Litmus Test for God sent Religion

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What is Religion?

Though there are different definitions for the word “Religion”, one of the definitions is that it may have come from the Latin “religâre” which means “to tie fast,” or “bind together.”

It is also defined as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power.

Notice the word “power” and not “Powers”. Power as is common knowledge has to be centralized to be effective. We only have one CEO for an organization, one Federal Government, one Supreme Court and one boss. Plurality in any of these is a recipe to chaos. When it comes to religion alone, how are we accepting multiple power centers?

Religion is a vehicle that is a means of binding people together to reach to the Supreme Being who created us all and created everything.

Logically and rationally, Religion should be a set of beliefs or a way of life prescribed by the Creator for His creations. It is a means of providing social and collective discipline to mankind. It should necessarily bind together people in the pursuit of realizing God and reaching to Him.

The basic premise of social organization is the unity and integration of mankind. Social organization is strengthened by the unity and integration of mankind. On the other hand, individuality, disparity and diverse goals encourage disintegrating and fissiparous scheme of things.

The principle of unity and integrity has been defined and chosen by different people in different ways at different times. Race, colour, geography, language, caste, creed have been arbitrarily and randomly chosen as considerations for unity and integrity. Can we supposedly go back to our forefathers of yore and decipher how the first man and woman of our family decide or discover that they belonged to a particular religion?

The above arbitrary considerations in fact divide mankind and not unite them in any way. The war for homeland, war between two races, two castes etc are testimony to the divide.

Unity of mind arising out of doctrinal unity can be the only logical way to unity of mankind.

Religion should call to worship of the one True God, who has no equal, no partners, no intercessors. Religion should be able to integrate men and women from all nook and corner of the world, men and women from all periods of time to the worship of the Supreme Being.

Religion, if prescribed by God and not man made would essentially be applicable to whole of mankind and that would encompass the external expressions of worship too.

It only makes sense that either God prescribed a Religion for mankind or gave an overt approval for a man made religion. If that is true, would God have prescribed a religion for every country or would a set of gods alluded themselves to a certain region to the exclusion of the rest of the regions? How can the lesser known gods known by colloqial local names of a rural area not be recognized by any one outside the region if they were indeed God?

Does it not make more sense that the way to reach God, the way to worship Him should be universal to whole of mankind? To me, it makes perfect sense that I should be able to worship God the same way as my counterpart in Antartica or one living under the sea.

If religion was God sent, would He have allowed greater proximity to men of higher status, standing in socieity or wealth than the poor or the less fortunate by paying and beating the queue to reach Him?

When God is all powerful, all Hearing, all Seeing, all Aware, omnipresent why does He need an intercessor between Him and mankind? Is He not capable of hearing the prayers of all His beings all at the same time in whatever language or whatever way they make? Where has He prescribed the need for an intercesor to reach to Him?

We have been endowed with intellect and a questioning mind to verify the validity of these practices and claims and not blindly follow them. What if He did not intend us to reach Him the way we are all striving the way our forefathers did? What if we die and realize we were knocking at the wrong door in an unacceptable way and by the time we realize it is too late to go back and make amends?

Don’t we exchange our currency to the accepted currency of the country we visit? Should we not do our homework to see if we indeed have the acceptable currency (Read: Mode of worship) as ordained by God?

Wake up! Verify and validate what you are doing and how we are trying to reach God and ensure we are on the Right path…before we reach the end of the road and realize we took the forbidden path..

 

A different perspective to “Purpose of Life”

Before you sigh and think oh yet again a discussion on the most often posed question, I promise to present this in a very different perspective.

Dr. Laurence Brown put this beautifully in his discussion on the subject, “Well, why are we here? To amass fame and fortune? To make music and babies? To be the richest man or woman in the graveyard for, as we are jokingly told, “He who dies with the most toys wins?” No, there must be more to life than that, so let’s think about this.”

An interesting survey on “Purpose of Life” gave the participants some of the following options to choose from.

