Following on from my last post, http://www.askoldcoot.info/2012/03/20/are-we-solipsists/ I suppose we ought to be asking “where do Gods go when they die?”
It is a fairly easy to see that the untold power of millions of human brains can bring a god into existence – but does that god have to be mortal?
If the creation was purely at an energetic level, do we assume that when the energy is withdrawn as people die or change their beliefs, the god dies?
If you research among the world’s religions, you will find very few that do not acknowledge that their god exists and affects the lives of individuals on a daily basis.
If the religions are all accurately reporting events, the created gods seem to have a great deal of power and it seems unfair that these gods can simply fade away as their following fades away.
If Odin and Apollo can simply die, for example, how can mankind possibly believe that the god they worship now will grant them a life after death?
The devotion of followers of the various modern day gods is strong – probably at least as strong as that of all the ancestors who have also worshipped a god. Is it possible that today’s worshippers have finally got it right or are they simply creating a god for their needs and that it will be replaced as usurpers come forward to claim their place?
There is no doubt that humanity has had a constant stream of deities over the millennia – how do we know that the “true” god hasn’t just left us here with our little comfort blankets while he is off, somewhere else, creating more beings in an eternal search for the perfect mortal?
Maybe we should see god as a chef seeking the perfect recipe? That would certainly help to explain why the universe has so many planets.