27 Nov My Religious Beliefs
I believe in a God who created the universe or perhaps is the
universe, who is also the administrator of universal justice. I
also believe in reincarnation and the four noble truths of
Buddhism as well as karma. However, I certainly do NOT believe
in God in the traditional Judeo-Christian sense or in the Bible
or the Koran. Furthermore, I think my beliefs should be subject
to skeptical scrutiny. I also believe very strongly in
well-established scientific theories (including Darwin’s theory
of evolution by natural selection) as well as the scientific
method, and I think any system of religious belief must be
compatible with modern science.
In a nutshell, here are my religious beliefs:
1. There is a God who created the universe or else is the
universe itself. As the supreme intelligent entity, God created
the laws of physics. Furthermore, the evolution of life on earth,
including humanity, was an inevitable consequences of these laws.
Man was created in part in order to comprehend the universe
as well as the laws of physics governing it. Ultimately, man
will learn the purpose of his existence as well as the nature
2. Every human being has a soul, which is the essence of his or
her being. After we die, our souls leave our bodies and
eventually join up with the body of a newly-conceived human
being. Reincarnation generally proceeds forward in time, though
there may be rare exceptions.
3. God gives every person the free will to choose between good
and evil. (The existence of free will means that the universe
is not deterministic. Quantum mechanics may be the source of
4. God maintains a record of everyone’s good and evil deeds
during their lifetime. After we die, who we become in our next
life is based in part on the overall score of how good or evil
we’ve been during our previous life.
5. We cannot conclude that someone’s suffering is a result of
their being punished for having been evil during a past life.
Only God can know the circumstances of someone’s past life.
Besides, unforseen circumstances which are not under God’s
control, such as natural disasters, may be responsible for
suffering. God wants us to help those in need regardless of
whether they’re being punished for their previous life.
6. I believe in the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. (The fact
that life is suffering is in part due to social demands which
ultimately benefit civilization but go against our genetic
traits which we obtained through natural selection. For instance,
it is healthy to eat vegetables, but most children don’t like
them because they weren’t part of our diet before the advent
of agriculture, which had little bearing on our natural
selection. There are countless other examples like this.)
7. It is not necessary to believe in God in order to be good,
though it helps in general.