The question of why (and how) humans came to exist has been around since the dawn of mankind.
Everyone has a lens through which they observe themselves and the world around them through.
This is called your world view.
There are only 5 possible world views:
1. Atheism – lack of belief in the existence of God or Gods
2. Agnosticism – belief that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God
3. Monotheism – belief that there is only one God (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc.)
4. Polytheism – belief that there is more than one God (Hinduism, Japanese Shinto, etc.)
5. Pantheism – belief that God is the universe or that the universe is an expression of God
Any additional world view is an extension or combination of these 5 world views.
It’s important to be respectful of other people’s world views.
Imagine somebody forced you to believe in a world view that’s not aligned with you.
Imagine somebody hated you, and wanted to hurt you, simply because your world view is different from theirs.
If you wouldn’t want to experience that, then don’t display the same attitude towards others.
Be kind, respectful, and walk away if someone becomes aggressive with you over this topic.
Religion is a touchy subject, yet there are very few topics that more important to discuss.
As long as you aren’t hurting anyone, you should be free to believe in any world view you choose.
Now that you know there are only 5 possible world views, you can identify with the one you feel most accurately represents your perception of reality.
I find the best way to gain deeper perspective into this question, is to ask questions.
If God exists, who created God?
Did another God create God?
If so, who created the God that created God?
And so on… it becomes an infinite loop of Gods.
Or perhaps, God doesn’t need a creator?
God always was, is, and will be.
However, the same argument can apply to any world view.
Who created the universe?
The universe always was, is, and will be.
God is an additional step that is removed by atheists.
Instead of saying the universe always was, is, and will be.
People who believe in God, say that it is God who always was, is, and will be.
And God is the one who then created the universe.
Where does God live? Is he up in heaven? In the clouds?
How do we even begin to define what is up, and what is down?
We can’t even explain how a single atom behaves at it’s most fundamental level.
We can’t even know the position of Earth in an infinite universe that expands in infinite directions.
What is up and down, when you’re able to travel infinite distances in infinite directions?
Up and down, north and south.
These are simply terms we use to try to describe our perception of our reality.
The best way to answer this question is with questions.
Where is heaven? Up in the clouds?
Where is hell? Down inside the Earth’s fire filled core?
How do we know for certain they are real?
Has anyone gone there, and come back?
According to Christian beliefs, heaven and hell are real.
Christianity is about 2000 years old.
Humans have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, perhaps even millions of years before Christ.
What happened to people before Christ came to Earth to inform everyone about heaven and hell?
Christ claims that the only way to God, and heaven, is through him.
So every single person on Earth, who doesn’t believe in Christ, is going to hell.
Including every person that’s ever lived before Christ, for hundreds of thousands/millions of years.
Where is heaven? What is heaven?
Heaven is a blissful place in the clouds where you are reunited with your family and ancestors, for eternity.
Would you really want to be trapped for eternity in heaven with you family?
Think about that for a moment.
I’ve yet to hear answers that make any sense about heaven or hell.
Pantheism is the belief that God is the universe, or that the universe is an expression of God.
This is a common new age spiritual belief.
Pantheists believe in a God, but their definition of God is not a bearded old man in heaven.
God is everywhere. He makes up every single atom, living and non living, in the entire cosmos.
God and reality are indistinguishable.
The question pantheists have to answer is how did reality come to exist?
Who created it?
A simple answer is the same fundamental answer atheists, monotheists, and polytheists can give.
God always was, is, and will be.
God doesn’t need a creator.
Atheists don’t believe in God.
So how did reality come to exist?
According to Atheists, there was a big bang, some billions of year ago.
The question atheists have to answer is what existed before the big bang?
What existed before there was time-space?
What created the physical laws the universe seems to follow?
A simple answer is the same fundamental answer that monotheists, polytheists, and pantheists can give.
The universe doesn’t need a creator.
The universe always was, is, and will be.
Those who believe in God, do so by faith.
Those who don’t believe in God, do so by lack of proof.
Agnostics simply believe that it is unknowable.
How could anyone be 100% certain in the existence or lack of existence of God?
Agnostics simply claim they don’t know if there is a God, and believe it is fundamentally unknowable or beyond human comprehension.
A scripture from an old book can claim many things about the existence of God.
But ultimately, there is no proof that it is true.
We don’t understand how consciousness works in totality, or how an atom behaves in totality.
Is matter an expression of consciousness? Or is consciousness an expression of matter?
In other words, does consciousness exist outside of our physical universe?
Many experts seem to agree that consciousness came before matter.
And that our human bodies are simply an expression of consciousness, like a satellite dish that receives a signal from space.
If the satellite disk is broken or is buried (like when the body dies), the signal continue to exist.
The satellite dish is not a requirement for the signal to exist.
The signal continues to exist regardless of the existence of any satellite dish.
This implies that consciousness transcends matter.
And that there is some form of life after death.
We are still scratching the surface of this reality, and we have a lot to learn.
Staying curious and open minded is a great way to continue learning.
One thing that seems to be true is the idea that we are all one.
This is a common theme that runs across virtually all world views, scriptures, and belief systems.
Rumi said “You are not just a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop”.
Imagine a couple fish inside of a fish tank.
These fish are connected to every other fish inside of the tank by the water between them.
Now, imagine yourself on Earth.
You are connected to billions of people on Earth by the air between you.
In fact, everything in the cosmos is connected to everything else, for eternity.
Have you ever thought of a person, and a few second later they call you?
Why do you think this happens?
Things like telepathy, remote viewing, and light work are areas that need to be further explored.
At the most fundamental level, we are all the same, and connected 24/7.
We are all vibrating light, as is everything else in the universe.
This holds true, regardless of which world view you believe to be true.
Many ancient philosophers have said that our reality is an illusion, or a simulation.
Almost like a movie.
The movie “The Matrix” did a great job at raising awareness around this idea in 1999.
The movie was based on a 1981 book called “Simulacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard.
In this book, the author seeks to examine the relationships among reality, symbols, and society, in particular the significations and symbolism of culture and media that are involved in constructing an understanding of shared existence.
A simulacrum is a representation or imitation of a person or thing.
The word was first recorded in the English language in the late 16th century, used to describe a representation, such as a statue or a painting, especially of a God.
The basic idea proposed is that we live in a computer simulated reality, comprised of 0s and 1s.
This simulation is indistinguishable from the original.
This theory seems to be in alignment with what the greatest physicists and astrophysicists have discovered in modern times.
At the most fundamental level, everything in the universe is comprised of bits of 0s and 1s.
Is the big bang the singularity?
Are we living in a computer simulated matrix?
Is our universe nested within another universe?
Like the Russian
But that still doesn’t answer the question of who created the simulation.
Or make one simulation any more, or less meaningful, than another one.
The basic solution to this question could be the same as all other world views.
The simulation doesn’t need a creator.
It always has, will, and continue to exist, for eternity.
Perhaps there are more important things to focus on besides the existence or absence of God.
Like how to be a good human that’s useful, resourceful, loving, kind, and compassionate.
And how to make the most of this short experience on Earth that we call life.