Whats in the last Einstein published letter?
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are those words Einstein's words? is Einstein right?Answers to this question:
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Your question drew my interest, so I Googled it. Apparently this letter was not intended to be published, it was written a year before his death. In it, he wrote, "…The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this,"
This interests me because I had always heard that on Einstein's death bed, he decided he believed in God. As an adult, I find this dubious at best.
He also had some harsh words to say about Judaism, saying that he saw no reason to believe the Jews were "the chosen people," which is interesting of course because his family was Jewish.
I wonder how many other adults have matured to the level where they feel free to criticize the religion of their childhood, instead of just criticizing the religions of others. Have you gotten to that place, Abolghasem?
Yes, I passed such experience as a former Atheist. Do you think those are Einstein's words? or is he right in his two beliefs? do you agree with him or you have a different opinion? Does being Einstein means every thing what he thought is true?
Total Answers: 2, Total Page Views: 322.Einstein was right about the O.T.Bible, right about the Jews' and right about the God in the Jewish Book of Fairytales, but was wrong to dismiss the notion of God, independent from religion.
God appears invisible and appears totally elusive because God is so merged with our consciousness, imbued in everything around us, to be patently and obviously evident.
Pray hard that mankind rejects rote religious nonsenses in our search for God and for our souls; we must spiritually awaken from our coma of misleading and man-made almost silly religions, as any type of a cosmic answer..
Science shall use all of its tools and technology to give us answers about the Universe, until it leads us finally, to God.
thanks for response.
we can consider religion's role in framing and shaping concepts that are subject of separation attempts. belief in God without belief in religion is just another self-made religion. I think ignoring past heritage in search of making your own kind of religion is waste of time and energy. based on my limited studies, For me, Mohammad (peace be upon him) is the God's prophet and I am not interested in being prophet (I don't have required time and talent etc). I ask everything I need about religion from those who studied it. They are more aware of the concept of God. The only things a Shiah Muslim must know based on his own studies about religion are 1) existence of God 2) The other day 3) Prophet hood of Mohammad. 4) Justness of God 5) Imamat (hard to translate)
we can ask religion experts what we feel we need more to know and follow their advice.
So, your answer to Bruce's question above, "I wonder how many other adults have matured to the level where they feel free to criticize the religion of their childhood, instead of just criticizing the religions of others. Have you gotten to that place, Abolghasem?" should have been. "no."
Two people have given you contrasting yet intelligent and respectful answers to your question. Then you flippantly dismiss them and hold your Islam flag above all.
I have no quarrel with your Islam faith and practice, Alboghasem. I believe strongly that there is room in the world for diversity in beliefs and practices. I also believe that the more that we endeavor to understand the beliefs and culture of those different from us, then the more our tolerance for differences will grow.
Personally, I appreciate the time, effort and thought that Bruce put into answering your question. He took the time to research and contrasted his findings to his previous limited knowledge. He grew from this effort and you could have grown with him if you could but listen with your heart rather than bias.
To Paul I would say that some of the things that he has said outside of this question I have difficulty in comprehending. His expressions are sometimes too abstract for me to get my own thoughts around. This answer to your question, however, is dead on clear. Whether I agree with it or not is not relevant. I have not lived the same experiences as he and I am entitled to disagree if I chose. I would not dismiss his words, however, without an expression of respect, at least, and hopefully, sincere empathy.
There is wisdom in the words of both of these men. I believe that you have wisdom to share too but your thoughts come to me in rote.
Before you respond to my words I ask that you deeply reflect. Then write your response on a separate paper, put it down and walk away. Come back and read it a few hours later and reflect some more. If you truly read and reflect from deep within your soul then I have no doubt that your final answer will evolve to one based on empathy rather than competition.
May your God guide you.
Thanks for response. as you said I will study more and give my opinion later. I think what I share with Paul and Bruce have nothing for our progress. it is differences that matters. The progress is a difference after all. I believe in difference and I respect difference and respectful discussion.
Good for you, Marlin, and very well said.
A Bowl Of Gas, Him, is a laundered mind, washed and hung out to dry, unable to understand even the question that he, himself, posed.
Thank you, Paul. I sincerely don't want ostracize anyone. At the same time, everyone participating deserves mutual respect and consideration for the thoughts that they take the time to express.
When those thoughts come not from themselves, but are rote, and parroted, from power crazed silly others, the danger exists that mutual respect evaporates.
It's interesting, Paul. My wife and I do not agree on most things spiritual but when I read this question and the responses to her she echoed my thoughts before I read my own response.
When she heard my response she remarked the exact same words as you did. She said, "Good for you!"
For Understanding what Paul means about his faith in God you should read his article:
I respect his right of thinking and having different opinions from what I have.
I think criticism is not a value by itself, we can criticize each other and ourselves but should this happen all the time and about all issues? There are many things that I don't have time to think about. so I don't have any positive or negative opinion about them. But what I think about is what I respect. And I think respect is not just admiration it can also include criticism. I criticized many sections of my religion, in the past. But currently I only believe in majority of what I encounter in my religion.
I just expressed my opinion. I don't expect you believe in what I believe without knowledge of my belief. But as I have trust in what I believe naturally I think everyone else would think like me if he had similar experience and knowledge. It means I don't think I am wrong because if I think so I will correct my mistake.
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