seeds wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:46 am
Now just as a hypothetical, what affect do you think that absolute and irrefutable knowledge of the existence of God would have on humanity?
Keep in mind that we’re not talking about some weenie anthropomorphic nonsense handed down to us from the past.
No, we’re talking about a Being who not only (somehow) created and controls all of reality as we understand reality to be...
(a hundred billion – times – a hundred billion sun systems)
...but, presumably, is so far above us in scope and consciousness that we are like amoebas in comparison.
If everyone knew beyond any doubt that such a Being literally exists, then how do you imagine it would affect the way we think and act on earth?
Before you reply, really try to envision the full range of implications of such knowledge.
Interesting question. I don't think it would have any effect on humanity, other than a quick change-about toward repenting, to gain redemption by those who follow a scripture. Then this sinless life (each adhering to the teaching of their own religion) would slowly but surely change back to a life as determined by natural forces, i.e. evolutionarily developed behaviour patterns.
The atheists would not be affected: they never followed a srcipture, as atheists for life, and they realize that this hypothetical god's relationship will not change just because we know about its existence. Basically what you described your god as, paints him a distanced being from humanity, with no ties or special interest in it; some, but none special. In fact, even if it is proven to exist, its functionality would render the universe just as scientifically scrutable, and just as open to man's inquiry and discovery of its workings, as if there were no god such as the one you described. In fact, there is no visible or other tangible or intangible way of seeing the effect of your hypothetical god more than in a world of belief, where there is not even a belief in it.
Beyond these two changes, if this god does not communicate anything new to humanity, then after a while life will be indistinguishable from how it used to be before the "knowledge" was learned.
What do you think, Seeds? How would you answer your own question? I considered that the scriptures of any religion were all written by people, not inspired by gods, and were the vehicles primarily created to control people.