Staying alive, Seeking knowledge, developing empathy to help others/humanity, having unconditional love for everyone/everything, Simply living your life as well as you can, Becoming famous, Becoming powerful, mastering your mind to end emotional suffering,Becoming wealthy, enjoying your life/being happy, Experiencing as much as you can, doing what you love (following your dreams/destiny).

A common thread in most of the above options is a pursuit of individual whims and fancies. It means each individual has to decipher and decode for himself/herself what his/her purpose of life is according to what he/she perceives and pursues it no matter how it impacts the others around him/her.

It is intriguing how people tend to think God could have created us and left us to figure out for ourselves what our purpose in life is (okay this blog is for those of you who have accepted the premise that God exists, for the rest please read my blog on “Questionable Hypothesis of Evolution”).

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To elaborate why it is intriguing, consider the following personalities:

Consider the case of a mother of two daughters, who believed that her life purpose was fulfilling rituals bequeathed to her by her ancestors just to “fit in” and takes pains to present a picture perfect life to outsiders no matter what happens in her life or the lives of her daughters. The purpose of life for her was to “fit in”.

Her husband never pursued any career. He was happy to convince himself that his purpose was to just exist as the husband, entertain himself with friends and parties, of course going out of his way to help others in whatever way he could.

One of their daughters wanted to remain unmarried as she felt that her life purpose was a combination of Being wealthy, enjoying her life, being happy, buying whatever she wants, travelling all over the world.

Her other daughter had a teenage son and a daughter.

The teenage daughter decided that her purpose of life was to constantly entertain herself, enjoy unlimited freedom, satiate all her wants, unquestioned and unabated. She was happy with her definition of purpose of life.

The teenage son wanted to quit studies and become a “Rock Star”. His life revolved around emulating his Rock star idols and he thought he would have found his purpose of life once he achieved this dream.

There is a sizeable majority of people who just want to lead normal lives, study, earn, eat, drink, make merry, procreate, bring up kids and die. They convince themselves that as long as they do these mundane activities perfectly and be the best in whatever they do, not harming any one in the process, they have lived a purposeful life.

In the above scenario, even if the relationships seem quite confusing to you, you can at least realise that each one has a different purpose of life. The sense of happiness and purpose that each had for their life could only bring happiness to themselves or what they perceived could bring happiness to people around them.

With such restricted selfish sense of “purpose of life”, no two individuals can be happy with each other’s purpose of life, be it husband-wife, mother-daughter, employer-employee.

In fact one person’s happiness could sometimes even be another person’s misery as you can see in each of the above situations.

So much of incongruity and inconsistencies in one family on the “purpose of life”. Extrapolate it to the society, nation and the world scenario.

However, it is also interesting to understand that these very personalities align their “purpose of life” constantly as they age, mature and get themselves into a different role in their lives.

The daughter adopts the “purpose of life” of the mother when she becomes the mother.

Ironically as people age and when they “perceive” themselves to be closer to their graves, their purpose of life shifts towards realizing God, pleasing God, repenting, mellowing down, helping others and all things noble at least in majority of cases.

How can your “purpose of life” keep evolving?

A deeper introspection with an open mind will make the flawless plan, intelligent design and priceless wisdom that exist in every detail of the infinitely varied world and the purpose behind the science of creation clear.

By the way, the survey had Serving/loving God, fulfilling purpose God made humans for, Gaining entrance to heaven as a couple of its options too may be by coincidence.

In the words of “Harunyayha”, “Nobody, however, knows what will happen even in the next few hours: at any time one may have an accident, be severely injured, or become disabled. Furthermore, time flies in the countdown to one’s own death. Every day brings that predestined day closer. Death surely eradicates all ambitions, greed and desires for this world. Under the soil, neither possessions nor status prevail. Every possession with which we are being stingy, including the body, will also vanish and decay in the earth. Whether one is poor or wealthy, beautiful or ugly, one will be wrapped in a simple shroud one day.

