God/Religion is a very difficult topic. I want to discuss it because I have made tremendous transformation after connecting to God. I help my students overcome negative mindset and challenges, in my coaching practice. This article clears some confusion related to God.
I have meaningful conversations with both God’s followers and Atheists. I am sharing some thoughts, based on my conversations, for you to consider.
Let’s define some concepts before we get into the conversation.
God: The supreme being.
Spirituality: (In simple terms) Connecting to your spirit and experiencing something that is not physical through your mind. There are countless methods to get to this state.
Religion: Set of guidelines created by someone with the purpose of connecting with God and becoming a better person in the process.
The institution (temple): A place for people to worship and learn about the religion.
Institution management: The management committee responsible for managing the institution and overlook activities such as organizing preachers, holding religious activities (prayers etc.), fundraising, managing finances (bills etc.).
Priests: Teachers employed by the institution to teach religion.
Preachers: Religious people who promote and teach the religion.
Religious people: People who follow and practice their religion.
Selectively religious people: These people only follow religion when it serves their purpose.
Born in religion but don’t practice religion people: They are born in a religious family, they know about their religion, but choose not to follow it. They participate in family/cultural events that may revolve around religion.
Religious manipulators: Evil people have knowledge about the religion, but use this knowledge to manipulate people for personal gain. They put on the act of religion and don’t practice religion.
YOLO people: YOLO = You Only Live Once. These are free-spirited people who don’t support or reject God. They just believe in being good people.
Religious thinkers: These people use religion to become a better person and to connect to God.
Devil/evil worshippers: People who worship anti-God powers like Devil, Satan, etc to gain supernatural powers to control other humans.
Religion and God haters: These people like arguing and proving that God doesn’t exist.
Atheists: These are people who Do not believe in God. Some of these people argue over God, some Do not.
The three biggest arguments against God are:
1. God can’t be seen or scientifically proven
2. Why does God allow bad things to happen
3. Religion/God is cause of all bad things that happen in the world
God can’t be seen or scientifically proven!
People think God is an old man sitting in the sky staring down at people. Some faiths believe in the concept of heaven/hell somewhere in space where God and his staff sit and manage us and sentence the soul after death.
God refers to something that is greater than everything else. This makes God the supreme entity.
I refer to God as male because males are usually physically stronger than females.
God can take any form and he can replicate himself infinitely and exist in different places simultaneously, just as The Internet is everywhere simultaneously.
Our mind can see God in any form – in form of your religious leader, religious warriors, a charitable person, or even a cookie monster or a sweet potato. God is a Transformer (like the movie). Since God is all-powerful, he can pretty much do anything he wants.
I have gone from being ‘not-so-religious’ to religious and loving God because God transformed by life and I still haven’t seen God. God can’t be seen or proven because God isn’t a physical entity, we can only see what people do because of their faith in God.
Can we prove love, pain, depression, hatred, guilt, stupidity, intelligence?
No. We can only notice things that take place because of these emotions.
Love makes us do illogical things. We know what people do in the name of love, like people buying gifts, giving respect to their partner, caring etc.
Pain makes us complain and ask for medicine.
Hatred makes us harm others.
Guilt makes us sad and we show it via body language or making efforts to correct our mistakes.
Pain/Suffering/Depression can’t be proven. We only notice people feeling being quiet, lacking interest in everything, or causing self-harm.
Stupidity and Intelligence is a label given to people who thinks in a particular way.
Existence of God can’t be proved but we do see transformation in people and what people do such as charitable activities, self-improvement and state of peace.
If someone proves God’s existence, would you start believing in him?
OUCH. Maybe not.
If you are looking for evidence to be richer for the experience, then I suggest stop wasting your time. Focus on what’s important in your life. Go out for a nice dinner and have a nice evening, leave God alone.
Why does God allow bad things to happen?
We expect God to prevent everything bad from taking place. When bad things happen we lose all logic and blame God because of our loss.
Fact: Living beings are mortals with an expiry date.
When someone dies, especially at young age, we blame God.
Why do people die young?
When a horrible act such as mass murder, rape, natural disaster, an accident, takes place we blame God. We expect God to appear like a superhero and save the day.
I don’t know why God doesn’t stop these acts, but I know humans always have a choice of not committing these horrible crimes. Ethically, all crimes from stealing a candy to a murder are wrong. People choose to do it anyway.
Should God be responsible?
Animals are killed for food. Should the animals blame God for living a horrible life in captivity waiting to be killed and eaten? Or should they blame us?
People abuse others mentally or physically or consume drugs and alcohol and cause harm to others. Who is responsible? Should the victims blame God?
If God exists, why do natural disasters take place without notice?
Maybe because we keep messing up with nature.
Deforestation, noise-air-soil-water pollution are caused by humans, some of us sadly don’t care about the environment.
According to science, humans are the cause of many natural disasters.
Should we hold God responsible?
If God exists, why doesn’t he answer my prayers?
Usually we have demands that we expect God to fulfill.
We blame God when we are financially poor and God doesn’t send a pot of Gold as a peace offering.
Students blame God when they fail an exam, which they didn’t study for, but they prayed.
We blame God when for disease, but never exercised and ate bad the whole life. We expect God to fix it.
