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Can one be spiritual and not believe in God?
When my sweet wife flipped through the TV channels to find the one we watch for the evening news, a television show was ending. It represented that the universe was God and we would benefit from getting in tune, or aligned, with it.
Laura said, “You can’t say that God created the earth but you can say that the universe communicates with us in a spiritual way. Political correctness has gone crazy.”
That got me to thinking, which is a risky proposition at best.
Do atheists recognize the spiritual? Can they recognize that life is made of the seen (physical) and the unseen (spiritual)? Is life nothing more than chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics?
What is life? What is physically, or chemically, different in a frog that is alive from one that is dead if we analyzed every chemical reaction? What leaves a frog at the time of death, from a scientific view. Can life be created in a lab?
A friend of mine and I were speaking honestly about the discoveries and what has been invented during our lifetimes. It’s amazing. What will the next generations see in their lifetimes? Will the rate of discovery of new knowledge plateau, or at least slow down? Assuming the earth will withstand another 20 years of abuse, what will the world, and living on the earth, look like?
As part of the conversation, I brought up teleporting. Another friend had told me that scientists have successfully teleported an orange from one place to another. In other words, they converted the matter to energy, transmitted over a network, and reassembled it properly, but I have found no evidence of this in my internet searches.
If matter can be teleported, maybe sometime in the future, molecules would be transformed into energy (electricity) and returned back to being matter at the receiving end exactly in the position and condition it had been before.
But life consists of the seen and the unseen. In other words, until science defines life, they cannot advance teleportation. If they put me into a teleporter in Chama and zapped me to New York some day, Star Trek style, they may be able to assemble the molecules back into their original position, but not their original condition. There is no guarantee that the body they retrieve from the teleporter in New York would be alive.
How would the scientists digitally, or in analogue, convert “life” into something they could transmit? Until science understand, defines, and can create life into material terms, teleporting is out. I guess funeral homes would benefit from it. You may someday be able to transport the physical, but not the spiritual, like life itself.
An honest atheist will admit that life consists of the seen and unseen, and the unseen is a mystery. We call that mystery “spiritual”. If there is a spiritual reality (if the spiritual exists), there has to be a god (or God). A massive explosion in the universe past could not assemble something that is seen and unseen, a living creature, no more than blowing up the Library of Congress would create the 2018 Encyclopedia, bound in volumes.
If there is a God, He has to be the ultimate mathematician, engineer, biologist, geologist, and any other form of scientist you can imagine. He had to have created the seen and the unseen.
To me (and you will need to come to your own conclusion), it seems that if there is a God, He would want to communicate with us and would have the power and creativity to do so. He would relay to us some sort of purpose for this experiment we call “life on earth”.
If God communicated with us, it would have to be a time-tested, perfect message that we could understand and a path we could somehow find.
And, if we have ever opposed God’s plan, there would undoubtedly be retribution. If any human was able to survive that retribution, that survival would have to be part of God’s plan. He would have to grant to us forgiveness for opposing the one with all the power. He would have to offer forgiveness by grace, something we could never deserve.
Hey, doesn’t that sound very much like the message of the Bible?
Please feel free to comment.