Sunday, December 6, 2009
I found my way to Deacon Blue's fascinating blog last night and read this interesting post about God, titled, Balanced, Not Superstitious. It's a good read. I commented:
Me: I don’t know if you’ll agree with this or not, Deacon Blue, and would enjoy hearing your opinion. I think God, evolution, science and math are compatible and not mutually exclusive of one another. I think God likes the latter three and is part of them.
Deacon Blue: I, too, believe that they are entirely compatible. For example, I once read that if you were moving infinitely fast, you’d be everywhere in the universe at once. Now, I can’t recall where I read that (might has been one of Isaac Asimov’s non-fiction books, now that I think about it), but it made me think about God’s unlimited power and omnipresence. How can a being be everywhere and see everything? Being infinitely fast.
Our conversation began with comments toward the end (as of now), and as I asked him, he'll find some links to his past posts which expand on this.
Meanwhile, I'll expand on what he has said with my own point of view, which is yet unfinished as I am searching myself. I imagine that by the time I get old, my opinion will have been further fine-tuned, and when I die, if lucky, I'll find out the answer and it will be good.
I'm thinking that being part of everything and everyone, right down to the individual cell is another way of being omnipresent. But cells die, and God doesn't, so maybe he is moving "infinitely fast" in order to avoid part of his own death.
But, life feeds on death, i.e., nothing is wasted. So even if a cell or body dies, it decomposes, which is both a biological bi-product and a form of energy; not "life" in the living animal or plant sense, but something that exists so that other life can feed off it, or eventually transforms into subatomic particles, aka energy.
I don't know if my thoughts about this is (or has been) mathematically provable, but I suspect it is, and if so, lends credence to God being everlasting and part of everything, for this is how energy is, at least as we understand it, so far.
Here's where it gets dicey for me. God is more than science or math because he has "morals".
But -- are his morals not what we understand them to be, because ours vary and change depending on the historical time period and the cultural backdrop? For example, what is acceptable in one setting is scandalous in another.
No, I suspect God's morals are Truth, a truth so pure that it can be broken down to conform to the law of physics. In other words, the action of one being or entity impacts the action of another. We call this consequences and apply it to our behavior.
My tiny human mind, at best, can see there is truth in love and fairness, which to me, is the lowest common denominator of the Ten Commandments, or in other words, the heart of what they address.
I could have used other words, like justice instead of fairness. Justice changes and is a loaded word, but a child knows what's fair and what's not.
Or I could have included the word peace, but conflict has done a lot to spread humanity from one place to another and led to civilization-building.
Think of this way: if families and tribes were in total peace, there would have been few reasons to leave the place where they began way back in time.
Those who said eff it, packed up and started roots elsewhere, over and over again, expanded humanity to all points on the globe, and were able to try new ideas and invent new things that they otherwise may not have, had they all remained stuck in a conflict-free environment. Plus, one natural disaster could have wiped them out and rendered us extinct.
The downside of conflict is that our war technology will probably kill most of us and the planet in the end.
And I chose the word love. I think love really is one of God's physics-based truths, because it leads to positive consequences, such as loving the environment, yourself, your family, and your neighbors enough to avoid polluting any of them, or it, with your envy, pettiness, bigotry, domination, and trashing the planet.
This is sort of a heavy topic, and I'm curious to know what my readers here (except for the troll) think about my thoughts on this, and their own. Since there are no provable answers beyond faith, please don't be shy about venturing an opinion. Thanks.
Posted by Kit (Keep It Trill) at 8:24 AM