Last week I did a series of five posts about our need for deep questions, and things that challenge us. One of them was about how religion can cloud your future. It ignited a fascinating discussion. But one question that arose really intrigued me…
Robert commented, “Sounds like you might be an atheist or have had bad experiences with religion. However, if there was a God, would you be willing to obey Him?”
I have no problem answering his question, but I was captivated by why he would ask that. It doesn’t really apply to the topic of the post. My intuition is he was asking it for disqualification purposes. My belief is that if he could safely categorize me as an atheist or someone who wouldn’t obey god (or perhaps discover that I was actually Satan deceiving him), he can easily discount the difficult questions I was challenging him with. Can’t be sure, because as I write this, he didn’t respond to my question on why he asked.
But the question certainly is fascinating, so I gave it some serious thought. And the answer is…
First, yes, I am an atheist. Due to my prosperity work, I have been studying the world’s major religions for many years. And after some deep introspection on my two-year sabbatical, I came to the conclusion that no rational human could believe the underlying premises of those religions. For the most parts, I view those premises as remnants of sky god superstitions from the Stone Age.
I don’t see my work is to “prove” that god doesn’t exist and that is not the purpose of this post. If believing in a supernatural entity helps other people live their lives, I remain happy for them. It’s just a concept I can no longer believe.
Which brings us to what I think is the most fascinating part of Robert’s question (and the part that I pondered the longest): If there was a god, would I obey him. And the conclusion I came to was, no, I would not obey a god.
First if there was an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent entity that created the human race (and all the other species here on earth), I believe that entity would do so for only one of two possible reasons:
To me, obeying and fearing god would be an insult to that god, if it was a benevolent one. I’ll explain more in the next post. But in the meantime, would love to see your thoughts below.