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Centrist God


I’m voting for a centrist God. Let’s settle this Heaven and Hell thing once and for all.
Let’s thread the needle, bridge the gap, split the difference, avoid the trap. There’s nothing more irrational in all of human experience than people arguing about Heaven and Hell. No one has ever reported back from either place, yet millions of individuals, representing all kinds of different religions, love to talk about what happens when they die. Like they’re the only ones familiar with the options, and they know for sure, or at least they believe they know. Based on what they’ve been told, you see?green pisces for blog 8-11
It’s reasonable to argue that race and ethnicity tend to divide people. But when it comes to race and ethnicity, as the future unfolds, there’s a lot of melting going on in the pot.  Races mix well. Human DNA actually mixes quite well.  The results can be quite beautiful.
Religions on the other hand, emboldened by “writings” and “preachings” and traditions, seldom come together on anything. There’s no discernible trend toward one religion, like there is toward one color, or one race.
I’m voting for a centrist God. You say: “you can’t vote for God!”  But isn’t that what we all do when we adhere to the teaching of a particular religion?  “My God’s better than your God, don’t you know?”  “How come you follow that silly God of yours anyway?”  “Don’t you know who the true God is?”  “Boy are you missing out.”  “Oh, you don’t have a God at all?”  “You are really screwed. You’re about to live your life for nothing and burn in hell or otherwise suffer for eternity.”  “Unless you believe what I believe, you are in big trouble, you know, but don’t worry, I can help you.”  “Blah blah blah” is what we tend to hear coming out of the mouth of anyone who doesn’t share our religious beliefs.
I’m voting for a centrist God. I think it’s time that all the extremists come to the middle. We need to talk.

2 comments

  1. Michael says:

    I’ve got a theory about ‘absolute truths’ in response to your post, or in this context, morality being subjective vs objective.

    I would agree with you that most of morality and truth is subjective (cultural, societal, time/era acceptable, etc.). However, I propose that -some- of morality is actually objective. (It’s a working theory)

    As John Locke’s tabula rasa (blank slate theory) is generally disregarded as accurate in current times, the mind isn’t a blank slate. Skipping past the nature vs nurture debate, we’re left with the only empirical evidence we have are things like breathing, eating, moving, etc. ( autonomic nervous system things) are programmed into us.

    What do those, and all other things that are programmed into us have in common? Survival. So what does survival have to do with morality?

    Our survival depends on morality. The golden rule basically is directly related to morality (the core, objective portions of it). Do not steal, do not kill, do not do things that threaten your survival to other people. I propose that while much of morality is subjective, objective morality is innate. Objective morality is basically the golden rule. Everything else is subjective.

    Therefore that innate, objective morality is outside of culture, outside of a specific religion (though may be one in the same, who knows!), and we should all just get along.

    I love the Unitarian Universalism outlook on religion and spirituality. “Free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Unified not by creed but by mutual interest and shared search for spiritual growth.

    • David Jaegers says:

      So Heaven, as a theoretical reward for exercising “correct” responses to innate objective morality, necessary for survival, is subjective because it is an extension of belief that has grown out of a cultural context. But a persistent subjective belief about the character of Heaven and whether one “qualifies” for it when they die, has overshadowed many people’s innate morality. Ergo, my thesis. Solve the Heaven problem and you will have a level playing field for “Free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Ignore the Heaven problem and you find yourself in a world of irreconcilable differences before the discussion even begins. How do you solve the Heaven problem, you may ask. Easy. Admit that there is only ONE. I love your post. Thanks.

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