Well, most of the readers would reply, “Obviously He does, stupid” and leave it there. Some would attribute adjectives like unnecessary, irrelevant, nonsensical, heterodox to the question, call it names and leave it there. Some would feel that it is a germane question, one that deserves a thought, but still leave it there!! But frankly, how many people have actually given it a thought?
From nascency, most of the children grow up believing in the existence of ‘The Supernatural Being’. Never once questioning His existence. Never having second thoughts about it. The reasons for this behavior are simple enough. People who generally do question, are admonished, told off, heavily advised to mend their anomalous ways by their grandmums and sometimes down right banished. Secondly, when the entire tree gives you oranges, can you expect a branch to give you apples? Thirdly, and most likely of them all is that people just do not want to get into an uncomfortable position where they have to answer a millenary more questions.
Nevertheless, frankly I do believe that asking the question and more importantly, answering it is imperative. To answer that however, one has to ask another fundamental question. WHAT OR WHO IS GOD? An immediate answer would be, ‘the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe’. Probably the above image, if it is ever possible to do that, best defines Him. The Supporter, The Shelter, The Genesis to Growth. But do people even begin to fathom what that means and above that, implies! Out of a myriad of other things, it implies that there was ONE Being at the start. So, which one was it? Deva? Allah? Jesus Christ? Obviously, believers of different religions shall have their own deity at the genesis of the genesis. People shall also say that Almighty is One, and these are mere names given by humans following divergent, yet, to a certain extent, over- lapping religions. I do not in anyway intend to inaugurate any religious spat, but the question that now arises is, WHY GIVE DIFFERENT NAMES TO THE SAME ENTITY? Why have different customs, different principles in accordance with the religions? Probably someone shall argue saying that if we can have different languages, why can’t we have different names? But then that’s being myopic. The greater picture here is the disparity between the multitude of traditions and sacraments that the world follows.
Without getting into any kind of canonical debate, I would like to present my perception of God. For me, God is synonymous to HUMAN FAITH OR HUMAN TRUST. We humans are emotionally weak beings. We fear the unknown like we fear the future, sorrow and death. We are in perennial need of inward backing and support. And God is that support. People have faith in God. In His justice. In His compassion. In His empathy. In His unwavering love. They pray to Him to alleviate all their sufferings and lead them towards the path of happiness, peace and contentment. They trust that God will grant their wishes. They try to live an ideal life. Follow principles. They have faith that God will do no wrong to an honest man. Is this not true, I ask? And if you believe, WHO ARE YOU TO SAY ANY DIFFERENT?
But then, the idea of God; does it not seem to be the congregation of all the good, all the bona fide, all the morals in the world? Is it not the concomittance of all the virtues which have been metamorphosed into folklore and holy conventions? And frankly, very frankly, are they needed? Is it necessary to follow some religion? To have faith in the unseen? Is it not possible for humans to be good, honest, ethical, chaste and virtuous of their own accord? Can’t the trappings of the rituals be done away with? I am of the stern opinion that humans are unequivocally capable of adopting all the above attributes without resorting to the cloud of a religion. After all, faith in one’s family, one’s comrades, one’s fellows akin to faith in the Almighty. Truly, the world is just the aggregation of the behavior of all the people that inhabit it. If we do hold to our values, then is the IDEA needed?
I believe, that it is us, humans, who created the concept of God, and not the other way around!!! We took all the love, all the care, all the happiness, all the contentment, all the niceties, all the good that the world has to offer and transformed it into an idea- an idea so vast, so magnanimous, so all- conquering, that few would question its validity. We created a Being that is perfect, all- knowing, over- powering, and quite frankly, supreme to all us mortals. We gave Him characteristics which are ideal, which not just circumvent the blacks and whites on the chess board, but actually rule the play, and which I can candidly say, we felt, we lacked. And is this so hard to believe? If humans exercise the ability to create entire religions, sects, customs, traditions and the commensurate, is it so difficult to believe that WE ourselves have created the idea of God? After all, if everyone does agree that Almighty is one, then surely, the names, the rituals, the praxises are all a figment of human imagination which, due to the widespread dissipation, has grown into an all- encompassing tree! Because, the One God would have suggested only one path of living, probably constituting all the above- mentioned moralities and more. We were the ones, however, who institutionalized these into sacrosanct precincts.
Now, above all, one question remains, belittling all others, demanding an answer from all of US. Can we vanquish our fears; can we put faith in OUR ABILITIES and ascend to higher grounds – without aid from the invisible? And I think the time has now arrived that we give this question a thought. We need to be captains of our souls now. We need to tread our path of living by being apprentices of our own minds. As God maybe NOBODY, but surely, God is US ALL.
Hoping I have given all of you some question to ponder upon. And further that I have not offended any of your sentiments.
This is the Sciolist, offering a thought.