Is There A God?

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Am I an atheist? Am I an agnostic? Or am I a believer? To tell the truth, I have no clue at all.

I often tell myself whatever happens, happens for the best. And there have been many instances that do support my belief. But when I sit and contemplate, I have no scientific explanation as to why that would be true. We have a tendency to attribute whatever happens to us, good or bad, to a mysterious being looking upon us all from somewhere above. And that subconsciously affects our decisions.

At times I will stand before the idols in my home and pray for what I desire. And at times I will wonder how absurd it is. Believing that a mass produced industry product is capable of being the abode for the one that supposedly the creator of this universe, seems whimsical. Though, I do understand that it acts just a proxy for Him; but shouldn’t a representation of such a being be a little more, umm, amorphous? Believing that we are mere puppets of a higher power but still capable of representing him with a fair amount of unanimity among us seems contradictory to me. I cannot comprehend that how although we as humans are a fairly homogeneous race when seen through the lenses of biological anatomy, but still can have thousands of different higher powers in every different sub section of our society.

Yes, I do have many ambiguous thoughts and this is not an attempt to either resolve them or seek answers. It’s just an outlet for venting them. Like every other thing that makes me a human, this is one of them. Raised in a fairly normal Hindu family, I never questioned the existence of god. But in the last one year or so, specially after reading “Sophie’s World” and few other articles, my perspective on how I view everything around me, has changed.

I once read someone saying in an article that the most sensible thing to do if you are religious is to question the existence of god. Blindly believing its existence is against everything religion stands for.

On the other end of the spectrum , there are many who do not believe in a higher power, and science is their advocate for it. They will vehemently propose its pragmatic and arguably gospel nature. And I, in part, stand by it. But I also believe that science is not infallible. It is on a learning curve as well. Everything we know now is not everything we will ever need to know. Our existence is just a speck in the multidimensional progression of time. And what follows our existence and inevitable death will definitely falsify many of our beliefs which we today hold as gospel. History is testimony to that fact. So to believe that everything we now know is definitely everything we need to know, is a naive assumption to make.

Before I part, I will take a leave by giving words to a thought that has been on my mind for a while.

There are some perceptions and ideas in our everyday life which somehow we chance upon, and they consciously or unconsciously stick with us. Gradually we start designating them as our own thoughts, and we start to believe in them. In fact, every person is shaped by their experiences. To believe that you, as a human, are a single entity is a farce. We are ever evolving and the most explicitly obvious yet the least commonly understood fact is to accept that you change, your opinions change and that gives you credibility as someone who can understand himself on his own rather than someone who blindly accepts what others have told him about himself. I believe such a self-realization brings us somewhat closer to whatever we are supposed to learn in life, about life.

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10 thoughts on “Is There A God?

  1. [But I also believe that science is not infallible. It is on a learning curve as well. ] Exactly, but if we are being skeptical about the most skeptical enterprise of gaining and organizing knowledge we should totally refuse ideas based on mere speculation of our ancestors based on were limited tools to study the natural world. Yes, science can only disprove the existence of Gods of Gospels not pantheistic god. But that doesn’t matter, i think whats more important is to refuse any form of authority and blindly believing in a sense of morality that all religions provide and give us an excuse for not thinking.

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    • Indeed – to further the argument that science is the opposite of an authority system we must understand that science constantly encourages thinking. The fact that mankind is a explorative species means that we are always bettering ourselves through critical thinking and (scientific) achievements; if a scientist discovers something contrary to the norm through a fair and repeatable experiments, then the rest of the scientific community is likely to change their minds.

      To the contrary, religious doctrines are infallible and in many cases relies on the interpretation of a few socially conservative male and, to its extreme, a suspense of critical thinking. Religious claims are often not only inscrutable but impossible to be refute. For that reason theism lies solely on faith, which is a double-edge sword.

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      • I absolutely agree with the points you people have made. The way our race interprets and follows religion suppresses any effort to question what has been the norm since time immemorial. Had religion been open to questioning and the its preachers open to providing logical answers without being defensive about any further dialogue, it might have been a very different entity. I believe most of the arguments against religion arise out of the discomfort that is due to the rigidity and opaque nature of conventional religious beliefs.

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  2. “We are ever evolving and the most explicitly obvious yet the least commonly understood fact is to accept that you change, your opinions change and that gives you credibility as someone who can understand himself on his own rather than someone who blindly accepts what others have told him about himself. I believe such a self-realization brings us somewhat closer to whatever we are supposed to learn in life, about life.”

    These are one of the best string of words I have ever read on the Religion-God-Science dilemma that we experience.
    The fact that I dislike when people talk about this issue is that they take God/religion and science as polar opposites and tend to hold on to one side of it so very rigidly.
    “… the most sensible thing to do if you are religious is to question the existence of god. Blindly believing its existence is against everything religion stands for.” And the same is true for Science. I know how science is based on facts and proofs, but the role of politics and people in power can not be denied in what comes across as the proven fact and The Truth to us. Questioning our beliefs about science and religion without always being too sceptical about either is what seems like the most sensible thing to do.

    Very nicely put article Anjum! 🙂

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  3. The post makes the reader question everything, until when the conclusion puts everything into perspective. Personally, I constantly shift between the three- atheist, agnostic, believer- but when it comes to making an overall decision, i’d say i’m a believer. Not of religion, but of an omnipresent natural power. And i believe that’s how it should be: we should stick to what we have been for the majority of our existence. But then again, it’s easier said and done.

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  4. Anjum ,well written article 🙂
    In my view ,religion is presently the biggest business in the world.thanks to the blind beliefs of people and zero quest for reason.you must be knowing that quote “if cats could draw,they would have drawn cat gods” 😉 i think that pretty much sums up the problem. Also religions were meant to bring peace to tbe world.on the contrary,most of the killings (inter as well as intra)are done in the name of religion.total lack of respect and acceptance towards others’ faith or lack of it-this should change.
    And true my opinions too about religions changed in the last year (thanks to the institute we went to) 🙂

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