February 19, 2005

The Case For G-d- Or Why Be Good

I should preface this by saying that I am still trying working on learning new code. I'd like to soup this place up without being silly.

There is an ongoing discussion within and without the blogosphere about the existence of a higher power. And within that discussion there are multiple thoughts and threads debating every point you can think of.

This has the potential to be a very long post, so I am going to try and be brief, which is a challenge for me. So here are a couple of points I feel strongly about.

I don't want to live in a society in which people do good deeds strictly because they fear being punished. I want it to happen because it is the right thing to do, because we understand our responsibility to each other.


I believe that there are multiple paths to G-d. It is more important to be a good person than to be Jewish, Catholic, Muslim etc.

But I don't place much stock in the opinions of others or I would probably not wear some of the ties people see me in. The goal should always be to strive for the higher level, the higher standard. Many of the values that I hold to be important are shared across the spectrum.

Some of my more cynical friends and acquaintances think that religion is a tool for controlling the masses. I can see where they are coming from and agree that some people require religion, without structure their lives have no meaning. And it would make sense that some people would use G-d to line their pockets.

So I would agree with them that you do not need to be religious to be a good person, which ties into my first quote and I would say that being a good person is more important than being a bad Muslim, Christian or Jew.

The title of this post would lead you to wonder if I was going to try and present proof of G-d's existence. And I think that I should speak about it somewhat.

I am a little tired now, so my brain is not firing on all cylinders. Someone said:

"Where is G-d? Wherever you let him in."


1 comment:

Irina Tsukerman said...

There are philosophical (ethical) arguments for "why be good". I think your friends might have liked Spinoza's argument, though he likewise believed in God (and was excommunicated for his troubles).