Who or What is God?

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A candid discussion about God, the bible and whether it's possible for us to really know the creator, to know God.

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Who or What is God?

by Michael Dale Sipes, Jr.

 

Who or what is God? God is not a white male with a long white flowing beard who sits on a mighty thrown and tallies the death of every animal and human on earth. Nor does ‘HE’ sit and decide every action, the fall of a leaf, the fall of a roof onto a bunch of church folk, No, God is more of a force of nature then a being in the corporal sense. I believe that God is a combination of all the forces in the universe, known and unknown. That would include the sum of gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force and forces in physics not yet discovered. I believe God is a combination of these forces because even God had to obey the laws of physics when creating the universe. God would have to be omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence. Therefor I believe that God exists within every animate and inanimate object in the universe, binding everyone and everything together in space and time on the subatomic level to the grandest scale beyond our comprehension. One could question the existence of God by asking one question. Could God create a mountain so large he could not move? The answer is yes, but no, but yes and therefore is unanswerable. We cannot know or understand God or the creator. If God could build a mountain he could not move then even God had to obey the laws of physics. Therefore I believe that God and the laws of physics are not separate ideas but rather physics is a branch of understanding that we have just begun to understand, perhaps the right hand of God. That being God is the sum of all the laws of physics and that physics and God are not two separate ideas. Even with the tremendous courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, humans cannot and will not ever understand God. We are incapable of knowing the creator. The bible, the supposed word of God is now more or less a work of fiction. A book adulterated so much by fallible beings at a time when like today, control of the masses was the goal of those in power. Those of Jewish faith regard the Old Testament as their scripture. Those of Christian faith see both the Old and New Testaments as scripture. Therefore, I am giving examples of scripture contained in the Old Testament, which is regarded as the word of God. Some argue that the Old Testament should not be paid attention to and that it is the New Testament that counts. Well there are passages in the bible that clearly state that the Old Testament is not to be forgotten and is to be obeyed. For example, Jesus makes it perfectly clear about obeying the laws of the Old Testament. “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid” Luke 16:17.
Evident in the bible are many errors and inconsistencies. I am going to site some of the more literally insane passages from the bible. According to the Old Testament we are to stone our children for disobedience, Deuteronomy 21:18-21. The bible is full of many mass murders, rapes, pillages, plunder, slavery child abuse and killing and so on. In total God ordered the murder or killing of approximately 1,865,265 people, and kills 371,186 himself. Some notable passages are Exodus 21:1-11 where God speaks of selling your own daughter as a sex slave. Child abuse is demonstrated in Judges 11:29-40 and Isaiah 13:16 and bashing babies against rocks in Hosea 13:16 and Psalms 137:9. Jesus also promoted the idea that all men should castrate themselves to go to Heaven. ‘For there are eunuchs that were born from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs, that were made eunuchs by men: and there are eunuchs that made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it let him receive it.” Matthew 19:12. Here are more examples, some quite laughable examples of the bible and its supposed ‘WORD OF GOD’ as written in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 23:1 ESV: No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord. Hope you have both your testes before going to church next Sunday. Genesis 38:8-10 NASB: Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform your duty as a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.” Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the LORD; so He took his life also. The next time you spill your ‘seed’ on the ground before you, you should commit suicide according to scripture. Samuel 18:25-27 ESV: Then Saul said, “Thus shall you say to David, ‘The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king’s enemies.’” Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son-in-law. Before the time had expired, David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king that he might become the king’s son-in-law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michael for a wife. I guess there are no better wedding gifts then a platter full of foreskins; I shall remember that at the next wedding I attend. Ezekiel 16:17 NIV: You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them. Dildos made of gold and silver, what splendor, how exquisitely grand. I bet Oprah has one made of pure gold. Now one of my all-time personal favorite passages from the Old Testament, due to its extremely graphic and adult nature one that you will never hear in church, but does exist. Ezekiel 23:19-20 ‘Yet she increased her prostitution, remembering the days of her youth when she engaged in prostitution in the land of Egypt. She lusted after their genitals as large as those of donkeys, and their seminal emission was as strong as that of stallions’. I do not believe this passage even needs a comment, but how nice to know that sex was just as bizarre, wild and crazy several millennia ago as it is today. Fortunately for our ancestors with their lack of understanding of disease and complete open mindedness concerning sexuality, sex was something highly enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, unlike today where we repress sexuality and have made it almost taboo. I often think that if sex were not so taboo, done only behind closed doors and in secret we would be a calmer, closer society. Since I am male, I can only give my view from the male perspective. However, when males are sexually repressed they exhibit aggressive behavior due to direct increase in pressure on the prostrate and increase in testosterone. Imagine the leader of a country or the President of the United States for example, sexually repressed and therefor more aggressive. Would he make decisions solely based on those generated by his cerebral cortex, the higher brain, or would he be influenced by the strong emotions generated by the lower brain functions, the amygdale and hypothalamus that deal with sexual desire. It seems that it would be a wise practice for all of those in power to have an orgasm right before making important decisions that could endanger or affect millions of lives. I know this sounds strange but scientific research backs up my beliefs. When males have their sexual desires ungratified it leads to more aggressive behavior, risk seeking, fighting and decisions based partly due to a complete lack of sex.  Baseball players for example are told, in secret by their coaches even in high school not to engage in sexual behavior of any kind before a game. The reason being, sexual repression adds additional aggression and drives to individual giving players an edge over those who are more relaxed and at ease. Perhaps President Clinton knew a little something about sexual repression and the powers of office that we did not and unfortunately he was prosecuted for it. Regardless of his supposed indiscretions and extra marital affairs, he is my favorite President to date. I think he showed all of us that Presidents are people just like you and I. Fallible beings with personal lives just like everyone else. I think it was an absolute shame for Monica Lewinsky to disgrace the presidency as she did. The presidency is a symbol of America, just as the bald eagle or American flag. Since we do not have national treasures or crown jewels, we honor and respect these symbols just the same. Disgrace brought upon any of our treasured symbols is a total disregard for the respect of our nation’s most prized objects and ideals, but what is done is done. And now the last passage Deuteronomy 25:11-12 NASB: If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity. I could go on and on and on and on but there are so many crazy passages in the Bible that it boggles the mind. For more examples read an essay written by cult leader Jim Jones, mass murder of Jones Town who wrote an essay about the inconsistencies of the bible. If there is a hell, Jim Jones is certainly there along with Hitler and Benny Hinn when he passes. If by fate I could be a preacher for a day, I would start my sermon by saying: we shall now read from the Old Testament, please turn to Ezekiel 23:19-20. I bet the women would blush from the idea that they were actually stimulated by what was being said, and the men would be jealous because of their inadequate manhood compared to phalluses the size of donkeys, oh my. Would a creator who is so majestic so perfect so grand have anything to do with these atrocious and sometimes perverse teachings or writings? Is then the bible the word of God or the word of the perverse and fallible man who comforts himself in the warm fantasy that the bible rewards in way of salvation? I do not believe the bible is anything more than a collection of writings written by men who at that time wanted to control the common person through fear. Fear is the strongest motivator there is. Put a gun to someone’s head and you can get them to confess, say or do anything. Hence the phase ‘God Fearing’, should we fear our creator? I do not fear God; I rejoice in God and talk to God on a daily basis. Am I crazy? Well I do not think so. I think crazy is the person who believes everything written in the bible is the written word of God. One of the most vile and perverse abuses of the bible is using the promise of eternal life for the sole purpose of making money. One evening I was channel surfing and there was a pastor by the name of Benny Hinn on television emphatically begging for money, saying that once you planted your seed, you would reap the harvest, in the way of money. I turned the channel and tried to get the thoughts of this vile individual out of my mind. The next night I was again channel surfing and low and behold happen to come upon a fundraiser for B. Hinn. He seems to have one every week but anyhow