Thursday 28 February 2013

Why "Creator God" makes no sense

Something is missing if the creator God is omnipotent

If there is a personal God that is all-powerful, and all good, then why did God create us and give us desires to leave the spiritual world and pursue selfishness?
If God did not create our imperfections, who did? If you say "we did" then who created that in us which would create our imperfections? So far, every answer I have read by God-worshippers, including on this site, has skirted around the real issue.
I have asked devotees at my local Krishna temple, and they have told me to read Bhagavatam. I don't understand how anyone can call themselves a devotee and yet not be able to answer this fundamental question. Maybe I am just strange, and this question only matters to my mind for some reason.
To me, Buddhism seems on firmer ground without a creator God.
Personally, I have had some God experiences... or what I was sure at the time were God experiences (of a personal nature). Both were while under the influence of ayahuasca. On each occasion, of course, my mind went to this fundamental question of why there is evil. On each occasion, I was led to understand that this question was meaningless, and that everything could equally well be seen as already perfect.
Of course, a Buddhist might say that such experiences were actually of "my" pure mind/essential knowing essence/citta/poo roo. Thus, no creator God needed.
In any case, if everything could be understood to be already perfect, then the question of why there is evil is answered as, "Because you choose to see evil." Why do we choose to see evil? "Because of ignorance, leading to identification and clinging/craving." Why are we ignorant? Who made us that way? To this fundamental question, theism remains silent, which is quite disturbing, because our creator is not accountable for creation. Buddha, who also avoided this question, may be let off the hook, since he never taught that there was a creator, and so one need not worry about why the creator made us this way.
To me it seems that God is conceptualized as other than what we are because we are imperfect. But when "we" (as a self-referential thought) disappear, then, as some catholic monks and nuns have said, so does "God"... or at least the general concept of God as other. St. Teresa of Avila said that the feeling remains with her that God is on the journey, too. Maybe what we need is a less static understanding of perfection. Maybe perfection goes from perfect to perfecter, yet everything is always perfect. :)

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