Thursday, February 11, 2016

Questions for God

SB stated: Now, if God emerged as a process of the universe or suceeding universes (Turok style), I personally, am still good with this, in the same sense that I am good with people being born. Even of God is an emergent process-mind, I would like for us to ask Him questions. Such as-
1. How did you come up with the idea for life?
2. What are we doing wrong, as a species, and can we do anything about it?
3. Do You need any help, assistance, from our specie?

Answers to your questions according to the Quran: 
[Note: I'm pasting the literal translations of the verses; please follow the link for multiple translations in proper English]  

1. How did you come up with the idea for life? 
[Quran 67:2] The One Who created death and life that He may test you, which of you (is) best (in) deed. And He (is) the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving. 

2. What are we doing wrong, as a species, and can we do anything about it? 
[Quran 30:30] So set your face to the religion upright. Nature (made by) Allah (upon) which He has created mankind [on it]. No change (should there be) in the creation (of) Allah. That (is) the religion the correct, but most men (do) not know. 

3. Do You need any help, assistance, from our specie? 
[Quran 57:25] Certainly We sent Our Messengers with clear proofs and We sent down with them the Scripture and the Balance that may establish the people justice. And We sent down [the] iron, wherein (is) power mighty and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident (he) who helps Him and His Messengers, unseen. Indeed, Allah (is) All-Strong All-Mighty. 

As for answer 2, I'm trying to comprehend the meaning of 'No change should there be in the creation of Allah' from the narrations of the past civilisations in the Quran. So far I've published six blogposts on the topic: 

SB responded: All this taken on faith alone. For those of us not blessed in faith, we have doubt, and that is reasonable doubt. Doubt is a bad companion, but I believe an evolved survival scheme in nature that worked. The danger with absolute faith is that God answers all questions so we need put much effort in our curiosity. Why spend time effort and money of it is all in God's hands? God answers all questions. Dark matter? God. superconductivity? God wills it. If God did not Will it, it would cease. This is what I term, an answer to the why questions. I am thinking that the HOW questions are now far more important. Why's are questions that might be answered by a sheep herder on a hill side. How is a far different question. How leads to more and more questions. How do we hook up a ceiling fan? How did dark matter form, specifically? How did we have so much normally charged matter, versus antimatter in the skies we see, and the accelerators we test?? By this reasoning How is much closer to God than why. If you decide so view Conway's Life lecture by Steinhart, we all see the How question partially resolved (always partially as Gödel reasoned).  Better future scientific equipment will surely bring better and better observations and measurements, and better conclusions.
Don't ask me why, ask me how? 

The Quran answers the 'Immortality' 'HOW' question repeatedly with the assurance of subterranean rivers in the Gardens of Eden, terming the life of the Hereafter as The Life, and asking us to heed to the invitation to what gives us life! 
This link lists some verses of the Quran which inform us about Immortality and A Kingdom that Never Decays, its impossibility in this world, and its permanence in the Hereafter: 

SB responded: Now, this is a religious answer, that does not show cause and effect, in a measurable manner, and measuring, plus observation, is what science does. One might come up.with scientific explanations of how, certain events in the new testament, might work, which is entertaining, but unrepeatable. Repeatability is also part of science. Tipler used analogies in physics, with his Physics of Christianity. If we all live long enough we shall see if his physical predictions come true?  

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