he said that in order to receive salvation you must sow a seed. By seed, he meant money not semen as it is referred to in the bible. He went on to say that the larger your seed the larger your reward or financial return. Now there are old men and women who are desperate for more life, for an afterlife that are sending large portions of their social security checks to B. Hinn, trying to buy salvation, trying to buy eternal life. Why once he even had a sermon where he said that he needed money to pay for a Gulf Stream jet that cost 36,000,000. He wildly said sow your seed now, don’t even think about it he said, just do it now, hurry, and don’t think just go call now, if you think you might change your mind, go. I have never seen anyone so insistent and so desperate before or since. He went on to say, even if you only have a few dollars left or you need to use your credit card sow your seed and reap the harvest now. How desperate he seemed and how evil were his intentions. Incidentally, a year after getting his Gulf Stream III jet Benny Hinn sent out a mailer asking for donations to get Hinn a new jet to replace his old one. Apparently, a Gulf Stream III is not good enough for Hinn; he needs a Gulf Stream IV to make money faster and in style. Why fly in last year’s model when you are so rich that you can have anything you desire. I am sure that sooner, rather than later he will be sending out flyers to all the naive and desperate senior citizens of this country asking for donations for his new Gulf Stream V jet, since God’s work can be done faster as proclaimed by Hinn. Hinn also said and I quote “I see rows of caskets lining up in front of this TV set... and I see actual loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen and people are getting raised.” Apparently, his power is such that the dead can come back to life just by touching the television screen with Benny’s image. It seems what Hinn desires most is the feeling of power and control he has over millions of desperate idiots who support him. There is a term for that kind of behavior, it is referred to as a megalomaniac. He actually believes he is a prophet of God, as he has proclaimed. He has said and I quote “I'm a sample of Jesus. I'm a super being’. He also proclaims to have an anointing given to him by praying at the graves of Kathryn Kuhlman's and Aimee McPherson's. The Truth is that Hinn is "Anointed"; he is anointed by Satan Himself! The Spirit and presence that people feel is Satan, The Devil. When Hinn waves his hand and knocks people unconscious, he does so by the power of hell. JESUS HEALS: HINN STEALS Here are several verses from the bible and what it has to say of false prophets. Deuteronomy 18 v 20: 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” 21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. Jeremiah 14:14: Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. Jeremiah 23:16: This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. Matthew 24 v 24. For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. Unfortunately, Hinn has not only stolen from the poor but he has committed murder, although indirectly depending on how you view it. Hinn was sued and lost three wrongful death lawsuits. (Out of court settlements/ undisclosed payments). All three times, Hinn told people at his crusades they were healed of cancer or AIDS. These victims believed the lies of Benny Hinn, stopped taking their medicine and died. It is an absolute atrocity that people have ultimately died by the hand of a Hinn. He goes free to engross more money, more material possessions and ‘heal’ countless other idiots’ naive and desperate enough to follow him. Aside from his bowling pin theatrics of, knock them down pick um' up, knock them down pick um' up 5 or even 10 times theatrics he talks endlessly about sowing your seed to reap the harvest. Wanting to contribute to Benny’s cause and help him out, since he seemed so desperate and in need of money on his telethon. I emailed him and told him that I had been saving my seed for over a year now in a mason jar that I kept in my freezer. I went on to say that by my calculation it contained over 70 trillion seeds, more than has been given by all of mankind to all the churches ever in existence. I asked in my email where to send my seed; I never got a response. Comical as it may be I might just send that Mason jar to see if I get a pamphlet in response asking for a donation. Incidentally, Hinn has several $80,000 Mercedes Benz and a 10,000,000 dollar ocean side mansion. His annual salary is approximately 1 million dollars. He stays in 3000 dollar a night luxury hotels during his crusades, and his ministry brings in over 100 million a year. I guess it pays extremely well to be a charlatan and deceiver. My great grandmother deceived by Hinn and desperate to be Heaven bound would send Hinn money every month. Even though she had over 100,000 in the bank she would not spend a dime on herself or anyone else but Hinn. She showed me a picture of Hinn and his wife; she actually thought Hinn had personally sent her that photo, how sad. She would drive clear across town to save 8 cents a pound on bananas, but use 5 dollars in gas to get there and back, so I guess it’s easy to see how she could be fooled so easily. It’s quite apparent she was not the smartest of individuals, but I miss her a great deal.
