Does God as we know it really exist, or is he/ she some mystical creation , and figment of the imagination, that initially emanated within the minds of primitive humans in efforts to grapple with the complexities of a dangerous , hostile world, which included fear of wild animals , inability to find sufficient food, concern for injuries ,diseases , and all forms of natural phenomena such as thunder, lightening, floods ,and volcanoes ?
Noted German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsch,was known to have said, “Your god is dead and only the ignorant weep. And if you claim there is a hell, then we shall meet there.” Buddha added ,“Gripped by fear people go to the sacred mountains, scared groves, sacred trees and shrines.
There is indeed a strong argument to be made to substantiate this viewpoint that concern for security by man was the prime reason why an idea of god was created. One should note that particularly in times of crisis some folks become even more religious , and adhere to the distorted notion of a god , as it hopefully brings comfort, and strength to deal with life. Put more broadly gods are made to give comfort in good times, courage in times of danger, and consolation when things go wrong. Instead of prostration on the ground , and before and alter and praying in times of needs , then believe that such prays were answered or not depending on this caring, loving, long suffering and revengeful god, here is a more prudent approach that deviate from the god- idea , which is essentially a “ response to fear and frustration.”
Just a thought , but is it better to try and understand our fears, to lesson our desires and to calmly and courageously accept the things we cannot change, or is it better to cower in fear that if we are disobedient to predetermined rules ,one day we will burn in hell fire, as opposed to go to heaven where the streets are paved in gold, as well as milk and honey flows , and white angels , are the order ? In short, live a life of rational understanding, as compared to having non realistic fixations to irrational belief. Since no conclusive scientific evidence exist to support a heaven, verses hell in the sky god theory, or an all forgiving universe creation god , that caters to all our sufferings , disabilities,handicaps, enormous odds and difficulties, then we should kill this concept of a salvation god forthwith, as it serves no useful purpose whatsoever.
In a world that is plagued by earthquakes,droughts, floods, tsunamis,and similar catastrophes ,including debilitating and deadly diseases , it becomes extremely difficult to phantom the idea that a loving creator ,would fashion man into his own likeness, or develop such a beautiful paradise ,and subject his children to this carnage, pain , and wanton unexplainable destruction and suffering.
To conclude , if I am going even beyond Nietzsch ,by saying that god is not only dead , but does not exist, then what am I subscribing to , outside of putting one’s hands into the air in despair , in the thought that all is lost? Here it is from a Buddhist standpoint:- “Do not believe in god , but instead in ... humanity. Believe that each human being is precious and important, that all have the potential to develop into Buddha- a perfected human being.Believe that human beings can outgrow ignorance and irrationality and see things as they really are. Believe that hatred , anger, spite and jealousy can be replaced by love , patience,generosity and kindness.Believe that this is within the grasp of each person if they make the effort, guided and supported , by their fellow Buddhists, and inspired by the example of the Buddha. “
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika
As Buddah further admonished us ,“ No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path, But Buddhas clearly show the way.”
“A word to the wise is sufficient.”
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