We believe that The Truth of The Life of This World offers an explanation regarding the real nature of human life. It is a short and deceptive life in which worldly desires seem fascinating and full of promise, but the truth is otherwise”.

Man is endowed with intelligence to create things to make his life easier. He doesn’t create things, which don’t serve him. Does it not make sense that God would have created Man to serve Him too?

Similarly every device Man creates- be it a Television, Radio, Mobile Phones, Microwaves, Refrigerators come with an Instruction Manual. Of course the Manual you so appreciated when these devices first came into usage is no more referred, as we get accustomed to their usage. Just like how we do not consciously breathe, we are adept in using these devices without referring to manuals anymore. However, we tend to forget the fine print, which says “Warranty void if tampered with”.

So, are we not tampering with our lives and the purpose we were created for by our Creator? Why do we not try to use our intellect and reasoning power to go in search of the truth? What if God had indeed sent us Instruction Manuals how to lead our lives? Of course some believe in Revelations, which is nothing but Instruction Manual from God. But are we not responsible to verify the validity of the claims of the myriad Revelations to see which is the Truth and hence understand what was our Creator’s intended purpose was for us?

If we are blessed with the opportunity to seek and study the authentic “User Manual” from the one who created you and me, we would indeed realize the true “Purpose of Life”.

Until then, let us keep striving in the pursuit of Truth. May God guide us to His Straight Path sooner..

 

 

 

Questionable Hypothesis of Evolution

Out of nothing, out of nowhere, random events happened; Out of nothing a sudden explosion happened all by itself, created everything, self-replicated and created myriad varieties of fruits, vegetables, animals, plants, rivers, mountains, grains, soils and then it just stopped evolving one fine day.. Why did the evolution stop with man? Why is man not evolving into another being even after being in existence for billions of  years? Why is apple not evolving further and turning into hmm..say, “grapple”? Why, why, why did all of it stop evolving after a point?

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Humans share the planet with as many as 8.7 million different forms of life, according to what is being billed as the most accurate estimate yet of life on Earth.

An astonishing 86% of all plants and animals on land and 91% of those in the seas have yet to be named and catalogued, the study said.

Each of this species possesses unique features, physical attributes and myriad behavioral traits. No two fruits or animals or plants share similar taste, color or texture. No two human being shares the same fingerprint.

Every living species is unique in characteristics and appearance and has been created with subtlety, precision and intelligently detailed to the basic cell.

Lets take a look at a few amazing characteristics of some species:

  • Electric eels can generate electric shocks up to 600 volts.
  • Fleas can jump 200 times their body length in a single bound.
  • Dragon millipedes can shoot cyanide at their predators.
  • Pistol shrimp have a claw that snaps shut so quickly it creates a cavitation bubble almost as hot as the surface of the sun. When it collapses the bang can reach 218 decibels.
  • Eagles can see at least four times as much detail as humans.
  • One of the adaptations of sharks is electroreception, which is a keen sensitivity to electrical impulses.
  • Reaching speeds of up to 68 miles per hour, the cheetah is the world’s fastest terrestrial animal. When the cheetah runs, its backbone coils and uncoils with every stride, which helps to propel the animal forward during a chase. By some estimates, this feature may increase the cheetah’s speed by up to 20 miles per hour.
  • There are about 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms in a human body.
  • There are about 86 billion neurons in an average human brain.
  • The world’s oceans contain 20 million tons of gold.

Amazing Astronomy Facts:

  • We can only detect about 5% of the matter in the universe. The rest is made up of invisible matter (called dark matter) and a mysterious form of energy known as dark energy.
  • The Sun’s core releases the equivalent of 100 billion nuclear bombs every second
  • According to the best estimates of astronomers there are at least one hundred billion galaxies in the observable universe.
  • The biggest galaxies are “giant elliptical”. IC1110 is 6 Million Light years across and is the biggest galaxy ever found.
  • The Sun is about 5 billion years old.
  • A new star is born in our galaxy every 18 days.
  • The average temperature at the surface of the sun is 6000 Degree C.

