Hi, I am new inhere and just came across this topic.
What brought me into this thread is the question "does God have a future?" I haven't seen the debate yet, as proposed by the first post, but I wonder if the question is even appropriate for a debate or a waste of time. Let me put it this way, if the perfect, everlasting, with no beginning and no end, the omniscient and omnipresent superieur being, the Creator of all -including of consciousness- that we call God is what He is, i.e. all what I just mentioned, how can we even ask a question "does He have a future" as if we reduced Him to a human being who by definition has a beginning (birth) and a physical end (death) imposed by the physical laws of time and space non applicable to the One who created them? From a logical point of view, the question has no sense whatsoever and all debate surrounding that question becomes sterile.
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"Does God have a future?" is not referring to "God" as an entity, but as an idea and concept within the mind and hearts of people. If no one believes in him in the future, he has no future as an idea and concept.
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I see your point, but then there is a misunderstanding as far as the term God is concerned. The title should be then "Does religion have a future?" and not God.
If we believe in someone who exists, then our non belief will not prevent existence of the being.
If we believe in someone who does not exist, then no matter our belief, that someone will never exist except as a fruit of our imagination.
As a conclusion the real question of the debate then is either "Does God exist?" or "Does religion have a future?", and not "Does God have a future?", because this unlogical question would imply the logical answer that God depends on time, space or people's belief, which would furthermore lead to the concept of God --entity or not-- as a non devine, imperfect, dependent, etc. which in the end leads to my original point how can the concept of God be reduced to a concept of temporary being or entity when the concept of the term God is neverending or everlasting non sumitted to the physical laws that we experience?