Benny Hinn aside and returning to the main topic of discussion, you must ask yourself a fundamental question, can we know God? Can we know the creator? Our brains consist of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. I might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to the space in an iPod or a USB flash drive. Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. That is a lot of TV, but when put in comparison to the computational power of a computer the brain is roughly equal 1 trillion computations per second. But even with all that computational power I still do not understand my creator, my God. It has been said that men were the dreams of Gods, but perhaps God’s are the dreams of men. I prefer the cold hard facts opposed to the warm comforting fantasy any day.
A scientist by the name of Carl Sagan once said that can we know, ultimately and in detail, a grain of salt, let alone the universe? Consider one microgram of table salt, a speck barely large enough for someone with keen eyesight to make out. In that grain of salt, there are about 10,000,000,000,000,000 sodium and chlorine atoms which total 10 million billion atoms. If we wish to know a grain of salt we must know at least the three dimensional position of each of these atoms. There are approximately 100,000,000,000 neurons in the brain. A typical neuron has about 1000 dendrites or connections to other nerve endings. It seems likely that every bit of information in the brain corresponds to one of these connections; the total of things knowable by the brain is no more then 100,000,000,000,000, one hundred trillion. However, this number is only 1 percent of the number of atoms in a speck of salt. Therefore, in this sense the universe is intractable, astonishingly immune to any human attempt at full knowledge. We cannot on this level understand a grain of salt, much less the universe or its creator. Nevertheless, let us consider another point about God. God is said to be eternal, all-powerful, and created everything. He created all the laws of nature and can change anything by an act of will. He is all good, all loving, and perfectly just. He sees everything past and future. God’s creation was originally perfect, but humans disobeyed him and brought imperfection into the world. Humans by nature are evil, sinful and must suffer in this world because of this. God gives humans the opportunity to accept forgiveness for their sin, and whoever does will be rewarded with eternal bliss in Heaven. Now consider this, what did God do during that eternity before he created everything? If God was all that existed then, what disturbed the eternal equilibrium and compelled him to create? Was he bored? God is said to be perfect. If something is perfect, it is complete, it needs nothing else. We humans engage in activities because we are pursuing that elusive perfection. A God who is perfect does nothing except exist. However, if something is perfect, nothing imperfect can come from it. It has been said that bad fruit cannot come from a good tree, and yet this perfect God created a perfect universe, which was rendered imperfect by the perfect humans. The ultimate source of imperfection is then, God. What is perfect cannot become imperfect, so humans must have been created imperfect. What is perfect cannot create anything imperfect, so God must be imperfect to have created these imperfect humans. A perfect God who creates imperfect humans is impossible. The Bible is supposedly God’s perfect Word. It contains instructions to humankind for avoiding the eternal fires of hell. How wonderful and kind of this God to provide us with this means of overcoming the problems for which he is ultimately responsible. The all-powerful God could have, by a mere act of will, eliminated all of the problems we humans must endure, but instead, in his infinite wisdom, he has opted to offer this indecipherable amalgam of books which is the Bible as a means for avoiding the hell which he has prepared for us. The perfect God has decided to reveal his wishes in this imperfect work, written in the imperfect language of imperfect man, translated, copied, interpreted, voted on, and related by imperfect man. No two men will ever agree what this perfect work of God is supposed to mean, since much of it is either self-contradictory, or obscured by enigmatic symbols. Yet the perfect God expects us imperfect humans to understand this paradoxical riddle using the imperfect minds with which he has equipped us with. Surely the all wise and all powerful God would have known that it would have been better to reveal his perfect will directly to each of us, rather than to allow it to be debased and perverted by imperfect language and botched interpretations of man. One need look to no source other than the Bible to discover its imperfections, for it contradicts itself and thus exposes its own imperfections. It contradicts itself on matters of justice, for the same just god who assures his people that sons shall not be punished or the sins of their fathers turns around and destroys and entire household for the sin of one man (he had stolen some of God’s war loot). This same God afflicted thousands of his innocent people with plague and death to punish their evil kind David for taking a census. It was this same God who allowed the humans to slaughter his son because the perfect God had botched his own creation. Consider how many have been stone, burned, slaughtered, raped, and enslaved because of Yahweh’s skewed sense of justice. The blood of innocent babies is on the perfect, just compassionate hands of God.
