As a follow-up to my last post, I thought I should address a general assumption that I relied upon the whole time: Exactly why do we need to obey our creator? Is that a general rule of some kind? I mean, I said in my post that I’d follow God if he’d merely establish that he existed and what exactly he expected of me. But why? Why would I do that? And is it inherently immoral to go against the wishes of our creator? And is it truly moral for a creator to punish and destroy his creations, merely for not loving him? Christians sometimes argue that there’s somehow a special God clause to our morality system, that allows him to do all kinds of crazy stuff that we’re not allowed to; but does that apply to all creators?
For example, say there’s no God at all, but rather an alien race created us. They found Earth a million years ago and set about to create an intelligent species, and after experimenting with countless animals, we’re the one that happened to come out on top. They don’t know who created the universe, but can prove that all the events in the bible are either fictional or non-miracles (ie, they’ve got Tivo), as well as disproving all other disprovable religious concepts.
Would we be required to follow their orders, assuming they couldn’t force us to otherwise? Like if they wanted us to form a one-world government and to institutionalize communism around the globe, would we really need to? Sure, they created us, but does that make us their slaves? Can they really tell us how to live? And would you be cool with the idea that they’d punish us all for eternity if we didn’t love them completely and unconditionally? I sure wouldn’t. Particularly not if they had slimy skin. But then again, I’m not so cool with the Christian God doing that either. Overall, the whole “love me or die” thing is a tad bit stalker-ish, even from a creator. But I’m sure the aliens could convince us that we were merely punishing ourselves by rejecting the aliens.
Or we can take this further and assume the aliens created our entire universe (they, existing in another dimension that we couldn’t possibly comprehend) and actively took a hand in shaping human events, just as people believe God did. Does that mean we’d have to follow their commands? I doubt people would agree to that. So what’s the difference? Is it because we only need to obey supernatural beings, and that aliens don’t qualify? Is it the slimy skin? What if they created us in their image? Would we then feel better about loving them unconditionally and following their every command?
So how about it for you? If aliens came down and showed us that they truly were our creators, would you feel automatically compelled to obey them? To love them? I doubt it. So how exactly is this different from what Christians, Muslims, and other religionists expect all of us in our behavior towards their gods? Would they feel whatever it is towards these aliens, as they do for their current god?
And when asked like this, doesn’t it really undermine their whole system? How not? I argue that we’d never willingly submit to aliens, yet what’s more alien than a supernatural being that’s always existed and can do anything? So why exactly is it that we’d need to obey God? And is it truly right merely because he says it is? What kind of morality is that?