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Man Needs God
Spiritual God and the afterlife
Reasons why man needs God
Welcome to our religious article (3), Man needs God
May God guide and help me say the right religious things in this article?
Dear readers, in this article let us explore why man needs God, it will be a long article, because of the many issues we need to cover. So, we will be talking about; Man might have invented God, Man needs God views, Some religious mistrust, Proof of the existence of God, There is more to God than just definitions, Religious views and conversations, Future God and religious possible descriptions, God of the future and, Praying God for reconciliation and guidance.
Now, in our previous articles, we have been talking about the need about reconciliation on many things including religions, we have also said that man needs to believe in God, and be reconciled with God, because it seems to work better that way. We have also said that we may need a super-God to do that, because that is the way that religions may be grouped together, as this might work better for all humanity, but first we need to explain why man needs God, because this is what we want to do with this article, to begin with.
So, what is left to do now is the fact that we need to explain why man needs God. Therefore, we want to point out some of the reasons why man needs God, which is one of the hardest things to do. Anyhow, we need to do that and we are going to start by talking about our inborn need that we feel within ourselves about God and spiritual things. After that, we are going to discuss the many religious issues, that may show us better, why we need to believe that we need God, and what sort of God could be better for us.
We have reasons to believe that, man needs God because our human history shows us that it has been so since the beginning of recorded time. Having said that, now let us start discussing the very opening of this article, because even there we should be able to see our personal ways of how we believe in God, and that for us believers it is almost impossible to ignore, so, we must say the way we feel within us. You see, once you believe in God in certain ways, it becomes necessary to pray God your own ways, especially if you want to talk about God and religions, so, let us compare our ways and views.
At the beginning if this article we wrote; may God guide and help me to say the right religious things in this article? But perhaps, in this man needs God article that is trying to see religions, in a modern or future way, we should have prayed God thus: May God of the universe that represents, Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah belonging to the God of Abraham and those gods belonging to other religions, like Braham, Vishnu and Shiver, and also other gods that belong to other religions and we don’t even know their names, but we believe that they exist somehow; may these gods that we are talking about guide and help us to say the right religious things in this religious article, since they all belong to the spiritual force that exists in the universe.
As you can see man needs God because, most civilization believe in their own Gods, as we have shown just here above, where we have mentioned many god’s names. Now, because we know that there are many Gods in the world, we want to believe that these gods’ beliefs could be changed to a single God, since we believe that this could help to solve some religious problems that exist today. To do that, we will have to talk about all existing gods, and then, we will have to find a way how all those gods will work together, as if they are a single God. Perhaps I should add here that this is the aim of these religious writings.
Anyhow, we believe that man needs God, and that is what we want to prove with this article, having said that man needs God, then this question arises, why man needs God? Here we could say, because it has been so since the beginning of recorded times, and perhaps even before that, but there is no record before that because then we were not able to leave any signs of our beliefs, therefore, we must say that we know that mankind has always felt the need to believe in a supernatural force like God. We know that since mankind learned how to record anything by writing or drawing on the wall of caves so to speak, in those ancient writings or drawings there are signs that man believed in God and about spiritual things that cannot be explained easily. For instance, how can we explain when we find that the ancient people buried their dead with food beside them, as if the dead could and would eat? The only explanation that we could think of was that they believed that there was/is life after death and therefore there is a spiritual soul and also God, or something like that.
So, Let us just imagine In the beginning, how the ancient people could have worked out that there was a God, we have to admit that we don’t exactly know how this happened, but somehow this belief of the existence of God was born, perhaps it was the fear of the unknown that started this belief, or they might have seen things that could not be explained easily, perhaps even dreams could have started some of these spiritual beliefs, let us just imagine a very primitive person dreaming about one of his past close relative, I am sure that he would think that this spirit or soul had visited him, so, this could have started the belief about spiritualty and the afterlife, and then slowly these beliefs changed to believing that there was a God, well this is just one way of looking at religious things; but what other reason they might have had to believe or invent God; of course if we think about it, we know that there are many other reasons why man needs God, so, let us look at a few of them.
Taking about God begining
Man might have invented God
Mankind might have invented God, because man needs God for many reasons, first of all, for us Christian God has been described as a fatherly figure, being a fatherly entity, God should protect the young and the weak; and at the same time, God for normal people could fulfil the need a powerful strong leader that would be able to guide and protect them if they need protection, because God is the best entity that can fulfil all that, we could add to that, man needs God because God is hope for those that need hope most, and other things as well. We should say that all this set up of believing in God is strange because we don’t see God, but we believe in God anyhow, just because other people have told us about the existence of God; of course, not all humanity believes about God in the same way, since there are many religions and many Gods’ names. For that matter, there are also the atheist people saying that God is all an invention of our mind, for this reason, we need to review our God’s beliefs and see what would be the best way to discuss about this very important issue, and also other religious issues that come up during our lives.
