Geeks, welcome to the third post in my Philosophical Ramblings series! Apparently these posts are getting more and more controversial with time, so here's a fair warning: if you're an insufferable atheist or a close-minded theist, please proceed to the nearest exit. Have a nice day.
Anyway, I should share my personal experience with God first. As a child, I used to believe very strongly in a higher power. My parents were fairly religious (although still open-minded, because the two aren't mutually exclusive), and so they passed that trait down to me. Although I didn't visit the temple or fast or be with God in the way many Hindus are, I did pray almost every night in bed because I wanted God to like me.
I didn't believe in God because it made me a stronger person or because it made me hopeful. I believed in God because I feared the idea of being an atheist. And let me tell you, that's not the ideal way to live.
As I grew up, I stopped doing what my parents did and started becoming my own person. And my own person didn't need prayer - at least not the religious kind - to support her. The idea of a higher power seemed preposterous to me, and I started bashing those who didn't conform to my beliefs.
It seemed simple to me. There was no reason for God to exist as long as science was still in place.
I'm proud to say that I'm no longer as close-minded as I used to be. No, I still don't believe in God. I'm an atheist and I don't see that changing any time soon.
But by now I've realised that though we may not necessarily need Jesus or Ganesha or Allah or anyone else to live a happy life, we do need some form of faith. We need something that gives us hope.
That hope is different for each one of us. I get my hope from gratitude and the knowledge that my life matters as much as anyone else's. For you, it may stem from religion or spirituality or even friendship. And that's perfectly fine.
At the end of the day, the question isn't whether God exists or not - we may never know the answer, and maybe it's best if we never do - but rather whether we're happy and optimistic even during tough times.
I believe that the idea of God was created so that people have a shoulder to lean on when they feel like they can't bear the pressure of pain anymore. That makes me very happy, in spite of being an atheist. How can we hate on religion if it makes someone's life better?
Yes, religion has its faults, but so does every other phenomenon on the planet. Instead of hating on each other for our varying beliefs, why can't we accept the fact that if something makes you stronger, then you should never let it go?
What about you? Do you believe in a God? If yes, then I'd love to know how He (or She) has made your life better. If you have any other beliefs, or no beliefs at all, then what gives you hope?
Always remember the power your words can have. Whether you're praying to God or to yourself, always stay positive and find your inner strength.
Have a great weekend, Geeks. Thanks for reading.