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I’ll keep it simple. No jargon. The principal purpose of our minds is imagination. Through abstraction, human beings create concepts. This abstraction – or symbol making in the mind is what grants sentient beings conciousness (the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself). Symbol making helps each individual to create their reality (the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined). Because the mind has created a meshwork of symbols, perception allows us to organize, identify, and intepret sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. Perception is the main instrument in reality making. Note that reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. Also remember that reality can be created directly from our imaginations. The concept of God is an imagined reality.
It is a consequence of humans inability to fully understand their origin, nor their destiny. There can never be hard facts about God, simply because we are looking in the wrong places. God is an abstract reality, an imagined reality – and not a physical reality that is observable. In all cultures, the concept of God provides an explanation of the origin of everything. These conceptions may differ, copy, or borrow from each other due to influences brought about by cultural interaction. Again, since human beings (I believe are linked through mass conciousness – just like the waves of existence – matter or immaterial), there it is a reality that two human beings may share an imagination and presently present it to the world without actually having met. There are many discoveries that were made by different people from different ends of the world without ever having met… Thus, human beings – through imagination or influences, have developed a concept of God. Now the root of religion is ritual (a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value). Rituals form the fabric of myths and all religions sprang from elaborate myths developed to offer explanations to phenomena. For example, “most Christians are unaware that the motif of the dying and rising Savior is not unique to Christianity, but in fact has been prevalent in many ancient myths and religions throughout the world. The similarities and parallels with the story of Jesus are astounding.
Thus it has led many historians and scholars to conclude that Christianity evolved from these motifs, incorporating them into its doctrine as well.” and so are all religions… Thus, relying on science to prove the existence or nonexistence of God sometimes builds mountains of information and knowledge that is only important for logical and rational analysis. Science can only be used to debunk the idea of a literally existing Supernatural Being, but not deny the existence of the God concept. What rationalism helps us to do is to completely discredit theological facts of revealed religions – what is basically referred to as éstablished belief” but it has limited link with the concept/idea of God.
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