God is name given to a singular being in theistic and deistic religions (and other belief systems) who is either the sole deity in monotheism, or a single deity in polytheism. For, On account of the profundity of its hypothesis and the comprehensiveness of its connections, God deserves a place in the interest of every educated person, while the theory of religion is a chapter in the life of a man like any other.

However, you will rightly expect that we should devote some interest to the religions as well. Their seemingly intimate connection with the god would alone compel us to do so. I may inform you, then, that we distinguish three pure forms of religion practiced: Love, Knowledge and Faith. There are many religions around, many are still under formation. Nothing is wrong with that. The forms of religion I have mentioned occur occasionally in their pure form; more often, however, they are intermixed with each other. In the theory of the religions we still know too little of the course of their development. What I want to look at is, is its origin and development a natural consequence or is it formed and developed out of the necessity of time and circumstances?  Did God inspire to create religions? Or Did religions created God? The last question seems to be more convincing looking to the fact that there are number of different Gods created by each religion. If the answer is “yes” to that then this assertion is also not uncontradicted.

God is conceived as the creator of the universe.

Theologians have ascribed a variety of attributes to the many different conceptions of God. The most common among these include omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omni benevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence.

God has also been conceived as being incorporeal (immaterial), a personal being, the source of all moral obligation, and the “greatest conceivable existent”. That is only possible by attaining the state of “Nirvana”, like Buddha and Mahavir. These attributes were all supported to varying degrees by the Hindus, JewishChristian and Muslim  philosophers, Many notable medieval philosophers and modern philosophers have developed arguments for and against the existence of God.

Many religious believers use the existence of DNA as a proof for God’s existence. The logic goes something like this: DNA is information. The amount of information encapsulated in a single strand of human DNA would fill 400 volumes the size of an Encyclopedia Britannica, and this information contains an exact blueprint for creating a human being. This information did not write itself. The creation of information requires intelligence.

The creation of an encyclopedia requires an author – a creator. God is the creator of the information in DNA is “no.” However, many believers use the existence of DNA as “indisputable” evidence that God must exist. We can scientifically and irrefutably show that nature, rather than any “god”, created all of the information encoded in DNA. However, there is no “creator” for DNA. The creator is evolution. No intelligence is required to encode DNA. Instead, the information in DNA is the result of natural selection acting upon random mutations, rather than the actions of a “being” like God. The fact is that there are millions of scientists who have assembled entire libraries full of information showing that evolution is where all the species on earth came from. Many arguments which attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God have been proposed by philosophers, theologians, and other thinkers for many centuries. In philosophical terminology, such arguments concern schools of thought on the epistemology of the ontology of God.

There are many philosophical issues concerning the existence of God. Some definitions of God are sometimes nonspecific, while other definitions can be self-contradictory. Arguments for the existence of God typically include metaphysical, empirical, inductive, and subjective types, while others revolve around perceived holes in evolutionary theory and order and complexity in the world. Arguments against the existence of God typically include empirical, deductive, and inductive types. Conclusions reached include: “God does not exist” (strong atheism); “God almost certainly does not exist” “no one knows whether God exists” (agnosticism); “God exists, but this cannot be proven or disproved” (weak theism); and “God exists and this can be proven” (strong theism). There are numerous variations on these positions.

However, the existence of God cannot be proved for or against by using scientific methods. Science and religion are not in conflict and do not overlap considering the fact that what is science but study of life.  Stephen W. Hawking once stated that if we understand or find the answer to why the universe exists then we would know the mind of God.

According to me the God or Gods are not needed at all. Even supposing that he created the universe, he has set enough mechanisms and basic principles that his presence is not at all required. That includes, will to live, will to reproduce, will to progress and further he has given sufficient amount of basic instincts and intelligence to sustain your life in adverse circumstances. Even if you fail, the others will take on. The ‘show’ must go on, my dear.

However, let us come back to religions for a while. All these forms of religions, I have described earlier, offer different rewards.

For some, it offers a good, righteous path to live their lives happily. Yet for some who are distraught, poor, unhappy, wanting, and facing tons of difficulties in their life, God is the savior, a pole to lean on, a hope for better days, in short an opium. When children face some difficulties they quickly run to their parents. Well some people remain like a child for entire life, they just don’t grow up. While for some He is the source of inner strength, a mean to understand life and themselves, so that they can attain “Nirvana’. For some it is a tool to obtain maximum worldly benefits. They are always waiting for an opportunity, which we are in the habit of contrasting with hunger for money under the name of ‘love of God.’ For them it is a road to all three in one viz. fame, fortune and power. Buddha and Mahavir did not recognize the necessity of ‘God.’ They considered real knowledge of truth was sufficient.

Then, where does the God stand in the chaotic world of religions. Is he with them or without them?  Almost all religions and their followers have imprisoned God in beautiful temples, mosques and even in homes. Confined in four walls and a roof the God can not escape to see the skies, mountains, rivers and oceans. However, occasionally he is taken out and thrown in to the waters. Also his birthdays are regularly celebrated with much ado and funfair. He can not complain, but does take revenge by sending tsunamis and cyclones and earthquakes. Even he is omnipresence he has to run between Mathura and Dwarika to remain present for his birthday. All roads are closed for him to escape from the clutches of humanity; He can not even die by committing suicide because he is eternally present. As an omnipotent He is persistently asked to reborn to save the world which we are on the verge of destroying. Because He is caged and tamed like an animal He is no more found in the hearts of people. He too has become greedy, accepting hard cash and gold and dwells in luxurious five star temples. The man has ultimately corrupted Him, which is the last nail to his coffin.

You can go on and on to prove and disprove the power and existence of God, But without knowing yourself if you believe or disbelieve you are committing a biggest mistake of your life. Live with the nature, smile at it and seek answers. If  the God is residing in a temple, please take me to that place I surely want to release Him from the captivity.

You and only you have the power to build this world similar to heavens, trust yourself, rise and sing the songs of life. Yes, you can change the world, provided you wish to. Otherwise, sit quietly, do not fool yourself, and at least, do not   ruin the world. Do not remain prisoner of your instincts forever, in the process you have made the God a prisoner.

Nirvana Meter

If you can live without caffeine, If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time; If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him, If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend, If you can face the world without lies and deceit, If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preferences, or politics, then, you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog.

(courtesy times of India)