God Enigma

God Enigma

The Atheist-Theist Argument Is Largely A Dualistic Illusion, The Burden Of Proof Argument Contradicts Theism And Atheism.

Theism: belief in a higher power; Atheism: disbelief and rejection of the idea of a higher power. For millennia these two philosophies have conflicted with one another within the minds of humanity. However, with today possessing a near hostile arrangement of society that places atheism and theism as polarized enemies seeking to destroy one another; we should take a moment to acknowledge the nature of these two philosophies are based on an equal perception of reality that fundamentally is illusory.

This illusion can be extrapolated into the numerous sub-definitions of the two terms via everyone's personal interpretation of God, or the conception of atheism which voids the role of intelligence and Mind in relationship to the workings of the physical world. It is possible to define God given everyone's individual interpretation, and therefore proof of what cannot be defined is an impossibility. Equally, proving that there is no intelligence behind the fundamentals of the universe contradicts our own intelligence and consciousness; failing to allow atheist perspective of disproving the existence of deity. Both sides, due to this illusion, also make rather unsubstantiated assumptions, such as the theist assumption that the concept of a perfect being is the entity that established our universe in any intelligent design theory. It is completely unsubstantiated that universal creation is restricted to such a specifically impossible creature. It is perfectly plausible and conceivable that an intelligent species similar to humanity could have evolved to a technological prowess that they are technologically capable of creating an entire universe.

We already see this in our virtual reality and computing technologies and gaming systems. Creatures that exist within the other dimensions cited in String theory and M theory are no different then the alien technological civilizations that could exist within our universe, which therefore is not different than our own technological capability. Our own intelligence creates a paradoxical ontological design in which theoretically we could be our own creators; if one considers technological harnessing of extra-universal travel beyond the boundaries of space-time could theoretically allow time travel, and thus a paradox of creation for life on earth. One that does not require any deity to have caused life; nor is it the intelligence-less of the atheist perspective. This can also be seen in our eventual progression into space and the terraforming/custom designing of ecosystems on other planets can similarly act as "creation events" of future species of intelligence. Therefore the argument of intelligent beings deliberately creating the universe in some form of divine providence is rejectable. As is the contradictory perspective of the universe being a lifeless mechanism that atheism tends to embrace; due to the unverified assumption that higher dimensions do not contain creatures of technological advancements previously mentioned.

One could make the argument that God is definable as a collective unconscious Mind that exists within every living creature; while simultaneously also defined as the universe in its entirety, which does not require any form of theistic deity. One can think of this as a decentralized system that acts like plant and fungi networks, creating an ontological feedback loop that forms a centralized entity. The network of consciousness weaves its way through the living creatures of creation, resulting in the development of sentience and intelligence that can allow for the spreading of life, and the continuation and evolution of this network. Thus, if the argument is for "Burden of Proof", the previously mentioned theory of defining "God" as a collective unconscious/the universe legitimately can provide the proof to verify; and therefore, the burden of proof of this is proving that life and existence in and of itself is NOT "God", would be the task of theist and atheist.

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When God Calls You To Change Your Life Plans, You Go

So what do you do when God calls? You go.

What do you do when God calls?

I have always been a planner. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a majority of my life planned out. The biggest detail I have always been certain of is my education and career. Since I was very young, I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. Maybe want isn't a good word considering I was DEAD SET on being a veterinarian.

That plan was still the same up until this summer, the summer before my junior year of college. I attended two years of community college getting my basics done, and finally, the moment was here to transfer to the school where the really important classes began. Over this summer, I decided to rededicate my life to Christ, and also decided to get baptized. Definitely best decisions of my life, but those moments began a chain of events that led to God changing my plans.

I never really believed in true signs from God. I always noticed that there were things here and there that seemed to point in a direction, but until I really gave my life to Christ, I never believed in Him showing real-life signs. I guess it began when I worked for several vets prior to starting school. As much as I admired them and what they did, I hated my job. I hated the loss. I hated seeing the pain the animals felt. I had breakdowns every time we euthanized an animal.

I couldn't handle it. But I still never saw it as a sign.

Then it continued with a tugging on my emotions that I just couldn't explain. I had just been accepted into a great school, was finally going to be taking the classes I was interested in, and everything was going as planned.

I should have been happy right? But I wasn't.

I would have breakdowns where I just wanted to go home. I would just sit in my apartment and cry. Before school even started, I dropped my pre-vet concentration. I felt a wave of relief. I would just stick with Animal Science because I knew I wasn't supposed to be a vet, but I had to stick with animals right?

Wrong. It wasn't enough.

After a semester of classes as an animal science major, I came home over Christmas break feeling lost and discouraged. But I couldn't change my major. What was I gonna do? I have always known I was gonna work with animals. But God finally got through to me...

Over Christmas break, I resumed some work with a Children's Hospital that I used to do in high school. A charity event, collecting toys for the children stuck in the hospital over the holidays. Then it hit me. The immense joy I experienced from helping those children.

I finally understood. My whole life God was preparing me for this.

Growing up, I never had the cookie cutter injuries most kids get, like a broken arm from playing sports. I was stuck in a gastroenterologist's office in 6th grade because I threw up my food every day and no one knew what was wrong with me. I was blind for 2 months and then had major surgery and stitches in my eye at 15 because a firework exploded in my eye. I have endometriosis that has been removed and keeps coming back.

All of these experiences were so hard because the children my age never understood and usually didn't have to go through these things. But it was God all along. He was molding me into a person who could understand. He was making me a voice for children.

So now I am a child development major. I will graduate with a bachelor's and a certificate in global child advocacy. After I complete my master's degree, I will become a certified child life specialist, which is someone who works in the medical setting and helps the children understand what they are going through, and helps the child and their family cope with it.

Where I am now is a far cry from where I thought I would be. But I have never felt more at peace and happy in my life. God has shown me my purpose. I'm not perfect, not even close, but the moment I allowed myself to follow God's will and get close to Him, my life began to make sense. It might have taken me six months or more to sort through the uncertainty and chaos, but now that I understand it is all worth it. God has a plan for all of us, He only wants us to surrender our worries and follow Him.

So what do you do when God calls? You go.

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A Thank You Letter To Single Moms, From A Girl Who Was Raised By One

Thank you for all that you do.

Dear Single Moms,

You are the ones who are going at it alone.

The reason you no longer have a teammate is unknown to me. I do not know whether it was abandonment, abuse, death, adultery, an unright fit, or one of the other vastly possible reasons that has caused you to now be raising your child(ren) alone.

This is what I do know:

I know you are the strongest kind of person. You are the superhero that superheroes look up to.

I know you are the most selfless kind of person. You are the ones who are able to put someone else's life above your own.

I know you are the most dedicated kind of person. You are the ones who work at least two jobs, the one paying for groceries and being a solo parent.

I know you are the most compassionate kind of person. You are the ones who are making chicken soup and shouting "Have you been drinking that water I put next to your bed!" during flu season.

I know you are the most versatile kind of person. You are the ones who always know how to do everything right, from fixing a science fair project due the next morning to throwing the perfect surprise birthday party to knowing just what to say during that first broken heart.

I know you are the most loyal kind of person. You are not going anywhere during the toughest of times.

I know you are the cuddliest kind of person. You are the ones whose positivity and love radiate out making you the perfect companion for a cuddle session.

I could keep going forever so I will just conclude with this:

I want to say thank you to all the amazing single mothers out there, you are my role models.

And while one day, if I have children, I hope to have a partner. I also hope to posses half of the outstanding traits you do.

Love,

A Daughter

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