Saturday, 29 August 2009

My Universe Is Too Big For Your Little God

Atheist To quote the incomparable Douglas Adams:

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.

I often hear religious believers expound on the wonders of their faith and how it gives them a sense of transcendence; a sense that there’s something beyond this world and beyond our understanding and beyond and beyond and beyond …

It mystifies me when that kind of transcendence is found in religion.

The gods of our mainstream religions are just so small.

Take the Jewish god. He’s a petty misogynist obsessed with diet, fabrics and personal hygiene.

The Christian god (thought to be the same guy once he’d become a father and calmed down a bit) wants his followers to ritually cleanse themselves and demands legal marriage before any rubbing of genitalia can take place.

The Islamic god is also obsessed with sex, calling for adulterers to be stoned and women to cover their bodies lest the men around them fail to control themselves.

Just stop for a minute. Would an omnipotent and omniscient god really be interested in these things?

Look at the stars. Look at the Universe around you. Look at all the wondrous things these gods supposedly created.

We are a vanishingly small island in an unimaginably vast ocean of energies and forces.

Do you really think a being capable of mapping the galaxies cares how many times you wash your hands?


Crystal Van Wieren said...

This is one of the biggest reasons I just can't believe in a god. I mean, anyone who merely watches a program on astronomy will realize how unimaginably immense this universe is - and that's just what we can see of it! Why would a god, who supposedly made all that, care about what we ate or who we have sex with? It just doesn't make sense.

miss honey said...

ooh good one babe...just remember though majority of the people in the world believe it revolves around them, hence the popularity of the 'god delusion'.
The beauty of life is we are all in the same bucket, tiny grains of sand with light that shines of us for a brief moment. If god did exist he would be saying, drink the wine, have sex, be free and enjoy...

Quick Joe Smith said...

What I find odd is that most of the six-day creation story involves sculpting the earth, while the rest of the universe is sort of thrown togother almost as an afterthought so we would have pretty stars to look at.

Ty said...

I personally think "God" would find it hilarious that we spend a lot of our time debating whether we think "he" exists or not.

But if God is simply an Earth-bound god, does that mean there is some sort of Super-God?