I believe in a higher power, nature. Not God or any kind of anthropomorphic deities.
I believe nature is a higher power. Nature, with its vast and intricate systems, can evoke a sense of awe, wonder, and reverence. The beauty, complexity, balance and harmony found in the natural world has led me to consider it a higher power or a divine force.
Nature can be seen as a source of logic, genius, wisdom, guidance, and spiritual connection. It is a powerful and life-sustaining force that operates beyond human control and comprehension. Nature is associated with concepts such as balance, cycles, renewal, and interconnectedness, which can be seen as expressions of a higher power.
However, as with any belief, the perception of nature as a higher power is subjective and varies among individuals. Some may align their higher power with religious deities, spiritual beings, the universe, or other sources of divine presence. Ultimately, the interpretation of a higher power is a personal and individual choice.
>I believe nature is a higher power. Nature, with its vast and intricate systems, can evoke a sense of awe, wonder, and reverence.
Dear God, please make it stop. [the preceding reference is the extent of my belief in a higher power. BTW, I fully expect said higher power to fail to make it stop]
>Nature can be seen as a source of logic, genius, wisdom, guidance, and spiritual connection. It is a powerful and life-sustaining force that operates beyond human control and comprehension.
There is much about nature that humans cannot control, but there is obviously much that they can control, modify, or use to their own advantage or detriment.
As for humans not being able to comprehend nature, we comprehend quite a lot. Just because there are still unanswered questions does not mean we comprehend nothing. I expect there will always be unanswered questions because new answers tend to generate new questions.
>Nature is associated with concepts such as balance, cycles, renewal, and interconnectedness, which can be seen as expressions of a higher power.
It can be seen as the expression of a higher power. It can also be seen as simply the way the world works.
In the abstract world of integers, it turns out that they are very handy for counting things. The fact that there are prime numbers and that trait is very useful for doing things like reducing fractions to lowest terms, does not indicate that some higher power created prime numbers. That is just the way numbers work.
> I believe in a higher power, > nature. Not God or any kind > of anthropomorphic deities. > Not God or any kind of an- > thropomorphic deities.
So...a smoke and mirrors ghawd? A ghawd or ghawds who cannot be trusted to come through for you in a pinch? A ghawd or ghawds who leave you hung out to dry on whichever 9/11 is your favorite?
> I believe nature is a higher > power. Nature, with its vast > and intricate systems, can > evoke a sense of awe, wonder, > and reverence. The beauty, > complexity, balance and harmony > found in the natural world has > led me to consider it a higher > power or a divine force.
> Nature can be seen as a source > of logic, genius, wisdom, guidance, > and spiritual connection.
Depending on who one is trying to impress or irritate, "... nature can be seen..." as whatever you need it to be, from one end of the spectrum to the other, from very good to very bad. It all depends on who you're trying to impress or piss off.
> Ultimately, the interpretation > of a higher power is a personal > and individual choice.
It seems that if you actually believed each of us is entitled to a personal choice, you wouldn't be constantly harping on what YOU believe. This is RfM, not FTC, wherever he may lead us.
But I have faith that nothing will change. Seeking disciples is what humans do when they can't handle loneliness.
I'm with you. I don't know, and I'm not particularly concerned about it. I suppose that makes me an agnostic, but I'm not fond of labels. It seems to me that it's the religious people who want to slap labels on everyone.
summer Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I'm with you. I don't know, and I'm not > particularly concerned about it. I suppose that > makes me an agnostic, but I'm not fond of labels. > It seems to me that it's the religious people who > want to slap labels on everyone.
I don’t know either. Neither do you. Ultimately we are all agnostic, since nobody knows. That’s why I asked what you believe, not what you know. Most of you said you either don’t know and/or don’t care. I get that. But it is the ultimate question,
What created us?
I believe it was a ‘higher power’ (aka ‘God’ which, to me, is just short for “God Particle” since it’s more of a universal creative field than it is a particle.) It is only an excitation of the field that collapses the wave function that creates sub-atomic particles, or the wave slows down to the point it takes on mass from the drag of the Higgs Boson (God Particle) like a bullet spinning through water and slowing down because of the drag.
I anxiously started a lengthy exposition of my views on the topic but then went out to Chuck-E-Cheese with my grandkids confident that if the thread closed before I could post, there'd be another opportunity tomorrow.
If there is a God/higher power, do I get brownie points for believing in it? Will I be punished for not believing in it? Will it matter at all if I do or don't believe in it? What is the benefit in believing?
Why would a higher power create human life just to see who does or does not believe a higher power exists? It seems a lot of effort just for that.
I've decided not to worry about the existence of a God/higher power or life after death. I guess they're connected. If there is a creator, fine. If not it doesn't really matter because when I die my brain will cease to function and I won't be able to worry about anything.
I think I know what I believe, I believe nature is our creator and meets all of the criteria of a god. The God Particle alone meets the requirement of being omnipresent and omnipotent. Not to mention the Great Attractor and Lambda, the Cosmological Constant, Lambda. God could be the fine structure constant 1/137, that keeps electrons spinning around the nuclei of atoms making atoms. All of those qualify as a higher power, but not higher than nature. Because Nothing is. Except perhaps the singularity. Where space and time go to die.