I beg your pardon? Sefer Yetzirah?????? The earliest extant book on Jewish esotericism?????? What???????????
For goodness sakes, OK, do you mean the The Short Version, The Long Version, The Saadia Version or The Gra Version?
The Sefer Yetzirah describes how the universe was created by the "God of Israel" not a whole bunch of Aliens, it is hard to interpret so many versions of interpretation exist, which I do not think you will acknowledge, only your preferred version, and Sefer Yetzirah's appendix (vi. 15) declares that the Biblical patriarch Abraham was the recipient of the divine revelation. How does that sit with the views you have expressed to date? In particular:
The gods of other cultures' ancient texts however bear more weight.
You are contradicting yourself. Again. Like you did with Hawking.
To clarify, I am a Hindu atheist. Hinduism is ultimately an atheistic philosophy; I do not accept the Abrahamic conception of "God". Or anything with any semblance of it. Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan are both noted atheists, and they each have expressed great enthusiasm in their insistence that the gods exist. The gods to which I refer are of course not so-termed by either Sagan or Hawking: they refer to them as extraterrestrials. I suppose I am rather partial to the term "god". In Sanskrit, the two words have the same meaning--thus I use them interchangeably. Carl Sagan also devoted time in his masterpiece Cosmos to discussing the possibility that the ancient accounts of gods were in fact extraterrestrial beings. I am not a proponent of Erich von Daniken (insofar as many of his theories are sheer conjecture--I mostly agree with him on his essential premise).
The debates become heated because you are rude. It's that simple.
How can you refuse an Abrahamic conception of "God" and with the same conviction advocate Sefer Yetzirah?
Hawking has not stated that Gods exist. Sagan has not stated that Gods exist. You can use the words interchangeably but they will not be recognised in conversation. As I have said to you before, I do not care at all for your personal interpretations, what we are discussing here is accepted and known terminology. I think you just say such to cover your stuff ups, but that's another story. The closest to the truth that stement comes is that Sagan, alone mind you not Hawking, has said the 95% of UFO's can be explained, and that the remaining 5% he considers as completely unknown, and that he believes a possibility exists that of that 5% some may turn out to be extra terrestrial intelligence.
Hawking says that to his mathematical mind, the sheer numbers of planets mean that other life must exist. That is nothing like what you seem to think they are saying. Or is that also a personal interpretation you are eventually planning to let us in on?
Daniken is pure 100% nonsense. That is all I have to say about him.
I was raised as a Christian. My father was a Hindu and my mother and her family were Christians--vehement ones. I converted to Christianity at age seven--under the pretense of course that I was terrified out of my rational mind by the thought of hell. At around age twenty though I gave it up. I began to study science and history, and it simply became clear that the worldview presented by Christianity was/is utterly impossible. I then studied really all other religions, before finally coming back to my father's roots: Hinduism. I have so far found not a single fact or piece of evidence which refutes the Hindu knowledge in the slightest--on the contrary, I have compiled in all my study an immense collection of evidence which can attest to the accuracy and insight of the information given in the ancient texts.
To some extent? I feel that is something of a major understatement to say the least!
If you have so much information, why is it impossible for you to share a single source?
I too was raised a Christian, and had a mad mother who was a religious nut. But I dod not simply throw away the God that did not appeal to me, or did not give me what I wanted. I studied and I feel comfortable with an agnostic view.
What did you find impossible about the Christian Bible? Any specific epiphanies or certain references that you could not resolve?
Honestly, how science could lead to your current predicament is indeed an unexplained mystery.
Yes in that we agree. If you could stop using your own terminology we might get things likt this sorted out much quicker. I outright refuse your terminology of interchanging the terms Gods and Aliens, for the sake of clarity I suggest you adopt everyday word usage.