Monday, October 19, 2009

They Think; Therefore They Know? Part 2

‘The context of our society’ is important because we label things to help us understand them. For example, we know that 2+2=4 because we choose to, but even if we were to change the names, 2+2 would always be 4. We know that water is made of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms. We could call them different names, but the equation would remain the same.

The religious have defined a being that is omnipotent and omniscient and call it ‘God, Allah, Yahweh’ and many other names. The vast majority of people in modern society understand this definition when we speak about a god. A god can perform any task and knows everything there is to know. This is a definition in the context of our society, but is it fact or opinion?

There is a very real difference between facts that are provable using the scientific method and other experimental methodology and opinions, which can change from moment to moment and person to person. The religious community has mistaken their opinion about the existence of god as fact - there must be a god because I believe there is? Not likely and not provable as fact (even though certain religions have people dedicated to skewing scientific evidence in order to try).

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