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My Beginnings

For the first twelve years of life I was very sickly and limited physically. My health caused me to miss a lot of school. Usually when I missed school, I would be at home alone. At this time TV’s were not an everyday item. We had a radio but there were no kid’s programs there that I ever found. The main thing I had for entertainment was my imagination and out of necessity I developed a very active one.
I was interested in science, especially astronomy. In grammar school science, I always tried to follow up by reading anything that I could find on my level. My father’s brother, Fred seemly took a personal interest in me at that young age. Whenever we got together, we would talk at length on anything that had my interest at the time. The most valuable thing he taught me was to think for myself and not to be afraid of thinking differently from other people.
Being raised in a fundamental environment, I learned early on that I was free to think and question anything except religion. It was a sin to question anything that I learned in church. Being interested in science, it didn’t take long before I realized that I believed more in science than the Bible. With compartmentalized thought I was able to keep religion and science separated.
Then at age twelve I was watching a Billy Graham crusade on TV and he held up the Bible and stated that if you didn’t believe everything in it as written, then you were going to hell. So accordingly I was going to hell, but I could not accept that someone would go to hell for believing what they thought was right.
Accepting myself as a secret atheist, I began reading science more than ever. I got a job at the public library and there I had access to almost everything readable. My atheistic thoughts were only shared with two close friends and my Uncle Fred. Everything went fine until age forty four or so. Then because of my own actions I went through a period of great depression. For over four months I was suicidal. Being an atheist I couldn’t pray for there was nothing to pray to. In order to live I had to overcome this by myself. Looking back it is amazing how well and fast you can get to know and rationalize yourself. I did it and haven’t been like that since.
After being an atheist for some fifty years I began reading about quantum physics and consciousness. Most of the people that I read were very well known in their fields. I was surprised to find that many of these people believed in and had a clear understanding of a universal consciousness or god if you please. Through their reasoning and logic I became convinced in the existence of the same. As an atheist, I had very high standards of anything I believed. With my acceptance of some kind of universal consciousness or God these high standards remained the same.
I would like to share some of my personal religious conceptions with you. Thank you!
       
  
 

Supreme Beings

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Supreme Beings

Let us start this conversation with physical supreme beings. Here on Earth we humans are the superior beings. One of our closest DNA kin is the chimpanzee. The difference between us and chimps is less than two percent. With just that little difference genetically the results are amazing. Even the most intelligent chimps can only do what our young children can do.
Now imagine that another species was to exist that has a two percent DNA difference in the other direction. We would be their equivalent to the chimps. If these other beings were from elsewhere in the universe, they may not have DNA but would have an equivalent. It could be possible that we couldn’t even detect their presence.
Other than intelligence, consider consciousness. It is our intelligence and consciousness that make us the superior beings on Earth. Think of the many things that we can think about and be conscious of that our closest relative is totally clueless of.       
Taking this thought process a step farther; imagine other beings may that have a twenty-five or thirty percent difference in their DNA. Humans might be viewed merely as Earth worms.
One of the main differences between humans and the other species on Earth is that we have the ability and evidently the desire to believe a being exterior to ourselves. Think of the many things that we know exist but cannot understand. The concept of nothing, infinity and eternity are good examples. We cannot think of ‘nothing’ because a concept of nothing is something. Understanding infinity (space) and eternity (time) is also beyond us. We can only understand things that have understandable smaller parts. In space we can understand that one light year is one half of two light years, but neither can be considered any fraction of infinity. There are no smaller parts of infinity. The same holds true for eternity because there are no smaller parts of it. Therefore, the concept of anything without smaller parts is largely beyond our comprehension.
Now think about the theoretical one and two dimensional universes. We live in space-time and can at least accept it for what it is. We can look at a straight line and say that it representsthe universe of linear-time. The occupants of linear-time can only travel in a straight line, back and forth and forward in time as we understand it. We can look at a plane and say that it representsthe universe of plain-time. The occupants of plane-time can move back and forth side to side and also forward in time again as we understand it. These examples exist in theory only because if they didn’t possess the same four dimensions as we understand them we would have no way of detecting them. We can only know that they could theoretically exist. If these dimensional universes do exist, then it would it not be logical that they would also exist in a form greater than space-time? Does each dimensional universe have its own Supreme Being or universal consciousness?
Believing in universal consciousness, I ponder whether I would have access to all universal consciousness at the time of my physical death or would my consciousness of space-time be limited to just this dimension?
For me personally, death will be a win-win situation. If what I believe is true then I will have the privilege of fulfilling my quest of knowledge. If not I will not be around to be bothered by my false beliefs.      
   