When God doesn’t obey our orders we hate him or get upset with him.
If you expect God to listen to your commands, then ethically, God should also listen to commands of others.
What would happen if God gave people money or things without effort?
What would happen if God listened to prayers of evil people?
What kind of world would it become?
Religion/God is cause of all bad things that happen in the world
This is one of the most misunderstood fact about religion. Religion teaches people to become a better person, and give up all bad habits and one of the expectations of religion/God is to not commit any crime. Stealing music or software off the Internet is also a crime.
Some people give up God because of evil religious leaders who do horrible things in the name of religion.
Examples of such acts are war, manipulation, abuse, and theft to gain power, money, or pleasure.
If a police officer commits murder, is the whole Police force evil? Who is responsible?
The individual is responsible.
If a religious person commits a sin, they failed religion and God. Religion teaches people to be good, but they decided to go against the religion.
You don’t have to be religious to know that stealing, manipulation and crime is wrong – it’s common sense. You are not supposed to do bad things – EVER!
Is religion or God responsible for what an individual does?
Are these people really religious?
NO! These evil people are pretenders who use religion for personal gain.
The actual religious people practice the teachings of religion and don’t disrespect God by doing bad things.
Those who commit crime should be beat with a shoe. No mercy should be shown to the ones who commit horrible crimes, because we can’t “un-rape” or “un-kill” someone.
Some of the misconceptions around religion/God are:
1. There’s multiple Gods: False.
There are different religions in different regions of the world.
There is only one God, there is no corporate hierarchy of Gods where each gets promotions. Some cultures believe in different Gods like God of Power, God of lust (this exists in Hinduism), God of prosperity, God of destruction etc. These mini-Gods also worship ‘The One’ – Big G.
Different religions are like different rivers going to the ocean, all connect people to God.
2.I believe in Science not God:
Why are God and science mutually exclusive?
Who said you can’t believe in both Science and God?
Religious people use science and technology every day – they drive, use phones, cars, computers, listen to my religious prayers.
People who believe in God are not against science. Religion doesn’t teach you to be against science.
3.We should convert the others in our belief:
God’s followers usually try to convert atheists into believing in God.
Atheists always try to convert God’s followers to believe God doesn’t exist.
Did you know both God’s people and atheists could peacefully co-exist?
Why do you have to change them? Let them be.
Arguing over God/religion is foolish. Only share information if someone is misinformed and wants to learn from you. If someone is arguing just to be right, don’t waste your time.
Instead, go eat a healthy meal together, please don’t fight over God – fight over who’s going to pay the bill.
Why should I believe in God?
Here’s some of the biggest practical benefits of honestly believing in God:
Positive transformations: People transform into better version of themselves and stop doing what they should not be doing.
Become judgement-free: People who truly believe in God accept and respect others without judgement. The religious people who judge are work-in-progress.
Discipline: Religious people participate rituals, prayers and other activities. This teaches discipline.
Good role models: Religious people are happy; they help make others’ lives better by supporting and uplifting them.
Charitable activities: This goes without saying – religion is responsible for charitable activities such as donating money, food, clothes, homes, education for people in need.
Improved health: Faith in God charges our mind with positive energy which makes our brain release neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that make us happy) such as Endorphins, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Dopamine. Abundance of these chemicals improves our health (proved by science).
Improved focus and performance: When you regularly pray and meditate, your focus and performance improves in work, relationships, sports, because your mind becomes stronger.
Inner courage and mental strength: Connection with God makes us fearless and mentally strong, which enables us to handle problems in life.
Character building: Faith in God builds great character; we stay away from bad habits and bad people. This is great for teens and kids who are easier to persuade into drugs, and alcohol and bad lifestyle.
What about the Atheists?
Some Atheists have a positive outlook on life. Atheists help us think critically and sometimes we get answers that solve our own questions. This brings us closer to God and our faith in God grows stronger.
Atheists also keep bad religious people in check, indirectly, helping people who could have been their target.
Do I have to believe in God?
Not really. Before you decide against God, consider the following:
Do you not believe in God because you fear that you have to give up bad habits?
Fear always exists in the beginning, it’s OK. Meditation to God helps eliminate fear. I know it’s hard to give up bad lifestyle and bad habits, you can start by changing one habits, and over time all habits will go away.
Do I need to follow a religion to connect to God?
No, you don’t. You can connect directly to God if you are willing to go the long and difficult route. Religion teaches us true and tested methods to connect to God. Without religion, you have to figure everything out – what others have already discovered.
Some religions have rituals and superstitions that push people away from God. If you don’t like these practices then don’t participate in these rituals, just focus on God and keep things simple.
God is Love. The ultimate purpose of connecting to God is to let go of all negativity and be filled with love. Everything becomes beautiful at that stage.
If you don’t like the benefits and you are happy with your life then you don’t have to believe in God.
Whether you believe in God or not,
Do not be an asshole!
Don’t be mean to others just because they think different. Don’t judge or disrespect others. Don’t argue over this topic.
You CAN NOT change how people think. People only change when they want to. Don’t spam people with your beliefs because you’d be wasting your time.
Whether you believe in God or not, it’s your responsibility to inform religious criminals they are committing Sin. Ask them to stop because God doesn’t approve of sin or crime.
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