This is an article which appeared in the Helmsman, a journalistic publication at the campus of the University of Memphis.
To the Editor:
I wish to comment on the opinion of any omnipotent being, such as God. In reading several articles about the topic recently printed in the Helmsman, I could hardly believe what had been written; religious slanders and intellectual cut-downs all giving their offense or defense of the divine.
First of all, a God does exist. Despite coincidences that might have led the human race to the point of development which it currently holds, the probability of all of them happening in the same way without guidance is astronomically astounding. So therefore, God exists. However, God may not exist as most perceive Him.
God can be assumed to exist as a universal, thus placing Him above any physical description. Most things without such are ideas that exist within the near-infinite realms of human thought: the idea for numbers (although we see them, they are only symbols which represent actual numbers), manhood (again, many might say manhood can be seen in others, but not singularly as itself), or categories (which contain physical qualities in order to organize but not having any qualities of their own). Given the above, God would most likely exist as a category, all that which is good (good for who, good for what reason, or just simply good, is unknown) and primordial would belong to that category.
To obtain a better understanding of God, as much as our imperfections will allow, we need to grasp a basic idea, which is likewise under continual attack. Time is the essential key to understanding God, for as existing as a universal He would most definitely be above time. Not being subject to time can explain all the “prophecies” contained in the Holy Bible. God would be able to observe mankind at any point of its existence, and thus “predict” with accurate infallibility.
Time, however, is difficult to explain as we are subject to it and must adhere to all aspects of it. But, nonetheless, here is my rendition of the key at its simplest level. Time, from the beginning to the end, coexists within the same confines of God’s domain, the multiverse. I illustrate this fact by introducing the concept of ‘tachyons’, energy particles that travel no slower than the speed of light. Theorists believe that these particles are the resultant energy which accrues from the destruction of our universe. With speed such as theirs, they are believed to be traveling through time to the beginning. Thus, time cannot truly be perceived unless one can comprehend infinity, and that is not possible with any being that is not above infinity itself (for we can only comprehend that which is below us).
This will implant a higher desire to know more about God as described thus far in this response. God, quite simply, could be the thoughts of all mankind throughout history (reference to time used for us, not Him). This would mean that God is the “super-conscience” somewhat similar to the one introduced in the area of psychology near the beginning of this century.
Time and the idea of a “super-conscience”, as defined herein, would also offer an explanation for premonitions, deja vu, and several more ESP occurrences.
Fundamentally, any definition of God from anyone or anything below infinity can never be accurate, only self-satisfactory at the most.
This was written in the Spring of 1990. My views today are somewhat different. I still believe in God, but not the “super-conscience” entity that I fictionalized. That would mean that mankind would be a paradox in itself. Knowing that we have only existed for less than 200,000 years we would only be arrogant in thinking that mankind just “waited” for the right time. And if we were the “super-conscience” that transcended time and space, we could not explain the horrors which mankind is inflicting upon itself in the form of killing, raping, and any form of cruelty.
© 1990 David Carroll. All rights reserved.