The blog about Reagan’s “Trust but Verify” brought an interesting discussion. I appreciate everyone who participated. The lack of verification is essential to a successful religion.
Occasionally, someone thinks a successful god can be a real person. Rev. Sun Yun Moon is such a god. He is the Messiah prophasized in the Bible. Another person made this claim 2000 years ago.
While quite successful for a couple of decades, Moon was convicted of a tax vilolation and has lost some of his appeal. Most everyone who claims godly status runs into something eventually that puts the hairs out of place.
Followers require an invisable god because each person’s god must fit that person’s needs. Some need a god that disciplines. Another needs a god that encourages. Every follower needs a god that knows him or her personally. No actual human figure could delivery the individual attention required of a god.
One of the most successful recent “gods” has been the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This parody god was introduced when a group insisted that Intelligent Design be taught in Kansas schools along with evolution. The parody author said he looked forward to the day when three scientific origins of the universe were taught all children, evolution, Intelligent Design and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The FSM decided early on to be an invisible god. This was because people are more likely to believe a god is real if they cannot see it.