Before both sides get their panties in a bunch over this article this is a question and not a statement. I also neither profess to be an expert on religion or atheism so feel free to correct anything you find inconsistent in the views that will be stated. These are very general observations and are intended to be just that so please do not get wrapped up in any one specific factor of a religion or atheistic beliefs.
For arguments sake let's say on 04.01.2012 (might as well pick April Fools Day as any other) that a being returned to earth and declared they were the creator. Let's also say they did create mankind. What would a believer and what would an atheist conclude? (Please remember that the conclusions below are generalities and not targeted at any one specific religion or reason for being an atheist.)
First let's look at what a believer may think. Would they not say that the lord had returned and they were right that the Divine creator was here fulfilling the prophecies that they had believed in all along? Could they not be validated in what they had professed? And could they not be right in their belief in creation? What if this "God" had created man through scientific methods instead of just wishing it to happen, would this make a difference in their beliefs? Most likely not.
Second let's assume a couple of things for atheists that may or may not be correct in all cases. Many atheists believe that extra-terrestrial life exists in the universe. If a being returned to earth saying they were the creator, could the atheist not believe an extra-terrestrial had created our species and would they not also be correct? In a lot respects many atheists actually would not have much problem with this. (They may believe it was done through DNA manipulation or by other means but could accept that mankind was created / engineered.) Could not the atheist also be validated in his beliefs of how man came to exist?
Since many believers think "God" created all things then they could not have come from earth. This makes them extra-terrestrial by definition does it not? Could not "God" or an extra-terrestrial have interceded throughout our history and could not both be right?
We tend to catagorize groups of people like believers and atheists and then protect our belief systems to the extent that we cannot see that at the core there may not be much of a difference in our beliefs other than the terms we use to describe them. Believers will frequently and even violently persecute people that do not believe the way they do when it may just come down to our inability to communicate our beliefs to one another and to accept the way in which we believe may be different.
Are religions so petty that not only do you have to believe in possibilities but you have to believe exactly as someone else thinks you should even though after 2000 years no one really knows what the original intent was? You may argue a particular point all you wish, but put 10 people in a line and give them one sentence to pass along and by the end in the space of a few minutes the original sentence will not even be the same. Over the centuries how can anyone know if the words, intent, and events are being properly conveyed to anyone.
At the end of the day both atheists and believers can be right and just viewing something from a different perspective. Is this wrong? The final question is would an atheist have a problem admitting that a higher being could exist that some would call "God" if they returned. (Probably not.) But would a believer be able to accept that an extra-terrestrial returned that created them? (I think not.) What does this really tell us about our nature and the nature of religion?
At this point you must think article is a bunch of crap with many holes in it. You may be right although if you are still thinking this article is specifically about religion you have missed the whole point. The point is no matter what the belief (Religion, Politics, Race, Sports, or numerous other subjects) we focus on specifics and our differences not what we have in common. If you begin to look for commonalities instead of focusing on differences you may find we are really much more similar than we even want to believe. Do we have real differences or are the differences the ones we make from our own petty desires to be special? Some believers think atheists are doomed and heathensand some atheists think believers are stupid when in fact, in the end, both could actually be right in their own way. How many other aspects of our existence do we hold these types of prejudice that have little meaning in the scheme of things?
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