Friday, July 13, 2012

1. There is a Creator.

When thinking about the origin of all things, you should inevitably arrive at one question that is unanswerable: how did existence come into existence?

That is the basis for the belief in a Creator in the Church of Camwell.  It is reasonable to believe that physical existence exists because something made it exist.  That something, God to some, is impossible to fully comprehend because it's existence lies beyond the capabilities of human perception.  The Creator probably doesn't even really exist as an entity in the sense that we understand the concept of an entity.

It could be that God is an energy force, or maybe simply a consciousness.  The Church of Camwell believes that it's pretty futile to even bother with debating the nature of the Creator's existence, but we do believe that the Creator left its indellible mark on creation.

The Church of Camwell rejects the notion of the Adam and Eve story.  The world we know today is a result of aeons of development and evolution.  That's what makes us so special: all of that chaos bore out this single moment in time.

It's possible that "intelligent design" exists, but that is also somewhat futile to discuss.  We can say that there is some basis for that given that the Creator left its mark on existence.  We know that there are universal laws of physics, time, and space; and just as well we know that there are universal laws of morality.  We know that reason exists, because reason is merely the ability to understand the order or disorderliness of things.

There is some structure amongst the chaos, so it's not all that unreasonable to believe in intelligent design.  But when you ask yourself "how" or "to what extent" this design goes, that's where we are at a loss.  It could be that the Creator is the master chess player, creating the basis for existence knowing that the conditions and laws created would bear the fruit of meaningful life.

Most major religions believe in what I like to call an Omni-Omni Being (All-powerful, -knowing, -present, basically an all-everything being), or Oob for short.  Yes, Oob is meant to sound a little goofy, because above everything else, the Church of Camwell never takes itself too seriously.

It is very possible for the Creator to be an Oob, as the Creator exists outside this physical existence.  It would stand to reason that the Creator of our processes has control over these processes.  Be that as it may, if the Creator is an Oob, then the Church of Camwell believes that this Oob does not interfere with the machinery of existence.

We limited humans are capable of reason and rationality ergo an Oob, who does not share our temporal limitations, would most certainly be capable of reason and rationality.  An Oob would most likely have perfect reason and rationality, considering that this existence is the creation of the Oob.

That serves as the basis for the Oob's love for us.  We know what it's like to love our children.  Our children are our little creations, and we (for the most part) love them unconditionally.  The Oob loves its creation unconditionally and equally.  Therefore, the Oob does not grant us our requests.  The Oob does not interfere with anything in the universe, because the greatest degree of power is being able to resist using one's unlimited power.

Suffice to say, the Creator, or Oob if you will, does not exist as some "spooky father figure" as the Anonymous Howard Beale likes to say.  There is no puppeteer in space pulling all the strings.  It is reasonable to believe, however, that the physical realm came into existence by the will of some ethereal force.  Whether that force is an energy or an Oob is always up to debate. 

The members of the Church of Camwell are encouraged to have faith in whatever conception of the Creator they choose to have, so long as they do not try to hold that Creator to the bounds of human understanding.  For example, an Oob would never be jealous, hypocritical, or conniving.  Just as you would never trick your child into harm, just so you could then damn your child to eternal torture, an Oob would never do that to its beloved creation.

We also must conclude that an Oob would not interfere with the lives of humans.  We exist for a reason, perhaps because an Oob wants us to experience what living is truly like.  So if an Oob were to interfere with life, then it would be altering the experience which would ultimately defeat the purpose of our existence in the first place.

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