Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Tragic Crash of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Question--What can we understand about the Creator, just using logic and inference? Using these tools we can infer that "God" is:
1. Outside the universe (He created it)
2. Eternal
3. Infinite (omnipresent)
4. Spiritual
5. Intelligent
6. Qualities of an individual "person" or greater

What do we read in the Bible? We see that the God of the Bible claims to be the creator of the universe, eternal, infinite, a spirit, intelligent, and a person that is knowable, and who seeks for us to know Him.

Therefore, the God of the Bible is a logical candidate for the Creator of the Universe.

Some will counter with the logically-flawed and mocking rebuttal and challenge: But I think that a Flying Spaghetti Monster is the creator of the universe! (This is the most common taunt, if you don't believe me, just Google that phrase. At last check, it comes in at just under a half-million hits. There are even elaborate websites devoted entirely to the mocking praise of this faux-god. I'm not kidding.)

Lets break that down logically---
Flying: A system of movement through a medium that either moves in conjunction with differences in pressure (birds, planes, etc), or due to propulsion (rockets, etc) or initial movement (asteroids)
Problem: While this doesn't contradict anything about the God of the Bible, it presupposes that this monster-god must move somehow, instead of being infinite, and omnipresent.

Spaghetti: Since spaghetti is a physical substance within the universe (it is an "Effect" of the original "Cause") then it is illogical that a Creator who is OUTSIDE of the universe, and not composed of anything in the universe, would be comprised of spaghetti.

Monster: Since this term is pre-supposed upon many different bases (i.e. evil, scary, large, etc) this one is difficult to deal with logically. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to know if the Creator is a monster, in the sense of an evil being, since evil is a subjective, qualitative term, as is monster. So it would be illogical to posit that the Creator is a monster, as that requires knowledge unobtainable without revelation from the Creator.

Also, in conclusion, what you call God---(examples: Creator, Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Deity, the First Principle, Lord, etc) has no bearing WHATSOEVER in this discussion. Nomenclature does not effect the essential nature of something, it only seeks to describe it or limit it through language. But, as in the case of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, we can analyze that hypothesis to see if it bears up under logical scrutiny as a sufficient desciptor, or whether it should be discarded as wholly inadequate.

In the final analysis: There were no survivors in the crash of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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