Man has always feared what he cannot understand. Although this statement might be true, man’s understanding of his surroundings is one of the most volatile theories ever existed. Some years ago, man did not understand planetary motion yet somehow, he learnt it. Man did not even understand the mysterious force that keeps everything on the ground. Thanks to the contributions of a certain Isaac Newton, he learnt that too. Since the discovery of fire by the early men, we have slowly learnt about the forces of nature that govern us. That helped us evolve in time. We are now capable of destroying countries using nuclear weapons, all because of our slow but sure discovery of the key elements of nature that were once unknown. Yet we have not been able to answer one particular question that generations after generations have pondered upon - Does God actually exist? One might argue that the illusive answer to this question does not exist because, unlike other major discoveries, the existence of the Almighty has not been found in nature, yet. Rightfully so, the existence of God is a direct violation of one of the most fundamental laws of nature and natural beings - the law of Evolution, as put forward by Charles Darwin.
To simplify what I am talking about, let us assume a very basic yet very important difference regarding the very existence of human beings. Religious teachings, based clearly on the presumption that God is the all-powerful, tell us that the universe is indeed created by God. The Alpha and the Omega - God is responsible for both. On the contrary, scientific laws tell us that the universe was created by the Big Bang. Which theory is the one to put our trust in? As a man of science, my money is on the latter because, let’s be honest, science is the language of the universe. It is the only code mankind has been able to crack. The Almighty is still a mystery and mysteries are confusing. It is their very definition. Yet, do I believe in God? Yes, maybe I do. Only when I need Him. Selfish and immoral as it sounds, we mostly remember God when we are at our worst. We like to think that there is a supreme power that is greater than anything borne out of terrestrial knowledge. That supreme power is going to come down and show us the light when we need it the most. This simple fact brings us back to the main topic of discussion today - God is but a ridiculous superstition.
One thing is for sure - the fact that man fears the unknown is still an established one. God is unknown; hence whichever phenomenon we are unable to explain, we adjudicate to God. We believe in our minds that since we are not powerful enough to cause everything, maybe He is. God is a supreme force, an answer to the unanswerable.
I, however, do not consider myself qualified enough to make the statement that God does not exist. It is simple, because I do not consider the Pope to be insane. Maybe there are people who know more about God than most of us do. Maybe they have actually seen God in flesh. We do not know. All we can do is presume the most plausible explanation: God and science are but arch-enemies. One cannot exist alongside the other.
Thus, I rest my case on one theory that I have followed since I understood the meaning of theories: If you believe in science being the answer to all the questions answerable, then treat God as nothing but a supreme force that may or may not come to rescue you when you call upon it. If you believe in the Almighty being the supreme force governing the laws of mankind, then try to pray the next space shuttle to space and see if it works.
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