YOU CAN’T GET RID OF GOD
Spinoza says we know how god or truth operate because we have the tool to know – our thinking. However, we don’t really know what god is or why god is. These questions are what computer scientists call the Halting Problem. (Turing).
If you give a computer a question it can’t answer, (like the square root of 2), it will operate forever and/or until it breaks down. We are finite creatures in an infinite reality. We only think god because god is the source of our thinking. We don’t create god by our thinking.
Truth ultimately is a belief. But it can be an intelligent belief, guided by logic, mathematics and the axioms of thought, described by Euclid as ‘equal’ and ‘the whole is greater than the part.’ Equal is the glue that holds all reason and ethics together.
Spinoza says nothing has ever been created, only generated. I don’t create god. Instead, god is generated in my brain. This generation is the source of god as a ‘field of potential.’ I call god, ‘unbounded possibility’ and the Power Set of truth.
I believe this field is beyond time and place (our position in what is called space) and brought into existence by energy. Consequently I don’t create god but rather god expresses itself through me and every thing that exists, like rocks, trees, dogs and so forth.
You can’t get rid of god. It is the information inside all things. Energy gives all things in the universe work to do. Things can either express this work adequately or inadequately. (Only humans do it inadequately). So ‘the purpose of god’ is for us to become a tool to express god. Everything is god (energy and entropy).
When we are addicts, we are slaves of desires and of wants that intoxicate us. The first three steps of AA say instead we can be intoxicated by god. As Spinoza says, we can, ‘taste union with god, produce true thinking in ourselves and share these ideas with our neighbours.’ (paraphrased).
We are not asking god to do our will but rather expressing god in our thoughts and actions. We don’t really have a ‘will,’ but rather adequate or inadequate ideas of the work we do as the tools of god.
All these are responses to excellent questions I recently encountered as I tried myself to learn the lesson of Step 3 of Alcoholics Anonymous.