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May 22, 2008

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Mumba T. Masare

In September 1975, in San Leandro, California I told a friend of mine about what I thought about "god' - that is long before I ever saw the Einstein's quotation above: I said: "The humans' need for a god is based on their ignorance and powerlessness. The need for a god diminishes in inverse proportion to the degree of the increase in human knowlegde and power. The more the human knowledge increases and the more their power increases the more irrelevant god becomes and the less the god is needed. Look at the Palestinians on their way to burry their dead who have been killed by Israeli bombs, crying: 'god is great! god is great!' and then another bomb comes and kills those who are carrying the dead! And they become the dead! And the remaining ones keep on crying, 'god is great! god is great!' What a cruel joke!!"

That was 33 yeras ago! I still believe in what I said then, regardless of what Einstein said or did not say!

God never talked to me to tell me why it created me! I just found myself existing! And the being that supposedly created me has an obligation to talk to me and tell me why it created me. I do not want to hear from anybody else -- but from the being that created me. And that being is nowhere to be found! I do not want to hear from Moses, or Jesus, or Mohammed, or Buddha or any of these men who are supposed to have been inspired by god! Suppose these men were insane and delusionary! How do I know that these men were not out of their minds?
Why does not god speak to me in my own language? Not in Hebrew or Arabic? Because I am not a Hebrew and I am not an Arab! So, god must speak to me in my language so that I can undersatnd it. And how about the millions of people who have never heard of god? How about those who cannot read? I am amazed at the ignorance of people who are fond of saying: "it is written in ..."
Are we so ignorant and so narrow minded and so blind that we do not recognize that the art of writing just started yesterday in human history! What happened before writing was invented by humans? How did god relate to the humans then?
If god is to be known by reading some ancient scriptures, then god should have created all humans with the art of writing and reading at the moment of their creation! There are millions of people in the world today who will be born, grow up, grow old and die and who will never know what is to read or to write! What happens to them?

Take care.

Mumba Tarmo Masare.

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About Me

  • My name is Dan Porter. I have always believed in God. And I have always been a Christian, which means I have always believed, at some level of understanding, Christian assertions about Christ. But during all of my adult life—I am now 68—I have struggled with many seeds of doubt brought on by modern science, objective history, the question of why a loving God would allow so much suffering in the world and difficulties with seemingly conflicting moral precepts.

    Observation: No proof that the Shroud of Turin is not real survives scientific and historical scrutiny. That leave only conventional wisdom or common sense or worldview or whatever you want to call it as a reason to believe it is not authentic. Maybe someone will figure it out someday. In the meantime all of us, skeptics and believers alike, are stuck with leaps of faith.

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About Me

  • My name is Dan Porter. I have always believed in God. And I have always been a Christian, which means I have always believed, at some level of understanding, Christian assertions about Christ. But during all of my adult life—I am now 68—I have struggled with many seeds of doubt brought on by modern science, objective history, the question of why a loving God would allow so much suffering in the world and difficulties with seemingly conflicting moral precepts.

    Observation: No proof that the Shroud of Turin is not real survives scientific and historical scrutiny. That leave only conventional wisdom or common sense or worldview or whatever you want to call it as a reason to believe it is not authentic. Maybe someone will figure it out someday. In the meantime all of us, skeptics and believers alike, are stuck with leaps of faith.