Are There Many Gods As Religions Or Is There Just One God? Some Personal Thoughts
I had not the slightest inkling that I would be writing something about religion or God when I got up this morning. As usual, I made my way to the questions' section wanting to put a question myself. But before I could type my question I found this question open for answers. I went to the question, read all the answers that were there by other hubbers and then stopped to post my answer.
But as I typed thoughts started flowing in and by the time I had the answer done it was almost half the length of this hub. I had no option but to go for this hub and I'm glad and thankful to the Almighty to have given me the strength to complete this hub.
Some Points To Make
First off, I would like to say this write up was a spontaneous one written in answer to the question :
"Is the God of the Bible, the same as the God of the Koran, and Bhagavad-Gita and If there is one God, why so many different "scriptures". Why not just one book that tells the entire history of planet Earth and the entire cosmos?" asked by Darrell Roberts.
Second, the views and opinions expressed in this hub are solely mine and have no other connotations implicitly or explicitly.
Third, but not the least, I am in no way a learned man in the context of religious scriptures. All that has been written comes straight from the heart as well as what, The Divine being, in His Benediction at this moment, is sending to me to be penned down.
Also, this writing is influenced by what I know of my religion and have read and heard about other faiths.
Again, at the expense of being repetitive, may I offer my regrets for any lack of foresight or oversight that may have occurred inadvertently and in the process hurt the feelings of a fellow human being.
Reflections About God
I think and believe there is just one God.
All the others, who came on this earth from time to time, were just Prophets, Avatars, Devis, Devas, Deities or Enlightened souls.
Even Jesus said, He was Son Of God and not God Himself.
If one thinks of God as omnipresent, omnipotent and the Creator of all that there is in this universe and beyond, then there is no doubt that no one could have made Him meaning He is unborn, was never born, is Eternal, from the before the advent of time to after, what time in our perception is, the end of time or existence of all that can be seen. He is the source and end of everything. He is the creator and the destroyer.
Now, as to why, there are so many scriptures?
By definition, Scriptures are Sacred writings, Holy books or Religious texts. Like the Bible is the Holy Scripture of the Christians, the Holy Quran of the Muslims, The Guru Granth Sahib of the Sikhs, The Vedas, Upanishads & Bhagvad Gita of the Hindus. Similarly other faiths or religions have their own religious texts or holy books. As everyone knows, different holy men came on this earth, at different time periods. There were different situations existing in the world or at least where these holy men came to be at these different times. These are reflected in the different accounts in many holy scriptures too.
Also, these holy scriptures were not written by the One God that we talk about rather were utterances by either Enlightened souls or Prophets or written by some Divinely inspired writers. These are the words of God as received by them and conveyed exactly in the form of these sacred writings called Holy scriptures.
The Ending Words
I would like to end this write up by quoting something from the Sikh Scriptures - The Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy book of the Sikhs.
The 1st verse starts off with:
In Gurmukhi (Punjabi) ;
ੴ, ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ, ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ, ਨਿਰਭਉ, ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ, ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ, ਅਜੂਨੀ, ਸੈਭੰ ,ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
and I write it in English as;
EK ONG KAR, SAT NAM, KARTA PURKH, NIRBHAO, NIRVAIR, AKAL MOORT, AJUNI, SAI BHANG, GUR PRASAD
And the meaning is ;
One God, the true name, the creator, without fear, without hatred, timeless, free from the cycle of births and deaths, self-existent, made known by the Guru.
This is the mool mantra or the root statement Of Sikhism.
The mool mantra was the voice of God through the 1st Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji and was the 1st verse that he uttered when Enlightenment dawned on him.
This, in essence, also states what other prophets or Enlightened souls have said in their lifetime and that is :
They are not God ; God is just one!
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This write up is the author's own viewpoint and in no way implies any religion to be above the other.
Comments are enabled again from March 18, 2013, with a request to readers that this is not a battlefield. Please refrain from slandering any religion.
Religions by themselves are not big or small. It is the mentality of a person who judges one religion as being better than the other which is to be questioned and not the religion itself.
The point of views expressed here are the reader's own and expressing it does not imply that he looks down on other religions as being inferior.
© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly
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