Friday, May 11, 2007

God created man or man created God?

During early days of human civilization, we felt very insecure and helpless in front of natural calamities and search for food. We gradually tried to adjust, understand and sometimes overcome such problems. The main stratagy to do that was to organize people and act as a group. That gave rise to group activities like hunting, cultivation etc. It increased their chance of success and survival. During this process men gradually understood its own limitation. So they conceived the existence of supernatural power, which they thought are behind all those forces. They also started believing that such supernatural forces strike when they are not happy. They tried to keep them happy. They developed a set of rituals, “warship”, as the means to keep these “Gods” or “spirits” happy. Each group of people tried to conceive the supernatural powers according to their own experience. If they liked particular meat or drink, they used to offer those to their “Gods”. “Gods” also started looking like them, physically. So the same “God” is not exactly the same in southern India as compared to that of northern India. Even definition of “God” varies from region to region. Ravana may be a demon in most of India but many people in Sri Lanka and southern India consider him as “God”. As most of the natural calamities used to be the same e.g. rain, flood, storm-wind, draught-sun, wild beasts etc, many of such supernatural powers had high similarities (though not identical) world over. Gradually all such activities and concepts gave rise to religion. Basically religion was evolved mainly to make societies more organized and to involve everybody to participate in different activities or "rituals", for betterment of the society. “Religion” made implementing the rules much easier, as punishment was stipulated to be high. This gave rise to the concept of virtue and vice. Breaking the rules were equated to sin or vice while obeying those were termed as virtues. Here we should keep in mind that all such rules were made by human, most probably the pack leaders of concerned groups. During early phase of human evolution and the initial days of “religion”, all were busy to ensure their own survival. So they all were interested to search the reason, in other words, the truth (mainly behind natural calamities, food supply and reproduction). Later life became a bit easier due to many innovations and inventions. Then the main evolution of religion started (as we see it today).
Ancient religions are more inclined to have idol worshipping and have many Gods/Goddesses to take care of natural causes like wind, rain, flood, life threatening animals, birth, death etc. Example of such religion is Hinduism, religions from ancient Egypt, Greece etc. Many tribes in India and abroad practice such type of “religion” with many Gods. More recent religions like Islam, Christianity etc are more like an "ideology". Almost all of such recent religions conceive a single "God" and the person who introduced that “ideology” became a “prophet”; as compared to many "Gods" in ancient religions. Such difference indicates the ultimate motive behind the introduction of such religions. It's like establishing an "ideology" mainly to prove one's supremacy than to motivate survival of a group of people. It’s the same psychology with which a king rules his subject. Evolution of such recent religions was possible as life became easier. Creation and spread of such recent religions also affected ancient religions. Leaders of those who were practicing “ancient” religions tried to invent some new “rituals” (which was not originally there) to strengthen their own grip over wealth and power. “Satidaha” (burning of brides), no beef eating, many marriages by men but not by women etc by Hindus are some of this type of “rituals”. As people and their leaders from different religions came in contact of each other, competition to prove ones’ supremacy became more intense.
To maintian the social order and their own supremacy, group-leaders did not encourage asking question. They started implementing their own version of “truth” in the name of religion. It became the norm. Gradually every religion started demanding un-questionable faith. “Search for truth” soon became the fight to establish one’s own version of “truth”. Now we see the fight among human beings to prove that their version of “truth” is more “true” than that of others! This deformed version of “religion” allegedly is the single most important reason for human sufferings, conflicts and death in the past and remains so even today.

15 comments:

  1. this is a nice written piece on the genesis of the concept of GOD. As a matter of fact any thinking mind will accept it one or other way. But in true sense the real concept of GOD is faraway from the idea of the genesis of GOD.

    Yes this is true in one way that Men Created God. But why men created GOd because Men realised the importance of creator. Everything comes from something, therefore, men or the living creature also have a source. Nothing can origenate from nothing. Scientist are trying to solve the mystery of origin of Universe. But as a matter of fact they have to first try to understand the limitations of human mind. Human mind can not think beyound "time" and "space". Once they overcome the time and space block probably they can understand the creator and his creactions.

    GOD = Generator + Operator + Destroyer

    The origin of everything exist or rather to say we perceive by any means has some source and force hehind its coming into being. And ultimate source is the creator "the Sad + Chid + Anand". He is the last and foremost enjoyer.

    Ajay

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  2. Surja2:01 PM

    Einstein letter shows disdain for religion:
    London, May 14: Albert Einstein regarded religions as “childish” and “primitive legends”, a private letter he wrote a year before his death has revealed.

    The great scientist’s views on religion have long been debated, with many seizing upon phrases such as “He [God] does not throw dice” as evidence that he believed in a creator. But the newly-unveiled letter, a response to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, has cast doubt on the theory that Einstein had any belief in God at all.

    In the letter, dated January 3, 1954, he wrote: “The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

    Einstein, who died the following year aged 76, did not spare Judaism from his criticism, believing Jewish people were in no way “chosen” by God. He wrote: “For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people.”

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080515/jsp/foreign/story_9272737.jsp

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  3. AN Interesting article in Times of India.

    Intelligent people believe in God less: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/HealthSci/Intelligent_people_believe_in_God_less/articleshow/3123270.cms

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  4. Hey,

    This is not true. Actually, more knowledgeable and intelligent people have more acceptance about the creator. If anyone goes into deeper level of any subject then they tend to say, "a man can know or gather only very small amount of knowledge about his subject". When this is the status of understanding of one of the trillions of the fields then how difficult it would be to understand the creator by our logic and nescience. The creator can only be understood by unflinching faith and devotion. The knowledge will dawn on surely if the faith is maintainted long enough.

