Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What Is GOD?


Stars in space with a blue tint

I have always been intrigued by the concept of god, the creator of the universe and beyond, as many say. To get a better opinion about this I googled “What is god?”  And I got the first hit from Wikipedia, definition of god - “God is either the sole deity in monotheism or the monist deity in polytheism”. Another hit says “God is omniscience, omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omnipresent”. Hats off, I would say to all those who understood god.


I asked a few people these questions, Why they believe in god and how do they come to believe? The most common answer I get is that they don’t know how they came to believe but they were sure that there is a supreme power and it is god. But I think people believe in god, because they were told to. As children we were all told by our mothers and grandmothers that god  exists, he is watching us all, punishing whoever does wrong deeds and granting wishes for  those who do good deeds. For a child god is as simple as that, but as we grow older god becomes complex like all other things around us and we start depending on him for every little this, every little that and every little everything. We built a strong belief that someone with the power to do everything is looking after us. But don’t you thing we as an individual have the power to do anything we want by ourselves, look around us, see what we are capable of, if you want to create a new living planet for yourself you can do that, nothing I mean nothing is impossible to us, then why do we need a god? I am asking you.

man standing in a dark room and the light fall on his face

What if we were never told about god? In every person who answered my question, I sensed fear more than belief. They fear god will punish them for every bad thing they had done in their life and some think that god will punish them for even answering such a question. I personally think we as a human race would be happier and peaceful if there is no god. I know things get a whole lot harder when we are responsible for our own actions but does it make it any simpler by putting all that on god. “He has decided our fate and we should live according to his wish”-this is what they say. Open your eyes I plead to you who can’t see, from the very first moment of your birth till now only you are responsible for your life, no one else is and no one will. The blood spilt on the name of god is more than any world war, belief in god cannot bring out the good in a man, he himself has the power to do it but he may need help from his fellow mates.


I am a simple person, I believe in the good of people and what they can achieve by that. I have been in situations where without a certain persons help things would have turned bad. I passed my exams because I studied and deserved the marks I got. I had bad times because in one way or another I was responsible for them, I had good times because I made it happen.


And now it’s time for my final question - Do I believe in god? I believe in myself and the infinite potential man has to do good.


by Rohini Krishnan (R.K)

22 comments:

  1. Well, I liked the post and respect your thought and would tell u a bit about what I feel : They who fight in the name of God are themselves God-fearing followers and there exist another set of people who are God-Loving who know why they believe in the existence of God.As for every good thing, for every goof-ups as well, in my life, I consider God responsible. I thank Him for the good things , I believe is happening to me and simultaneously I fight and get angry with Him for things going wrong in my life. I know there is never an answer or any voice-broadcast that happens for me to declare I am right when I trust His existence , still, my belief has remained intact. Problems arise when we do not respect what others believe , be it not believing in God or believing that my God is better than yours!

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  2. Thanks for ur response.I didnt mean any disrespect to the beliefs people have about god. I only meant to express my views on the topic .
    But i still could not understand people who think god is responsible for everything that's happening in their life.I believe man has the power to do everything he wants.

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  3. What is the infinite potential you mentioned in your post that we are having! What can you do without god. can you produce a single grain of rice. can you produce the energy your body needs by your own. what you think the god is! he is more than we heard in the stories and cinema graphics. just change the way you think about god

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  4. I appreciate that you have written honestly and frankly about your belief. Its always a road less taken in a country of believers. But I strongly believe in the freedom of expression and appreciate it which is irrespictive of whether I share the same views or not. Good post.

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  5. Great post. The problem is not with the concept of God as much as with the religions themselves. Religion, no doubt, was conceived, invented or thought about as a way to bring structure, discipline and ritual to one's life but over time religion has taken a dangerous trend towards fundamentalism, intolerance and jingoism. How will religions evolve over time I do not know but like you said humanism should take precedence in today's world. We should not be afraid to ask the most fundamental questions. Do we need a creator?

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  6. It all depends on the confidence level of a person when you speak psychologically. One who believes in himself will not search for any supernatural power outside and the one who actually fail to generate the confidence within himself will search for a boost outside. God is such a boost for them to get confidence externally. For some it the energy comes in the name of God, for some in the name of their parents and for other because of their loved ones.
    So do I believe in God? I believe in myself and I get motivated in down's by my beloved.

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  7. Yes we are all responsible for our lives & our deeds but it does not necessarily cancel out the existence of God.God gave us free will & it is up to us to shape our future.Rohini consider this-not all who work hard get their due rewards or results-why? Because of luck.And what shapes our luck?Our past actions.Now who has established this order of karma or cause & effect?WE live in India where there are certain laws,but there are also law-makers,similarly for the cosmos.

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    1. Thank you :)
      But I believe luck comes to all those who work hard and strongly believe their work will be rewarded.

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  8. God is nothing more than waste of space. Ask those who are dying of hunger, where is god.

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  9. I wud back Sandeep on this. God isnt an issue here in our country..Its the perception that matters. Religions are mere perceptions of the same holy spirit. Even more alarming , is us lesser mortals , who keep going absolutely haywire , under the pretext of religion.

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  10. In this country of fundamentalism and conservative people, God does take a high priority. For some its the object of morality, the righteous path to live rational life. any deviation in their belief would shatter their core principles, which indirectly will affect the others around them

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  11. i believe in God...
    because if something go wrong,i have someone to look upon,someone to blame...someone to curse...
    its comforting!!
    :-)

    anu

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  12. Nice post about a highly debatable topic...
    The God you are talking about here and the God that we generally talk of in this respect is the God that we have created!
    The point is ... The God who've created us and the God that we have created might not be the same! I will write a post on this! :)

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    1. Thanks Rahul :)
      Send me the link after u do the post :)

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  13. When I see this universe, when i see the stars and the sun, when i see the birth of a child, I can't stop being in awe of my God. I believe in God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Bible.

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  14. I found this fascinating. If anyone thinks they understand God, then the 'object' they understand cannot be God. God is indefinable. We might get glimpses of God's love and character, power and 'energies', but their is always much more, because God is bigger than anything we can comprehend. But, God is love.

    People may be better of not knowing God if they fear God, and God is vengeful and demanding. However, and I cannot speak for other religions, but if the Gospel and knowing God doesn't bring peace and calm (and doesn't dispel fear), then those people have been 'fed' a fasle Gospel and preached a wrong impression of God. The Gospel is GoodNews, and for me as a Christian, Jesus (God incarnate) showed that.

    People are better off, IMHO, knowing God, and God is love, and forgiving and not to be feared. So, be careful of false immitations that are fearful, vengeful and demanding. The real God is not like that, but sadly many people (and even some churches) are confused. Regards Tadhg.

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