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Why is Belief in a God So Pervasive?
Transcript of a clip from the talk, IS THERE A GOD by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
We here tend to ask the question, “Why is there such a general unquestioned assumption that there is
a God”? Well, honestly it takes dumb, stupid, sophisticates like us to ever question it. It really
does. It takes you to be educated to reject the idea that there is a God. If you just let your mind
run in the way it normally does in everyday life, and follow through the normal cause and effect
thinking that the mind operates on in daily life, you are bound to come to the conclusion that there
is a God.
Let’s say you go outside your room door or outside your house and there at the sidewalk is a solid
gold Cadillac or for those of us who don’t like that, a 650 Honda motorbike. You go outside in the
morning and you see those there. Now, you know what your mind asks. It asks, “What explosion put
this here?” Well, it doesn’t ask, what big bang theory is responsible for this? It doesn’t. It
immediately asks, “Who put this here?” Because all of us know that explosions destroy. They don’t
create and they certainly don’t create machinery like a Cadillac or like a Honda.
Or do you go out and look at them and say, “A-ha! Obviously it came about through spontaneous
generation…from some decomposing substance.” Then you look for the decomposing substance. Well,
you know you don’t. Your mind does not ask those questions. It has to be taught to ask those
questions. It actually has to be perverted to ask those questions.
Your mind automatically says, “Who left the Honda here, who left the Cadillac?” Or as Inspector
Clouseau would say, “The Cadillac evolved from a Volkswagen and the Honda evolved from a ten-speed
Schwinn bicycle.” Well, you don’t, because you are still left with the problem, who put the bicycle
there or who put the Volkswagen there? The mind knows that even if there is some evolution (and
there is obviously some kind of evolution within the species at least), even if there is some
evolution, even if there was ever an explosion, even if there was ever spontaneous generation,
somebody had to originally create the thing from which these things evolved. If there was an
explosion, who made what exploded? Somebody must have created something originally, if there was a
decomposing substance. Who created the substance that decomposed? Who created the stuff that
exploded? Who created the original single cell amoeba that eventually evolved?
In other words, those so-called answers are not an explanation of creation at all. Normally when one
sees a world like this or one sees a mountain — one responds the same way as Einstein does or the
same way as the most primitive person in the whole universe would respond. One says, “Who put the
mountain there, who put the world here?” Maybe you will say, why do you ask “who”? Why do you ask,
who put the world here? I can see that something must have started it all somewhere, but why do we
say it’s a “him” and not an “it”?
Well, loved ones the same way as we draw other conclusions from everyday life. We look at what is
here and we work back to the kind of force or being that would have had to create it. Let’s say you
go out of your room door into the dormitory corridor and you see a bone lying on the floor. You just
do not say, “That cannibal girl down the corridor or that savage counselor has been chewing up
freshmen again.” You don’t. If you see a bone that looks gnawed, you know what normally produces
gnawed bones. There’s a dog somewhere and that dog is out again. Or if you work it the other way,
you go outside your door and find a piece of paper with a simultaneous equation on one side and part
of “Paradise Lost” written on the other. You just do not say, “That stupid dog has lost his
assignment again!” However, clever the dog is you know that a dog cannot produce “Paradise Lost”. A
dog cannot produce simultaneous equations. And that’s why we say, who?
Can you imagine a chair making you? Can you imagine even an animate object like a dog making you? We
can’t. We automatically say no. Whatever made us, whether he made us in one moment, or whether he
made us over a period of time, he must have been capable of putting these powers of development
within us. So, he must be as personable at least, as we are. That’s why we ask “who”? The being that
created us must be at least as personal as we ourselves are.
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