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First of all, i;m glad to have found this site! Today i was watching a show on Greek Mythology and they began to tell the tale of Zeus and his origin. That's when it dawned on me..... I have never heard, or heard of, anyone questioning where God came from, and how he came to be. Basic religious nonsense aside, does anyone have any ideas on why this is?


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Well i have never heard a

Well i have never heard a good answer to where god came from, atleast from a theist point of view, just the standard god is eternal he has always existed. Reason: bible (insert any other religious holy book) told me so. I don't think there can be a differant answer atleast for "modern gods", if there are other theories I don't know them.

 

From an atheist point of view I have heard a few good theories.

don't understand things about the world "god" used to cover gap in knowledge. example: where lightning comes from, what is the cause.

 

Someone one to pass the blame to, example: crop failure. then again that is simalar to gap in knowledge.

 

Idolising traits deemed desirable, like good hunting ability. So they seek the "wisdom of a bear" or something. Asking the bear to bring good hunting.

 

In any case once there was a god concept it contiued to morph into what we have today, changing as more knowledge was gained and shaped by social values of the time.

 

There are a few topics around explaining these origins of "gods" from an atheist perspective in far greater depth than i can provide. I don't know to much about it so this is the best i can do. I don't know of any from a theist perspective though.

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Hi Sammy, welcome to the

Hi Sammy, welcome to the forum.

Theists argue that causality is a property of the universe, and God transcends the universe, so he doesn't need a cause. 

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butterbattle wrote:Hi Sammy,

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Hi Sammy, welcome to the forum.

Theists argue that causality is a property of the universe, and God transcends the universe, so he doesn't need a cause. 

 

Which is why it's odd that they state that everything needs a creator.  

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SammyM. wrote:I have never

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I have never heard, or heard of, anyone questioning where God came from, and how he came to be. Basic religious nonsense aside, does anyone have any ideas on why this is?

It's bad for business, the religious business.

Like the answer to most questions of human behavior, follow the money.

 

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It follows from one of the

It follows from one of the biggest argument for 'God', as the First Cause, Creator of the Universe.

This is based on the intuitive but false idea that the 'cause' of anything has to be 'greater' than its 'effect'. To allow that God needed a cause would lead into an enormous infinite regress, with some greater being needed to create the Universe creator, and a bigger one to create that one, etc.

Since ultimate causes for anything need not be greater than what they cause, the infinite regress is not a problem. If, on average, the 'cause' of something is smaller in energy and time duration that its effect, then even an infinite such sequence adds up to a finite energy and time duration, its origin infinitesimal, all but zero. In practice, this suggests that the tiniest possible energy twitch is all that is required.

This is obviously unacceptable to the Theist, since worshipping a quantum twitch as the 'Creator' doesn't have the same appeal, and doesn't quite work in the Biblical story...

 

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BobSpence1 wrote:This is

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This is obviously unacceptable to the Theist, since worshipping a quantum twitch as the 'Creator' doesn't have the same appeal, and doesn't quite work in the Biblical story...

If only we could convince them that the 'twitch' loves them.

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Sapient wrote:Which is why

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Which is why it's odd that they state that everything needs a creator.  

 

This is largely contingent upon the cosmological argument in question. WLC's Kalam argument does invoke cause for everything, only things that begin to exist. A god under this paradigm did not begin to exist, therefore does not necessarily have a cause.

 

 

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Sometimes i wonder why

Sometimes i wonder why theists have decided their is only one infinite being and only one univesrse.  Hey maybe theirs billions of infinite beings all with their own created universe all laughing and sharing stories of their universes and various life forms they watch over for entertainment.  Is this not just as plausible if you  bellieve in god.


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Sometimes i wonder why theists have decided their is only one infinite being and only one univesrse.  Hey maybe theirs billions of infinite beings all with their own created universe all laughing and sharing stories of their universes and various life forms they watch over for entertainment.  Is this not just as plausible if you  bellieve in god.

 

Ocaam's razor, really...don't multiply entities beyond necessity.

 

 

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Sometimes i wonder why theists have decided their is only one infinite being and only one univesrse.  Hey maybe theirs billions of infinite beings all with their own created universe all laughing and sharing stories of their universes and various life forms they watch over for entertainment.  Is this not just as plausible if you  bellieve in god.