Consciousness

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Consciousness

Consciousness is the state of awareness that gives meaning to what we normally receive through our five senses. The data produced through the organs to feel, hear, see, taste and smell are what we perceive as reality. Once perceived, we have the ability to think about and evaluate these perceptions. But without consciousness we could understand nothing about reality at all.
We humans have consciousness superior to other life forms.  Like other animal life forms we have many different types of conscious bacteria in our digestive track for the processing of food. These many different types of bacteria work in conjunction with each other. These bacteria do not only have consciousness, but are conscious of each other so as to work in harmony and get the job done.
Consciousness, in a simpler form, isn’t confined to animal life. Plants also have it. For instance, fields of wild flowers face the sun in the east every morning and then follow the sunshine to the west as the day progresses. At the day’s end, you could rearrange the flowers any way you wanted to, but the next day they would once again follow the sun.
   In the field of quantum physics the term consciousness has become as important to understand as anything else. Some of the top minds in that field express the opinion that without consciousness reality could not exist. Accordingly, reality is created by consciousness instead of consciousness being created by reality.
Could it be possible for some form of consciousness to exist in inanimate things? Take for instance light. You can study it as either a particle or a wave but not both at the same time. In the double slit experiment, when the light passes through both slits, it behaves as a wave and creates a pattern of interference. Cover one of the slits and the same light beam passes through the other slit only as a particle. Thomas Young first did this in the early nineteenth century. Since that time many scientists have tried different things in order to ‘fool’ light but failed one hundred percent of the time. It is as if light knows what you are trying to do. But light is an inanimate object and has no way of knowing anything. Could it be that light is exhibiting a type of consciousness that has been totally overlooked thus far?
The next profound advancement of mankind could be in the field of quantum physics and the understanding of consciousness. It is now accepted that all of space and time exist in its entirety. If this is true and we master consciousness, then we could travel through space and or time without using any physical apparatus at all. At that time, we will no longer be human; we will have evolved into whatever is next. 
   
       
   

Good and Evil

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Good and Evil

There are at least two kinds of good and evil. The first one would be the natural phenomenon of which we have no control over at all. This would include natural things like adverse weather, earth quakes, diseases and such. These natural phenomenons usually happen in areas involving many people instead of random individuals. It would be difficult for me to believe that any god would devastate an area populated with good as well as bad people just to punish the bad ones there letting the good ones be punished or killed as innocent bystanders. I also believe that a god would not have the opposite of these things happen in order to reward good people and have the bad ones reap the rewards as innocent bystanders.
I personally do not consider these type things alone as having much to do with good and evil. However when adverse things do take place, the good people do all in their power to make things better for all concerned and that is what good is about. However in the mayhem caused by these adverse events, bad people look out for themselves at the cost of anyone that gets in their way. They have no qualms at all about stealing, looting or doing anything else for personal gains. Maybe this is what bad is about.
  Most good and evil is caused by humans interacting with other humans.  We have the ability to act as we so desire because we do have a free will.  If we did not have this our lives and actions would amount to no more than a computer program. We would all obey the program because we would have no options. This would cause me to question the essence or purpose of our existence.
  For the record let us identify a few of the traits of good people. These would be integrity, honesty, loyalty, respectfulness, responsibility, humility, compassion and fairness. The traits of bad people would be the lack of these traits or the opposites of them along with the desire to find good people just for taking advantage of them. One of the main differences between these groups of people is their morals. The aim of most good people is to live with others in a happy and unselfish manner and usually considering themselves as a small part of a larger thing. Most bad people think that the world exists for their benefit and have very little or no consideration for others.
If the human acts of good and evil were rewarded or punished with only good people being rewarded and only bad people being punished, then everyone would be good. If this were the way it worked, then we would again be robots, but robots with a ‘free will’. Our being good would have nothing at all to do with morals, faith or religion.
Many religious people are good because just because they are afraid of being punished in an afterlife or are they just living for some heavenly reward? There are many good atheists with high morals who chose to be as they are with no fear of god or the hereafter. I personally have a lot of admiration for these people.   

Prayer

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Prayer

I suppose that all theistic religions advocate prayer in some form or other. If prayer is the common ground for religion, then exactly what is it and how does it work?
Prayer by definition is a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession. Therefore we pray to an intangible God or some inanimate object of worship. Most people pray when they want or need something, it makes us feel better and less helpless when we communicate with what we at least want and hope to be some sort of superior being exterior to ourselves. Of course, when asking for something, it is also a very good time for thanksgiving, adoration and confession.
We are taught that prayers do help. In the Christian religion and I suppose all theistic religions we are taught to pray. In the Bible it is stated ‘Ask and it shall be given you.’ However, Christians and other religious people have been praying the same prayers for hundreds and even thousands of years and these same problems still persist. If prayer was any kind of a universal fix all, then these problems would have been gone for some duration of time.
Then when we pray, who hears our prayers? Regardless of any other being that may or may not hear our prayers, we hear them. The contents and concerns of our prayers become more understandable to us by the act of praying. The more sincere our beliefs are in to what or whom we are praying, the more comfort we experience. The power of positive thinking and believing alone can make prayer useful.
 All prayers are not all the same. Most of our prayers are selfish and self centered. For example, when coaches have a word of prayer before the game, the coach and or the players are asking God to pick them over the other team just because the win will make them look good to themselves and others. This must be one of the most self centered and selfish type prayers that one could pray. You are having no regards for the needs or feelings of the other team; you are requesting that God pick your team for no logical reason except your personal greed. I personally would be too embarrassed to pray such a prayer believing that it would be contrary to His teachings. The prayer could be for us to do our best and then be willing to accept the outcome.
Whenever we pray such prayers for whatever reason we are asking God to pick us over everyone else just because we are the greedy and self centered people that we are. I have difficulty believing that God responds to such prayers. Could it not be more God like to ask for the wisdom to accept the outcome of these type things, whatever the outcome might be?
I and most others have known people that used prayer as some sort of escape mechanism. They would have some personal problem that had remained unsolved and probably unaddressed for a long period of time.
I have asked how whatever problem was doing and would be told that it wasn’t their problem anymore.  They had prayed and washed their hands of the problem and whatever happens would happen because it was the Lord’s will. Is God supposed to do more to solve our problems than we are willing to do?

