Was life on this planet created by an omniscient and omnipotent being? If so, does this all knowing being still exist as put forth by the Bible? I have asked myself these questions numerous times and I still cannot fully accept the idea of an omnipotent deity as purported by the Judeo-Christian faith. I find it hard to believe that a God who is supposed to be the fount of goodness and mercy, exists in a world where there is so much suffering.
On the other hand, I cannot accept the theory that life on this planet evolved from primordial sludge into the sentient, intelligent form we know as human. In my opinion, if such an evolution were possible, science would have found a way to create life -- or a least identify the element that brings matter to life.
So where does this leave me? How can I give meaning to my life if that life is just an accident? How can I contemplate the future of humanity if I have no thoughts or beliefs on its origin? The need to know is intrinsic to the nature of humankind. Thus great myths, religions, and scientific schools of thought have developed to answer the question; "How and why are we here?" Here are my thoughts....
Suppose I am an entity at a level of existence far beyond that which we are currently familiar and I, as this entity, desire to ensure the continuing existence of my species. To this end I encase the essence of my species, which is consciousness and intellect, in a biological form which I call human. I seek out worlds which are suitable for the existence and proliferation of this form and deposit human on a planet I deem satisfactory.
I know from the history of my own evolution that this human I have created will deeply entwine itself in the sensations of its flesh and will encounter many dangers in its efforts to experience these sensations. Without some guidance to help it avoid these dangers, it could actually extinguish itself.
Knowing that at this stage of its development, superstition is one of the strongest, intrinsic qualities of its nature, I present myself as an omnipotent being, its God, and put fourth rules and guidelines governing its behavior and actions. Some of these rules are scientifically or medically based: Certain foods forbidden to eat (because the human does not have the knowledge to prepare or store those foods properly to avoid poisoning.) Certain rites to be performed (circumcision for the prevention of infection, resulting in the loss of life, or the ability to procreate), and when those rites are to be performed (on the eighth day of an infant's life when the blood's coagulants are at their highest levels, thus reducing the risk of bleeding to death.)
Some of the guidelines I put forth concern ideas, actions, emotions, and morality. These are designed to promote the development of the inherent qualities of the essence in the being I created, and to sublimate and diminish the animalistic compulsions of the biological form.
I visit the human (secretly) and observe him throughout his existence, watching his progress. In the beginning, the human is in an uneducated, highly superstitious state, fearing the wrath and seeking the pleasure of what it believes is an omniscient being. It obeys my rules and lives in accordance to them. As the human flourishes and evolves to a more intelligent form, the rules I established lose their importance to some degree. The human can now care for itself through medical and scientific means and the necessity of performing certain rites, or avoiding certain foods and practices, diminishes.
The problems arise when the human chooses to no longer adhere to the moral guidelines I established and chooses instead to participate in the sensations of his flesh, ignoring the cultivation of the higher, self-restraining qualities of his essence. Because of this, the possibility arises that the evolution of the human into a higher form will be stymied. The idea that the evolutionary process may in fact cease completely now becomes a real danger. To avoid this catastrophe I decide to intervene and help guide the human along the proper path so I communication with the human to give further guidance.
I know the human is not evolved enough to accept me for who I actually am and the long history of the human's belief in me as a deity serves to provide me with built in credence, so I continue to use the persona of the deity. My presence serves to lead the human back to the guidelines already established and also to allow me to redirect the human's efforts in areas that contribute directly to the evolutionary process. Some of my contacts are physical (Moses and the burning bush, for example) and some take the form of "divine inspiration."
Among humans themselves, there occasionally comes one who, for some reason beyond my influence, can glimpse the future of its potential existence and uses that knowledge to help guide the masses.
Overall, I am content to let the humans find their own way and intervene only when I see a real danger of the evolutionary process stopping. I know this evolution to a higher form like myself will perhaps take eons and I am content to wait and let nature, such as I have encouraged it to be, take its time.
According to Webster this idea is similar to the deitistical doctrine of the 17th - 18th centuries. It differs in the idea that my "higher life form" occasionally involves itself in the functioning of the world.