Originally posted on 2013/10/11.
Full disclosure: I do not believe in anything supernatural. I don’t really even know what “supernatural” is. But what if there were a creator and controller of the cosmos, with qualities similar to those attributed to the biblical Elohim/Yahweh/God? What would change? What would the universe be like?
I expect it would be very different. Surely, miracles would happen, undeniably supernatural events that would seem to have a purpose. Not vague, mysterious happenings that can’t be verified, but observable things like amputees growing new legs, or an invisible wall suddenly popping up between people and an oncoming tsunami. Those miracles wouldn’t happen at the behest of charlatans, but in response to petitions by believers in the true god.
I expect that this god would provide us with a guidebook that each person would miraculously see in his or her own language. Even illiterate people would understand its contents, and those contents would be clear and unmistakable, unlike any existing holy books.
I expect this god would care about us; therefore innocent children and babies would never come to harm from natural causes such as cancer or birth defects. Only human evil or error would hurt children, things for which we would be held accountable.
I expect that sincere, unselfish prayer would work, that answers would be forthcoming, in a form that could be easily understood. We wouldn’t need gurus or priests to interpret the mysterious signs of a possible divine intervention, or to explain why answers never seemed to come.
That would be nice. We would still be free to be lazy or selfish, to ignore the clear presence and guidance of this god, but if we did, we would truly be without excuse. I’m sure the universe would be different in many other ways, as well, but that’s what I can think of that would be relevant to us.
Why do you suppose the world is not like that?
What About Baab?
Well, maybe there is a supernatural god, but he’s just not very sociable. Maybe he doesn’t want a lot of followers. They are kind of a pain in the ass, you know. Truthfully, I don’t see much benefit from speculating on what supernatural entities may exist, since they don’t seem to do anything to make their presence known. I would rather talk about what a religion based on rationality would be like. Would it need to have a god, one that is not supernatural? If so, can we call it Baab? I like that name. Think about it, would you? I wouldn’t mind trying to put together some ideas on how such a “religion,” if that’s what you would call it, would work.
Title image is a screenshot from Devil May Cry.