>" No need to feel sad or angry PK if one does
not believe that such an entity exists."<
Phil, I was thinking … IF
such an entity existed, I would scold it instead of praying to it :-)
As a "conservative
agnostic", I am very skeptical of unsupported claims or assumptions of
omnipotent beings that are benevolent or involved in our human lives (aka
anthropormorphic deities). On the other
hand, I am open to other ideas or concepts of superior beings (e.g.,
evolutionarily-advanced aliens) and maybe even "creators" that deists
imagine. The philosophical problem with
any view of a "creator" is its circular logic, i.e., who/what created
the creator? A "first source"
argument is irrational to me, and reflects ancient man's feeble and ignorant
attempt at explaining the unexplainable.
The "revelation" idea is another one, as is the need to
"worship" an omnipotent being who would not need worshiping
creations. Of course, I'm using
ecologically limited perceptions and logic from pre-structured abilities (DNA)
that I was born with.
Regardless of my views on
religion, I still feel sad about the young victims of destructive natural
causes, and challenge those who believe in a benevolent omnipotent being to
muster some courage and join my scolding.