We often see a thing and feign to have not seen it. This is common phenomenon. We often pretend to have seen a thing even when we have not seen it. This is also a common phenomenon. God, no one has seen, some pretend to have seen, while some assume to have seen. For some god is equal to zero and for some god is equal to infinity. It means god is zero as well as infinity, depending upon who the mathematician is. It is we who decide if god exists or doesn’t. It is we who creates god as per our convenience. We procreate him when we need him. He doesn’t exist once our needs are over. We remove him from our want list as and when he is not needed. Our wants and needs decide the fate of god. God is a long poem whose fate we decide.
God is someone who has no eye witness. No one has seen his footprints. Some think he is the creator of stars, galaxies, human beings. He arose out of an illusion, and can create something out of nothing. He arose because he was needed to dampen the abundance of chaos. He was needed to keep the chaos at bay. Some think god is ‘belief in hope beyond reason’.
The question many are asking - why a god can’t be less omniscient and omnipotent. Why can’t a god be less godlike and more human-like?
We may doubt the existence of God, but we act as if we believe in something, by whatever name we may call that thing. It is as difficult to prove the existence of god, as his nonexistence. It is said that “God created man in his own image.” It is also said that “men create the gods after their own image.”
“If a solution, consistent with the ordinary course of nature can be found, we must not invoke an abnormal act of Creative Power,” believed the greatest visionary Charles Darwin.
Followers of god are ever increasing. It is because God has the potential to offer comfort and peace of mind in the world full of uncertainties and unknowns. We create god in our own ways. Our expectations from god define our god.
Einstein’s god did not reward or punish. For him god was a ‘conceivable mystery’.
Tagore’s god is unknown and unknowable, beyond one’s reach. His god is always with man, in his happiness and in his pain. His god possesses the entire metaphysical, moral and causal attributes. His god has the knowledge of all the things. His god is integral to man and nature. His god is above the pairs of opposites, of beauty and ugliness, truth and error, good and evil. His god can’t be seen; he can only be realized. His god doesn’t live in far-off heaven. His god is both individual and universal. His god is “The Absolute who does nothing, desires nothing, feels nothing but simply is mere existence.”
“Without the world God would be phantasm; without God the
world would be chaos.”
His god is the inspirer of his songs. He could hear his silent steps. His god needs man’s love, as much as man needs god’s love. His god is infinite, like a sky. His god is beyond touch, but can be touched. His god can be found in lonely streets, walking alone.
“In the very beginning, there was a void, a nothingness containing no space, no time, no matter, no light, no sound. Yet the laws of nature were in place, and this curious vacuum held potential. Only god knows what happened at the very beginning?”
Dawkins calls god by various names. He thinks “The only watchmaker is the blind forces of physics.” He believes that belief in god is a scientific question. But the question is – who would provide the tools of science?
Collins believed, “God’s existence is outside of science’s ability to really weigh in.” He finds that studying the natural world is an opportunity to observe the majesty, the elegance, the intricacy of god’s creation. For Collins god is outside of nature, outside of space and time. Collins argues, god is under no obligation to make his intentions obvious.
The concluding thoughts about god:
Richard Dawkins: My mind is open to the most wonderful range of future possibilities, which I cannot even dream about, nor can you, nor can anybody else. I don’t see the Olympian gods or Jesus coming down and dying on the Cross as worthy of that grandeur. They strike me as parochial. If there is a God, it’s going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed.
Francis Collins: I find absolutely nothing in conflict ….I’m interested in the whys. I find many of those answers in the spiritual realm. That in no way compromises my ability to think rigorously as a scientist.
Simple logic says that belief in something can sustain only if that thing proves its worth. God, for example, would not have survived had he not proven his worth. The experience of the illusion of God is universal. The illusion is that someone up there is constantly watching us and is also concerned about our moral lives. When we know someone is watching us, we tend to behave differently.
‘Someone is watching us’ is our basic nature. Even devoted atheists possess this nature. Our belief in God shall continue, as long as he is useful to us. Some even say, atheism is the unnatural way to be.
It is quite possible that God is an evolved projection of our understanding of what God should be.
Man conceived an omnipotent and omnipresent superman. Mathematicians conceived infinity, an abstract concept that has no limit.
Ideal is like Carnot’s engine. Ideal is like god. Ideal is like infinity. Ideal is a goal post that can’t be reached. If a concept can’t be reached, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to reach it. We need a goal post, even an imaginary one, and our endeavour should be to reach that goal post.
There is a view that says that God is simply unnecessary: we can explain all the workings of the universe without the need for a Creator. We have mastered knowledge.
Science teaches us many things, but it has not revealed to us why the universe came into existence nor what preceded its birth, or how the first living organisms emerged from inanimate matter, or how a non-living becomes a living entity, or why is our universe so precisely tailor-made for the emergence of life. Who made the initial blueprint, or was it accidental?
God is long poem, as knowledge is. Knowing the known has a certain role. Knowing the unknown too has a certain role. Let these two roles remain separate. They are the two sides of the same deep human impulse to understand the world. Let’s keep them that way, and not let one attempt to usurp the role of the other.