Friday, June 19, 2009

Oh God! You are so Powerful, Please Spare me

This, so nicely explains my way of dealing with God that I can't put off quoting it here.

Marcus Aurelius: "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid."
If at all there is a God, we need not be afraid or even be bothered about him, because after all, if we are doing good, then no God can complain that we must be punished, just because we did not find it logical to prey or worship God.

Now, another idea that has been looming around the corner for as long as afraid-to-be-atheists existed is
"I don't believe in God as a person, but I believe there is some force that is controlling everything, the way earth rotates around the sun, the way we do things, etc"
Now, this is an insane idea. Science can explain almost everything that is running around now. And it will find explanations for tougher questions too. But, every science reaches some point where there is no answer, and the scientist says "It so happens". This is where almost all theists give place to God. The point at which science stops answering, theist answers God. And when science expands further so as to reach the next level, the theist takes God to the next level. God was not that, God is greater.
This game between the scientist and the theist is going to go on for ever: The universe has enough mysteries to make sure that no science will ever crack it all, and the theistic imagination is 1000 folds quicker than every science.

And so, again, we reach a point where talking about God is meaningless, and completely useless.
Let God exist or not, who cares? And why care?


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