My first experience with Christianity was when I was 17. I was playing basketball beside a church with my best friend Eric. My friend and I had our shirts off, since it was almost 100 degree’s that day. A man dressed in a suite came out and asked us politely to put our shirts back on. I asked why and he replied that there was Sunday school going on and he did not want the young girls to be corrupted by my nakedness. He said we are trying to teach them to be good righteous boys and girls free of corruption. Thinking to myself how ridiculous his statement was I put my shirt back on. He asked do you go to church. I replied no. He went on to tell me about God and I told him that I did not believe in God because there was not any proof of GOD that I knew of. He said well you can feel the wind on your face but you cannot see it but it exists. Even at 17 I thought this man was an idiot for trying to compare the presence of God to the feeling of wind up on one’s face. After I proclaimed that I still did not believe he said I needed to have faith and then he asked us to leave. It seems that even though we were hurting no one my beliefs cost us a good game of basketball. Years later, I reexamined this event and thought to myself, why I should fear or be ashamed of my own naked body. It is not as if my genitals were jingling about in front of the girls and boys in bible school. I merely had no shirt on. Adam and Eve were supposedly naked in the Garden of Eden. The devil made them aware and ashamed of their nakedness, was this man the devil incarnate. Adam and Eve were quite content with their nakedness until they were corrupted by the serpent, the devil. But considering what the man in the suite said, what is faith? Faith is the strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Can I base something as important as the creator of all things on just the basis of faith? The bible even cleverly adds this basis for belief in its scripture. Heb. 11:6: But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. What counts is not what sounds plausible, not what we would like to believe, not what one or two witnesses claim, but only what is supported by hard evidence rigorously and skeptically examined. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and faith holds no merit to such a grand claim as God. Faith by definition is the absence of evidence. By saying you must just have faith, you are really saying nothing or cleverly avoiding the question altogether. If your child had a brain tumor, would you leave it to faith for God to heal or would you seek a medical professional. Common sense hopefully prevails and one would see the neurosurgeon. Those who are bible literalist are basing their belief in the science or medicine of the bible. This knowledge of medicine in the bible was acquired from the Babylonians at around 600 BC. Again, would a conscientious mother or father subject their child or themselves for that matter to medical knowledge from 600 BC or today’s modern medicine? It seems only logical that when questioning God’s existence one would use logic and common sense. Faith is the belief in the absence of evidence, believing when there is no evidence is a mistake. A smarter idea is to withhold belief one way or another until there is compelling evidence. Nevertheless, I guess the only way to know God, to know the creator and the validity of faith is to die. Unfortunately, at the exact moment following death there is no way to send information to the living, so our knowledge of the creator is taken with us to the grave and therefore an unknown now and forever. Having read this you might think that I am an atheists, but that could not be farther from the truth. Atheists by definition are stupid since they say that there is knowledge that God does not exist. How does an atheist know this, where is their proof? I do believe in God, just not the bible. I am skeptical of religion and therefore have my own personal relationship with God as I know it. I say it because I do not believe that if there is a God that it is a male or white for that matter. I often wondered as a child do black children believe that God is a white man as depicted everywhere, or that Santa clause is a white man. Or do their parents teach them that their God is a black man as well as their Santa clause. There are many many questions that are aroused within me when I think of religion. There is a part of me that hopes and dreams for an afterlife, a place where my consciousness will continue forever. Again, I am grasping at the warm comforting fantasy? Well maybe, but someday I shall find the answer to the ultimate question of humankind. However, for as long as there is religion there will be those who are taken advantage of, there will be countless wars and deaths all in the name of religion. The bible should not be taken literally and used as a manual for everyday life. The messages or ideas in the bible were applicable to the time in which they were written. Also it has been translated and rewritten so many times that the actual ‘word’ of God has been lost in centuries of translations. If we were to take the bible as the absolute word of God and follow its teachings then we would all be