Today while I am editing this article, there are religious wars going on in the Middle East and North Africa, so, we have to be very careful when our humanity needs for God becomes an obsession and some extremist use their own God beliefs to wage a war for their own benefits, our views on this is that if today we were to invent God, then we should make sure that our God is a benevolent and merciful God and not a warmonger like the Muslim God; you see we humans are very strange, we like things to be always in our favour, but let us go back to our main concern here, which is that man needs God. The only question left here is, what sort of God?
Now, since we believe that God exists, and have some proof that man needs God, today in this article we will discuss about the existence of God, which can be at least three ways: (1) God exists because God created everything and therefore he is the creator, this is of course is very close to what the Bible says; (2) God exists because he is the main spiritual force of the entire universe; or (3) God exists because life exists and God is the active life force of the entire universe, therefore everything living is a tiny part of God and altogether they are the life of the entire universe. Now, because we would also like to attracts the atheists, we believe that this last part of God being the active life force of the entire universe is probably the type of God that most people could readily accept including the atheists. But we will talk about this later on in our philosophic religious writings, as we go on.
Then there is also the fact that man needs God for many other reasons, which we are trying to explain in many ways, with these religious articles that we are writing here, but that of course will become self-evident as we continue to write religious articles. You see in this case we need to be like the philosopher and we should discuss these issues at length and in many ways, and in the end accept what we find is most appropriate, or possible to use. So, these religious writing are about philosophy and religion together, it is the only way that it would make sense to the present generations, so, let us continue to search why man deeds God.
Our God among many Gods
Michelangelo face of God
Man needs God, our views
Man needs God because we like to explain to ourselves, the reasons why we are here on earth and many other things. Then it is so convenient to believe in God and follow a set of religious rules. We need to say that today most people believe in the existence of God, because that is what we have been taught from our forebears; but there are some people like the atheists that believe that God does not exist at all, and therefore for them it would be wrong to teach young people about God, because we would be lying to these young people; not only that, but according to the atheists this believing in God does more harm than good. Here one would like to ask them, what harm could be there that we don’t know yet? Because as we all know we have believed in God and religions for a very long time and we do not see any harm in it, but at the same time we should admit that religions have made some bad mistakes in the past, and some religions continue to make mistakes even today. But even if they have made religious mistakes, we believe that man needs God and religions anyhow.
So, let us reflect at what these atheists are saying, because there is the fact of how people would react to this new atheist concept that there is no God; and therefore, how would the people accept this sudden change? You see, we have believed for a very long time in the existence of God, and most of us believe even today that God exists, and that man needs God for various reasons. Therefore, at least for the present time God cannot be replaced by a complete religious vacuum, because with no direction from heavens above, for those who believe in God, they will feel lost and this will result in a lot more harm than good. So, the atheists may as well forget about their beliefs that God does not exist, and we should not teach the young people about God, because most people don’t want to see it their way.
Therefore, here we are saying to the atheists that man needs God, now and in the future; you see we believe in God, so we are writing these religious writings in good faith for the future benefit of mankind, since we believe that something positive needs to be done to help religions survive the atheist attack in the future, and also the terrorist attack that is undermining most religions in many ways. Therefore, here we are in search of how we could achieve that; so, in these religious writings we would like to find and describe what options we have, while we are going in search of new ways how to achieve that and also in search of ourselves in a religious way, so, we need to philosophize and discuss religions many times and in many ways, until we find something that makes sense even to the atheists, this is what we are looking to achieve with these religious writings, if we can.
We would like to do that to overcome some religious mistrust that exists today and we already know that a new religious theory needs to be written from scratch. Now, anything that is written from scratch is a new concept, and therefore, it is not going to be popular for the religious believers of today; however, we believe that it needs to be done and we are going to start that when we write our theory of, Reconciliation of the universe. But now let us talk about those religious mistrusts that exist today.
Some religious mistrust
Now, today it is obvious that most religions are self-centred, because they have been written in a way that keeps the believers isolated from other religions, for this reason we are concerned, as we are going to explain here under. Anyhow, in this religious article, we are discussing many things, but we want above all to show you that people need God, and therefore religions. You see, there are good reasons to believe that religions unite people and it creates a friendlier society, this setup is helpful to people, because people like to belong to a group of people that have something in common, and religions do that beautifully. But at the same time, because religions are not all the same, people form separate groups, this action gives rise to mistrust of the other religious groups, and this is one of the problems that religious people need to fix in the future, if they want religions to work together well.
