Post 5: What is Agnosticism?

I remember being in high school and hearing that one of my peers was “agnostic” when we were asked about our religious beliefs. Again, my high school was Catholic and mandated religion classes. I did not know what that meant, but I assumed agnostic meant something like “questioning” or “unsure” about whether god exists or not. I did not know the definition until now: “a person who hold the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable.” This puts things in a totally different perspective for me, because I actually do relate to this belief quite strongly. You can’t prove that god exists, but you can’t prove he doesn’t. Not on a massive level at least. Some people may have their proof of god as literally having had a conversation with him/her, but that proof only exists to one individual. If I told someone I had a conversation with god, only people who already believed in god might believe me. So I agree with agnostics — I don’t think we can know for sure, until maybe we die.

I’d like to think about and examine how nature proves god. The idea that god exists may make sense considering the fact that it is impossible for anyone, whether you’re a scientist, a politician, or a religious figure, to know everything that exists. It is simply impossible to explain all phenomena, which is what keeps curiosity and science alive, but also may draw the question of who created these inexplicable things. The biggest curiosities and questions that much of humanity is desperate to find out is how life ever began. What created planets? Suns? Asteroids? Everyone has heard of the Big Bang Theory — but that has recently hit a dead end and is far less likely to be the cause. I don’t want to talk much more about the “big” life questions like this. The other curiosities and inexplicable things I refer to is things like ghosts and other occurrences that are consistently cited as existing all over the world for thousands of years, but are unable to be proven or explained by science.

Ghosts and other unsolved mysteries that have existed with humanity for thousands of years (I should probably strike the word ghosts because it has too many preconceptions with it) are things that humans may never be able to solve. Witchcraft and black magic are other forces that seem scientific to millions of people, but seem hokey and superstitious to millions of others. So, with the supposition that we will never know if these things that are seemingly guided by unknown forces, why do they exist? The spiritual world must exist due to these phenomena. We don’t necessarily see dark forces that we would consider “spiritual” or of “the devil’s work” very obviously in our modern, Western societies, but Westerners who have been to unpopulated, primitive villages in all the world’s corners attest to seeing dark phenomena that can only be so obvious as of “the devil’s work” in those rural places. In this country, and others that are well-evolved, powerful, and connected with the world, it would be smart for devil or any dark force to not exist out in the open. Those dark forces would be more discreet. There is a quote that goes, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” This certainly would put the devil or whoever may be in charge of death and suffering in a great position to do his work without being detected, and therefore opposed and stopped.

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