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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 a  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 🙂 .

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Heavenly Father, may I Holla at You Briefly

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 1, 2012

I believe in God. Yes, I do. I practice Hindu rituals to reach out to the Supreme, but I do not belong to a religion. I respect all religions and their Gods because I do not want to play with fire. What if I diss Jesus in this life and after death I come face to face with him! What if I irk Allah and realize after death that the Quran was right all along! No, don’t mess with any religion or God because you never know what may really happen. Respect them equally and give yourself a chance in Heaven.

But seeing Clint Eastwood’s deep exchange of words with Obama at the RNC, I couldn’t help think of a scenario where I could question God myself. And it happened. That night I had a vision, and here is the transcript of my  chat with the Divine himself.

“So God, how do you handle promises you have made when you were busy sending your messiahs to Earth to deliver your message. How do you handle them? and how do you handle them? I mean, what do you say to people?  Do you just — you know — I know — people were wondering — you don’t — handle that OK.

Well, I know even people in your own party, Zoroaster, Buddha, Mahavira, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Prophet et al. were very disappointed when you stopped the Crusades. And I thought, well continuing the Crusades, why go on with it, we had already lost so much blood in it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse– what do you mean shut up?

OK, I thought maybe it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of setting up a country in a burning, barren, scorched, unforgiving land that is Jerusalem. I’ve got to to hand it to you.  I have to give credit where credit is due.  You did finally overrule that finally.  And that’s — now we are moving onward.

I know you were against evil, and that’s okay. But you thought giving birth to Pol Pot was OK. You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing.  We didn’t check with the Jews how they did from 1930 to 1945.

But we did it, and it is something to be thought about, and I think that, when we get to maybe — I think you’ve mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody to justice, The Judgement Day.  You gave that target date centuries ago. My questions is, ‘Why don’t you judge us all tomorrow morning?” And I thought — I thought, yeah — I am not going to shut up, it is my turn.

So anyway, we’re going to have — we’re going to have to have a little chat about that.  And then, I just wondered, all these promises — I wondered about when the — what do you want me to tell Socrates?  I can’t tell him to do that.  I can’t tell him to do that to himself. You’re crazy, you’re absolutely crazy.  You’re getting as bad as Scientologists.

See I never thought it was a good idea for a man to be God. Men are so macro oriented. You know they are always looking at the big picture. But, I think it is maybe time — what do you think — for maybe a Woman.  How about that? A stellar woman.  Quote, unquote, “a stellar woman.” And I think it’s that time.  And I think if you just step aside and a woman can kind of take over.  You can maybe still keep sending your messiahs once in a while.

OK, well anyway.  All right, I’m sorry.  I can’t do that to myself either.”

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