GOD?

December 22, 2007 at 2:59 pm | Posted in arbit, criticism, Ethics, Visions | 6 Comments

A tricky subject, especially something that I don’t know much about. But, I’m really intrigued by the whole concept. Questions like, What if He did exist , come to mind… Ok, Most of you would have realised that I’ve an atheistic bent of mind. For the rest, here goes, I’m an atheist, i.e , a non-believer in the existence of God, various theologies etc….

But I really love the concept. Having the notion of a supreme controller, the ultimate being, all powerful, all pervading, yada yada..brings in a sense of self-restraint among individuals. But my feeling is that ,when you let your fate to be decided by someone else, only to face the implications, it could either bring in that permanent sense of self-consciousness [ in a bad kinda way], or might make you immensely nonchalant about the whole process.

I have some doubts however. It is often seen in religious books, that God is referred to as “He” [ apparently its blasphemy if you don’t put the capital ‘H’ ]. I wonder why Gods are not represented by ‘She’. But that’s a trivial doubt. One might argue that major prophets, messiahs were male, and keeping with the standard terminology, its ‘He’.

But how foolish must we be to assign such meaningless attributes such as gender, a concept that is so trivially mortal, to a character that we so seriously visualize to be much higher than us.

I believe agnostics are the worst kind of people. The most fickle minded of them all. I have nothing against believers. To each his own. But the kind of people that say.. ” I don’t believe that there is a God or anything , But I do believe that there is a Supreme Force that controls our thoughts and actions, and the universe in general; “. Tell you what… Screw you guys. Get some balls. and jump to one side.

For if the notion of the supreme force were to be remotely true, shouldn’t we refer to God as “It”, with a capital “I”. Examples in religious literature would probably include, “It saves”, ” It will forgive you “, ” It knows what you’re doing ” etc … Man, that would seriously turn some heads, and primarily sound like some corny line from a M.Night.shyamamamalan movie….

Belief is a disposition, not something to be enforced upon. It should be a cumulative set of self reflections that you perceive over time. Something that will make you think about your actions, the consequences, about life, the universe and everything else. If you need a God to guide you on that path, well, good for you. If you somehow think you can manage on your own, that’s good too… But if keep looking for support when you need it, and then be a pompous ass later, you seriously suck….

Ok.. That might have sounded like I was preaching from my bottom. But its an issue that I really like and amd passionate about. Feel free to disagree.

P.S: This post has substituted another ; something that was to be titled “GRE chombu”.. and would complete the chombu trilogy. i.e, GATE, and CAT. But unfortunate for many perverse readers who dwell on other people’s miseries, it was not to be…[ fading drumroll….]…

Cheerio…

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  1. >>” I don’t believe that there is a God or anything , But I do believe that there is a Supreme Force that controls our thoughts and actions, and the universe in general; “
    Oh, yes, i find that very guffaw-worthy.
    and the line about agnostics… have you read Life of Pi? he says much the same thing, about agnostics being the ones who get stuck in his craw.
    And God… well… to each his own, but I suppose God is something like a master scheduler (as in operating system). And frankly, the -for want of a better word- knowledge that there’s someone who can make miracles happen gives you some hope to pull through life, even when you think all is lost… just like Life of Pi. And that there is someone you can ask to help you achieve your dreams makes sure you have dreams, and atleast try to achieve some of them.

  2. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is one of the most brilliant works that I’ve read… I actually did not care much for the story, about the boat and the tiger.. The best part of the book, according to me came in the first 40 pages, where the boy’s trilemma between religions, and a justfied acceptance of good concepts from each religion is shown brilliantly.. The constant discussions between the rational school master, and Pi, about god etc, man, that was truly profound….

    About pulling through life thing.. Do u always need invisible strings?.. Aren’t there enough role models in the mortal world for that.

    Master Scheduler, eh?…. A passing doubt.. Does the Universe run on Linux?

  3. trilemma has its connotations… wiki maadi.
    how far can role models go? they are all by no means perfect. and it’s not invisible strings.. it’s called Hope. something that defies the little logic we know. just to affirm our belief that things can too go right irrespective of what logic says. something that keeps us trying even in the face of failure.

  4. As to trilemma, i was referring to piscine’s intense confusion yet admiration of the three religions[ if i remember right].The mountain climbing to visit places of worship.. absorbing aspects of various religion. Arguing about atheism with his teacher. Wiki also tells me the same thing. And while I was there also happen to re-read the god-trilemma, written by someone, made famous by voltaire. go thru the article.

    As to ur explanation about hope. not good.. Logic-defying things are not classified as hope. It is just called irrational. There is always a continuous sense to remain focussed even in terms of adversity. I still attribute that to normal human behaviour.

    Role models needn’t be perfect. Why strive for 100% efficiency? If you’re looking for flaws, you can find it anywhere. Hope is best left an abstract concept, created to calm the troubled mind. That there is still some chance left.

  5. Kid, go look up the dictionary meaning of an agnostic.

  6. Sir,
    I have and it seems to say this,

    Noun: agnostic
    1. Someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
    2. A person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)

    Adjective: agnostic
    1. Of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism
    2. Uncertain of all claims to knowledge

    [WordWeb.info]

    Of particular interest are the adjective meaning 2. and then noun meanings.

    I feel I have not wavered from this definition in my lambaste against the agnostic community.
    Trust me, I mean no harm. But, people got to be more decisive about their beliefs and opinions.


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