If you do not believe in a Creator, then you probably won’t find this very interesting. In fact, it will seem as much like a fairy tale as any liturgical rendition, an exercise in speculation, a work of fiction, or perhaps the ramblings of a very disturbed mind.
Thousands of religious authors have professed to writing down words somehow delivered to them from, or inspired by a Supreme Being. Billions devoutly believe those words. The veracity of all those words was determined by thousands of mortal men throughout history; still edited and tweaked today for consumption by under-informed humans.
At the heart of every religion is the struggle between good and evil. Good is generally defined as those characteristics of thought and behavior which serve to prolong, enhance and improve enjoyment of life. Conversely, evil seeks to shorten life, make it miserable or end it all together.
Naturally, religions promote the good stuff with their Supreme Being of choice as the final judge of individual success. People live their whole lives trying to be good and asking forgiveness for when they are bad. People are taught to pray to their Supreme Being, as though such solicitation could change the behavior of other people, animals, inanimate objects, Mother Nature and the Universe, to name a few.
We are taught that our Creator is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. We learn that the Creator is NOT us, but something separate and immeasurably more powerful than any single human being. There is a kernel of truth to every story. Let’s see how it all began….
There is ONLY God. God was, is and always will be. For reasons known only to God, God decided to create everything. As was the custom (this Universe is not the only Universe), Creation was made from the substance of God. After all, nothing else existed yet. Just as human biological matter is required to make humans, God matter is required to make Universes. Everything you see, feel, touch, smell and taste was made wholly from the matter of God. In our Universe, matter cannot be created or destroyed, just like God.
God created our physical laws to provide for a self-sustaining, infinite evolution of God’s matter. Dust to dust and all that. From the smallest quark to the most gigantic stars – and everything in between (including nothing)- it all consists exclusively of God matter.
As do I. As do you. As does everyone and every thing there is. Within everything, each tiny bit of God matter contains every bit of what God is. However, each bit of matter only manifests that portion of God which events and environment bring to pass by virtue of a symphony of evolutionary paths, unique to every bit having forbearance.
This evolution of matter occurs at every level, from invisible micro-particles, to compounds, to biological systems, immune systems, ecosystems, solar systems, galaxies and universes. They all start as God, evolve as God and return to God only to be utilized to create more stuff. After all, that’s what a Creator does: manufactures stuff that didn’t exist before.
In a physical sense, it is easy to allow that I and You and everything else IS God. There was nothing else, but God, from which to create everything.
God therefore created Man; the result of billions of years of evolutionary complexity, originally made inevitable by the Creator’s infinite Wisdom at the time of the “Big Bang” – the current euphemism for the moment of Creation.
How Mankind got here and that we ARE God is fundamentally obvious, given our current knowledge of the physics of our universe. God created evolutionary systems, powered by DNA, RNA and chromosomes, that ultimately resulted in our current evolutionary situation – that of being the only self-aware, intelligent living thing on the planet.
This happenstance was not accidental, but rather inevitable. God is not only every physical thing, but every physical thing is comprised also of God’s character as well. God’s character is infinitely robust. It spans the entire gamut from evil to good. God created everything, including intentions and the lack thereof. A rock has no intention, but may manifest its evil by crushing your skull should you contact it at a high enough rate of speed.
God’s Creation necessarily evolved to endow Mankind with a brain capable of complexly analyzing God’s Creation and to ask all the questions thereof. It is that consciousness that is a character version of GOD. Some of us are very evil and some of us are very good. Everyone is capable of both, but evolution and environmental factors created by God cause each of us to manifest a fairly narrow character comprised of both good and evil.
Evil is a term wrought with mental pictures of demons, death, fire, hell, damnation, etc., but there is no evidence in Creation that demons, the devil or damnation exist. Hell is a concept designed to control the evil part of God that dwells within each of us. Likewise, Heaven is the concept reserved as a reward for good behavior. What a helpful thing to believe! But those places do not exist and they do not need to exist.
God’s goal in creating Mankind was not to run some kind of moral experiment. Mankind has behaved immorally since we’ve been able to track our history. It seems rather psychopathic to create so many people, only to send the vast majority of them to Hell. Would you send your children to Hell? Your children are just as much you and I and God as they are everything in Creation, The concept of Heaven seems equally pointless, if not eventually boring and worthy of suicide.
So, why ARE we here? Before Creation, God was sensory deprived. We are God experiencing Creation. God wanted to see, hear, smell, touch and taste everything and everybody created. God set everything in motion, with built in obstacles, perils and rewards. As each individual, God responds to Creation uniquely; sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. The bad things that happen allow God to experience grief, sorrow, hatred, tears, depression and sadness. The good things that happen allow God to feel happiness, joy, elation and love. God experiences BOTH sides of every conflict, every celebration, every defeat, every victory. Now God is us and we are all about senses.
All this talk about good and evil is irrelevant. When our body dies, our soul/mind/consciousness returns to God and our self-awareness vanishes, replaced by the all-awareness of God being everyone still “alive”. God’s all-awareness requires the self-awareness of each of us, necessarily pruning our awareness to only our physical senses and a vaguely nagging thought that we cannot imagine our own beginning and find an ending completely irrational. THAT thought is the TRUTH.
We have no beginning or end because we are God.
Ergo, behavior while “alive” is inconsequential to the “afterlife”.
God set each of us with a mind. A mindset. Each designed to produce all manner of experiences with other humans. As each of us perform according to our unique mindset, God experiences Creation as each of the people with whom interaction occurs. The point is not WHAT we do, but that we simply DO what we do. Being alive allows God to experience Creation, not just from within you, but from the viewpoint of everyone with whom you interact.
Because mindsets run the gamut of evil to good, with most within 20 points of center, neither side will ever prevail indefinitely. History is replete with examples. This balance ensures indefinite preservation of the experience of both good and evil and everything in between. God’s goal.
Relax. We are God experiencing physical existence. How we choose to live our lives is extremely necessary, whether for good or for bad, but entirely inconsequential to our existence as God.