The mystery of faith
Why do humans feel the need to have a ‘god’ as an explanation for the universe? Yes, the cosmos is so utterly stupendous and beyond our ability to understand that a deity is a clever construct to attempt to make sense of what is unknowable to us.
But why would a god, capable of creating something as staggeringly awesome as the universe, be bothered with humanity? We are to the universe as a colony of ants is to us.
Our arrogance and hubris to believe we are likely the smartest lifeforce in the universe is beyond my comprehension. Such a view is SO misconceived.
If humanity was seriously to be considered as something deserving of the constant scrutiny of a god then we would surely behave better than we do. We have made a mess of our planet and could actually destroy it through our senseless warmongering and selfishness. Our inhumanity to each other is appalling. As a race, we have NO distinction that suggests we offer the universe something positive.
Our intelligence is – to us – a source of inordinate pride but it is likely so naive and under-developed compared to other intelligences across the universe as to be laughable.
We send messages of peace to the farthest reaches of our neighbourhood but wage constant war amongst ourselves.
We claim to be civilised due to our artistic capabilities but we are callous and cruel to the underprivileged.
We claim to be nurturing but we are mindlessly exploitative.
Why would a god be interested in us?
I have always felt that those who have faith are fortunate. This is especially the case for those who have a religious belief.
Faith, especially in a deity, enables vast numbers of people to excuse their own behaviour. They can sin but then seek redemption. How trite. And, so often, the redemption comes from outside.
Oh, yes, contrition is sometimes stipulated as a precursor to forgiveness but usually forgiveness is granted for the asking. It is in this way that religion becomes an excuse for lack of personal responsibility. “It is god’s will.” Nonsense. Stuff happens. Build a bridge and get over it.
And to that burning issue of “everlasting life”. Why would there be a life hereafter? What purpose would be served by all our ‘souls’ loitering somewhere in the mystical beyond?
Such a notion is a charlatan’s hoax. It is puerile inanity. It distracts from the harsh reality that we need to see our lives on this planet as the be-all and end-all. If we do not make a ‘success’ (by whatever measure) of this life, forget the illusion that we get a second chance. It is a cop-out.
Our world would be a better place if we all accepted that we should be judged by what we achieve here. A commitment to decency would be a great starting point.