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Peter Emer

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Is God Real?

Its human nature to seek superiority and its human nature to seek an authoritative entity to take responsibility and control of one's life. So i often wonder if God is just that idea. The idea of a god that is all powerful and all knowing and just superior in everyday than any human being, is the very idea that makes me question the legitimacy of a God. We tend to subscribe to a divine command or an authoritative figure. The creator of the universe gets to set the rules and do anything it likes with its creations like sending them for eternal punishment.

And lastly, everyone that believes in a divine command gets the same satisfaction from believing in something that everyone else gets no matter what they believe in.

I am just interested in the TED community's input on this. I am a student of life, so i take no biases even if it sounds like it sometimes. :)

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    Feb 20 2013: I sincerely believe that you can't be 100% sure on anything in life. Nothing. At all. However, knowing and being sure of something has nothing to do with believing in whatever we want. I look around me and I realize I don't believe in God, and if it existed I'd have a bone to pick with him. Looking at the world, I find God to be a distasteful and immoral belief. Others look at the world and they see intelligent design everywhere. I believe, people ought to be able to believe whatever the hell they want, no matter how absurd. And then live with the consequences of their choices. To me belief is a choice.
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      Feb 20 2013: It would be so simple if belief were actually a choice. However, that isn't the case. Most people who believe, do so because they were taught at the very earliest stages of their mental development by their parents to believe. Santa Claus, the ToothFaery, Easter Bunny, the thing that lives under the bed…..god….fortunately our parents or other circumstances relieve us of the anxiety over all of them except…..god. We are left with a belief in something that is unsupported by evidence and remains a deep psychological scar. People believe because they were taught to, not because they chose to.
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        Feb 20 2013: sometimes that's the case, which is why I'm against indoctrinating children. But imo, regardless of circumstances (which have huge impact) the final decisions is individual's to make.
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          Feb 20 2013: Quite true, we are at some point in our development responsible for how we choose to experience this life, however, not having the predetermining factors of deep-seated psychosis does aid in a person's ability to grow and flourish in an air of reason.
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        Feb 20 2013: Do you know any adults who believe in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny? Aren't the things of childhood put aside as part of growing-up? Many people believe in God, or gods. They have adopted their beliefs, or kept the ones from their childhood, as adults. Their beliefs are important to them as adults. They hold to them because they choose to, not because they were, as you say, taught to. They choose to discard some of the beliefs they were taught and to keep some. If you insist God does not exist it is not because you were taught so, it is because you have chosen to say you believe it.
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        Feb 21 2013: I share the same view Daryl. A lot of our beliefs are a psychological manipulation that has come tattooed to our minds. I was a devout christian and then one day i thought about why i believed in God. And what evidence do i have. And whether i should rely on a book that was written by man? And at the end of it all, i came to the same conclusion.
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      Feb 20 2013: Are you 100% sure that we cannot be 100% sure about anything in life. If you are right about being sure then you are wrong about not being capable of being sure. You cannot be both right and not right at the same time. Do you THINK we cannot know anything for sure, or do you KNOW for sure we cannot know for sure?
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        Feb 20 2013: hahaha good point. I made exact the same argument when I first heard of fallibilism. To answer your question, no, I am not 100% sure than you can't be 100% sure about anything. It's just a belief I have chosen that sits well with me and doesn't make me feel like a hypocrite.
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          Feb 20 2013: You think it is hypocritical to allow for the existence of God and you think it is consistent (non-hypocritical) to insist that God does not exist. By real world rules both of those are in error.

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