Religion – is there a God??

Religion is a hot potato. Trying to look objectively at it is extremely difficult. We are born into cultures steeped in religious dogma. It is a process of brainwashing that is impossible to escape.
Freud said religion was a mass psychosis. I agree with him.
Is there any evidence of a supernatural being? None that I have seen or heard.
We live in an amazing universe. It is mind-boggling. But does that necessary infer an intelligence behind it? I say no.
We have an amazing brain that provides us with consciousness. Does that infer a god? I say no.
Religions came out of the Stone-Age with their costumes, rituals and customs – often racist, intolerant and misogynistic. I believe they are all creations of man.
We love ritual and pageant. We find it fulfilling. We love answers to problems. There are none bigger than life and the universe. We fear death. We are eager to clutch at straws that say this life isn’t all there is. But is there evidence for anything – a future life, a god creator? No, not really. Yet we manufacture ghosts, angels and heaven. We like to think of our loved ones and ourselves living forever, reunited. It is reassuring.
Looking, as a biologist at our bodies, they are not miracles. They are riddled with flaws and ‘design’ faults. We could easily design something far superior.
We believe tales from individuals up mountains, in caves and in the wilderness from people who claim to have spoken to god. But really, if someone made those claims today they would be ridiculed. Why does god choose not to speak to us all? Why only to solitary individuals?
Perhaps, because there is no god? Perhaps many people ‘hear voices’?
Has religion done much good? The history of religion has been the tale of a struggle for power with much persecution, intolerance, hatred, war and violence.
On the positive side, it has produced much succour and comfort for the bereaved and reduced anxiety over death. It has provided help and comfort for those in need. Many religious people have done a lot of good. But is it a false hope, based on a false premise?
Does the bad outweigh the good? I think it does.
As religions developed in the age of science, they have changed. For example, the Catholic Church believed that Heaven was above and hell below. That the earth was the centre of the universe and that the stars were pinpricks through which the light of heaven showed through. They tortured and burnt people who disagreed.
As science demonstrated that the earth was not the centre, that stars were suns, that there was no heaven in the sky or hell below, they changed their dogma. It clearly demonstrates to me that they do not know what they are talking about.
Is this blasphemous? Or is it possible to have an intelligent discussion about religion?
Now spirituality – that’s something else altogether!!

19 thoughts on “Religion – is there a God??

  1. I love these views. Spirituality is totally different from religion and it would help world peace (no really, it would) if people were more spiritual as opposed to religious. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™

  2. Well Opher, in my view the propensity to religion is something that exists right down at the level of world-view. Some have it; some (like you) don’t; some (like me) get indoctrinated towards it, but manage to see through the bullshit and to say “no, thanks.” (Or, more accurately, “not proven” – I’m an agnostic, not an atheist). And because religion exists right down at that level, it’s impossible to have a rational discussion about it, so why bother trying? As long as others will let me have my religion (or lack of it), I’ll let them have theirs.

    1. A good attitude to have Neil. It is certainly the wish some people have to inflict their views and customs on others that enrages me. Everyone is entitled to believe what they want, in my view, as long as it is a free choice and they do not inflict it on others.
      I have had some excellent discussion though. I enjoy that.

      1. Opher: It is certainly the wish some people have to inflict their views and customs on others that enrages me.

        Absolutely agree, Opher. And it applies to politics as well as religion.

        Meanwhile, I’m looking out at a monster of a thunderstorm! With rain as torrential as anything I’ve seen in the 34 years I’ve lived here.

    1. I wouldn’t dream of doing that Dave/Laura. Everybody is entitled to their own faith. My views are mine and I love to discuss and argue – without malice or nastiness. I have had some very deep and interesting discussions down the years.

      1. Agreed, we are fine with you and your beliefs, and glad you have yours and we have ours.
        David would joke, just more room in Heaven for him, I would say, I am open to discussing whatever you want anytime, I feel strong enough that nothing can change what I believe. Wishing you a great Labor day!

