Is God religious?

Some random reflections

My lack of understanding is not proof of anything. This is self evident as is Michael Parenti’s comment when he states the obvious.

It is never explained why God could not have freely granted us redemption and salvation, assuming we were deemed worthy of it, without contriving to have some of us brutalize and murder his son.

Michael Parenti God and His Demons (2010) Ch. 1, Section 4: The Other Face of Our Sweet Savior

Is God Religious? Is he a New Testament Christian, an old Testament Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu, an Agnostic or Atheist? Is he none of these, all of these, or is one right and the others all wrong. Or is he as he says “I am who I am

The Great Infidels

In a lecture entitled “The Great Infidels”, Robert Ingersoll attacked the doctrine of Hell: “All the meanness, all the revenge, all the selfishness, all the cruelty, all the hatred, all the infamy of which the heart of man is capable, grew blossomed, and bore fruit in this one word – Hell.

Robert Green Ingersoll 1833 – 1899 was a orator during the Golden Age of Free Thought. He was nicknamed “The Great Agnostic”. Ingersoll popularized Thomas Paine’s “The Age of Reason” where Paine postulated that men, not God, had written the Bible, and Ingersoll included this work in his lectures on freethinking. As a freethinker with a wide audience he reintroduced Paine’s ideas to a new generation.

Robert G. Ingersoll was a tireless advocate of rational thought, who battled superstition and hypocrisy. He was far ahead of his time, advocating birth control, voting rights for landless men and women, the advancement of science, civil rights, and freedom of speech. His advocacy of such iconoclastic ideals made him a pioneer in the development of the Secular Humanist Movement.

If a god created the universe,
The question then arises;
Of what did he create the universe?
The universe is material.
Then god must have been material.
Anaximander of Miletus was correct in 600 B.C.:
“Creation is the decomposition of the infinite.”
An infinite universe made of an infinite god.

A stylized out of context excerpt from “Gods”
mashed by Weird Sly Kip March 2022

As I have stated elsewhere on this site, I am a deist. I believe in God, just not religion. Things I can respect and enjoy studying:
~The Sermon on the mount,
~much of “red letter Christianity”
~Pauls letter to the Thessalonians.
~Pauls letter to the Galatians outlining desirable values: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control
~The practices of the Huguenot and Mennonite Churches if for no other reason than that is part of my long ago past heritage

In the end I believe God is a scientist.

Every sect, as one knows, is a ground of error; there are no sects of geometers, algebraists, arithmeticians, because all the propositions of geometry, algebra and arithmetic are true. In every other science one may be deceived.

Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary, “Tolerance”.


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