Why Worship God Anyway?
I liked this topic on Indispire today. Infact I have always loved debating over this topic and it sure has been a long time since we wrote something on these lines on inspire99. So here goes 🙂
Why Do We Worship god?
On the top of my mind, I can come up with a few answers
– For peace of mind
– To help us solve a problem
– To gain confidence in ourselves
– To keep telling ourselves that something good is going to happen
– To ask for a favour
– To ask for forgiveness
– The sheer fear that he might strike down upon us
– To ask him to punish someone else 😛
And so on…
But as the topic suggested, two prime reasons why we worship god -Faith and Fear
What is worship?
Before we go into the details of why and how, how about answering the question what. What is this worship anyway? Is it remembering god when we feel low? Is it thinking of a powerful entity above us which makes our lives look simpler and easier? Is it about that comfort and peace of mind that stems from inner peace? Is it doing the rituals in the exact order? Is is reading the religious tenets and following the order and pattern they preach? What is this worship anyway?
Who is god?
There have been hundreds of philosophies about definition of god, what he/she means, how he/she should be and the attributes associated. I am quite fascinated by the fact that there is an entity representing god for each emotion we face – Anger, Love, Strength, Weakness, Joy, Sorrow – well everything has a representation as god and is always of the superlative entity which is absolutely fascinating. That raises a question – What is god anyway? Well I am perhaps too small to try and answer that question, but it sure is fun to rack our brains once in a while
People have professed faith from eons together and there have been prophets of different faiths expressing varied ideas and passions and driving us to one real truth – living your life to the fullest. Faith has led us believe in an entity beyond our understanding, an entity which makes us wonder and think that there is a enough beauty and fascination in our lives. At one end, this entity is the one which brings us peace, one who brings us comfort, gets people together, celebrate the camaraderie, socially bring us all together and so on. It is the faith which defines religion, the practices which have been the habit of ages and most importantly it becomes a part of our being and we start living that faith consciously on unconsciously. And that is a beautiful belief to go ahead with.
We all have heard of moral policing – but that is external. Someone comes and tells you that what you are doing is immoral (and 90% of the time it is absolutely stupid cos we all know how staunch a fundamentalist moral police can get). But we all are bound by two strong emotions – pleasure and pain. If we do something wrong, we have to suffer – as defined by the rule of karma upon loose translation. In other words, we are responsible for our actions and their consequences. But we do need a fear to keep us away from wrong doing, to make us feel in touch with the moral route and that is where the fear of god comes into picture. An all powerful entity who brings in moral sanctity in our lives and an all powerful one capable of punishing us in his own way and in a way only we can understand.
Well this is a new brand and a new philosophy of believers that GOD does not exist. Well, honestly, I do not know the right answer for this cos I have consciously avoided myself questioning that. But somehow I see their point. they do not want to believe what they don’t see. But that doesn’t mean that they neither have fear nor faith. It is just that they have a different definition to it.
The more I think, I realize that the definition of god and humanity and closely knit together, they all look at one true goal – actualization of a human being ,the path to reach the best of one’s potential, living life to its fullest and in the best way possible. Any other definition than that might probably lead us to a less holistic view.
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