  3. Hi Opher, you’re last statement was intriguing to me. I’ve done a lot of thinking about these things and I’m wondering if I read your thoughts correctly; do you equate God with religion only and spirituality as something separate? Thanks for sharing your thoughts~

    1. Hi Ashley – the short answer is yes. I think this concept of god as some separate entity, a creator, a benevolent ‘person’, who has a personal interest in people, requires adulation and worship, as being an entirely human creation.
      Spirituality, for me, is something I would equate with nature, a unifying force, a vibration, more akin to nuclear energy. I’d call it wonder and awe. It is something I can feel part of and celebrate.

  4. The kabbala of chariot mysticism stands on the distinction, that unlike a wagon, a chariot has two wheels – daat & t’shuva. Daat separates and distinguishes between external events from internal feelings and reactions. T’shuva separates how a person dedicates his or her life before HaShem in the coming year. The wheels within the Shemone Esri have gone full circle with the annual reading of the Torah beginning anew with ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช ื•ื ื—. Both the Torah and tefilla begin with the k’vanna of the general Big Picture concepts of faith, prior to delving into the specifics of the Cohen family of Avraham.

    โ€œThe Existence of God.โ€ What evidence do atheists accept as valid? The Koran, the New Testament, or the Hebrew Tโ€™NaCH?The Koran declares โ€œOnly one God livesโ€. This bold declaration blatantly negates the Tโ€™NaCH 2nd commandment of Sinai: โ€œDo not worship other Godsโ€. By logical inference: if only one God lives, which the Muslims name as Allah, why does the Tโ€™NaCH command not to worship other Gods? Shall we attempt to declare that Parโ€™o of ancient Egypt worshiped only Allah? LOL what a total fraud! Therefore based upon the false declaration of Monotheism made by the prophet of the Koran, who declared himself a prophet on the order of Tโ€™NaCH prophets, the Koran strict monotheism stands totally debunked.The name new testament clearly makes reference to the foundation of Torah faith โ€œthe britโ€.

    The first word of the Torah ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช this word contains within its 6 letters ื‘ืจื™ืช ืืฉ\brit fire. The translation of brit into English: alliance. The opening Book of the Torah directly and repeatedly addresses the subject of cutting political alliances. The skill by which to cut a political alliance with others, applies equally today as it did then.The problem with the โ€new testamentโ€, that collection of books never once brings the Name revealed in the 1st Commandment at Sinai. The Name โ€“ exists as a living Spirit, not a word. Despite the declaration otherwise as written in the opening pages of the book of Johnโ€™s gospels. Hence Jewish law forbids to pronounce the Name according to the grammar of its four letters, b/c the opening account of Creation the Name blew his Spirit into clay, transforming this clay into a living man โ€“ named Adam.

    Pronouncing the Name, as revealed at the Sinai revelation, perverted and defiled the Spirit of the Name unto a common word.Never in all the pages of the new testament do any of these Greek books bring the Name as revealed at Sinai. Translation of words works with other words, but you can not translate a Spirit by making it into a word. Words simply do not contain life. Quote Shakespeare to dead people and they remain dead. To cut a Torah brit alliance requires swearing a Torah oath using the Name. Therefore the new covenant of the new testament stands, like the Koran, totally debunked.Torah commands the opposite of Muslim Monotheism, it validates the existence of many Gods. Clearly the Hindus and Chinese peoples never swore a Torah brit alliance.

