Re: virus: Existence of Telepathy vs. Existence of God
Fri, 23 Aug 96 15:39:53 BST

Lior wrote:

>if one day some little green creatures would land on Earth, say "Greetings,
>we're what you call God", and would be ampirically proveable, it will have
>nothing to do with God's existance, as absurdic as it sounds.

I would have to disagree. If your image of God was little green creatures
from another planet, then for you, the answer to the question: "Does God
exist?" would have to be "Yes".

But, if your perception of God was some old bloke with a long
white beard, and sandles, then you'd turn round to the little green men and
say: "No you're not, you aren't wearing sandals!" Or something to that affect.

That is the reason I went on to say that for each person, the existance of God
is a yes/no answer. He either is or he isn't. But, if arguments arise over
the nature of God (which they have) then it is impossible for the whole world
to accept the existance or non-existance of a universal God.

For example, a serious musician might see music as his God, and so might many
other musicians around the world, but others, not so musical, might disagree.
Thus, for them there is either no God, or there is a different one.

>Therefore arguments about the existance of God between Atheists, Christians,
>Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc. are meaningless and therefore futile, just as long
>as they're not based on the same axiom of the existence of God - internal

I'm sorry, but I'm going to disagree again. A person's religious opinion
does not have to be based around the same axiom as anothers for them to argue
constructively against eachother. I would say that part of the argument is
to bring the other person round to see the axiom on which you base your
religious ideas. It must be possible, as many people change religions during
their lives - hence they must have looked at the axiom around which the other
is based, and agreed with it.

No argument can ever be 100% futile, because each argument which takes place
will provide information about the others standpoint to each of the parties
involved. If this is then given time to be thought about, then each side will
benefit from extra knowledge, and possible a change of view for the better.


Richard Jones
"I'm your God now!"