I’m not really an agnostic person or an atheist. I suppose I like to think I’m spiritual and I respect all religions and at the same time, I criticise things I do not like (in all religions). Perhaps part of being spiritual is asking questions that you wouldn’t ask if you were religious.
And I have a lot of questions about religion and God. They bother me sometimes.
1. Where did God come from?
So if humans and the whole of the world was created by God, where did God come from? Who made God? Does God have another God? Or did we create God?
2. What is God’s gender?
In most religions (apart from early forms of paganism), God, or at least the Supreme God is male. Abrahamic religions have male Gods. Indo-Iranian religions have male Gods (though that is not really so clear in Hinduism always because of the not-so-clear gender of Om). But pretty much all religious founders are male, whether it is the Buddha, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), Christ, Prophet Muhammad, Mahavira, Baha’u’llah, etc. We take these without question and God is always a ‘he’. So God cannot be female? Or be both male and female? Funnily paganism had Mother Goddesses everywhere, but more ‘organised’ religion is male-centric. So does the idea of having male Gods stem from humans themselves rather than any supreme being?
3. Why is God anthropomorphic?
If not physically then the way we think of God is that ‘he’ has these human attributes but lacks the weaknesses that humans possess. In many religions it is also said that humans were made in the form of God. Are we then assuming that God cannot be in the form of an animal? Of course there are exceptions. The ancient Egyptians worshipped Anubis and present-day Hindus worship Hanuman and Ganesha. But even their representations are anthropomorphic to an extent.
4. Do we fear what we worship, or do we worship what we fear?
Why (in so many religions), do we fear not worshipping God? What is it we fear about the Supreme creator of this universe, that drives us to worship? Do we fear death or eternal damnation or is it the desire for heaven (which again points to our desire for immortality and fear of death)? Or do we feel compelled to say ‘thanks’ to God? Even then, why is worship sometimes an act of fear? Whether it is rules that dictate that you MUST make a pilgrimage, or you MUST go to a place of worship.
5. Do animals have Gods?
I’ve always wondered about this one. So if humans worship Gods, do animals have Gods? As humans, do we think of ourselves so beyond other animal and plant lives that we consider it our prerogative to have Gods and theirs not? Or do we think animals are not ‘evolved’ enough? Do animals have Gods or religions (of course not)? And do animals go to heaven too, or is that a place reserved for humans? See how elitist that sounds?
6. So only the ‘evolved’ species have Gods?
So if we’re arguing that ‘evolved’ species have Gods (and evolved means humans – duh), then what are our thoughts on the rest of the natural world? Was everything else placed in the natural world for our benefit as humans? And why so? Why are humans so important in comparison with other animals/plants? We know very well through science that all living things are connected. Humans cannot exist without other animals and plants, so maybe in the big scheme of things, we’re not actually that important. The world will still manage to exist without humans.
7. If humans become extinct (for whatever reason), what happens to God?
In a scenario where there is an apocalypse or that something happens and humans eventually die out, I’m certain of one thing. God will cease to exist too. I guess that’s our eventual relationship with God. God exists because we exist.
I realise I’ve started sounding agnostic now or even borderline atheistic.