    Atheists in Russia, or Europe, or America, shall they make unilateral declarations which negate the Gods which these billions of people worship? Hubris arrogance, every atheist I ever met from Russia, Europe, or America does not speak the language of Hindu, Japan, or China, much less Vietnam or Korea etc etc etc. The Books these millions upon millions of people, by which they base their belief in their Gods, these above mentioned hubris arrogant atheists from Russia, Europe, and America, their negative belief worship of the Ego beliefs seeks to negate the traditions of peoples whom they do not know.Atheism for this reason stands totally debunked by simple humility and logic. What
    ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช ื‘:ื– – ื•ื™ืคื— ื‘ืืคื™ื• ื ืฉืžืช ื—ื™ื™ื ื•ื™ื”ื™ ื”ืื“ื ืœื ืคืฉ ื—ื™ื” … ื•ืขืฅ ื”ื—ื™ื™ื ื‘ืชื•ืš ื”ื’ืŸ ื•ืขืฅ ื”ื“ืขืช ื˜ื•ื‘ ื•ืจืข
    faith does this teach touching the chosen Cohen nation? It seems to me, by the sh’itta taught to me from my Rav, that rabbi Akiva derived his kabbala of ืคืจื“ืก from
    ื‘: ื™ – ื•ื ื”ืจ ื™ืฆื ืžืขื“ืŸ ืœื”ืฉืงื•ืช ืืช ื”ื’ืŸ ื•ืžืฉื ื™ืคืจื“ ื•ื”ื™ื” ืœืืจื‘ืขื” ืจืืฉื™ื.

    The ืคืจื“ืก kabbala of rabbi Akiva defines the revelation of the Oral Torah logic system revealed unto Moshe at Mt Horev 40 days after the tuma Yatzir Ha’ra challenge cast down at the sin of the Golden Calf; specifically: Moshe has died, who will teach us the rest of the Torah revelation at Sinai? Moshe derived through logical inference the 611 commandments which he commanded as his primary source commentary to the opening two commandments which the Cohen nation accepted upon the soul lives of all generations of our children as our faith worship unto HaShem who brought Israel out of Egypt.

    The Big Picture concept of faith as taught by the Parsha of ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช which defines the k’vanna of the opening daat blessing of the first ื‘ืจื›ื” within the 13 middle blessings of the Shemone Esri, weighs the commitment of the generations to walk in tohor before HaShem. The subject of tohor applies strictly and only unto the Cohen nation. Neither Goyim or Yidden who assimilate and kiss the calves of foreign non Jewish cultures and customs, this huge branch of Humanity has no concept or idea what tohor means. Keeping the commandments as the ‘sign’ of the brit, most essentially requires that the Cohen people commit before HaShem only to strive to do avodat HaShem while breathing tohor spirits.

    Doing mitzvot ืœืฉืžื” understands that the din of ื›ืจืช comes and cuts off Israel from Israel when ever the Cohen people behave with hubris arrogance and attempt to do avodat HaShem while breathing tuma spirits. On par with a woman, attempting tohorat ha’biet who goes to the mikveh while holding a dead rat in her hand; comes out of the mikveh and declares to her husband that she has made herself tohor. As this example invalidates the mitzva of tohorat ha’biet, so too observance of all the ืชืจื™”ื’ mitzvot.

    ื’: ื™ื“ – ื•ื™ืืžืจ ื”’ ืืœื”ื™ื ืืœ ื”ื ื—ืฉ ื›ื™ ืขืฉื™ืช ื–ืืช ืืจื•ืจ ืืชื” ืžื›ืœ ื”ื‘ื”ืžื” ื•ืžื›ืœ ื—ื™ืช ื”ืฉื“ื” ื•ื›ื•’.

    The ื ื—ืฉ teaches a central Torah ืžืฉืœ. The ื ืžืฉืœ to wit, the tuma Yatzir Ha’Ra within the hearts of all bnai brit souls unto all eternity. HaShem judges the struggle of the 2 Yatzirot within our heart in each and every generation. The story of king David and Bathsheba, teaches the identical mussar commandment. Learning Torah requires that students ask: What mussar does the Torah\NaCH command each and every generation?

    ื“ื›ืชื™ื‘ ื’:ื™ื˜ – ื›ื™ ืขืคืจ ืืชื” ื•ืืœ ืขืคืจ ืชืฉื•ื‘.

