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Quest of Truth
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Man is an inquisitive animal. The quest of the ultimate truth is an innate desire of human nature. But the greatest fallacy and possibly also the comic-tragedy of human life is its almost unshakeable belief in the existence of a superior being (having a form or formless), who is supposed to keep record of our actions as well as to control our lives. What is baffling that most of us are not ready to logically argue on this subject and many are ready to sacrifice their wealth, pleasure, leisure and even life on this 'God'. This rigid belief in God gives succour to many persons during their hours of tragedy and provides mental strength to face the hardships, but has also been the cause of constant and vast tragedies in personal and social lives. In order to hide the irrationality of this belief people have devised an illogical argument that the God is a matter of faith and there can be no argument on him. This argument itself is a proof that the God is mere blind faith. With this postulate based on blind faith most of us try to search for truth and, therefore, end in a quagmire of untruth. Any quest of truth must begin from the reality or otherwise of God’s existence.

The religious scriptures and rituals as well as social practices create an opinion about God in a child’s mind, which becomes the basis of our unshakeable beliefs- even if irrational. In fact the rituals and social practices are often derived from the scriptures.  Some writings in scriptures, which qualify God, of some religions are being quoted below:

Sikhism

"The Lord is the savior of the fallen,
Remover of fear, helper of the orphan,
Nanak sayeth: Know your true Master,
Your protector, who ever bides with you." 
     
       - Guruvaani- Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji 

Hinduism

[In brief this means that anybody high or low including criminals, when completely surrender (leaving their worldly attachments) before me, turn into great souls and can attain Moksh (a state of eternal bliss).]

Islam

[Everything on the earth or in the skies belongs to Allah, who is omniscient and omnipotent- you cannot hide anything from him nor can you escape his reward and punishment.]

Other Semitic religions also speak of their God on similar lines. 

Thus all major religions attribute to God the state of being eternal, self-created, omnipotent, creator of universe, keeper of record of our deeds and controller of human life. Only difference between the Semitic religions' God and oriental religions' God is that in Semitic religions each religion's God is benefactor of their followers alone while in oriental religions God is all pervading and, therefore, takes care of entire humanity according to their deeds irrespective of their religious faith.

Let us examine the rationality of the attributes of God which are generally common in all major religions:

1. God is Eternal:

God is believed to be eternal, although eternity itself is a concept beyond human imagination. This is a way to stop examination of a pertinent question that, if this grand universe must need a creator (God), then God must also need a creator.

2. God is Self-created (Swayambhoo):

God is self-created. This is to stop one’s mind from questioning that if man needed a creator, then God must also need a creator. However, this belief gives rise to a counter-question, i. e., when? And as soon as this question is answered the belief in God’s eternity falls flat.

3. God is Creator of Universe:

It is argued that this awesome world must have been created by some super-being with design. If it is so, then a question immediately props up that who created that super-being, and then who created the other super-being and so on.

4. God Created this Beautiful World
   for the Benefit of Human Beings
:

The natural world has beauty as well as ugliness, pleasure as well as pain, joy as well as grief, and the afterworld is supposed to have heaven as well as hell. If there is any excess of security, comfort and beauty today, it is exclusively due to our forefathers’ intelligence and effort: Such creatures as are unable to overcome nature and improve their surroundings, perforce live in fear, pain and are butchered like chicken.

5. God is Keeper of Record of Every Human Being’s Actions:

In all religions there is a belief that the God keeps record of all our actions and thoughts, and human beings are rewarded or punished by God for their actions subsequently (theory of Karma in Gita and Qayamat in Quraan). However, there is another tenet of all religions that God is omnipotent and nothing happens in this world without His wish. The two beliefs are obviously contradictory to each other and cannot coexist.

Scriptures of all religions also emphatically and repeatedly state that by worshipping God (or surrendering before God) one can escape punishment for one's misdeeds. During Middle Ages the Pope had put this belief to commercial use by selling certificates to heaven. This is again contradictory to the theory of Karma (or Qayamat) which states that all good actions are rewarded and bad ones are punished by God. 
 
