My whole life my christian friends/family have told me that they have a “relationship” with “god” or “jesus” and that “god” wants a “relationship” with me, and that I’m missing out on, or choosing not to have, a “relationship” with “god.” Now, again, my whole life, I’ve never for the life of me understood what the hell this even means. Is putting your hands together and speaking incantations, attempting to send psychic signals to a seemingly legendary being (prayer) having this “relationship” with this “god”??? (I did that many times – no response).
I mean, what the hell do you even mean? Are you telling me there is some supernatural being that visits you, and you hang out together, go shopping, have conversations??? What the heck kind of “relationship” is this that you are having anyways??? I mean, usually we know what we mean by “relationship” – what do you mean???? How can I have some personal “relationship” with what appears to be the non-existent???? Like telling me to have a relationship with 0, or with santa clause. Or that the smell of blue wants me to call him on Tuesday. WTF???? Is this all just some kind of inside joke?
Are you just specially granted an audience with the omnipotent dictator that I have been denied, despite my sincere requests and desire to have this “relationship” with this being, if in fact “he” exists?
Or is this just all some type of metaphor, like everything in your religion is a metaphor when you don’t prefer the otherwise distasteful, literal interpretation? Or are you people who are having this “relationship” just afflicted with an un-diagnosed multiple personality disorder and you are in fact having a “relationship” with yourself, and I was just chasing crazy??? Or maybe you just don’t understand what the term “relationship” means? Or maybe you are just a damn liar, huh, couldn’t that be it? It’s just amazingly baffling to me! All these people having a “relationship” with jesus and god, how do these deities even keep up with all their appointments and dates and whatnot, with each of these millions of people who each day are having this “personal relationship” with them!!!!????
People just SWEAR that this “personal relationship” they are having with these deities is real. So, should you really trust your daughter having a “personal relationship” with Yahweh, unsupervised? Look at what he did to Mary some 2k years ago. You really want this dude raping and knocking up your preteen daughter when you turn your back, the way he did to her? I see some big flashing warning signs with some of these “relationships” omni-stud is having on the sly, based on past behavior.
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You know just how this video starts off that it’s someone spewing from a position of ignorance when they can’t even pronounce eukaryote.
But, we have to admit that yes, at least two seeming “miracles” (in a natural sense of that word) occurred – a) the beginning of the universe/or existence of it at all or of this “reality”, and b) the beginning of life.
Now, if given the possibility of infinity of time/space and combinations of matter, it’s natural that at least in some universe (in the multi-verse, multiple dimensions, multiple realities) theories, that one of these would inevitably occur, that all of the conditions would come together to create a universe with the right principles, and would likewise create life. Perhaps in this universe, with the principles of physics we have and the atomic structures we have, life is inevitable (the natural abiotic synthesis of organic monomers, amino acids, based on our chemistry is apparently fairly common and has been demonstrated in lab experiments). Even if almost infinitely unlikely, if at all possible, in the infinity of both time and space, it would naturally and inevitably occur, and given the anthropic principle, we are naturally in that extremely rare occurrence, to be able to be here and observe and contemplate it at all.
Regardless, I would consider these two events a “miracle” in some sense of the word, even if inevitable, just as our particular individual existence is each a miracle, given the infinite conditions, sperms, etc. that could have led to us NOT being here at all to contemplate anything, with perhaps a different consciousness having taken our spot in this reality – yet you and I are here, so obviously an almost infinite amount of unlikeliness still led us here. It seems the expansion of life, once it first started, was fairly inevitable, so not a “miracle” and likewise evolution, and likewise consciousness because it clearly is an inevitable emergent property of a nervous system and a “brain,” as it becomes significantly advanced (tell me your dog doesn’t itself seem “conscious, in some sense of the word, come on).
This is basically an exercise of philosophers, and in the deep sense – of science, in that it is a product of the timeline, that any particular combination of events and conditions, let alone even a particular indivisibly small single component of that group, is almost infinity unlikely. What is the likelihood that I’d be writing this? Almost infinitely unlikely, anything, literately almost everything, any combination of events, could have led to me NOT writing exactly these words at exactly this moment, let alone going back in the time line, even that I exist, if my parents hadn’t met, hadn’t had sex on the particular day they did, the particular sperm won the competition for the egg, etc etc etc. ad infinitum. Why do we live in a universe with a dimension of time, one of cause and effect, that could produce almost an infinite number of branches each step of the way, but yet led to the one in which we find ourselves currently? Ugh, too deep. Definitely not a jewish carpenter turned narsisstic self-professed “son-o-god” born then executed some 2k years ago, choosing each and every mico-step, every moment, in every spot of the universe, that much I’m certain of.
Likewise, none of that leads me to a magic man in the sky who poofed reality into existence, let alone validating in any way, shape or form an ancient, poorly written, cobbled together, contradictory, schizophrenic book of fables written by a mostly illiterate, superstitious, ignorant group of goat-herders in the middle east, and many other competing groups, revising, etc. over a long period of time.
There are ways to be rational and obliquely approach the idea of a “god”, by extreme stretches of imagination, such as with the simulation theory of existence, that I have discussed before, but with no current way to validate those theories, for all intents and purposes there is no practical reason to consider them, and regardless, it would be an ultimately natural process that brought us here, and would just step the question back one level further (where did the creator of the simulation come from, for instance).
Regardless, sometimes it’s just hilarious to watch the under-educated, superstitious religious people try and argue from a position of ignorance in order to maintain the illusion of their particular, judo-christian, evil, magical, fairy-tale deity.
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