must also conclude that the creator has never manifested itself in human form and the suggestion that it has demonstrates hubris of the grossest kind.