 

This is what the Mormons believe(or at least pretend to believe). And that you get to become one of these gods as long as you're a good Mormon(especially giving the tithe).

 

 

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EXC wrote:NoMoreCrazyPeople

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Sometimes i wonder why theists have decided their is only one infinite being and only one univesrse.  Hey maybe theirs billions of infinite beings all with their own created universe all laughing and sharing stories of their universes and various life forms they watch over for entertainment.  Is this not just as plausible if you  bellieve in god.

 

This is what the Mormons believe(or at least pretend to believe). And that you get to become one of these gods as long as you're a good Mormon(especially giving the tithe).

 

 

Never heard that before, but when it comes to mormons its true anything goes.  Dont mormons believe god resides on an actual planet??? (klipdorf, zorgon  or something?)


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Never heard that before, but when it comes to mormons its true anything goes.  Dont mormons believe god resides on an actual planet??? (klipdorf, zorgon  or something?)

You need to watch the banned Mormon cartoon. Pretty much explains the whole thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFZ1jVO3-OE

 

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EXC wrote:NoMoreCrazyPeople

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Never heard that before, but when it comes to mormons its true anything goes.  Dont mormons believe god resides on an actual planet??? (klipdorf, zorgon  or something?)

You need to watch the banned Mormon cartoon. Pretty much explains the whole thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFZ1jVO3-OE

 

This is insanity, are they  really racists?


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NoMoreCrazyPeople wrote:This

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This is insanity, are they  really racists?

Mormons are not racist. Their God is racist. 

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NoMoreCrazyPeople wrote:This

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This is insanity, are they  really racists?

Not officially anymore. Elohim changed his mind apparently. Or more likely they discovered in the 60's that racism was bad for businesses. Blacks are OK now especially if they tithe.

 

 

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NoMoreCrazyPeople wrote:This

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This is insanity, are they  really racists?

Not officially anymore. Elohim changed his mind apparently. Or more likely they discovered in the 60's that racism was bad for businesses. Blacks are OK now especially if they tithe.

 

 

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EXC wrote:NoMoreCrazyPeople

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This is insanity, are they  really racists?

Not officially anymore. Elohim changed his mind apparently. Or more likely they discovered in the 60's that racism was bad for businesses. Blacks are OK now especially if they tithe.

 

 

But the intergallactical god orgies and  possible assendance to these orgies still holds?


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Sammy. wrote:First of all,

Sammy. wrote:

First of all, i;m glad to have found this site! Today i was watching a show on Greek Mythology and they began to tell the tale of Zeus and his origin. That's when it dawned on me..... I have never heard, or heard of, anyone questioning where God came from, and how he came to be. Basic religious nonsense aside, does anyone have any ideas on why this is?

Well, if you want an historical religious evolution point of view, he was probably head deity (much like Zeus) in a polytheistic religion. Then he told Moses (or more likely people just felt like it) that people should only worship him. This is why god talks to himself in the bible and why he gets jealous if you worship other gods.

 

I'm sure that the original deity that Yahweh was based on had some sort of myth involving his creation. Most ancient myths from this area have the universe just kind of making itself out of Chaos. Sadly, Yahweh's origin story appears to be missing. Maybe they'll do a prequel.


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 Stosis wrote:Sammy.

 

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Sammy. wrote:

First of all, i;m glad to have found this site! Today i was watching a show on Greek Mythology and they began to tell the tale of Zeus and his origin. That's when it dawned on me..... I have never heard, or heard of, anyone questioning where God came from, and how he came to be. Basic religious nonsense aside, does anyone have any ideas on why this is?

Well, if you want an historical religious evolution point of view, he was probably head deity (much like Zeus) in a polytheistic religion. Then he told Moses (or more likely people just felt like it) that people should only worship him. This is why god talks to himself in the bible and why he gets jealous if you worship other gods.

 

I'm sure that the original deity that Yahweh was based on had some sort of myth involving his creation. Most ancient myths from this area have the universe just kind of making itself out of Chaos. Sadly, Yahweh's origin story appears to be missing. Maybe they'll do a prequel.

isnt Yahweh jesus christ  ?


