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Featured What Happens to Your God After the Extinction of Humans?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by SalixIncendium, Apr 25, 2019.

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  1. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Resident Hermit
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    Are you proposing that there is no other sentient species with free will that currently inhabit the planet. I can name several.
     
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    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta and Spiritualist and Pantheist
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    I come from an Advaita Vedanta perspective.

    Humans are not the begin all and end all of God's existence. There are a myriad of life forms in the universe of which the temporary human's are a tiny, tiny sliver.
     
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    Everyone's conceptualizations of the Ultimate Reality, which is what God represents, while shared culturally generally, is ultimately unique to each individual. So, it only takes the passing of that one person for that concept to be dissolved, not an entire species going extinct.

    What I find an interesting thought here however is to add in extraterrestrial life. I fully believe that since life evolved on this planet in a myriad of forms, this is commonplace throughout the cosmos. Since life evolved higher minds on this planet, it seems likely that would be the case elsewhere as well, since humans are not the only species that is able to hold and relate to mental concepts. If so, which I would suspect to be true, then they too grapple with existential questions like the existence of God in the face of their own realities.

    So to answer your question about a God concept in general, whatever form that takes, I believe that it would always exist in any species sufficiently enough evolved for self-reflection. Imagine what forms that might take? Who knows, they may have a temple built to you. :)
     
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    Who said or even implied this?

    Did you just deflate?
     
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    Again, this doesn't answer the question in the OP.
     
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    I honestly think you know more about it than me. Like I said, my answer is a guess, and it was based on the OP: 99% of the other species including humans are extinct.
     
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    Not me. I think we are it.

    I feel like it will be very rare. Humanity exists in an extremely fragile situation where we have enormous energy expenditures for thought that are typically unnecessary for survival. We could be the only species with the ability to appreciate the concept of origins and to ponder the nature of intelligence or struggle with philosophy. It just so happened that our species needed intelligence to survive. Consider how long the Earth was populated by happy ocean sponges with no need for intelligence. More likely the universe is full of highly fit and low intelligence species. I really think we are alone.
     
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    Then it makes sense to do everything we can to work cooperatively with each other and with nature while we can.
     
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    What Happens to Your God After the Extinction of Humans?

    "Your" God will die after "you" die
    "Their" God will die after the extinction of "humans"

    By the way: "God concept" was perfectly phrased in this context in my opinion
     
  10. Jainarayan

    Jainarayan ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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    Yes... this. As we know in most Hindu belief God transcends time, space and the universe. With or without humans God will continue to do what God does. Humans are only one form of material existence, which is not true reality. "Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be." BG 2.12
     
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    As for the god of Abraham, I believe he will revert to what he was doing before he created the universe.

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    I don't believe God will allow humans to go extinct, but for argument's sake, He could repair the earth, recreate new forms of life, make other planets into living spaces... There is no shortage of options.
     
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    So...what you know is the limit of what is?

    God, if there is one (and I believe that there is and He created the universe) will still continue to be God and will be dealing with His children wherever they happen to be. After all, if He created the universe, He's been dealing with the matter for at least 14 billion years, earth a mere 4.5 billion years, and humans about 200,000 years, give or take a hundred thousand or so.

    I think it is hubris defined to figure that God, the Creator of the Universe, did all that just to see US, specifically, come into being. He was there before us, He will be there after us.

    Of course, if He doesn't actually exist, then we don't have to worry about what happens to Him once earth humans are extinct, since He wasn't here to disappear in the first place.

    In other words....this is a rather silly question, all things considered.
     
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    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    You are entitled to your belief. And there is no hubris required to consider facts as facts, evidence as evidence.

    You can worry about the object of your faith as much as you want.

    All things considered there is no evidence of god, there is evidence of entropy, ill stick with the evidence
     
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    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    My God solved all problems of all in the blink of an omnipotent eye. You are all living in retrospect.

    Now its time to move on and enjoy ideal bliss.

    Come to think of it there is still pain and suffering.

    My God is the all seeing eye in the sky whom silently observes all things in higher dimensions totally undetectable. My God has not related to anyone else throughout all of eternity. My God has not acted upon anything since He set things in motion long ago. God is sitting at the end of time smoking a cigar and enjoying His infinite knowledge, power, wisdom, and insight. My God is currently allowing anything and everything to happen without taking any action on it.

    Perhaps God is scratching his head at human philosophy, and religion throughout history. God knows the ends of human science, and is perhaps preparing for the dangers of created life.

    God is definetly observing our survival tactics. My God is so busy with things to do that He simply has no room for participating in creation other than observance.

    My God is non existant!
     
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    A. I'm not worried.
    B. It wasn't you I was accusing of hubris, but rather those who think that earth humans are the center of the universe, and that the entire universe was created specifically for earth humans...and is utterly useless without us.
    C. There is evidence for God. It's just not evidence you accept. That's fine...but 'sticking with the evidence' is what all those people who laughed at Semmelweise did, Who denied anything that might be evidence for the Big Bang, who insisted that the sun revolved around the earth...who continued to deny that there were tectonic plates, who figured that since there was 'no evidence,' i.e., no pictures of or way to detect, black holes, that there weren't any...

    You know, all those people who figured that since they already knew everything, that there was nothing left to learn in the universe, and any new thing was therefore automatically wrong.

    I, personally, when I catch myself saying that 'the evidence proves this...' slap myself mentally. It may support something NOW, but it's always good to keep your eyes open and your mind working.
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    I have to agree with @dianaiad and I know @Aupmanyav and I have exchanged similar thoughts on the matter - we come from the One and we shall merge into the One - the One endures no matter what

    In the Yogic tradition - there is Brahman - always existed - always will exist

    I shall insert a quote from my scripture - the 9th Master - in one of the most down-to-earth pieces of advice I have run across - this is where I get the root of my idea on this matter

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    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    Ah! A Christian insult.

    Beats living fantasies through imagination!
     
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    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    That is an implication you invented for me no doubt!
     
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    If God exists purely in the mind of humans, once the human race ceases to exist, so does the God they have created. If there is an entity that exists as part of/ creator of the universe, they will continue to exist. If there is a higher power, I'm sure he/she has better things to do than concern themselves with only humans on our little planet in such a vast and diverse universe!
     
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