People talk of god as a being, as someone.... This omnipotent being that takes care of matters that surround us. I for one believe differently.
To me, God is merely a thought. The idea of god was a creation of our own minds. Something that the Freud in you would catch onto mighty quick (assuming you payed enough non-biassed attention to the logic behind the facts, of course.
When man first stepped onto the planet, where was God? Apart from the _fact_ that it must have been the 7th day at the time. :o) Humans did'nt evolve, we were just placed here. I've poked holes in the bible and a few other texts before in public, and have been hailed a non-believer by numerous groups on the web. They somehow end up in a dark alley when it comes to filling in the holes I poke. Many a group have made regretful faces at having bumped into the Kaydeeyoh likes of me. An even greater number have fought me in my (so called) non-belief of their faiths. And a small number have dissolved themselves through the rapid devolution of understanding. It's sad really, because I've read so many religious texts, I've dedicated a lot of my time to understanding these religions, and at the end of the day, what I find is that people follow their religions so blindly, that they forget the evolution of religion itself.
I have respect for these religions. They are awesome constructs that could'nt possibly have been created in a short span of time. Religion, is as an organism, only more rigid in its evolutionary stance. We all know from concrete evidence that religion was'nt something that existed since forever. Man did'nt always believe in a God either. They were formulated a long time after humanity began living in packs and groups. Just as the constitution of marriage is just that, a constitution, Religion is a fabrication just the same.
I've asked my self the question over and over and over ....AND OVER! And for a very long time, I had no real idea. There was of course the numbing sensation of being on the verge of realization, but the pebble refused to decide what side of the fence to fall into. Suddenly, *splat* It clicked. And I knew I had known it all along. We're a class of social animal that is doomed to do this to ourselves. (There are exceptions. I'm one! Some of them are very very dumb exceptions however, but they are there.)
So why do people believe blindly in something? Something as potent and renown as the concept of a 'god'? Well, the answer is simple. It's a fabrication that actually helps us in the long run. There are those among us who find it hard to do much on our own. Some very intelligent people are essentially closed minded. No matter how hard they might try to understand the concept, they'd always get pulled back to the roots that they were born with. It's sad, and it's shocking. But it's working. More importantly, it works wonders!!
If one believes that they will be 'really' protected by a prayer, then _that_ is their confidence booster, that's what'll get them through a rough situation. It's not gonna be what gets him through. It's just that his or her comfort levels rise.
It's not 'I must, and god please help me'. It's '_I believe_ he'll help me', but he does'nt help me, it's the boost that I get thinking that I'm being protected (however false the idea may be) that gets me through the ordeal.
You see, people fear a lot of things. Kids fear the dark. They think dragons would suddenly jump at them and rip their throats into spaghetti. However, We all know that's not happening on his/her way to the loo at night. Still, You can sit with the kid, invent a god, pray to the god, and the kid goes to the loo. The kid thinks "Wow! No ghastly creatures, I really must be protected." The next time, the kid prays before hitting the path to the loo thinking that that god will be watching over him/her.
With time, these small things build up and by the time we're 40, we believe it all so strongly, we're hooked!
Someone saying "God's just a made up effigy!" would most likely be thrown in jail for profanity.
Sad, but true, freedom is'nt what it should have been.
There are a lot of people who are open-minded enough to accept people with differing opinions. However, there are too few of them out there.
Tolerance. Bah! That's something we began to lose very rapidly ever since the transformation from the caves to flatter lands and stone huts.
If you ask me for an honest answer, I think this God stuff is cool and definitely worth spreading. There are simply too many people who cannot take care of themselves. The pseudo confidence it gives is definitely worth the feignment. Given a choice to be born again, I'd rather remain unenlightened. Seriously, belief in something.... Anything for that matter can do wonders. Reality is way too shocking for the normal mind. And I'm normal (I think!).
I respect peoples beliefs, I don't insist that people change religions, nor do I insist that they dis-believe the stuff. However, I for one, am stuck in a state where I can't see the benevolent side of the great beyond. :) Or so they'd like to think, would'nt they? :o)
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