I recently read a blog post entitled Intelligence vs Faith, from someone named Thomas M. Watt, whom I follow. He basically asked his audience would you find faith and believe in God and turn from being an Atheist if planet Earth was attacked , enslaved and taken over by a godless alien race in just one day? (why one day is a modifier in this scenario I don’t know) Now being a writer I was intrigued by the question so my “what-if” wheels started spinning on the question. Here is my rant on gods, God , religion and aliens…:)
Every race has some form of a god or gods…even an alien race…I am betting with 99.99999% surety that there are alien races out there who have their own gods and their own “bible” . Some are probably war mongers who want to attack other alien races and subjugate them and others are peaceful enough to just want to explore and learn from the other races and perhaps even want to help them. Just as there are extremes and factions in our own humankind there must be on other alien worlds. We as humans ARE special BUT we are not as special as soooo many people on this planet make us out to be.
We are NOT one of a kind. Your question tells me that you think we are THAT special that “our” god (like if there is truly a god he couldn’t have more than one planet . one galaxy, or one universe to manage under his umbrella). If GOD is as we say so omnipresent and all knowing and all powerful why would he Give PLANET A any special favors over PLANET B… maybe he loves them both (or hates them both) equally and wants them to learn from their mistakes of attacking an entire planet and enslaving them.
This has happened on our own planet on a smaller scale over thousands of years and a god has never intervened (as far as I can see) to stop it. It just gradually got better and the situation went away through our own human compassion and moral compass pointing us in the right direction.
And what does a god care about scale anyway? Hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, trillions….they could all die an instant and I think it would feel the same to that god… (just conjecture of course. I never assume I know what a person is thinking…even a god…:) (even though everyone else seems to know) I personally don’t want to worship anything or anyone….respect yes….take advice from yes…love maybe even…but not worship.
To me all gods are those asshole friends who never come around to say hello or give advice or listen to your problems or help move your shit when your moving out of your apartment.
I say, Show up , get your hands dirty with me….laugh with me… toil with me …let me know your in it with me and you care…then I might like ya just a little bit…then maybe I will call ya friend…but worship you no… I would sooner worship my cat…
(This is just one man’s opinion and feelings on the matter. For what that is worth as there are 7.2 Billion people on this planet with their own as well.)
4 thoughts on “God,gods, religion and aliens…take your pick”
Intertesting premise for prompting people to question their faith. Whether we are being overrun by aliens, or ultra wealthy assholes, or people drunk on the power of a gun, the end result for the average person is pretty much the same: they’re screwed. So this hypothetical alien scenario is hardly necessary for someone to imagine hardships created by forces beyond their control. Personally, I find any deity who says, essentially, “Worship me or burn in fire for all eternity” to be too petty and too vain for my consideration.
I chuckled at the comparison of aliens and ultra wealthy assholes in your comment…:)
Interesting perspective Philip. Thank you for including me in your post. Glad my “what if” scenario got you to thinking, and I’m even more happy you provided a well-thought out response. Thanks again.
I do like well thought respective responses myself….and felt I had to do the same when the question pulled me in…:)