Friday, 25 September 2015 15:55

Something about God ...

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Well that’s a really deep and serious subject, concept or whatever else you or the different cultures might believe in. As a normal small person here I’ll try to share some thoughts about Him, the way I happened to perceive them throughout my upbringing, education and life so far :). I was born in (at the time) a communist state (Bulgaria) and in my family and schooling God and religion were something like taboo, yet since very early age I felt that something is missing. Looking backwards I was asking myself what is that something that motivates and inspires people to go out of the box J and discover or create new things even in the cases when the blindly prejudiced society around was unjustly punishing them (Copernicus, Galileo and so.... )? What happens with us beyond life ... and so. At school we were briefly told the concept of the dialectic materialism , that the religion is created as a tool to rule the people ...  Well as scientific concept (the dialectic materialism J) that explanation could have proven true during some stages of the human development, BUT on its turn the religion and God are two different things – God is the holly soul, supreme being/power, Creator or so, the religion is the institutional concept (church/state) trying to explain (use?) or worship it ... There are also other scientific or close to scientific approaches towards Him, such as the theological, “animistic”, rationalistic,naturalistic and so.

At about the age of 18 I read a really good book about those things called “The history of religions” written by the Bulgarian lecturer/master Vaklush Tolev as I do not know if the book is translated in other languages?

Then a few years ago I read another small by size, but deep by content book, it was the mentioned in my previous article J “Think” of Simon Blackburn. And probably the third important thing regarding those books was my level of penetration into their content :). As Vaklush says (citing by memory) – every religion is granted to the culture that has created it (Zoroastrianism,Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and so...) and describes certain level of development, as I understood it for both those who serve it and as a stage of the human development (penetration into the knowledge at either personal and/or universal level)...? Vaklush starts his book with something like “Everyone has his/her happiness when she or he manages to accomplish his/her life-philosophy and recognizes to the others the right to be ...”. Also from the very beginning he points out that his lectures are not written text but live speech, which as I understand it is equal to preacher - saying many deep things including that it seems that we are creating a technocracy but losing a civilization..., something like J.. ... Well towards the end of his lectures he was asked about definition of God and he answered – “Dear students understand it once and forever God is not proven He is lived!”. Well I might remember wrongly, but it’s Saint Paul/Pavel, who says (by meaning)“that our faith materializes into our living deeds and actions ...” – so please trust good :)!

Then in his book “Think”, Simon approaches the “triangle”: God-Universe-People :) in a more scientific way, citing and speaking about prime concepts like - (rationalism, naturalism, chaos, quantum theory, coherentism and so) and great minds...such as Newton, Descartes, Leibniz, Einstein, Pascal and many others – giving insides about the thoughts, theories and ideas of the latter and their interconnections J... So let me try to represent at least two regarding God (there is a whole chapter called God in the book...). For instance Descartes says something like: “I can imagine a supreme idea in my mind and nothing else than Him could be the cause for that...”, Descartes is a rationalist ... Then something, according to me brilliant and here comes Pascal . He tries to place the idea of God onto the numeric line, but from zero to plus infinity and says: “If we assume that God exists and choose to believe in Him, we could possibly win everything He promisesJ. But then on the other side of the line, I mean if we choose not to believe in him (or assume that he doesn't existJ) stays zero(=can neither lose nor win J), not minus infinity and that is because Pascal does not believe in a jealous Creator who will punish you for using your free will to choose ... after all it is Him who gave it to us ... Also I want to point out that throughout the book I spotted a simple clear trend – all of these great minds (including now-days celebrities J) believed or assumed that God exists and some of course were deeply religious ... I also believe that great masters and minds :) are closing the gap between human(contemporary science) and universal knowledge(the laws of the Universe and/or the Nature, depending on how you perceive them :)) ... 

So for the absolute atheists I would say that in my view It would be really naive to even assume that our “rhombus of knowledgeJ” leis beyond the Universe and God so may He bless us go brightly ahead ...

P.S. I devote this article to the legacy of my parents – our mother passed away in 1986 and today come 40 days after our father passed away. There are some rituals regarding those 40 days, but this is my way ... of expressing gratitude ... (I am a believerJ, but not a religious person). 

Kind regards, Rosti 

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