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)

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