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God As Setting Boundary Conditions

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on January 28, 2002 15:40:45 UTC


Harv and I are having an interesting discussion on the properties of a god, assuming one exists. For my convenience, I want to continue it in a new string.

In the above post, Harvey claims that god sets boundary conditions and sets a few things that have to happen, but otherwise leaves us alone. He did mention the possiblility of response to prayer.

If god did act that way, then fairly often things would go wrong badly, and rather forceful intervention on god's part would be required, like the famous asteroid that wiped out the dinasaurs.

My experience, which is entirely subjective since it happened to me and is not repeatable, is that god or whatever is constantly meddling in our lives. So my opinion is that god is trying to make the world go a certain way, most likely to avoid the nuclear crisis as I've said many times before.

I conclude from my personal experience that god, or whatever it is that populates the supernatural is very far from omnipotent. It or they may posses omnificience (I cannot spell). They seem to be able to read human thought. But they cannot just make things happen. They or it seems to have to play by certain rules. And they make things happen via influence and coincidence.

So my opinion is that god or whatever is basically weak, particularly in comparison to the creator type god of christianity or the perfect god of islam.



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