Miracles

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Miracles

Miracles are an important part of most religions. One general definition of miracle is: any physical effect or extraordinary event that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is usually ascribed to something other than natural causes. It is interesting that most of the miracles in the Bible have no bearings at all on the overall concept of Christianity. For example, whether Christ actually walked on water or not, this Biblical story has no bearing on the Christian religion what so ever. One miracle that must be believed, however, is the resurrection of Christ after the crucifixion.       
Before the scientific revolution there were many observable phenomena that we had no way of understanding. We couldn’t understand what caused the seasons of the year, day and night cycle and many other things. These phenomena were so common that they were not even considered miracles but were referred to as the work of God.  
Some years ago scientist became aware of the existence of dark matter and dark energy. The existence of this matter is only known by its effects, what it physically is we have no idea. We also know that dark matter and energy account for ninety six percent of the physical universe. Knowing that we only have access to four percent of the universe it would be arrogant for anyone to make any statement of scientific fact as if it could be even close to some final truth.
Only religion provided an explanation of where we came from was answered only in religion until recently in history. The difference here is that with religion it happened because ‘God’ said. In science God isn’t needed because it all happened according to the laws of nature. 
Consider the many non-physical things in our universe that we know to be real. Thought and consciousness are prime examples of this. Every accomplishment and everything manmade began as thought. These thoughts are non-physical.  Science has revealed to us that these non-physical thoughts are products of a physical brain.
The laws of nature are universal. Would it not be logical to think that if intelligent life has evolved elsewhere that these intangible things like thought and consciousness would be governed by the same rules that governed our human development? Logically how could it be otherwise?
Considering the vast number of non-physical things in our universe let us consider another definition of miracle: the physical byproduct of an event or thing that has a non-physical point of origin. In the field of quantum physics consciousness is as important to understand as anything else. Some of the top minds in quantum physics express that reality is created by consciousness instead of consciousness being created by reality. Perhaps one day science will help us understand our origins even better.
Future advances in our understanding of the relationship between the physical and non-physical universe very well could be the greatest and most intellectual advancement in human history. The period of time that we live in now may well be considered another dark age in the years to come. We cannot even began to imagine what could constitute a miracle in that future time 
   
 
   

Religion

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Religion

Religion is considered as a belief system involving a God or Gods. The God or Gods have supernatural powers and are credited with creating the universe and everything in it. Some believe that we were created by God and are watched over by him on a daily basis. Supposedly prayers to God will be heard. And God communicates with through a display of different signs in our lives which we have to interpret.
 When it comes to religious history, many archaeologists distinguish between ‘world religions’ and ‘indigenous religions’. World religions, the more recent of these are usually based on written scriptures, can teach salvation and can be universalizing. Indigenous religions are much more basic with no written scriptures and usually confined to a single ethnic/language group.  Some of today’s world religions first started as indigenous religions.
According to most archaeological findings, religion was commonplace and very important in early civilizations. One thought that evolutionary science and religion agree on is that everything in existence now or in the past had a definite purpose. The religious believe that God created everything in accordance to a plan. People of science believe that these things came into being in accordance to the laws of evolution. This desire and need to believe in something exterior and superior to ourselves does exist and has for thousands of years. Whether we live as a part of God’s plan or as a natural part of evolution is irrelevant.
Most world religions have their own sacred text and claims itself to be the one and only true religion. These texts give different accounts for many of the same events. This being the case, no matter how sincere these faiths may be, they cannot all be true.
Using Christianity as an example, what can we actually know about their sacred text? To begin with, anything that we really know can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt like in a court of law. We know that many independent books were written by several different people at several different times and that these books were combined into what we now know as the Bible. Many of the authors of the Bible were writing about events that took place hundreds or even thousands of years after the fact. This means that the accounts were passed down from one generation to the next by word of mouth for many years before they were written down. When stories are passed like this from generation to generation there is no way that the end stories could be exactly the same as original ones. So as for the accuracy of the Bible content, we can actually know very little.
The very best that we can now do is to read and study the different parts of the Bible with a critical eye. Only then can we accept it on the power of faith but not truth. If a religious text like the Bible could be proven true, then the account would be history and not religion. Faith is the main component of all religions. And remember that God cannot be proven or disproven.