6. God has Complete Control over Human Life and Universe:

This belief is a basis of mad rush of people towards places of worship and offerings (often of ill-earned wealth) made to please God. Logically speaking, this action of human beings downgrades the God to the level of a greedy being who is ready to excuse guilt for money.

7. God is Perfect and Does Not Change:  

If God were perfect, there could not be different Gods for different religions. The concept and attributes of God have been changing over time - Hindus’ God, Jews’ God, Christians’ God, Muslims’ God, etc. came into human imagination at different times with differing attributes.  Actually there is only one law in this universe which does not change and that is the Law of constant, unstoppable and universal change, and this law applies to everything that human beings see, feel,  perceive or imagine. 

So if one does not throw one's rationality in the dustbin, one can easily see that God is an imaginary creation of either weak minds who desperately needed superpower support against vagaries of nature or of such treacherous persons who wanted to control and rule others by instilling fear of God in their hearts. The sooner we accept it, the better it will be for the pursuit of truth. 
      
Continued to : Quest of Truth : The Absolute
 

20-Aug-2011
More by :  Mahesh Chandra Dewedy
 
Views: 1300
Article Comment M. rdrashby,
Please read your comments again and apply simple logic and commonsense on them. Then your words will start meaning to describe this creation itself as God, which your religious beliefs make you describe by such grand words like Manifestation, Affection, and Holy one and all. Should we forget that more people in this world do not know about and believe in Father, Son and Holy Ghost than those who believe in him?
Mahesh Chandra Dewedy
Mahesh Chandra Dewedy
09/13/2011
Article Comment Your idea of infinite regression in the idea of God, as to who created God, and so on, is based of on a misapprehension of the nature of God. God is the existence of God. Created existence is the proof of God. Anything that is said to exist does so in a context out of which it has emerged, in contextual affection of realisation that forms it. Thus existence is not merely of the thing, but the context and the affection that bring about that thing. This shows forth God as the form of existence: Context, Form and Affection, which in God are three divine persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in origin. You realise therefore that the idea of 'who created God' is redundant, since God is the form of God's Existence, manifested in the created existence.

rdashby
09/12/2011
Article Comment Thanks Dr Gopal Singh and Mr. Sharbaaniranjan Kundu for understanding what my article intends to intimate and making reasoned observations.
Mr. Prithvi Dhani- I shall answer your question, if you promise to answer subsequent question that who created that creator whom you wish me to imagine. Please read Mr. Kundu's comments also. Is it not wiser to not imagine things, but to interpret this world to the best of our ability, which is growing by leaps and bounds day by day despite all out efforts of that imaginary God to keep us faith-bound animal rather than allowing to become a reasonable human being.
Mahesh Chandra Dewedy.
Mahesh Chandra Dewedy
08/31/2011
Article Comment My Simple question to you is that "who created all this?".
Prithvi Dhani
08/31/2011
Article Comment Dewedy saa`b you have justly sieved the contradictory as well as baffling tenets. If Science, Logic, and Religion are kept side by side, creation appears to be an autonomous mechanism. Clearly, no other life forms are paying obeisance to any God. So God definitely is a creation of human mind, in its first attempt to understand nature and creation. There is no harm in forming hypotheses like different religious concepts and precepts in order to understand creation better and better. I for one believe, human will never understand the total truth but go on unraveling through Science and Logic partial truths throughout its existence in this Universe. And that is good enough and satisfying for human kind.
sharbaaniranjankundu
08/22/2011
Article Comment As usual, this article like others from you, displays your impeccable logic and reasoning ability. Even though I do not agree with your conclusion, I dare not argue because it will be an endless discussion. This subject has engaged even Einstein and Gandhi and the rest of the humanity in between. There are no clear answers to it. Our intellect is so inadequate to explain even what we experience in our daily life, but it is all we have got to understand ourselves. Even though I do not agree with you, I have no clear argument to prove otherwise.
drgopalsingh
08/21/2011
 
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