The Believers And The Non-Believers.

What do you mean by Religion? What is it’s role in our lives? Do we need it or not? These are some of the questions frequently asked in the 21st century.

  • Why is it that the 21st century makes believing in God – a little more hesitant thing to do? The most genuine answer may lie in the unanswered questions asked about all the major religions of the world.
  • In this scientific era, we tend to question everything that happens around us. We ask for a proof. And when it comes to religion, it bounds you to completely surrender yourself and not question the existence of Him or authenticity of miracles performed.
  • As we go through the very first verses in the Holy book of Islam – The Quran, we can sense the tinge of spite towards people who wouldn’t believe in His existence.
  • If God created this earth and every single person with his own hands, why would anyone not believe in Him? And because destiny is in His hands, why didn’t he frame the mind of the Non-Believers in a way to believe in Him? Why does he need to punish them and cause the heart disease to grow when he can stop it right from the start? Or is He partial to only some people and has no mercy for the others? Is this an image of an ideal compassionate God?
  • If Jesus could resurrect people from dead, according to the definition of God (it is he who can create a living from dead and dead from living) he was God and not a messiah. And he publicly denies being neither. Anyways, if we believe that he could actually resurrect people, why did the mother of a dead young girl ask Ian Wilmult to bring her back? Why is it not ethical to use genetics to bring back the dead and ethical for Jesus to do that? He says,” You shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” if he could have reframed it as – You shall love every living creature on this earth with all your heart and with all your soul… We wouldn’t be facing evils like corruption, terrorism, etc.
  • The world could have been a better place to live in, if He was as compassionate and moral as he claims to be because according to almost every religious text, He is the one who has created us.
  • http://www.comereason.org/religious-exclusivism.asp

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45 thoughts on “The Believers And The Non-Believers.

  1. I get your points and agree with the information we have it is probably more rational to conclude the reason we don’t know God exists is because there is nothing there. However it is, it is still an assumption. I learned that there isn’t ever going to be a decisive proof though. It is interesting to think about, and I enjoyed your thoughts.

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    1. Thank you for reading! This was only the first section that I wanted to talk about. The question whether God exists or whether we need him will be dealt in further posts. I appreciate that you took out your time to share your views.

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  2. Good read thank you. You make some very good points and I am thankful for the freedom we have to share them. Your last comment about the world being a better place is really important. I think that much of the Bible has been written to control men rather than to emancipate them. Sad but unfortunately true. I look forward to reading more from you.
    QP

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    1. Thank you for reading this blog. Most of the religions in the world and based on provoking false fear in the minds of people. The religious texts don’t teach us the way of living a happy and content life but make us dwell upon the afterlife in heaven or hell or whatnot. I’m glad that you find my points relatable.

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      1. I find that when one speaks from a position of weakness fear often seems like the best choice to motivate change. It works but only short term and often leaves a bad taste in in ones mouth. If you however live by example and use joy and freedom as motivation you cannot loose. This is what many religious texts talk about but not all. Would you agree?

        QP

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      2. Yeah I agree with you. Very few religions emphasise on the importance of having a joyful life. Most of them threaten you of death, and His wrath. If anger, a human flaw is distinctly noted in them, aren’t they, flawed? How can you sing praises of a flawed personality? It’s so important to have faith in principles like hardwork and honesty to actually lead a better life.

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      3. Anger, vengeance, and jealousy only bring more of the same. And when the big guy upstairs has all three how can we expect the sh!/ not to run downhill. These flaws when exemplified by the teachings can only become part of the followers lives. We simply need a better example to follow, and most people would want to follow a good example.

        QP

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  3. Although I am not a believer per se (not the ideal definition), however I negate your thought(s) that religious scriptures do not teach humans a way of living.
    I think majority of the religions (since inception) were propagated as a way of living. This includes all the 4 major religions in the world. It’s their further devlopment, interpretation and forcefull implementation without promising answers that made people question them.

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    1. One of the major reasons why we needed religion was to civilize. Earlier when human was no different than any animal, he was ruthless. He killed another animals, his own tribe and feared nothing. This was the man who needed to be tamed or be frightened by a supernatural being who could condemn him to hell. Hence I highly doubt that the same scriptures could be used to fulfill the questions raised by all of us in 21st century. Except Buddhism which is one of the major religions and so far, most scientific. Thank you for sharing your views on this. I really appreciate that.

