Originally posted by Summer3
Do you believe there is a God ?
I believe infinity of Self (Atman) - an impersonal state of Brahman.
Do you think perhaps it is man who made God and not the other way round ?
I think its both because Brahman and Self are related in the same way as mass and energy. However if you speak of Personal Gods, angels, messengers, self-proclaimed incarnates etc etc. then its man's perception.
Or perhaps we are all characters in a Dream and should wake up the guy who is having all these weird dreams.
That is right. The universe that we perceive in terms of time and space is relativistic. Its not absolute. Advaitas and Shramanas call it Maya. The absolute reality is conscious self or Brahman.
We have the old school of traditional beliefs and the modern way of rationalizing and understanding how things function. In Duality there is a "God" but this "God" disappears in Monoism.
Duality is in nature - as in wave particle duality. Both wave and particle are dual aspects of the same existence. So are Brahman and Atman. Brahman cloaked in Avidya is Atman and Atman removing the cloak of Avidya is Brahman. This is what the ancient Upanishads and the Buddhists said. It is the modern religions which give too much importance to Personal Gods and prophets and claim that man is a bond servant and some personal God is master.
So an "Atheist" who believes in himself is much more closer to the Truth.
Self-faith is the highest faith. Because the Self or Atman is the only thing which is Noumea. Other Gods, books, religions, dogmas etc are perceptions of the sub-conscious mind of an individual and subjected to change. He's not an atheist who doesn't believe in God or Gods. He's an atheist who doesn't believe in himself.
It is better to believe in something rather than nothing ( I don't mean the Nirvana nothingness). No matter what humanity has to be respected.