Is there God? Many theologians and philosophers attempted to prove God's existence. No one has succeeded in proving or disproving God's existence. I do not think that anyone can rationally prove or disprove God's existence. Therefore God's existence has to be confined to the real of faith alone, plight, shall I say. Interestingly, almost all human beings, except for a very small percentage of humans, believe in God. My spouse tells me that she has no doubt about the existence of God. Gandhi had no doubt about that Being (God) who is the Truth.
All persons, except a couple of agnostics, that I know, strongly believe in God. I have great empathy for agnostics and atheists. Because I realize I could have been one of them. There is an unceasing, compelling feeling and thought that constantly beckon me to an Organizing Principle, Intelligence, Power, Energy of the universe that is higher than humans. In that realm resides my God. That God has a direct connection with my conscience. Is that the God (Father) of Christ, of the New Testament? Is that the Undefinable, Truth-Consciousness-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda = Sachidananda) of Sankara, of Vedantha? Is that the Allah of Muslims? God is all that and more. That God is also the pure Wisdom, Consciousness (Bodh) of Buddha. Nay more, that God also includes the Totality of the Purified Consciounesses of all humans past, present, and future with or without their individuality. So where are we?
We are where we started. And there I would like us all to live. That is all that we have. In this sphere of the mind or the soul, the beginning also is the end as God (Alpha and Omega) is. And there we are all humans, nay gods, brothers, sisters, in love. Let us celebrate this life of abundant, unending, blissful love that happens because we have the capacity to choose to love. Let even our anxiety about having faith or having the right kind of faith vanish into thin air or melt into our unfathomable love for one another or humanity in whatever form or color. Let us get lost in the love of God and in the love of our fellow human beings in truth. That is the only way to God. How beautiful it is for all humans to live and love. Let us trust in our fellow human beings. We will take care of them; they will take care of us. We can live like sparrows in the field. No anxiety, no worry. Were not the people in distress in the mountain of Sinjar in Iraq rescued by persons of good will recently on humanitarian basis?!
Two of the greatest theologians - Thomas Aquinas, a Christian from the West, and Sankara, a Hindu from the East - were humble enough to admit that their rational understanding of God was worthless and useless. According to Thomas true faith is always looking for an understanding intellect (fides quaerens intellectum). But faith cannot reach an understanding mind. Mind surrenders and gives assent without understanding. For instance, a child tossed into the air by a loving father does not fear any danger. Do our authorities in religions all over the world know this truth, this surrendering without knowledge?! I think not. Because if they did, they would not be pontificating and dictating infallibly as God alone could. But even that God, who incarnated in the form of Christ as Christians believe, was tolerant enough not to stop Judas from comiting his vicious act of betrayal. In fact what he told him was: "Go and do what you have to do". Christ did not pronounce any dogmas greater than "Love one another as I have loved you", "There is no greater love than this that a person lays down his or her life for another person", "Do to others what you like others to do to you", "I have come to do my Father's business", "I am the way to the Father", "I live in my Father and my Father lives in me", "The one who sees me sees my father", "I came to proclaim the Kingdom of God", "The Kingdom of God is within you or in your midst", "I came to preach the good news to the poor", "I came to free the captives and the oppresed". Do I necessarily need to believe that Christ is God? Do I necessarily need to believe in his resurrection? Do I necessarily need to believe in an after-life?
Do I necessarily need to believe in God? I do not necessarily need to believe in anything. I am not forced to believe in any of these things. I would like to believe in them. I know God will not fault me for who I am because he created me the way I am. God knows that I try to live my life the best way that I can. God knows that I discern God's will in everything I do. I know God will not condemn me for my beliefs as long a I am sincere and faithful to my conscience. I am not at all afraid of God. I am extremely grateful for the life I have been given, for the way I am led every moment of my life. I am afraid of only those who, in their ignorance, think that they can represent God, can speak for me, can speak for God. I am only afraid of intolerant, evil humans who out of their human-conceived dogmas, religious fanaticism, or perverse ideas can kill me on account of their belief. But then Christ told to fear only the One who can throw our soul into eternal hell. I have also no hesitation in saying here that I will go where Christ went, where Gandhi went, where Buddha went, where Socrates went.