So does god exist or is he/she/they a figment of our imagination? Am I stirring a hornet’s nest again? Possibly, but please endeavour to hear this thought out.
This is a debate where a lot of people play their cards very close to their chest due to the sensitive nature of the topic. I, on the other hand, have had this conversation numerous times with various people, deriving varying results. And ironically, the most stimulating conversations I’ve had is with people who strongly support one view; and in this conversation – people who believe in god. I learned two things.
My senior manager I worked with for 2 years is probably one of the most knowledgeable people I know. He’s so incredibly well read and loves to debate. I could spend hours talking about any topic under the sun with him, and it would end up being a conversation where I end being wiser, or atleast with a broader horizon. He’s a staunch follower of Osho, a spiritual teacher who provocatively engages his followers/listeners into non-linear thinking and eventually nurtures them into his line of thinking. So apparently Osho has challenged people into what they believe. If I’m a Hindu and people question my religion, do I defend Hinduism because I truly believe in Hinduism or is it because I happen to be a Hindu. Do I believe in these ideals or do I believe simply what I support?
That’s one of the 2 things I learned from listening to debates between atheists and believers. The atheists just refused to broaden their horizon and accept the existence of god while believers were so annoyed that people questioned what they believed in, rather than their actual beliefs. Atleast, that’s what it seemed like in most cases.
The other thing that I noticed, and is probably the most enlightening thing I’ve got out of being part of these debates, is that which is inconclusive. A god may or may not be extant on what you believe.
Right now you’re probably saying to yourself, “Well that was a rather fruitless conclusion!” However, that may not be the case. Believers are strongly inclined to believe that any misfortune that befalls them or consummation of a task should be attributed to the disposition by their god. Atheists on the other hand, while debunking this ‘bizarre’ notion of believers, go on to say all these are down to your mistakes and efforts which are peppered with incidences of ‘fate’ and ‘luck’. What is fate and what is luck? Phenomena that are incur without bearers intrusion or completely of the person’s hands? You mean they could be controlled by something else, or someone else? Maybe someone like god? Atheists get annoyed and struggle to defend their views after these questions. But really what or who is god or luck?
Personally, I’m not an atheist, Im not a staunch believe of god either. However, I do believe in God and there is a reason I believe in God. Felicity and despondency are borne by fleeting moments of errant decisions or unforeseen and abrupt planned or unplanned events. I’d rather take comfort from the fact there exists a supernatural being who is the reason for a problem or who could be the saviour where a solution looks inconceivable. When your loved one is on a hospital bed, would you rather hear from someone “Don’t worry mate, he/she will be alright soon. Im praying to god everyday” or “Medical reports show that at this stage a recovery is difficult. But I’ll be there for you”?
Man has manufactured deities and ideals like such because we find it hard to digest that the world is indifferent to pain and suffering or human existence. We assign meanings to phenomena based on our subjective experiences with them. We rationalise them as to plans belonging to a God or to notion called fate. It’s difficult to deal with something with a lack of meaning.
So let’s stop sitting on a high chair and judging someone for being a believer. Let’s try to analyse things more subjectively before berating someone on why you think a god doesn’t exist. With some topics, we need to learn that our thoughts or views need to be grounded and humane rather obtuse and godly.