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Commentary 3  (to Peter Schuster, C2)

 

( DOES GOD  EXIST ? )
by Varadaraja V Raman
12 March 2008, posted 22 March 2008

 

[PS]
1. <First let me apologize for my comments on GOD.   Realizing I'm not a learned person, such as you and your fellow learned one's in your forum.>

[VVR]
No need to apologize.  One doesn't have to be a learned person to talk about God.  It is enough if one is a clear-headed person.

[PS]
2. <I cannot quite understand the time put into "does GOD exist ?">

[VVR]
You may understand if you realize that many people enjoy playing with ideas.  Generally, they are what we call philosophers. Others enjoy playing basket ball or the piano, listening to music or watching TV.

[PS]
3. < It seems clear that trying to prove He doesn't is their object. >

[VVR]
Just as proving God's existence is the object of some other people.

[PS]
4. < I ask myself why.>

[VVR]
You should ask <them> why?

[PS]
5. <Is it because believing in GOD doesn't makes them happy ?>

[VVR]
Perhaps for some. For others, it may be their question for Truth. For yet others, it may be that they are unhappy to see so many people deluded, from their perspective. For yet others, they have seen and read about all the atrocities that are being committed, and have been committed, in the name of God and Religion.  They want to eradicate what the believe to be the source of so many evil and superstition.

[PS]
6. <Have they become so smart they have become foolish?>

[VVR]
They are not smarter or more foolish than the ones who believe in God. They just approach the question from their own perspective.

[PS]
7. <It really makes no difference to believers what the elegant writers write.>

[VVR]
This is how a vast number of people of faith feel. 

[PS]
8. <People that believe in GOD won't change their the beliefs in GOD. >

[VVR]
Some do. Many have done, for so many reasons, especially about the kinds of gods they have been brought up to believe in: i.e. the God of particular religions.

[PS]
9. <People that believe in electricity cannot see it but can see the results for that electricity.>

[VVR]
This is a commonly cited analogy which will break down if examined more carefully. <Belief> in electricity is of an entirely different category from <belief> in God.  But I understand the spirit of what you are saying, and I agree.

[PS]
10. <People that believe in GOD can also see the results from Him.>

[VVR]
Many of the so-called <results from him> can occur without the God in question.  Not so with electricity.

[PS]
11. <People can make religion good or bad, that's human choice.>

[VVR]
This is equally true of science, or belief in angel, the Koran, or in drinking wine.  But that has nothing to do with belief in God.

[PS]
12. <That doesn't change the fact that something started all that exist; that something whatever, energy, Etc is what's GOD.   Not the old man with a white beard.>

[VVR]
This may be your definition of God, and there is, I think, no problem with that.  But the God of most religions is a good deal more than that, leading to more tangible consequences.

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V. V. Raman
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