PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Breinlekkasie
 
Comments: 7
Article views: 16
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Breinlekkasie's badges.
 

Is This It?

11 July 2012, 10:48

One of the authors asked “If no God then what? Nothing? Is this it?” (See http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/If-no-God-then-what-Nothing-Is-this-it-20120710)

Here is my take on the subject.

We assume that the universe must have some kind of purpose, if not for ourselves then at least for some other creature or being.  After all, why is it there in the first place?  We assume that our existence must have some meaning, if not for ourselves than at least for whoever decided that the universe must be there?

The point is because we have intelligence high enough to ask these questions we inherently think these questions are meaningful, valid and should have proper answers.  Just because we can ask questions like this doesn’t mean they are meaning full question or even have valid answers.  Why should they have?  Because we assume they should?

Let’s take a more comprehensible example.  If I ask, “What is the colour of Thursday?” does the question have a valid answer?  Is the question even valid and meaningful in the first place?  No, because days don’t really have colours except of cause Mondays.  The fact that I am able to assemble a particular question as a result of my slightly more advance intelligence over other animals doesn’t mean the question is valid, meaningful or even has an answer.

Let’s use another example to illustrate my point.  If I arrange alphabet letters in a particular order I can build words that have meaning.  However all combinations of letters doesn’t create meaning full words.  As an intelligent being I can throw a couple of letters together and come up with something like xsdfjkewr but this assortment of letters has no meaning.  I have the ability to assemble nonsensical words but the fact that I am able to assemble them doesn’t mean they have meaning.

So does the universe have any meaning just because we can ask the question?  Not necessarily, the universe might just be there.  In other words it just exists.  It was not created; it didn’t appear for some particular purpose it is just there.  We happen to be the product of this universe and for the same token we are just here for no particular purpose.  We just happen to be as a by-product of the universe.  Our ability to ask questions about the purpose of it all doesn’t mean the questions are even valid to begin with.

In religion believers just shift the problem slightly further away by assuming God just exists.  This way it solves the problem regarding our existence.  God created us because He wanted to love.  God created the universe so that he could create us.  Now the above mentioned questions become valid and have meaningful answers.  We suddenly have a purpose, a God given purpose however the problem is only shifted one level higher because for the same argument we can ask questions like, “Why does God exist?”,  “Who created God?”, “In what universe does God exist?”, “Why does God’s universe exist?” etc.  From a religious perspective the universe is made a slightly more complex place so that we can emotionally feel better about ourselves without actually solving our burning questions.

One can argue that asking such questions about God is just as meaningless as asking the questions about the universe.  That is true however removing God from the equation altogether simplifies the universe and from a statistical point of view we know that a universe without God is more probable than a universe with a God.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Zeke Wareley
What is happening to our beloved ...

The ANC are choosing a man who has no values over its people who voted for them. I am so disappointed.  Read more...

0 comments 1477 views
A personal narrative of the Bafan...

As the minutes ticked by – a glimmer of hope – a goal from our team, the remaining audience went wild with shouts of joy and encouragement... Read more...

0 comments 89 views
Submitted by
Mdy Chauke
Parliament doing a disservice to ...

The Parliament of the Republic of South Africa has become a yoyo Parliament to discuss petty personal issues above societal issues. Read more...

0 comments 132 views
Submitted by
Michael Mondli Hlophe
I worry about coalition governmen...

We can only speculate about the future results of coalition governments in South Africa. We can however agree that with coalitions, come challenges. Read more...

0 comments 321 views
Submitted by
Deon van Wyk
Questions about level 5 water res...

The monthly water reading varies monthly for a period between 27 to 35 days and after the holidays even 40 days. In these cases the monthly water usage will be more than 20kl per month. Will you be fined?  Read more...

0 comments 565 views
Submitted by
Amir Abdulazeez
Messi vs Ronaldo: a philosophical...

Cristiano Ronaldo will most likely settle as the 3rd all-time greatest player. In Messi’s case, he may rank worse than 3rd in many critical categories. Read more...

0 comments 384 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.