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      1. I totally agree with you. The religions couldn’t keep up with time and suffered at the hands of those at helm. Buddhism suffers from similar issues, although unlike Jainism (that preaches non violence), it’s positive traits are easy to adapt in a metropolitan lifestyle.
        I await to read your further posts on the topic. 🙂

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  4. In my lifetime god has evolved to be this incomprehensible, unfathomable deity that we can not even imagine. Science has made the unexplainable smaller, therefore less room for a god to operate. So, the apologists have made god academically unreachable. Christians are mostly deists now with a little bit of jesus, although the only ones to see it that way are atheists for the most part. Good article. Thanks

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    1. We tend to correlate God and religion and think that religion is nothing but deity worship. Actually, that’s not the motto of religion. Though major religions in the world are based on the idea of God, Buddhism and to some extent Jainism (because of its similarity with asceticism) do not follow the idea of God all. Theists and atheists are two polar opposite ideas and there’s a middle way to lead a better life. Thank you for reading my post and commenting!

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  5. If I understand you correctly, you’ve decided that God does not exist (or is impotent) because the human beings to whom He granted free will war with, persecute, and murder one another. Christians would say that demonstrates we need a Savior. ❤

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    1. It’s true that Christianity believes in Messiah or Savior to protect us from evils but I personally believe in philosophy or a path that could change people who make bad choices. Because standing against people who are “evil” or “bad” doesn’t make any sense to me. There’s a human in every evil person too. But when they usually turn to their religion they fail to find any substance that could transform their views and opinions. It’s a common thought because even scientists and learned people are slowly turning towards atheism.

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  6. If the quote had been continued you would see that it also said to love your neighbour as yourself. We cannot make up our own ideas about God, we have to go with the available information, and also not misrepresent it 🙂 So there is no excuse for “corruption, terrorism, etc.”.

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    1. I literally wish the texts were more to the point and there was no room to misinterpretation or asking such questions but there are so many religions, so many cultures in this world and we just don’t understand what is right or wrong and what we could follow. Thanks for reading this post!

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      1. “For every community We decreed a law and a way of life. Had God willed, He could have made you a single community – but in order to test you in what He revealed to you. So vie with one another in virtue. To God is your homecoming, all of you, and He will then acquaint you with that over which you differed.”
        Quran 5: 48

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  7. “Why is it not ethical to use genetics to bring back the dead and ethical for Jesus to do that?”

    good set of questions, now present the answers. 🙂

    genetics cannot bring back the dead, although it tries to create life, using starting materials provided by God.

    Jesus did not proclaim himself messiah, as he was to come twice. first as the good shepherd, and finally as the conquering messiah king. he acknowledged Peter when Peter recognized this, so indirectly he admitted he would be the messiah to come.

    evil is the absence of god. it is here and will be destroyed at a future time. it provides a testing ground for souls so they can use their free will to choose which path to choose. we can reject evil and choose god, or accept evil and reject god. so any consequence is our choice. god wants children, not slaves. he wants us to choose him.

    religion is man’s concept of god and his will. it can be accurate or not accurate. it should be based on a real revelation from him, and not man made ideas. some religions are close to the truth, and others are way off.

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    1. I see religion as a way of living life which most importantly explains relationship with other people rather than our relationship with God (because some religions don’t believe in the existence of supernatural being)
      Not everyone gets to “choose” between good and evil. There are poor people who’ve chosen this path, just because they’ve been brought up in that environment where the elite politicians exploits them.
      And guess who’s evil?
      Who’s at fault when some people have to struggle a lot while the others have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths?
      Every developed country as a whole exploits the underdeveloped. There is no such thing as evil and good. Every human being took birth as innocent and may have his/her life story.
      I believe it’s the role of the religious texts to guide people in the right direction. Just believing that some day, a messiah would come and rescue is not the solution. We don’t want any “evil” human being to be destroyed. The thing is we want everyone to have a peaceful and beautiful life.
      With the further advancements, hopefully we could bring back the dead by using the stem cells. Though it’s not right to talk about that when the young born children are dying due to malnutrition.

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  8. “The problem is not that there is evil in the world. The problem is that there is good. Because otherwise, who would care?”

    –Varga, Fargo s03 (Acted with a perfection I’ve scarcely been so thoroughly repulsed.)

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  9. Dear Sister: For us to appreciate and fully comprehend the good, we must experience and witness the opposite. Also, we were given the gift of agency by God to help us reveal to ourselves what we really are. We cannot comprehend fully without experience.
    Does that mean there is no room for forgiveness and mercy? Absolutely not. God is loving and merciful, but because of our agency, has to respect our choices.
    Mankind harms mankind. Many of the victims of crimes and violence suffer as witnesses against those who Choose to rebel against the harmony God wants for us.
    He has and will strengthen all who petition for help, without respect to Race or Religion. It may not come in the form we would prefer, but when we trust, miracles will happen.
    We are all loved By God, and as our creator, suffers for our waywardness in spirit as we do for our children that have gone astray.
    Jesus understood the truth when He told the parents of the girl who died that “She sleeps”.
    This life as we experience it is only a part of the picture and plan for us.
    God is God, and when we are ready, will acquaint us with the whole picture and purpose for our experiences.