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His supposed daddy, actually.

His supposed daddy, actually.

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Adventfred wrote: Stosis

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Stosis wrote:

Sammy. wrote:

First of all, i;m glad to have found this site! Today i was watching a show on Greek Mythology and they began to tell the tale of Zeus and his origin. That's when it dawned on me..... I have never heard, or heard of, anyone questioning where God came from, and how he came to be. Basic religious nonsense aside, does anyone have any ideas on why this is?

Well, if you want an historical religious evolution point of view, he was probably head deity (much like Zeus) in a polytheistic religion. Then he told Moses (or more likely people just felt like it) that people should only worship him. This is why god talks to himself in the bible and why he gets jealous if you worship other gods.

 

I'm sure that the original deity that Yahweh was based on had some sort of myth involving his creation. Most ancient myths from this area have the universe just kind of making itself out of Chaos. Sadly, Yahweh's origin story appears to be missing. Maybe they'll do a prequel.

isnt Yahweh jesus christ  ?

Wow, you're right. YOU SOLVED IT! The god of the bible had sex with a woman in the future (keep in mind we're talking about the beginning of the universe) and gave birth to himself. Then he went back into time to create the universe. I smell a continuity error.

 

 

 

 

If only comic book nerds were around when the bible was being written. Maybe they could have pestered the writers until the story made sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or is this an alternate universe?


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Vastet wrote:His supposed

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His supposed daddy, actually.

 

SO why  would a god who could create universes be minded of sending man to hell and stuff


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Pure genius. That's helpful.

Pure genius. That's helpful. I much prefer the mythological theories, at least they attempt to create reasoning behind historical events as opposed to simply saying that it's gods will.


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Sammy,If you can tolerate 80

Sammy,

If you can tolerate 80 minutes of Jack Black, 'Year One' the movie parodied 3/4 of  the book of Genesis.

For reading the jesus myth, I recommend 'Lamb: The gospel of Biff, christ's childhood pal'. Funniest book EVER. Beats out Twain's 'Letters from the Earth'.

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EXC wrote:NoMoreCrazyPeople

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Never heard that before, but when it comes to mormons its true anything goes.  Dont mormons believe god resides on an actual planet??? (klipdorf, zorgon  or something?)

You need to watch the banned Mormon cartoon. Pretty much explains the whole thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFZ1jVO3-OE

 

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Sadly this is only a little weirder and stupider

Than christianity...

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I think that's why I found

I think that's why I found the movie to be so humerous and many people that I know hated it. They couldn't understand it. I talked to a friend about the movie and had to explain the meaning of the whole thing and why it was so funny. Poor lost children. And if what you say is true about Lamb, I need to get my hands on it as soon as possible.


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I've had to deal with

I've had to deal with far worse that Jack Black. I've been wanting to check out that movie anyway, now i just have a better reason to watch it. I LOVE that you call it the "jesus myth"! I refer to it pretty much the same.


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NoMoreCrazyPeople wrote:But

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But the intergallactical god orgies and  possible assendance to these orgies still holds?

WHOA.  WHOA.  whoa whoa whoa whoa...

whoa...

where are the orgies happening?

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Where did god come from?

Where did god come from? Simple human ignorance. Humans have always sought patterns and when there is a gap in that pattern, we have evolved as a species, to default to filling in the gap. That is an evolutionary hiccup. Richard Dawkins describes this flaw in "The God Delusion" as being the same thing as when a moth mistakes a light bulb for the natural moonlight.

I think that comes from an infant's narcissism in wanting the parent's attention and protection. A parent is the first thing a human encounters. So from a human evolutionary scale, it is not a surprise that an ignorant human would look at the parent being affected by the world around them and fill in the gap with a larger more powerful parent. The first gods in human history were earthy and as our language evolved and our species became more social and less nomadic, the gods became more human like.

To overcome this, which we can, is to foster reason and questioning as a default and orient ourselves to taking a step back when a gap hits us and learn not to jump to conclusions. But, being a realist, in a theocratic world, although not impossible, I don't know how likely it is as a goal. It may be that superstition is deeply rooted in our evolution and in overcoming that fear of being wrong is the key to breaking human ignorance.

 

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