The above is just a negligible sample of some of the unbelievable traits of living organisms and incredible facts on various facets of nature.

A cursory look at these traits and facts point to some intelligent, miraculous and flawless design attributes with unparalleled knowledge and wisdom. These facts have zapped scientists and left them clueless.

However, there are some who believe in the theory of evolution. According to them, the protein, cells and organs of these living things sprung up by some strange set of coincidence.

The theory of such random coincidence does not stand the power of logical reasoning and intellect. This is as absurd as finding a new device on your table and concluding it to be a product of random coming together of various parts all by itself and exploding into a device and landing on your table.

It is claimed that random chemical substances initially combined together to form a protein – which is as absurd as random parts coming together to self create a device. The irony is they never care to explain who created those “chemical substances”!

Random cells kept replicating and replicated so meticulously every time. Oh wait! It was not just cells and proteins, but also DNA, microbes, phages, bacterium, mitochondria, etc., each of which is by itself a very complex structure, coincidentally evolved over billions of years.

It just did not stop there. Coincidence then created an increasingly oxygenated world and Creatures now evolved rapidly in pursuit of protecting themselves from being destroyed or to prepare themselves better for attack.

Score of random events have to take place in organized sequence to create one organ in a living being. The blind evolution process, they claim, happened so meticulously to identify the apt place in a body for each organ and magically the backend process for the organs worked in harmony, and the process repeats smoothly for billions of years.

Surprisingly, when man came into existence, evolution stopped. Man never evolved into a stronger being. Why?

When man stopped evolving, animals, birds, fruits, vegetables froze their evolution cycle miraculously. Why?

How did man evolve as superior specie with sixth sense by coincidence?

In the whole theory of evolution, “Coincidence” seems to be the strongest factor. Coincidence was intelligent enough to decipher what to make, how to make and when to stop making.

Coincidence and chance worked in tandem and planned “Creation” with clockwise precision.

Can the theory of evolution explain how the multiplication of cells by just random events finally creates a living being with feelings? Feelings do not need cells. How did the human nature evolve?

Ponder over…

 

References: http://listverse.com/
buzzfeed.com
http://www.harunyahya.com

Concept of God has to be realised by intellect not bequeathed from ancestors..

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“God” – It is an indisputable fact that “God” is “One”. Everyone, be it monotheist, atheist, polytheist, agnostic or any name we would like to call ourself has an innate belief that there is God and He is one. It is a hidden truth which man is born with. Man is just oblivious that deep in his heart, the knowledge- the intimate feeling of Oneness of God is hidden.

It just needs an open discerning mind with no prejudices and preconceived notions, staying clear of what he/she and his/her ancestors have been blindly following to embark on a sincere goal of unraveling the truth and awaken his spirit to the truth.

The “Polytheists” – most of them admit that there is one God and claim that the idols and things/persons they associate with God are just means to reach and realize God.

God is transcendent, sublime and mystical to name a few attributes, which are incommunicable (those that belong to God alone). He is mystical and hence beyond the realm of human perception. Man cannot and has no right to perceive God in any form. To perceive something you should have perceived it with one or more of your senses. 

When man has not perceived God in any form, it is not rational or logical that he comes up with his own theories and notions about God. He needs to go in search of truth, verify the various theories that are either thrust on him by his parents/ancestors or theories he bumps upon on his path, use his reason and intellects and only accept what appeals to his reasoning.

Parents are no more able to dictate what you study, what you wear, where you work, who you marry or who you befriend..when it comes to just the trivial worldly milestones, we feel we are mature, capable and wise enough to decide for ourselves what we want and what we think is right. 

When it comes to “God” – our creator- why don’t we use your reasoning power and intellect to unravel what the “truth” is in reality instead of just blindly accepting bequeathed concepts and practices? Food for thought?