For the sake of simplicity.Just This Guy wrote: ↑Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:09 amActually, my point is, if the concept of god was built on anything that is an actual entity, then it would have consistency throughout history. The simple fact that it changes radically throughout history shows that what someone's idea of it is changes radically and constantly.
To put it in another way: Someone looks at a tree. The exact details of how they describe it vary, but if it is someone in ancient Egypt or modern South America, it is still easy to tell that at the root of the description, it is still a tree in one form or another. All descriptions basically will not vary much n the core details.
For a description of god throughout history, descriptions vary WILDLY! It is like one person describing an oak tree and another person describing a dog. They are nothing alike in their core details. If there actually is a god, then the core elements of that god would be consistent throughout history. But since the descriptions are that far apart, the only real logical conclusion is that they are describing different things. They are not the same god that various groups throughout history are talking about. From there using Occam's Razor, there are only a couple possible conclusions.
People may or may not have a need to believe in something beyond them, but the best conclusion based on the evidence is that they create their own idea of what that higher power is based on their environment. It is not based on a single entity, (or group of entities) or descriptions would be more consistent.
Let's call our "imagination" God. All animals have brains, but. . . . not necessarily imagination.
When our ancestors first became superstitious, it began to develop their imagination. As this imagination grew, so did the idea of God. In fact, you might say, the Imagination and God sort of developed each other. As we imagined God, God in turned causes our mind/brain/imagination to grow and try to explain our world.
The thing that God is based on, isn't solid to start with. God isn't based on a tree, so you are right, later generations cannot compare. God will change as the imagination changes.
But the imagination and God are, hitherto now, symbiotic. There is something mystical about consciousness. It creates imagination, and it can react to imagination as if it is real. (Trust me, I have a sensitive 10 year old.)
The "form of God" isn't anything like a tree. It is, quite literally, an idea passed down from parent to child. But, if you took a child and tossed them into the wild, they wouldn't have the idea of God. They would become like the other animals. God, is a mental space passed down.
God is also, the imagination exploring it's self. The imagination is everything God claims to be, infinite, all powerful, etc. We create our civilization with it.
However, there is a "reality" about what the imagination is. it might a be a product of the brain, but it is more then the brain. It's like a humans are animals of earth, but we are also evolving beyond that. We will be doing space travel soon.
The "half god/half man" is sort of explained in the imagination/body relationship.