God Lives! And He’s in My Brain! (Part 2)

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Does God Exist?

And can we become Gods, as Mormonism teaches we can?

If I’m right in my suspicions, we’re all gods already!

Well, we create god as an imaginary being in our minds. Everyone around the world who has a concept of god or gods has this concept by virtue of the capability of their own mind to create imaginary beings in their minds. Like having an imaginary friend as a child whilst growing up, or like imagining there is a Santa Claus, adults retain the ability to continue this consoling pretense for the rest of their lives.

So it’s not so much that God created man in His own image, but it’s much more likely to be the other way round, with humans imagining a supernatural deity, or multiple gods, in order to ameliorate their fear based superstitious concerns about the world around them, and out of a desire to explain the gaps in their understanding of the, often terrifying, forces of nature.

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There is far more evidence worldwide for this concept of gods created by our mind’s imagination than that there really is a real supernatural being called God who reigns supreme in Heaven.

If this concept is correct, those who believe in gods have already got one – in their heads!

So, by that definition, religions are right! They just don’t realise why and who God actually is!

It all makes so much sense when one considers the fact that our minds are so capable. Incredibly powerful & dangerously malleable! Therefore capable both of amazing feats of imagination, and also hallucination.

Our minds have almost unlimited potentials for imagination. Just think about our night time dreams. How, sometimes, they are so vividly realistic it’s almost impossible to know whether we’re dreaming or awake.

Humans have imagined beautiful potentials for achievement in every medium there is, including cloth & stone, bronze & steel, written word & in art.

We have imagined crossing great distances on earth by foot & horse, ship & plane, more recently by rocket to the moon, and even planting a rover on Mars.

Our minds are capable of imagining war & peace, we have imagined & discovered the fabric of life & the Universe, even the structure of atoms & DNA itself.

Our imaginations have helped us to discover even the very foundational forces of nature through hypotheses to experimentation, and on to the construction of solid reliable models of the universe which have enable us to build technologies for flight and even space travel.

Our minds, as bronze age humans, imagined Gods as our creators & masters, controlling every aspect of our lives & directing our actions in superstitious rituals & religious rites.

Our imagined Omnipotent Masters could extract amazing levels of control over their adherents, inspiring perfect obedience & absolute devotion.

These collectively imagined Gods behaved in ways which society accepted. In ancient times where superstition had a hold on the fearful imaginations of the people, extreme sacrifices were often required to placate the extreme needs of the imagined Gods. So great was the fear of the unknown, and their anxiety about supernatural forces that this often resulted in blood sacrifices of animals and even humans to placate or appease these imagined Gods.

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Over thousands of years, as human society developed a concept of human rights, the expectations of our imagined Gods moderated to overcome the need for the shedding of blood in animal & human sacrifice, we began to value life & personal freedom, we overcame racism, & bigotry, & developed a social conscience.

Our Gods became more gentle too. Eventually the imagined Gods became one God, including one particular God, Jesus, who most humans imagine as gentle, meek & mild.

Our human brains have been so powerful over the millenia creating all the thousands of Gods till eventually imagining the most wonderful imaginary friends who know us implicitly. They believe what we believe. They always answer our prayers in ways that our best for us.

After 46 years I’ve realised I did have an imaginary friend, & now that I realise I created Him it all makes sense to me. I now realise it was me who answered myself all the times I prayed to ‘Him’.

Neuro-science is discovering the way our sub-conscious mind occupies the vast majority of our brains function & it just ‘copies in’ our conscious mind to let it know what it’s decided.

So in reality God is our sub-conscious mind’s imaginary creation.

“The concept of a supreme being, creator of the world, is the product of human imagination. Each individual, in turn, transmits this to the collective fantasy through an ideology or religion. The fantasy comes back stronger and dulls the mind. If the universe had no beginning, no end and is in constant transformation, dialectically, it is God himself, which, for Marx, was created by man – and not vice versa.” ~ Adilson Clayton de Souza

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There are many of us who have been through that awful realisation and acceptance that we are probably here by chance.

Then begins the wonderful journey to feeling more human & vulnerable, and yet life more vital than ever before.

More connected to the rest of humanity.
More in control of our destiny as individuals and as a species.

More a part of nature and a creation of the planet.

Gaining a sense of ultimate freedom to decide our own destiny and purpose in life.

God Lives! And He’s In My Brain. (Part 1)

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Life Has More Meaning As An Atheist

Do I Believe In A God?

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5 Responses to God Lives! And He’s in My Brain! (Part 2)

  1. Steve, I agree with you on many points and feel that your description is a vivid explanation of a set of processes that will not ultimately square with all questions or situations. “Missed it by that much”
    The gods we imagine are the magic values we plug into calculating the numbers of the world around us. That is to say that as our brains compute the sensory data for the world around us they are, by nature, cause and effect engines. Many of us use the imagined gods to insert magic values into the math so that every problem works out satisfactorily for our personal summation of the world around us. Clearly, different magic values are required for different people so we have many cults among us. It’s a small matter since the goal is simply to make sense of the world around us given our experience and knowledge.
    We are good at cause and effect except where it comes to origin, death, and purpose/meaning of life. It’s the curse of a big brain. I know this is only slightly different than what you’ve said but I think it important that an understanding of the world be able to explain everything, not just some of them. I’ve written about it quite a bit.

  2. Karen Marshall says:

    Steve,
    I don’t see any of these issues in black and white terms. There is a God, there is no God. I agree that all religion is man made but I do feel it could be a response to some inner voice that feels there is something greater. There is no evidence to say one way or the other. For many, it makes emotional sense to believe in some kind of deity. I like you am interested in the workings of the brain but do feel that we have a long way to go in that area. There are so many competing theories. I think what we can say is that the ‘mind’ is an unreliable witness. Yet I would argue that ‘belief’ can be a powerful tool.
    I don’t believe a greater power – if there is one – needs to be worshipped or even wants to be. Personal spirituality (rather than being given a formula) I still feel has much merit. Having been hood winked by Mormonism I wouldn’t make any statement of certainty again. What do you know for sure? I suggest very very little.
    The three great anxieties humans feel are: fear of death, fear of uncertainty and fear of no meaning. I think it is pretty essential that we all come up with some kind of belief system (even if there is nothing) on these issues. Human minds appear to need this. Perhaps we should respect though that as we all see the world based on our on perceptions what is wrong for one could be right for another? I think the greatest problem is believing everyone should believe the same thing. I feel everyone has the right to find out for themselves what belief system brings them peace and happiness. Hopefully it is something that is based on love. If I had to say what God is, I would say it is love. We cannot see it but know it is there. It helps us transcend ourselves beyond our human failings. It is what gives hope and peace to many. It is a great healer. I agree a deity treats the world with indifference. Yet, love many times through community appears to save the world time and time again.

  3. Tyler N Thueson says:

    I have nothing to add to the discussion, because through my own journey out of Mormonism, I’ve come to exactly the same conclusions. But I did want to thank you for condensing years worth of learning and pondering into a couple of blog posts.

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