    The Xtian narishkeit of physical resurrection from the dead has no part in Torah faith. The daat of “soul” refers to the generations of the bnai brit offspring, the Olam Ha’Bah of the Cohen nation. The story of Cain teaches the mussar of the tuma inheritance which the first murderer caused his children to inherit. The identical tuma which women who abort their children cause their seed to inherit; the most basic and fundamental of Torah curses which fills the earth with violence and injustice. A woman who aborts babies never observed tohorat ha’biet. Such a person can not do t’shuva, no regret or remorse can ever atone for the crime of abortion.

    ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช ื”:ื›ื˜ – ื•ื™ืงืจื ืืช ืฉืžื• ื ื— ืœืืžืจ ื–ื” ื™ื ื—ืžื ื• ืžืžืขืฉื ื• ื•ืžืขืฆื‘ื•ืŸ ื™ื“ื™ื ื• ืžืŸ ื”ืื“ืžื” ืืฉืจ ืืจืจื” ื”’.

    The 2nd wheel of the mystic Divine Chariot – t’shuva. The dedication within our hearts to keep the commandments ืœืฉืžื”, meaning through the dedication of tohor middot unto HaShem, do the generations of the Cohen nation do t’shuva for g’lut. Faith is just that simple. The Cohen nation commits to restrict avodat HaShem in the Name of tohor middot which we breath from the midsts of our hearts. Tefilla – strictly a matter of the heart. A man who does not discern between the tohor/tuma spirits within his heart, such a man cannot do t’shuva ืœืฉืžื” – meaning in the Name of tohor middot dedicated unto HaShem.

    The Ayutthaya Kingdom, a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1350 to 1767 centered on the city of Ayutthaya, the precursor of modern Thailand. Some historians speculate that armies from that kingdom sacked and destroyed the ancient city, about the size of modern day London, of Angkor Cambodia. The construction of grand stone Temples and the complexity of this extinct Cambodian civilization surpasses or rivals any known civilization attributed to human achievement till perhaps the modern era. Yet like the Mayan ruins, the forest consumed this once prosperous, yet abandoned empire.

    On the 9th of Av, we Yidden, likewise mourn the destruction of our extinct grand stone Temples. The din of g’lut, exemplifies the Torah vision of ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช and the exile of Adam from Eden. What did king David command his son Shlomo to build? The last commandment which Moshe strove to obey before he passed from this world, to establish 3 of the 6 cities of refuge. What determines the urgency of this commandment? The Torah Constitution stands upon the ื™ืกื•ื“ of justice, not grand stone buildings of architectural design and skill. King Shlomo like so many others preferred short term grandeur over long term shalom.

    Perhaps this key decision best defines the meaning of avoda zara. The first priority of government leadership, to prevent the outbreak of Civil War among ones’ people. As the preservation of life has priority over observance of all mitzvot, so too and how much more so – justice defines the meaning and purpose of keeping all the commandments ืœืฉืžื”. Herein defines the revelation of the Torah at Sinai – reduced to a simple sentence.

    The mitzva of ืžื—ื™ืœื” incumbent upon our people as a Torah obligation in matters of justice. This learns from the repetition of ื•ื™ืจื as found in ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช ื™ื—:ื,ื‘. A good eye plays a tremendous psychological function required for healing wounds and damages. The family of Lot, lacked this essential good eye. Hence Moshe excluded the family of Lot from any portion of the brit Cohen people.

    This most essential ‘good eye’ separates, distinguishes, and defines the commandment of David which obligated Shlomo to build the Temple. Had Shlomo consulted with the prophet Natan, he would have understood the wisdom to establish the Federal Sanhedrin Courts system as the k’vanna of the Davidic commandment to build the Temple. But alas, neither Shlomo nor his heir Rehav’am, who in turn succeeded Shlomo, (and journeyed to Sh’Cem to receive the Moshiach anointing to sanctify his rule), neither of these men exercised the ‘good eye’ of obeying the council given by the tohor elders servants of the previous kingdom.

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