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Is God energy?

Hi, I was raised a christian but now that i'm 16/17 i'm questioning that religion. I could never understand how a big guy with a huge white beard could be 'everywhere' at once. that got me thinking there's only one thing that is everywhere in the universe and that's energy. Energy is everywhere but cannot be created or destroyed also the first line of the bible is " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." but science tells us it was a big bang filled with energy. the priests say that "God is inside all of us" he's not but energy is... The bible also says "And God said "Let there be light. and there was light" without energy light couldn't exist and God created light so surely that makes God energy? Just one more thing if you feel really ill and down you don't have that much energy, but when you feel better you have huge amounts of energy so Do you get ill when you've sinned? I'm not saying that is what i believe i'm just asking for your opinion on it. thanks! :)

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  • Jan 11 2013: I think that the answer to this question is a personal one, and no one can force their opinion on someone else, but here's mine:
    I'm going to start with the big bang. Explosions are usually associated with destruction. If something blows up, it is destroyed and scattered in millions of tiny little pieces. I can't picture in my head an explosion creating something so beautiful and complex as the world that we live in. Everything is so interconnected and perfectly balanced. Use this analogy--does an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?
    Also, God is everywhere and knows everything, but He cannot physically be inside of us. We are human and have a body of flesh and blood. He has a body of flesh and blood. What comes to us is the Holy Ghost, since He is a spirit and can communicate directly to our spirits and give us comfort.
    I don't think that you get sick when you have sinned. Sure, that could happen, but really, people get sick when they don't get enough sleep, or are stressed, or don't wash their hands. If someone sins, they can feel a physical burden, but it is mostly a spiritual "sick".
    Those are just some of my beliefs... =]
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      Jan 21 2013: Big bang.
      Gravity pulled matter into stars and galaxies.
      Heavier elements created via fusion inside stars
      First generation stars exploded.
      Our solar system, planets made from the heavier elements pulled together via gravity.
      No gods or goddesses needed, even if individual humans have difficulty comprehending what a single atom is, let alone the cosmic scale of the universe.

      Billions of galaxies, with billions of stars
      Trillions of black holes.
      Its kind of strange, almost hubris, to assume this magnificent universe was made with one species on one planet.

      But each to their own.
      • Jan 21 2013: I guess that what I said was phrased wrong. I didn't mean that the Big Bang didn't happen, just that maybe it was God's method of creating the world, since everything has to have order. I just meant that there is no way that a random explosion could create this wonderful world we live in.
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          Jan 22 2013: I think I understand. You look around and wonder how life and the universe could come about from a big bang and natural processes. Its a common human assumption throughout history to assume agency to things we don't understand or can not comprehend happening via natural processes.

          Yet every time we figure something out, from lightening, to disease, earthquakes, to the diversity of life, the movement of the sun, planets, stars, how the sun works, how planets formed etc, we find everything working fine via natural processes and impersonal physics, no gods anywhere.

          for me, with a 21 centuray education, there are things I don't know, but have no issue with comprehending how matter from a big bang would end up in planets and stars without the need for a guiding hand, for some agency.

          Its like I don't really know how gravity works. I can do newtons calculations, but how does this force work. Yet I don't assume tiny gods pulling mass towards other mass, or holding planets in orbit etc.

          If a god or goddess made the universe for humans, very wasteful, and cruel. I find assuming, black holes and billions of galaxies, and animals surviving by killing and wasting other life, competing to reproduce, disease etc is the conscious construct of some powerful intelligence again with humans in mind, perhaps wanting a personal relationship with us, revealing itself to us, giving us rules, much harder to accept than, the universe working via natural processes, evolution, survival of the fittest etc.
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          Jan 22 2013: Hi, I guess if you imagine a big bang resulting in life and the universe 6 days later, I would agree that is hard to accept. That is more Like some creationist beliefs who have to invoke magic, which doesn't explain anything really.

          But remember what we see today is the result of 13 billion years of natural processes.

          Take it step by step. I guess you can accept gas and dust might accumulate into stars or planets via gravity.

          Actually if you think about the analogy of the explosion some of the carbon or oxygen involved may end up in living creatures over time, via respiration etc, natural processes.

          Each snow flake may looked designed, but that is what web get naturally when a liquid of a particular polar molecule solidifies.

          A skeptic might ask, in addition to your incredulousity about nature processes leading to planets and life etc, is there any actual evidence for some guiding agent? Any evidence of it existing or acting. Any evidence or reliable information about what it is, how it came to be and how it did what you assume it needed to do. Or is it just a plug to fill in the gaps of your knowledge and comprehension. I suggest saying you don't know might be better than assuming some mysterious agency for things we don't fully grasp, unless you have evidence for it better than saying it is essentially magic.

          There are lots of things we don't know. There may be gods. But to assume gods for every gap is probably not great critical thinking.
      • Jan 23 2013: Every time we discover something new, yes, it does add knowledge and understanding. I can still say, "I don't know!" for things, even while believing in religion. I do not know the answer to every question, neither do you, or any other person in this world. Its just that religion helps to provide a possible solution. I think that religion supports the knowledge that we already have.

        Religion isn't something that can be proven. Science isn't something that can be proven. Everything we have right now in science is a theory. So there is no way for me to walk up to someone and say, " Here is religion, and it is all true, because of x,y, and z." I can give them reasons as to why I believe what I say to be true. It is the same for science--we can't prove it. I can come up to you and say, "Here is evolution and it is all true, because of x, y, and z." But we can't go back in time and prove it to be completely true. Now, wait one minute. I never said that I don't think evolution happened and is still happening, that was just for the purpose of an example.

        I don't see religion as a plug to fill in the missing bits of information. I see religion, if nothing else, as a source of hope. That way, instead of seeing the world as an awful place where things are "very wasteful, and cruel. ... and animals surviving by killing and wasting other life, competing to reproduce, disease etc " we can see the world as a wonderful place given to us as a home away from home. We can see death as the last time we will ever see anyone again or we can see it as a temporary separation, our relationship with that person to be continued in heaven. I also don't think that Heavenly Father is just sitting around setting out rules for us to follow. He is placing guidelines that we can choose to follow or not. It is like if you are driving and someone gives you directions to their house. You have the steering wheel and the agency to choose to follow the directions or not.

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