Oh God! If I were to tell you that I am God, would you believe me? Let me inform you as you read this article, probably incredulous (depending on how religious and/or sanctimonious you are), that there are so many people affiliated to many religions who have already beaten me to this task: persuaded gullible followers to believe that they are prophets, enlightened beings, etc., that the most Supreme Being has secretly chosen to communicate with… or that they are God themselves.
If, on the other hand, you don’t believe that I’m God, on what logical basis do you similarly and staunchly believe in a religious god supposedly long dead? A “spirit” god you can truly and personally confirm nothing about? A god your guardians and tutors have imposed on you during your formative years, who you have accepted without question? An entity that you can’t really and/or scientifically prove exists?
Creation is longer than a seven-day affair: No matter the combination of talents and wisdom a person has, we usually tend to elevate on a pedestal those among us who happen to be more evolved in preferred ways. With a little sprinkling of opportunity, branding, customer engagement – terms that were not coined in an era wherein most gods were created – we create someone who has the potential to be revered. We now begin to have a potential god. We also begin to have people with less self-esteem and even lesser common sense following these gods like puppy dogs, treasuring every word they say and rearranging it in their minds to fit into the context of their predicaments in daily life. Followers are then mandated to go forth and multiply. So the Good Word is spread far and wide to all those willing to listen. And voila, you have a “God” with a growing fan following.
It would be interesting for you to watch the video “Rivals of Jesus” released by The National Geographic Channel.
A lie repeated is truth defeated: As generations change, no one remembers if a god was actually God, they only remember to be selective about “facts” – probably Chinese-whispered down the passage of time – that enhance the image of their created god (much in the same way as Christians did with selective inclusion of books within the bible). They would record only these acceptable facts in a holy book, whose authenticity and accuracy no one questions. They would then spend hours reading and debating all about their god, and encourage approachable people and those within their sphere of influence to do so too. And exchanges about this created god sometimes happen with such fiery passion and unshakable intolerance, that atrocities take place in such contrast to the god and the religion that has been created. Followers feel the need to defend a god who doesn’t need defending at all; who, they proclaim in the same breath, can easily smite all enemies without their earthly intervention. Paradoxically, they believe that the essence of God is present in all who live and yet, they kill in the name of such a god.
Change is the only constant: Then come along a set of followers who decide that they don’t like certain parts of this created religion, so they go ahead and create their own variation of that religion, and we end up with so many factions: Christians, Protestants, and so on, even though God is supposed to be one and His rules are supposed to be universal. Others decide that this created religion has a favourable slant towards a certain set of people. They think of this as unjust. They go off and create yet another religion; the less capable / enterprising ones form a cult, each attracting a different set of confused followers.
Outwardly, everyone maintains that there is only one god and that, probably, paths to this god are merely different, but inwardly, this god is better than that god simply because this religion is better than that religion. I heard a Muslim preacher once say that Muhammad ascended higher than Jesus. Does it matter that this happened to the gods or us? Can any earthly person reliably confirm this, without referencing text whose origin is similarly suspect? But members of both religions seem convinced by the accuracy of their own holy “facts”, where only one of the two (or none) could be true.
This god “says” that salvation is only though this path, and that god also appears to make the same claim via a different path. So who does one believe? Some followers make repeated switches between religions depending on perceived favours granted or opportune time. Other followers want the best of all worlds – they follow multiple religions (probably still unconvinced that there is only a singular god who will operate only on one set of rules, irrespective of the path to salvation anyone takes). So absurd it is to think all this, and yet people have known to rest their psyches on far greater stupidity. Should we all wait for the best god to win?
A Hindu colleague once insensitively remarked about the absurdity of Christianity: the concept of “Virgin” Mary bearing a son, the ascension and crucifixion of Jesus. I guess from the outside, another religion supposedly encourages absurd beliefs. I wanted to ask of the absurdity of the Hindu God, Ganesh, getting an Elephant head, but I didn’t. I guess we are just kafirs then.
And the booker’s prize goes to… I have not read the holy books of other religions; neither have I completed reading the bible from cover to cover, but one fact prevails: The bible has so many inconsistencies, discrepancies, contradictions. Just Google on this and you will be amazed at how many corrections need to be made or logical explanations need to be provided.
So if the bible was indeed “written” by an all-knowing god, would it contain so many errors in its script? Or was the bible written by just a more evolved set of people only to serve as a guideline for good living rather than by God himself? If Christians believe that God and his tenets can never change across time, how come so many changes required in the bible? In modern day corporate life wouldn’t you blush to read biblical text such as “Don’t ever sit with a married woman, and don’t share meals or indulge in wine with her…” and know that religion was only documented by people from a different time, for people of a different time; if God had actually written the bible or sufficiently inspired people to write his Word, don’t you think it would be without contradiction and its tenets would be constructed such that they would serve to cover all types of issues across all time eras? After all, God is God, right?
We have an angry god in the Old Testament and a benevolent god in the New Testament. How can this be the same god? Can god be sexist when he is good, and when he created male and female in his own image and likeness? The book of Sirach has the text “A woman has to take any man as a husband, but a man must choose his wife carefully”. Protestants, a Christian faction, don’t have this text in their version of the bible.
I know Christians would be itching to tell me that I am taking things out of context, but their accusation comes from the reverse psychology training that religion has deceptively imparted to them across the ages, through instruction and text.
If two people ask God for the same thing at the same time, who does God grant it to? Does his “ask and receive” statement distort in its meaning then? Can God be accused of favouritism if he grants one of these two people what they ask for? Or risk being known as a God who doesn’t keep his word, if he ignores both people’s request? An intelligent all-knowing entity such as God could never write (or inspire to write) text that would be ambiguous and open to misinterpretation.
