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Is God Still Relevant?

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 10, 2012

In an earlier post I argued the complementary nature of Karma and Astrology. “Our past life actions determine the quality of life that we lead in our present lives”, says Karma. And the tool it uses to implement this principle is Astrology. Schedule the time and location of a person’s birth in a manner, that the natal planetary positions influencing the life of the person result in an existence that conforms with the past life deeds of the person, good or bad.

By this very reasoning, God’s significance in the whole scheme of things becomes pretty untenable. Assuming God existed, His role would be limited to judging the actions of a person’s past life. I am certain that this judgement is not subjected to an arbitrary scale, but follows a well defined scale of good and bad. And I trust God to be virtuous enough to not cheat the system by favoring aย  person who has visited the Church every single day. Since God’s role is limited to being a judge that honestly follows a well defined set of laws, we can rule out that He has any powers Himself. Think of it this way, worshiping a Supreme Court judge does not change either the probability of you being punished nor does it change the severity of the punishment. Both parameters are governed by the Constitution and an honest Judge is subservient to the written word.

So that has pretty much ruled out the need to worship God. And since most religions are based on the very act of worshiping God, they are rendered redundant. Or are they?

We need religion. Period! Governments need religions to control their subjects. Yes, we are subjects of our governments no matter how much freedom and democracy our leaders sermonize. They fall back on religion to justify their policies, they fall back on religion to divide people and play vote-bank politics, they need religion to colonize countries, and they rely on religion to suppress people’s intelligence and prevent a revolution.

And we the subjects need religion too. It is our only hope when things seem down, it is the refuge we turn to after committing sinful acts. It is the sanctum that lets us be bad and evil, because we always know that there is forgiveness to be attained by worship. It is the source of calm that arises from the belief that we have bribed an incorruptible God.

I leave rest of the reasoning to you. I saw my astrological chart this morning, and something in it tells me that I better go worship my God now ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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16 Responses to “Is God Still Relevant?”

  1. I will agree that governments need religion perhaps more so than an individualโ€™s desire for it. Too many wars have been/are being fought based on it; too many deaths have been and continue to be attributed to it; too many innocents have been and still are being lost to it.

    Humankind has this unreasonable fascination with war and using religion to provide the fuel to the already inflamed fire of passions that surround it—rather than to take a step back and be the temperate voice of conciliation and acceptanceโ€ฆwell for me, war is inhuman and remains abhorrent. Is He worth the price?

    • Raunak said

      agreed…too many lives are being lost over religion.it is inhuman indeed. but i’m not sure if it is unnatural. It is the result of our natural instinct to protect ourselves and prosper. Hence I do not see an end to the desire to go to war.
      The only way to prevent wars is to make people realize that they can prosper by cooperating with one another. A symbiotic relationship between countries across the world will lead to peace. e.g. the U.S will not attack Saudi Arabia because it has a lot to gain from its oil. A similar global partnership on a spiritual level will lead to eternal peace.

      • Still seems like a bleak future…people and countries just using one another for benefit or gain. So the US needs Saudi oil, but what happens when that resource is depleted? Do we war with them too? And as far as the US tolerance of spiritual views worldwise…well hell, it is part of the reason this country is so split down the middle politically and has been for 12 years now. If we in the US cannot accept our own religious freedoms and respect those of others, how will we be part of this “future” global partnership to advocate peace? If this were to become reality a true peace, I doubt either of us would experience this in our lifetimes.

      • Raunak said

        que sera sera ๐Ÿ™‚

      • This is perhaps what I admire most—you are a ‘sea of calm’—midst the chaos all around.

  2. nyparrot said

    Hmmm… Interesting:)

  3. Hey, amazing post. we really need to realize that this vote bank politics and divide and rule based on religious differences need to stop.

  4. It is our only hope when things seem down
    Definitely. This is one of the reasons why I believe. And why God will always be relevant in my life.

    it is the refuge we turn to after committing sinful acts. It is the sanctum that lets us be bad and evil, because we always know that there is forgiveness to be attained by worship. It is the source of calm that arises from the belief that we have bribed an incorruptible God.
    Wow. That’s pretty cynical, even for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just because there is forgiveness doesn’t give us license to commit bad acts.

    • Raunak said

      cynical, yes. But sadly true in many cases. I have seen so many white collar thugs make money that ain’t legit, treat fellow humans like crap and then enter temples and donate large sums of money.
      And they always seem to get away with it. Wish there was a force that punished evil as and when it happened rather than wait for next birth!

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Reblogged this on bringingupbuddhas and commented:
    i always enjoy reading blogs written by someone who likes to ask big questions and show us his process of sorting out the answers. this is one of those writers. join the debate if you dare! enjoy!

  6. You stated: [And I trust God to be virtuous enough to not cheat the system by favoring a person who has visited the Church every single day. ] I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOUR BLOG. This was a great post.

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