dead, for in Deuteronomy 21 it says to execute children who insult their parents, and I do not know of a single individual who has not insulted their parents at one time or another. I believe that our society would have been better off never having discovered or invented religion in the first place. The main problem with religion is that there are those who are biblical literalist. They believe the bible is dictated by the creator of the universe and has no metaphor or allegory. Religion encompasses many ideas; history, poetry, great literature, ethics, morals but religion has no place in dictating science. Who is more humble, the individual who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or the one who says everything in the bible must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of everyone involved with the writing of this book. Unfortunately man’s inability to answer the fundamental questions of who am I, what is my place in the universe, who created everything, requires an answer. Religion however fundamentally flawed it may be provides an answer to some. For those who are skeptical of religion, science and it’s understanding of the cosmos provides answers to them. Science, repressed throughout the ages by religion, is not the slow progressive death of religion, but meanly a tool to better understand the answers not provided by religion. I hope for a day when all the answers are found and man can live alongside each other in peace and harmony, without war, death, famine, hunger and racism. I have hopes for a better tomorrow, for if we do not destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons we are surely, someday bound for the stars. I think most men in every epoch have said at one time or another, what a great splendor it is that we live in this age, and not 100 or 200 years ago. I heard someone say this very thing last week, they said how wonderful it is to live in the 21st century and not back before there was modern medicine, TV or the Internet. I on the other hand have a different view about this. I wish I had been born 1000 years into the future and not now. Just consider the awesome advances we have made in the past 100 years alone, and now think of what advances might be made in another 1000 years, given we do not destroy ourselves. The dinosaurs ruled the earth for over 200 million years, time alone does not ensure the survival of a species, and it’s exactly the opposite. The more time passes the greater the chance that a species is to die out. There are far more species extinct then are alive today. It’s a testament to natural selection and other processes of the universe that we have no control over. An event like the impact of a very large asteroid in my lifetime is extremely unlikely. Given enough time this event becomes extremely likely. It is the same with evolution; it irks me when I hear people say that evolution is not real, that creation is the answer. Evolution requires many many years to happen. An event that takes millions or billions of years cannot be seen, measured or understood by beings that live merely 75 or 80 years. It is comparable to seeing a tree grow, or seeing your finger nail grow, it’s absolutely impossible to see but it does happen. Evolution is a fact, not a theory; it really happened and is happening still to this day. Perhaps the next species to rule the earth some millions of years from now will be a descendent of the dolphins or great whales. The earth still has about 7 to 8 billion years of life left so I can only imagine the species and descendants of both man and other animals that will arise and die in that time period. I can see no possible way for man to continue living as a species for another 7 or 8 billion years without traveling to the stars and therefore other planets. There is no way man can continue to live on a planet with finite resources and finite space. Even now we have problems with famine and our population is only a little over 7 billion individuals. In the past 100 years, alone our population has grown from 1.6 billion at the start of the 20th century to over 7 billion. Projections place the population at over 9.5 billion by 2050. By 2100, the population is expected to be around 8 to 12 billion. The farther in time we go so increases the inaccuracy of the math or projections given there are so many variables involved. There is also the impact of global warming and climate change which some scientist feel may kill off most of the population leaving only a mere 500 million alive in the next century. One projection said that if we account for a modest growth of just 1% a year, the population in the year 3000 would be a whopping 65 to 80 billion. Again the further out the projection the more error with the math given so many variables but still the number would be astronomical and the Earth absolutely could not sustain that kind of population. Steven Hawking has said that the planet will become uninhabitable in the next 1000 years and our only chance for survival is to head for the stars. Perhaps my dream of living 1000 years into the future was not so good after all, but there are always possibilities. Everything has a beginning and an ending. Even the protons