Jesus’ crucifixion was to come to pass as it was the Father’s plan to liberate humankind. This means that all the pawns (Ceaser, Judas, etc.) in this script would have had to play their individual parts to bring about this result. So if Judas was destined to betray Jesus in order to set the crucifixion ball rolling, can he really be held accountable for his betrayal? If he can’t, doesn’t his actions and intention conflict with other values Judas should have had to be Christian? Knowing the crucifixion plan upfront, why did Jesus choose Judas to be a betrayer and thus impose on him the disgust of all future believing generations? Wouldn’t that be cruel to even consider? A god who can create earth and all its wonders with mere words, needs to torture and kill his son in the hands of his lesser creatures to bring them back to him? There are so many things that beg logic when viewed with an unbiased and open mind.
The bible talks about Jesus being the pathway to the Father and heaven. Does this mean that the million following other religions, no matter how good they are, will be damned? Haven’t those who created religion put self-preservation clauses such as this one to ensure its propagation and longevity?
So, with many issues such as these, would you say that the bible due for a revision then?
How come animals, who God has given similar life process and function, not have religion? It is simply because that they have no capacity to create organized religion as we do, and not because there is no God?
Karl Marx proclaimed that Religion is the opiate of the masses and it seems so, as religion is something people blindly follow. You have text such “blessed are those who don’t see and yet believe…” to steady the wavering brethren, frightening text from Revelations to scare the bold, and reverse psychology across the rest the keep the path continuously filled with burdened travelers eager for salvation.
It’s a miracle, but here I come: What of miracles that happen in religions then? I’ve been to quite a few Christian places where miracles have “allegedly” happened. Can someone explain to me why only miracles I can’t see, happen? People get “relieved” rather than “healed”. People who are a by-product of their negativity, bad thoughts and emotions, release all this burden in a marathon session of prayer and counseling, and this does away with their psychosomatic diseases brought on by their chronic ill-will and other accumulated baggage. So miracles happen, but real miracles do not happen. For a moment keep aside your reverse psychology retort about believing without seeing and show me one miracle I can see and not refute. Show me someone who has… say… a one arm significantly shorter than the other…. come in line with the other arm after even a prolonged bout of prayer and penance. Show me a medically confirmed dead man, buried for a few days, resurrected back to life. Show me irrefutable scientific interests such as these and only then you will have shown me a miracle.
So, is there a God then? Yes, there is a God, but I’m not sure. Christians believe in a god they can’t touch, see or personally communicate with in an earthly sense. They are sure because they are blindly conditioned to think so, to block out all thought that questions so, by an analytical mind that “God” has himself designed for humans. I, on the other hand, have broken years of such conditioning. I can’t be sure because no one from God’s realm is going to cross over and confirm this doubt to me. But it is in this doubt that I know that there is a God. How else could something as intricately designed as the universe, the galaxy, the human body, and so many other marvels, come about without a chief designer and engineer?
Some scientifically inclined people will laugh at me. They will say that the earth is a result of chaos. Human evolution is a matter of chance, coincidence. I rubbish this. Can you throw a set of gears in the air and expect them to fall into an intricate kinetic / perpetual motion model? Can order come about from the randomness of chaos?
I am sure of the existence of God from my doubt much in a way as Christians are sure without logic. And this is why what Karl Marx says holds true. And this is why you will find that as people get to be more intellectual, they will move away from the illogic nature of man-made religion and veer towards spirituality and all that is godly.
My grouse against religion: Religion has warped the minds and nature of many people, and still continues to do so, unchecked. Churches, by imposing a celibacy rule nowhere mandated by god, have inadvertently been catalysts for child and other abuse. People have unnecessarily self-imposed unwarranted ways of “Christian” life. And all this has been done to what end? Few have researched that Christianity actually originated to counteract the strong influence of a pagan religion, and all these religious theatrics they usually resort to is in vain.
I normally term Christianity as an S&M religion – it has a lot to do with pain, denial, suffering, hardship, in order to achieve “future” rewards at an undetermined time. Who can confirm if there will be rewards, other than someone who has crossed over to the other side and has come back to tell a story? Christianity is a religion where acquiescence is coerced out of fear. It invites guilt at so many levels for things that are a normal part of the human functioning process. Oh, I could go on…
I abhor religion because of its Brownie point system, its conditional rule book: do this and you will be rewarded; don’t do that for you will go to hell. Religious people are conditioned to be false: old people will become prayerful as they age, fearing the loss of their ticket to heaven; youngsters will fervently pray after an examination, to pass by a divine favour rather than the sweat of sincere work. Religion encourages this kind of selfish bartering and prospect of gain.
I see so many people wasting precious time praying, and in useless religious rituals and customs. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to utilize that time in helping others to help themselves, in doing good, and in the productive use of our talents? Does a god who can have everything, need your prayers? Wouldn’t goodness in action be better that a useless and often mechanical recitation of rosary beads, or an emotional obligation to attend mass? Goodness in action would definitely be gratitude to God for your faculties, a fitting payback.
I retract my initial statement. I don’t want to “be” God, but be “like” Him. I want to imitate this Divine Power in all respects, to the best of my abilities, and to do that, I must walk along a spiritual path. I always advocate that people become spiritual rather than religious: do a good deed because you wish to do it and not expect a divine score to be redeemed later. Be selfless rather than self-serving.
As I write this, John’s Lennon’s words from the song, Imagine, ring through my mind. Wouldn’t it be so very nice to have a spiritual race where we all love and live as one?