The definition of God in a technological world
In an attempt to bring the forum up from it's record low point reached by a posting of a picture of our President kneeling before his Lord and Savior, in which our commander-in-chief gives more than lip service to the Messiah, I now attempt to start a serious thread, probably a continuation of another thread we had going over at MBShop before the book burners led by Gilly heaped our threads, most particularly those that contained any real thought, onto a virtual book-burning bonfire as he and his cadre goosestepped about, cheering the demise of intellectualism and the rise of fascism on their forum, which now, to the delight of the party cadre and their brownshirted OD leader, reposes as the chief expostion of deep thinking on the topics of hip replacement and toasters - showing us bad old free speechers a better world.
Here is the question: Modern science is causing a picture to emerge that answers the question of the ages: what is the meaning of life? It's answer is this: Genes are the meaning of life. While we as individuals experience a sad and short time on this planet, our genes have achieved immortality of sorts, living on forever, using us as essentially gut filled bags to temporarily support them on their way, discarding us for a newer model when we wear out. Our actual achievement as a species is that we have made the possible for the most complex genetic material ever created on the planet to achieve immortality, while the genes of the species we competed with for food and water or that preyed on us are being stamped out while the genes of those speicies that benefit us live on as we do.
For the last two thousand years, we have worshipped a God based on our own needs, in effect, the needs of the secondary actor in this passion play, the gene-carrier. What if God is the Gene God, and we are of little or no consequence, as he ministers to his real creation - genes? If we interpret God as the God of Genetics, doesn't that now give us a reason for all the things we attribute to him that seem incomprehensible acts of madness?
Once the conclusion is reached that our God sees as us secondary actors, doesn't concepts like Natural Selection, evolution, mutations just fall into place, just like the books of the increasingly obsolete Bible did for mankind of the earlier ages? Look at how wrong we are - we base an entire belief system on an unprovable theory that we will some how live on forever, and that those that cause our pain will be destroyed by avenging mythological beasts that will appear magically to save us, while right in front of us, it is shown in the real world how our genes have in fact accomplished this in a real and provable way - for the predators of the planet, we are the seven-horned beast of the Revelation that dispenses vengenance for our genes, who are resurrected, even tho they die. Redemption and resurrection are there for them if they follow the rules laid down by their creator, are they not?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address