Which one of the above was Adam?
In the history of the human race ranging from the earliest hominid with the most extensive evidence for bipedalism, the 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus Ramidus, through to modern Homo-sapiens, there is not one scrap of scientific evidence of any form of communication between a human and any one of the hundreds of gods that have been lauded and worshipped over the ages. This includes the current monothieism gods of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Voltaire, 1694–1778 Voltaire made the statement in the 1700s: “If God did not exist, we would have to invent him.” What did Voltaire mean by that statement? Was he admitting to the existence of a god of some form or was he, in fact, dismissing the notion of a god?
Some scholars claim this statement was made as part of his larger argument that the existence of god or a belief in a god is beneficial and necessary for civilized society to function. The larger context of the debate in which he was engaged at the time was essentially claiming that God as depicted BCE is fictional. Believers took the opposing stance. Voltaire was not dismissing a godly presence but accepting of one. Regardless, Voltaire made no claim to have communicated with God. On the contrary, Voltaire was an agnostic and a vocal critic not only of the Bible but of organized religion and religious dogma.
The earliest written evidence for belief in a supernatural being is the discovery of carvings on a snake-shaped rock along with 70,000-year-old spearheads nearby. This finding, that researchers have yet to formally publish, comes from a cave hidden in the Tsodilo Hills of Botswana on the African continent. Local lore has described it as a mecca of a kind, named by the local people as the Mountain of the Gods. When published after approval by peer review, this finding will dramatically push back the earliest evidence for ritual behavior, or what might be called religion.
Fundamentalist believers in the major religions; Christianity, Judaism, and Islam believe their particular god speaks to everyone who believes in that particular religion. They claim we need to learn how to listen to him. “God so loved the world,” claim believers, “He speaks to us in the language of this love.” The faithful believe God speaks through dreams, visions, and voices. However, this communication has never made to groups of people in modern times. It appears to be a singularly single individual phenomenon with all accounts being second and third hand with most being of an oral nature and translated down through the ages.
The following is an example from a religious website on how god supposedly communicates with humans.
“Believers can learn to hear God speak through his Church, through the love of his people and through the voice of his priests and pastors. When we listen to, read, and study the Holy Scriptures, he speaks using the voice of our heart. Scripture teaches us that God also speaks through the circumstances we encounter. All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. Scriptures describe how God spoke directly with Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and others. These were people ready to hear his voice because they had pure hearts.”
However, this raises a number of questions.
· Does a god only communicate with you if you are a believer, and pure of heart?
· There are approximately 4,300 religions and belief systems in the world. Are there 4,300 gods?
· How does a person know which is the correct god to support?
· Was Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormons pure of heart? Records seem to indicate he was a conman and a scoundrel an spent time in jail.
· Was Mohammed pure of heart? Did he even exist?
· Was Saul / Paul pure of heart? If he did exist, it appears he suffered from epilepsy and schizophrenia and was delusional.
· Were founders of the 7th Day Adventist church, Hiram Edson, James Springer White, Joseph Bates, and J. N. Andrews pure of heart?
· Why is it when an individual in modern days claims God spoke to him/her, they become a candidate for psychiatric care?
There has there never been a recording of a god or God (sic) speaking to a human being. The technology of voice tape recording was invented in the 1930s. By 1963, Philips Electronics Corp development of the compact cassette in and Sony’s development of the Walkman in 1979 led to widespread consumer use of magnetic audiotape for music and voice recording. In 1990, the compact cassette was the dominant format of mass-market voice recording. Therefore, over 40 years have gone by since the ability to voice record came into common use, and not one recorded message from a god has been produced.
One can liken it to the “mystery” of the Himilaya’s Abominable Snowman or Bigfoot or the Yeti as it is called in North America. In spite of mobile phones with built-in cameras being introduced in 2002 and mass-produced a few years later, there has not been one, 100% verified photograph or video of this mysterious man-ape with possibly, with an emphasis on possibly, video shot in Washington state in 1970. There have been plenty of “sightings” by people who claim to have crossed the path of Bigfoot, but these people never seem to have their phone with them at the time. Strange.
The debate rages on between those with faith and the scientific community when it comes to the question; “Is There a god?” Scientists argue that faith is not science and the faithful argue that science is not faith. In the meantime, in spite of human technological advances in science, there has yet to surface one iota of scientific proof that God or gods exist. And there are many gods still in vogue today. At last count, the number stood at anywhere between 15 and 100,000. The Hindu faith has the most gods. The main monotheistic religions have one each. Then, all the other lessor religions such as the Mormons, 7th Day Adventists, Christ The Scientist, and so on and on, all have a god to which they pledge. How does anyone know which is the correct god to pledge allegiance to?
Are you a believer? If so, where did you get your information from? What do you know that I don’t?
Do you have a contrary opinion? Do you have scientific proof to contradict my assertion? If so, I would love to hear from you. Either through Pippiesor through my website at www.handshakeconsultants.com
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