    Several of the people intelligent and experts have said so and several will follow. The sun doesn't want any certificate from any source in order to provide the vital energy. Similarly GOD-the creator need not to be proved for it's existance by the created.

    If someone have some more confusion can write to me.

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  5. Anonymous3:16 PM

    Dear AKD. Your logic to support "God" is very primitive and typical. You either belong to those 3.3% of Royal Society fellows or 68.5% of the general British population. If that is the situation is a "rational" country like Britain, I wonder what will be the % of believers among Indian population. There is no reason to classify Indian scientists (fellow of Indian National Science Academy) as a separate group. They are as good as general public.

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  6. well written concept. I agree it

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  7. Dear all,

    If you have no belief in GOD/Creator please spend some time to search the vedios on YouTube on "The Case for a Creator" as well as "Unlocking the Mystry of Life" and see all the clipings. I am sure, you all will be happy to know how the modern researchers and scientists are discarding the previous theories of origin of life such as "Darwin's".

    Propelling evidences are indicating about the intelligent design of this universe.

    We can argue for eons but will not be of any use. We may have to open our eyes to see the light of the day.

    Peace to all!

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  8. Dear AKD, if you really believe in "intelligent design" theory, as propagated by the so many religious groups, then you also should read few more neutral , logical and legal views on the same topic. Probably the following Pew Research Forum website might help you.
    http://www.pewforum.org/PublicationPage.aspx?id=707.
    BTW, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001. Pew Research Center is one of the most trusted sources of information and has a huge influence in policy making by US government.

    You also can read the full story and try to follow the logic- why “(US) Judge rules against ‘intelligent design’: ‘Religious alternative’ to evolution barred from public-school science classes”. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10545387/

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  9. The newspaper link Surja posted is not working.
    Here it is:
    Einstein letter shows disdain for religion.
    Albert Einstein regarded religions as "childish" and "primitive legends", a private letter he wrote a year before his death has revealed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1951333/Einstein-thought-religions-were-childish.html

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  10. Anonymous12:33 AM

    According to majority people, in all the developed countries surveyed so far, shows that influence of religion is decreasing in those societies. We see the same trend in USA as well.
    In USA, about 51.6% of people think that it is decreasing and about 37.5% believe that it is increasing.
    (Religion and Public Life Survey, 2002): http://www.thearda.com/quickStats/qs_46.asp

    Then one can read, “Intelligent people 'less likely to believe in God”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2111174/Intelligent-people-less-likely-to-believe-in-God.html

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  11. Anonymous5:50 AM

    WHO CREATED GOD?
    PART A

    Earlier it was impossible for us to give any satisfactory answer to this question. But modern science, rather we should say that Einstein, has made it an easy task for us. And Stephen Hawking has provided us with the clue necessary for solving this riddle. Actually scientists in their infinite wisdom have already kept the ground well-prepared for us believers so that one day we can give a most plausible and logically sound answer to this age-old question. Let us first see how Hawking has helped us by providing the necessary clue. In his book “A Brief History of Time” (Chapter: The origin and fate of the universe) he informs us that there are 1080 particles in the region of the observable universe. Then he raised the question regarding the origin of these particles, and gave the answer himself. According to quantum theory particles can be created out of energy in the form of particle/antiparticle pairs. But there the question does not stop. Another question props up regarding the origin of that energy. But when it is said that total energy of the universe is exactly zero, then all is said and done. So this is the clue: if we can somehow arrive at zero, then no further question will be raised, and there will be no infinite regression. What I intend to do here is something similar to that. I want to show that our God is a bunch of several zeroes, and that therefore no further question need be raised about His origin. And here comes Einstein with his special theory of relativity for giving us the necessary empirical support to our project.
    God is a Being. Therefore God will have existence as well as essence. So I will have to show that both from the point of view of existence as well as from the point of view of essence God is zero. It is almost a common saying that God is spaceless, timeless, changeless, immortal, and all-pervading. Here we are getting three zeroes; space is zero, time is zero, change is zero. But how to prove that if there is a God, then that God will be spaceless, timeless, and changeless? From special theory of relativity we come to know that for light both distance and time become unreal. For light even an infinite distance is infinitely contracted to zero. The volume of an infinite universe full of light only will be simply zero due to this property of light. A universe with zero volume is a spaceless universe. Again at the speed of light time totally stops. So a universe full of light only is a spaceless, timeless universe. But these are the properties of light only! How do we come to know that God is also having the same properties of light so that God can also be spaceless, timeless? Scientists have shown that if there is a God, then that God can only be light, and nothing else, and that therefore He will have all the properties of light. Here is the proof.

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  12. Dear Anno. probably you have not read the comments part here.
    Here what Stephen Hawking says about God lately, "Stephen Hawking says universe not created by God":http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/02/stephen-hawking-big-bang-creator

    And then, Einstein's letter shows disdain for religion.
    Albert Einstein regarded religions as "childish" and "primitive legends", a private letter he wrote a year before his death has revealed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1951333/Einstein-thought-religions-were-childish.html

    All those people probably believed in God in their early part of life but they changed their opinion about God as they grew older, grew more matured.

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  13. jayanta10:25 AM

    It is a BBC news.
    Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12811197

    "A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers. The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation. The result, reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, indicates that religion will all but die out altogether in those countries".
    "... The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland". All are "developed" countries.

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  14. Anonymous11:37 PM

    Our life is lyk a puzle we solv wen we grew up.Wen we r childhud we learn how to walk n talk n in teens abt sex Our lyf is a process of learnin it won stop after we died also mayb,Caus who knows ur al ans abt god n creation might b known after we dead

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  15. Anonymous6:37 PM

    Why do we even care anyways? We're here and that's all that matters! Let's stop trying to figure out life and start living life!

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