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    1. Choices that we make matter so much. But I wonder if we truly get to “choose”. We don’t get a choice as to where we could be born – like in which country or house. If this were true, everyone would want to take birth in a family that is rich, which is so evidently, not true. Another choice is for our upbringing. Imagine taking birth in a family which earns through evil ways. Naturally the child’s upbringing will be in a way that would justify the wrong.
      Everyone is born as innocent and each and every one wants happiness and love in this world.
      In Hindu mythology Mahabharata, the great war was fought between good and evil. Lord Krishna wanted to prove that truth triumphs. Now, just to prove this, millions of people and animals gave away their lives.
      We don’t want destruction. We don’t want to prove that which is evident. We want everyone to live peacefully and have a better life. What efforts do the world religions make in it? Corruption exists, evil exists and destruction takes place even now.
      Sufferings in human life are endless. Our purpose for living here is to end this. If not our own, then at least an effort to lessen other’s. I don’t think God could come up with a better purpose for our lives than this.
      Man is selfish. And this selfishness is the reason why we have evil in this world. The problem lies in the upbringing of a child. If the child is taught that men are superior to women, he’ll obviously disrespect women when he grows up.
      Here’s our choice. The values that we teach to the young generation. Like according to Buddhism, I was taught to never think of evil so that it can never turn into an action. I pray everyday, the words which promise the same.
      It’s so simple to say that the dead “sleep” but only a mother knows the kind of pain that she goes through after loosing the child that she had given birth to. Her sufferings are unimaginable and there lies no comfort in the fact that the child is in sleep. I wonder the pain that God must be going through everyday, when millions of people die. Irony is that in India, people die in accidents when they travel all the way up to the Himalayas to worship Him and ask for good health.
      We should primarily be taught about the relationship of man with another man than the relationship with God.
      Having faith in God is not wrong. But I prefer having faith in my hard work, dedication and values.

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      1. You have good insights. When we are placed in this world, God considers our personality and sends us to the most appropriate time and culture that is best suited for our development and testing. As for those souls who are born to houses where crime and abuse are the norm, these “victims” will not be held to account for the evil they were taught or experienced, that will be on the head of the teachers/offenders. These innocents will receive the full degree of mercy a loving God has prepared for them, and they will in no wise be left out or forgotten.
        And so the cascade will flow back to the original souls who corrupted Gods teachings.
        As for equality between Genders, I Believe with all my heart God is a refers to both a father and mother, two beings, one male, one female. Both Gods that are united giving them the power to have offspring, us, their children.
        I believe too that Father in Heaven respects and honors Mother so much that He is guarded when dealing with mankind so we do not disrespect Her, lest we be swept of this earth by His wrath and consigned to a spiritual “time out”where we could learn some reverence.

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      2. If according to you, God sends us to a particular place or house or a country, where is the free choice that we were talking about? The problem is that, though these innocents will be granted mercy after they meet God (afterlife, possibly) and there’s no significant use of it. Evil will still be prevalent in the society.
        And every world religion has totally different aspects. Like for example, Abrahamic religions are quite similar but Asian religions are mainly based on cultures. Cultures are so different from each other. Nobody would understand as to who corrupted Gods teachings.
        I never mentioned about gender equality.

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  10. There is an old saying: “As man is now, God once was. As God is now, man may become.”
    God is and was before man. They don’t have religion, they Are.
    When we can realize we are part of a greater family with potential, then perhaps we will have peace on earth…but we have to get over ourselves first.
    I acknowledge the Divine in you Sister.
    Namaste

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  11. You ask some good questions! The big problem as I see it, is: there is the religion in people’s heart that answers those questions – and there is the institutional state-sponsored “religion” whose main purpose is to control the population. Take your pick.

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    1. That’s so true. In a society, people practising different religions live in harmony. But it’s the fanatics who lead to wars and riots and disturb peace in the name of religion. If everyone would think of Humanity before religion, we would not be framing these questions!
      Thank you for reading this post.

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  12. I have to say that these are things I have thought of myself. In African and in Hellenic religion we’re given a very different view altogether. In African Faiths like Santeria and Vodoun we’re told that GOD (or GODDESS) or Olofi and his wife Olodumare are such Supreme entities that they don’t have time to be in our lives as much as the other Gods do. So they created the Under Gods and the Demi Gods and various spirit entities to interact with us. But these other Gods and spirits aren’t as perfect or as powerful.

    So they make mistakes. And we are led to believe that they can make mistakes. And we are told to question them because that’s okay. Same in Hellenic religion except the all powerful Deity is Gaia. The Queen Mother of all Creation.

    And she isn’t the only one. In Gnostic Christianity we are told that even GOD has a father who is more powerful than him and who is working on even greater cosmic works. We aren’t told to accept these as “absolutes” but to question. Gnostic Christianity teaches us that truth comes from within. That our hearts and our love are the key to all things.

    And that the answers may not be known to us now, but that the journey is just as important as the answer.

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