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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 think the experience that people call 'God' is real. As to some omnipotent vengeful authoritative being, I doubt it.
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      Feb 20 2013: If your good you get a toy, if your bad you get a chunk of coal; he knows when you've been naughty or nice; If your good you go to heaven, if your bad you go to hell…don't see the difference...
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        Feb 20 2013: What god is that you are describing sir?
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          Feb 20 2013: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

          For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."

          When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
          And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
          And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
          Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
          Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
          And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

          Allah's Vengeance upon the Enemies of His Messenger will surely come to pass

          Allah further says:

          (And even if We take you away, We shall indeed take vengeance on them.) means, `We will inevitably wreak vengeance upon them and punish them, even if you pass away.'

          (Or (if) We show you that wherewith We threaten them, then verily, We have perfect command over them.) means, `We are able to do both,' but Allah will not take His Messenger (in death) until He gives him the joy of seeing his enemies brought low and gives him power and authority over them and their wealth. This was the view of As-Suddi and was the opinion favored by Ibn Jarir.

          That guy.
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      Feb 21 2013: I think its "real" because we choose to believe it is. And we choose to attribute it to be "God", a divine all powerful being that will take care and handle life's obstacles for us as long as we live our lives in his eyes.
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        Feb 22 2013: Experiments show if a human be alone for a long time, he/she feels imaginary ants, bees, ghosts, phantoms, etc. around himself/herself. When we need something and we don't have it, we make it. In real world or in our imagination. Imaginary friend. Imaginary lover. Idols.
        If you need something, don't assume it exists, dude. If you have other reasons, I respect. But they are millions of atheists who defeat their needs. Don't reverse-engineering your God.

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