Sunday, December 9, 2012

Right to speak about God


Who gave you the right to speak about God?

Hypothesis: 'God created Everything, including thoughts'

If your answer to the question is 'God directly and/or indirectly gave right to speak about God' or similar as Pope would state, here, you directly spoke about God in your answer.

Therefore, the same question apply to your answer, and the same or similar question & answer will be cycled/recursive, unless thinking is exclusive to God's creation.

With reference to first question, my second question is:

Is the Bible (or contents of it) God's creation, with no human thinking (assumptions) involved?

Your answer to the second question would be the conclusion (thesis) regarding origination of Bible.
The same apply to all creation ideologies (Quran, Torah, Vedas, etc).

Additional Details

"I do not have a right to speak for God" is speaking about God.
Who gave you that right?

@Methane Mama,
Does FAITH (thinking) speaks to you or you speak about God?

@alex l,
If God is you (author) and your thoughts a fiction (contents of Bible or direct words of author), where Bible is a story book, can the Bible in all its wisdom be full of fallacy to you?

"he has given his created people the power" is liberty (privilege/bonus), not freedom.
Creator has authority over creation's creation.
Therefore, your comment proves my initial hypothesis is true.

Let me correctly ask the question because you spotted an issue with given right (privilege):
Who gave you privilege or do you have right to define God's 'Federal Plan' as per your comment?

I think your initial hypothesis is false.

God is the creator of all time, space, matter, energy and life, but he is not the immediate creator of every existing thing. Instead, he has given his created people the power to manipulate what he has created, so that they perform subordinate acts of creation. This applies as much to the creation of abstract things such as thoughts, stories and music, as it self-evidently does to physical ojects such as tables, buckets and tower-blocks. (I presume that you would not assert that your possessions (for instance) came into being in their current form through spontaneous acts of divine creation 'ex-nihilo').

I also think that the premise of your main question is misconceived. The idea of 'rights' is a bit of a philosophical dead end, and I believe that it makes much more sense to talk about freedoms. If we live in a world constrained by rights, then that limits us to those things specifically permitted. Freedom works the other way, allowing us to do anything that is not specifically prohibited. Unless you dismiss free-will as an illusion (and thus deny our ability to think meaningfully about anything), it should be obvious that we have a freedom to do most things, including talking about God.

Given that we have freedom, there is secondary question as to whether the excercise of a particular freedom is virtuous or evil. And that is a question which we have to answer through a well-formed conscience and an attentiveness to divine revelation, rather than by pure logic. When it comes to talking about God, we would be guided by the near-universal sense that the truth is good and falsehod is evil, so it is good to combat falsehood about any subject by speaking truth. For those who believe in the Christian message, it is possible to supplement this argument by pointing to Biblical passages such as Matt 28:19-20 and 1 Peter 3:15, in which we are specifically commanded to talk about God.



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