From little children on, most of us were assured there was a great supernatural being called "god" somewhere "up there" controlling and dictating everything. The concept is rather universal in the Western World. It has become such a set part of our thinking that even atheists like myself find our minds reverting to the concept that was drummed into us early on in our lives when we aren't on guard.
This illusion has held sway in the world from ancient times. The Greeks envisioned it all as a pantheon of gods and goddesses (a divine family) residing invisibly on Mount Olympus. Other nations and tribes had equally fanciful ideas about deities inhabiting holy parts of the earth and the heavens and showing up as planets, constellations, etc. It was not too hard to imagine these things prior to our modern technological and scientifically advanced age.
We tend to imagine souls floating off into the ether and continuing to surround us unseen. I still find the thought comforting, but it is most likely a complete illusion. It's probably just the last vestige of my former superstitions still trying to assert themselves in my mind.
As I asked in a previous blog, just where is "up there?" Certainly not Mount Olympus, nor any of the planets and celestial bodies we now know about and have studied ever more thoroughly.
Go to Google or some other search engine and type in "maps of the cosmos." You will be amazed at what you find. Surrounding us in every direction, more than thirteen billion light years in all directions, is an "up there" that is totally unfathomable. Among all the galaxies, stars, nebulae, black holes, etc., there is no "up there" one can point to as the abode of any fantastic being like "god." The vastness and the distances boggle the mind. Billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars and attendant planets and multitudeness wonders yet to be discovered.
The "faith slaves," are absolutely convinced that some magnificent, super-intelligent and utterly omnipotent anthropomorphized being created it all, but they never try to explain where such a being could have originated, or where, exactly, he resides. Of course, he has to look like us because we are the pinnacle of earthly creation. We have to be a mirror of the source.
It wasn't too long ago that people thought lightning was Thor (or some other god) hurling his hammer. We now know better, but many people will still think someone struck by lightning was being punished by god. We still view diseases and natural disasters as instruments of punishment wielded by "god."
Superstition survives intact in this enlightened modern age.
We aren't that far removed from our superstition-ridden ancestors.