Save mother earth: our God

                                  God is the English name given to a singular being in theistic and deistic religions (and other belief) who is either the sole deity in monotheism, or a single deity in polytheism. God is most conceived of as the supernatural creator and overseer 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”. These attributes were all supported to varying degrees by the early JewishChristian and Muslim theologian philosophers, including Hindus. Many notable medieval philosophers and modern philosophers have developed arguments for and against the existence of God. Many religious belivers 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. 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. Thousands of clergy members have even signed a letter stating their belief in all of this scientific evidence. Does this prove that God is imaginary?  The answer 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. 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. Some theologians, such as the scientist and theologian A.E. McGrath, argue that the existence of God cannot be adjudicated on for or against by using scientific methodAgnostic Stephen Jay Gould argues that science and religion are not in conflict and do not overlap.

Considering above arguments one is back to where he was that is at the beginning of this article. At this stage I would quote Ralph w Emerson, “Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.”

Just because today’s science calls something as speculation and faith, it does not mean it will remain as faith or speculation for ever. What is proof of all this? Is there any proof as far as divinity is concerned can anybody see the soul or for that matter God. Such questions come to mind in today’s scientific temper. Further why is it that it has not been possible for people to establish it etc. Science was able to establish a paradigm that any phenomenon will not be accepted as it is unless it was capable of being verified and if not, it should belong to speculative faith or a matter of (blind faith or superstition.)  Nevertheless, one thing can be said that people or prophets who made these observations about spirituality or God had no doubt in their mind, they were absolutely categorical in making assertions and these were people across various cultures, at various point of time, at various continents who did not have any communications between them and each one of them hit upon the truth through an independent process. Examples are many. Krishna, Christ, Mohammad, Buddha, Mahavir, Nanak, Kabir and so on. Gita repeatedly asserts in respect of soul that there is no point of time you did not exist nor you will cease to exist. This is now proven in some indirect way by scientists that billions of years ago we existed in the form of cosmic dust.

Whether God exist or not let us abide by moral and legal rules and live our lives to protect mother earth and all her treasures.