in the atoms we are made of have a life span measured in years. Approximately that of 1 followed by 32 zeroes, which is an immense amount of time when imagined by beings that live a mere 80 years. But this also brings about another question. If there was nothing before the creation of the universe and the universe has an “expiration” date then what comes next. Some have said that perhaps the universe has always existed, that there was no big bang, no beginning. IF that were the case then how could matter that ultimately decays through immense amounts of time exist for eternity? These are not easy questions and there are no easy answers, hopefully someday in my lifetime answers will be found. I was asked once how could I not believe in God, as in the bible since 95% of the people on the planet believed in some kind of creator. They asked how I could be right and everyone else suffers from mass hysteria. I replied that at one time, most everyone believed the word to be flat, we found it was not. There was a time when the Earth was believed to be the center of the universe and spontaneous generation was thought to be the cause of maggots on rotten meat. Even in modern times, there are beliefs that almost everyone thought were true but were not. The idea that Columbus discovered North America or that the Wright brothers were the first to fly an airplane, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb or that we only use 10% of our brains. All of these ideas were once thought to be true by almost everyone. Throughout history, there have been many ideas or ways of thinking that have been found to be completely false. Therefore, when asked if 95% of the people on the planet could be wrong when it came to religion and God, my answer is yes, absolutely. I guess due to the complexity of the questions and the inability to find answers leads people to seek out religion since it has an answer for everything, or so it seems.
Now before becoming depressed because you now believe that there might not be an afterlife after all, there is a possibility and alternatives. There is a principal called entanglement, so strange that Einstein called it spooky action at a distance. Two particles that are entangled with the fabric of space can exhibit the same action as the other no matter the distance between the particles and at the exact same time. This would imply that information is traveling between them faster than the speed of light, but according to Einstein, nothing can or ever will surpass the speed of light, therefore he did not like the theory. The only thing that can travel faster than the speed of light according to Einstein was space itself, and it does. It was later made a fact after very careful laboratory experiments proved that entanglement was real and not a theory. Some even think that the brain does indeed think faster than the speed of light, consider Deja vu. That is what happens when you exceed the speed of light and make time twitch. You create a temporal disturbance, although highly localized in your brain, which is then interpreted by our intellect as a delay in a thought already conceived in the past. This makes us think we just had this thought, which we did. We registered the thought twice, once as the super-physical faster-than-light disturbance and once as pure physical information that our senses can register. This also explains why we have no idea that we just experienced a thought until we receive the information, because there's nothing to process the faster-than-light part. This means that our thoughts are not quite bound by physics, although the process of cognition is. There is even a theory that all consciousness of all living beings past and future is a part of the fabric of space. That would explain how people like John Edwards could supposedly commune with the dead. I do not believe this and I think he is spooky BS at any distance. Joking aside, recent findings have found that in the brain neurons on one side of the cerebral cortex can spontaneously affect neurons on the other side of the cortex without even receiving signals across multiple neurons. The classic and very basic way the brain is thought to works is one-neuron fires, which connects to another and causes it to fire and so forth. If neurons in one region of the brain can cause other neurons in the brain to react with no physical interaction then the brain acts sort of like a quantum computer and exhibits entanglement, just like Einstein’s spooky particles. It is a proven fact that we are all connected via the earth’s magnetic field. It is a proven fact that two individuals who are both isolated from the Earth’s magnetic field can share an experience, even when separated in two different rooms at a distance. When an individual shielded from the earth’s magnetic field is subjected to a specific magnetic field and another individual in a separate isolated room is subjected to the same magnetic field they can share experiences. For example, when one sees a flash of light the other sees a flash of light in their peripheral vision. This sort of remote viewing is an application of consciousness that permits a person-viewer "to describe or give details about a target that is