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Does God exist?

I was initially very unsure as to whether I should post this or not. I also know I’m going to get very mixed responses but hey… This discussion will be principally on the acceptance and understanding of different beliefs, I cannot stress that enough as it is something I am passionate about. I see such closed-minded individuals, both theist and atheist, preaching their ideas as if it’s solid truth, often with irrational hostility. None of it is solid truth; there is no right answer. I think the most suitable way to approach this is to ask, in essence, why we are here, and explain them from both points of view:

NB: This discussion has no influence from religious institutions, i.e. the Catholic Church. I am against some religious institutions and their ideas, so will not include any. As you read this, then, please discount these theologies – this is purely reason/faith based. Exclude easily destroyed theories such as Creationism – I do apologise, I mean no offence by it. At the end of the day, that’s just my belief.

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Nothing is ‘real’ – nothing exists.

Personally, I can’t get enough of this idea – the idea that nothing in this universe, or the universe itself, exists. We’ve all heard the concept of our lives being a dream, or we are AI in a game similar to The Sims, in a coma etc. What I am about to discuss, though, for me, makes perfectly logical sense – I guess it depends on your philosophical twist, also:

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Free will doesn’t exist – the universe is ‘scripted’.

I like this idea. In a way it relieves me in knowing that everything that happens does so, not for any purpose, but through inevitability. It’s unavoidable, so I should not worry about or regret anything. Of course, I do not use this as an excuse to do whatever I please… I’m straying from the subject so I’ll get back to it. In my last post (Sims: What is ‘time’ – exploring the fourth dimension.), I discussed ideas surrounding the third-dimensional universe and the fourth dimension itself. It would highly recommend reading it first, so as to fully grasp the concepts I want to put forward here.

To begin, look at the idea of time (or the fourth dimension to be scientifically accurate). Imagine it as a line, stretching from the moment of the universe’s conception (the past) all the way to the future, whatever that may be. On this line is a point, the present, constantly moving forward into the future. Now I’m going to keep this short and sweet; when we look back to events in the past, nothing changes. Of course it doesn’t, it just would not make sense if it did. The Allies and Axis can’t have both won the Second World War in two separate scenarios; it doesn’t work. Nothing changes, no matter where in the past we look to, no matter how far back. So surely the same must be true for the future?

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