Do We Still Need God?

In short, no. We don’t.

Since man (and women!) became aware and thoughtful, the desire to explain what we see has been ever-present. From a running river to the sun rising and setting, a constant need for knowledge has driven our success, not only as an apex predator and “ruler of the earth”, but a creator, a thinker and inventor and a lover. As time progressed, and our knowledge increased exponentially, the individual riddles for which we demanded explanation decreased in number – we now know why the sun sets in the west, why an apple falls to the earth, and that earthquakes, lightning and devastating floods are not the vengeful wrath of “God”.

Such questions would have pointed to a super-being in times past, an original designer who made the earth from scratch and carefully constructed every single beautiful living thing around us. Once an explanation, scientifically backed, is available, the need for this super-being is no more.

In the year 4011 (presuming we haven’t destroyed ourselves by then), the need for explanations will have reduced even further (unless space/time travel opens a whole new can of worms in this regard). We will, going by previous trends, have even less mysteries in our life to which we must attach some form of reasons, because we are loathe to admit “we don’t know”.

Traditionally, the default position when something is beyond human’s current ability to comprehend is “well, there must be a God – how else could this have happened?”. As we develop not only our mental capacity, but our scientific and technological abilities and understanding, there will, in my opinion, be no more questions regarding our existence, save the origin of the universe itself. This will most likely never be fully explained, as human nature is to destroy what it creates, and so the time and development necessary for such knowledge must be in the millennia – we simply won’t last that long. Either self destruction, or the inevitable death of the sun will bring about our end much sooner than we explain everything.

And anyway, do we really want to know everything? Is leaving some things a mystery not a vital part of enjoying life as it is, without worrying too far ahead?

Personally, I’ll leave what remains a mystery as is, and not fall into the traditional cycle of attributing all beauty and creation to a familiar face, simply because it has been thrust upon me by my social setting, and because it’s “nice” to feel there’s someone who’ll always forgive, always welcome me into heaven.
It sounds nice, but it doesn’t sound real.

This brings me on to organised religion as whole, the cause of more wars and deaths than any single event, disease or tragedy.

Far from being a qualified historian on the origins of religion, I still regard my opinions as well thought out, constructive, and not in any way designed to belittle or insult those who do “believe”.

Marx referred to religion, quite rightly, as the opium of the people. In order to claim power, a single man could never convince an entire population that his way is THE way.

“Follow me, worship me, and…eh…nothing will change really, I just want to be King”.

Try this one –

“Everyone, oy, listen!! God told me that earthquake last week, which killed all ya’ll parents, was sent by him because ya’ll were cussin’ and lounging about and partaking in the pleasures of the flesh, and drinking wine until vomitus, and not OBEYING ME, YOUR KING, while I do all of the above! Do ya’ll want another earthquake or flood or some shit??? Damn right you don’t – get to church and worship me! I mean GOD! Oh, here’s a book which explains all that, like, history or how the world was made n’ shit”

Better follow that book.

Before books, the bible, or even the magic Moses with his “Magic Sea Parting Kit”, there was still religion or sorts. Pagan religion, animalism and the likes. Because humans had yet to become truly creative – in essence the ability to make shit up hadn’t developed enough – they pointed to creatures and trees and the sea and the sky as the true Gods. This makes more sense I suppose, as there’s as least a tangible element to the tale. Still, it’s intent was to explain something which humans were simply unable to explain.

We don’t see animals worshipping. They neither have the ability to explain, nor the desire, nor the need.

Finally, a belief in “God”, in whatever format, shape, colour or creed, has uses in some situations. Desperate, heartbreaking, tragic situations. When there’s no hope left, or where there’s no help coming, when a loved one dies before their time – all these situations point to something which we cannot yet explain, and thus the instinctive desire for “God” – an explanation, a reason – a tradeoff.

Instinctive not biologically, but socially. There is no genetic code or segment of DNA which relates to which religion we will become, or which form of God originally designed us, or whether we will be religious in any way. It simply doesn’t exist inside humanity, only externally in the society around us.

To believe in God is no bad thing – the guidelines layed down by most religions are pretty synonymous with healthy, social, cooperative and friendly living. However, I’d rather put my money on humans being able to decipher for themselves the best way to live, and the most helpful, friendly and all around “sound” way to go about life each day. Don’t punch strangers, don’t be having sex with your neighbours wife while he’s in work, don’t steal shit etc etc. It doesn’t take a genius, nor a bible, to tell me these things.

Had we never developed religion, would we still be running around in deerskin blankets throwing rocks at each other? No, we wouldn’t. We’d be no less than we are right now.

Except fewer wars and less differences between east and west, north and south, black and white.

And who knows where that kind of world could be right now???

Sometimes, this makes me sad. How long have we limited ourselves, blamed God for both good and bad, instead of opening up to the possibility that we are just lucky to be here?

We’re not “the chosen ones”. We’re spacedust, just like everything else. The sooner we accept this, the sooner we focus on enjoying the time we have, which is painfully short, and making it slightly more pleasant for those that will follow.

6 Comments:

  1. Interesting article, but to throw in a devil’s advocate style reply:

    “there will, in my opinion, be no more questions regarding our existence, save the origin of the universe itself.”

    Perhaps the answer to that final question will be that there is a “god”, who is the creator of the origin of the universe itself. While creationism has been debunked, this so far hasn’t.

    Also a flaw in your statement:

    “And anyway, do we really want to know everything? Is leaving some things a mystery not a vital part of enjoying life as it is, without worrying too far ahead?”

    Most of your points come from those who have questioned and wanted to know everything in the past. Sure your own questioning came up with this article.

    • Why is anyone tkialng about pathetic failure of religous beliefs? You might as well wallow in the dirt like some ignorant savages. The time for being controlled slaves is 100 years ago. So not fall victim to magic and bullshit.No-religion is the one defining thing that the red communists got correct!

      • I often believe that I have been such a dinoppaistment. But, know that when God sees me he sees Jesus. But, here is what I often think about. If God sees Jesus who died for all of our sins, what does Jesus see when he looks down on earth. I try so very hard to be a good person and when I try really hard, I fail. But, when I run to Jesus to say I am sorry, he holds out his arms takes me into a tight hug and tells me it is okay. Go try again but, let me help you. Each day is better than the day before.

  2. Thanks for your comment Gill!

    1) I can’t argue that point – if indeed God lies at the end of the knowledge tunnel, then he will, in effect, BE knowledge, and therefore proved and known, not just blindly trusted or feared.

    2) My “flaw” as you put it. The question was a counter weight of sorts, posed to provoke thoughts of why humans question, and as a result, why we sometimes don’t. Why draw the line at “God” because that’s where empirical proof ends?
    Of course my own questioning has caused the article, how else could it be.
    If you understood the overarching point of the article to be “lets question everything to the point of proof, but then why don’t we not question anything and just enjoy life?” then I must apologise for any errors on my part – that’s certainly not the intention of the piece.

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