inaccessible to normal senses due to distance, time, or shielding when another individual is in tune to the same magnetic field. This would explain how I can pick up the phone and dial my Mother’s number and upon answering, she says I was just thinking of you. This Consciousness entanglement means that local intentions by a viewer on target information will instantaneously interact with entangled target information - no matter how far apart the viewer and target are. Information from entangled consciousness appears available all the time. Although we do not always perceive the information ‘on time’, it is still available. Now, for the most part these instances happen at random and we pay no attention to them. Statistically they are important. This cosmic consciousness as you may call it is a consciousness comprised of a universal intelligence with links to every consciousness in the space-time continuum via the earth’s magnetic field and the fabric of space itself. Random number generators for example can be affected by an individual sitting near them who is focusing their thoughts on them. There have now been random number generators set up all over the globe that have recorded significant spikes in deviations when a particular event occurs. One spike in particular was on 9/11 when the twin towers fell. The spike occurred before the towers fell, not during. This also demonstrates that there seems to be about a 5-second interval of time that information is perceived before it happens in real time. For instance the sixth sense is an example of this phenomenon and is a proven fact. There is a sixth sense and people do perceive events during and especially right before they happen. It’s that feeling you get deep down in your gut that something bad is going to happen. Now most of the time everything is fine and we experience nothing wrong, but there are documented events that people have had precognition of. I have had my own experiences with this precognition and with information shared via the earth’s magnetic field. For example when my grandfather died I had a feeling deep down inside to check the internet for his obituary. Low and behold he had died, several months ago. This has happened to me six times now. Each time the person that I thought about and looked up died approximately 3 months or less before I perceived it. Now, it might be that the Earth’s magnetic field is a sort of internet in its self that shares information from one individual to another. Sometimes when two people share a particular strong bond, that information can go straight to that individual, that phone call to my Mother for example. Our minds are not only connected to the fabric of space, but to the earth’s magnetic field. It would seem quite logical that if our consciousness were connected to the earth’s magnetic field then the magnetic field its self would be connected to the fabric of space and time. Now as far as an afterlife goes, when the brain dies, it is possible that the consciousness is actually entangled with space-time and just dissipates back into the cosmos via the earth’s magnetic field to the fourth dimension, essentially giving us immortality. Since we cannot perceive the fourth dimension or even conceive of it death seems to be a permanent state of non-existence, but it is not. Now, how or if we would have conscious thoughts while in the fourth dimension is a question that is again unanswerable. Since we live in a three dimensional world we cannot perceive any dimension above that of the 3rd dimension but if we could see in the fourth dimension it would give us a sort of X ray vision. We would see through objects and then, perhaps commune with past loved ones. Perhaps God is a 4th dimensional being, he would have all the powers that we attribute to God and it is completely plausible. But as far as immortality and my consciousness, I truly believe that after death my consciousness will dissipate through the earth’s magnetic field 4 dimensionally into the fabric of space were I will be returned from which I came. We are all made of star stuff and my atoms will one day be at the heart of a star, shining bright, perhaps upon a planet, with oceans and life, much like earth and I will be and ever shall be a part of the cosmos. Of course, there are other ways of immortality or semi immortality. When we open a book, we delve into the mind of someone, maybe dead for hundreds or thousands of years. Books are a way of forever imprinting your consciousness or personality for people to read for many many years to come and a diary is a good way to start. Many diaries of famous people are read every day. Now who is going to read the diary of John Doe? Well probably, no one but his descendants but it will still be remembered and passed from generation to generation. In addition, the last and most common way of immortality is to pass your genetic material and have children. So on a whole consider your demise as a transition, not a death with the complete waste and end of consciousness from a life lived, but rather a transition to a different state of consciousness, just imagine the many fascinating and endless possibilities. 


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