In the past this religious mistrust was not so obvious, because these groups of people were more isolated, most people were born and lived in the same town all their lives, so, they didn’t know much about the outside world, and then, everything was moving slower that today, and therefore, you could belong to a group of religious people, which might not even know about the existence of other religious groups that were different from their own, so, they were happy to live that way. But today things move very fast and this brings an extra religious problem, because we soon learn what the other religious groups believe, and what they are up to, and sometimes we don’t like what they are doing, so, this may give rise to suspicion and mistrust.
Now let us discuss this situation. Since today in the religious world there are mistrusts between religions, we need to look for religious options that could improve cooperation between religions, since this seems to be one of these days’ problems. But, in order to do that properly, we need to go over our own religious human history, so that, we would understand how and why religions have been set the way they are today; we also need to understand, why humanity has believed in God and religions just the way that they are for a very long time, as we are doing right now, and after learning all this, we will try to explain in a better way, why man needs God and what sort of religious settings is more suitable these days, in order to avoid those religious mistrust that exist today.
Anyhow in this article, first we want to say that man needs God, and if it is possible what sort of god would be the most suitable God, these days. We will also explain other things as well while we go on writing our article, so, let us say once again Welcome to my hub called, Man needs God; in this chapter we will be talking about religious views and conversations about the proof of the existence of God; There is more to God than just definitions, Religious views and conversations, Future gods and possible descriptions, God of the future, Praying for reconciliations and guidance; in other words here we are going to start viewing how God could or would be like in the future.
Written hereunder are some of our religious views and conversations that we are having about the proof of the existence of God, so, let us talk about it.
In the previous chapter, and at the beginning of this chapter, we have already talked about many religious issues including the atheists, who are people that do not believe in God, so, here we would like to point out to them that they might be wrong to assume that God does not exist at all, because God may really exist in a way or another. So, hereunder we are going to try to provide the proof of the existence of God, therefore we are writing part of this article to let those atheists know that God really exists and why God exists, or need to exist; you see, most of this is in our own personal beliefs, so, let us talk about it:
Some of our religious friends, but I believe that since the beginning of recorded times mankind has always searched for a God and they wanted God to exist, there are many reasons why mankind has done that, and some of the reasons may well be the followings: Mankind want to believe in God because they don't know why they are living on this planet earth, or they may feel the need to be protected from anything that is stronger than themselves or anything that cannot be explained; but does God really exist one may ask? We believe that nobody can guaranty for sure that God exists; but most of us will agree that man needs God for many reasons, because, it is better if God exists. Hereunder we are trying to prove that God really exists, not only because Man needs God, but because God does really exist, even if this God that we are going to talk about, could be a bit different from the God we have been told to believe in from our forebears and religious teachers of the past, so, let us see how this God would be like and why God exists. Now, hereunder, let us try to find proof of the existence of God.
Finding proof of the existence of God
Now, because of our personal beliefs, we want to prove that God exists, so, what we are writing here under is our theory about the existence of God, because we believe that God exists in a way or another, but above all that man needs God:
Having said that, because we know that there are many religious problems today; to overcome some of those religious problems, we believe that it would be useful, if we can leave behind or ignore some of our present religious beliefs, so that, we can try to present religious beliefs in a futuristic way. Now, let me explain my idea, I believe that it would be useful, if we can describe religions in a philosophical way instead of the fixed old ways, which religions have been using for a long time and are still using today, because then on a plain field, it would be easier to prove the existence of God, even if God is different from our own beliefs of God. Having said that, now let us see how we could describe the existence of this God and God of the future.
We must assume, God does exist because you and I exist, if God did not exist then you and I could not exist. Therefore, we could say or we might have to assume that life is God and God is life itself, and for this reason, one cannot exist without the other. I believe that this could be one of the few ways that we could use to explain God, including life and all the spiritual things that we believe in as well; if we do that, then it would be hard for those people that do not believe in God existence, to prove that God does not exist. Because in this case God would represent life itself, and since life exists, because you and I exist, God must also exist.
If we want to make this theory more acceptable, we may have to assume that my God might not be exactly like your God or the God described in the Bible, but God exists because God represents the existing life on earth; having said that we know that it might not be enough for everybody to accept what we have just said. Therefore, we need to continue to prove how and why God exist, and there are many ways and many points that need to be described, it might be necessary that we have to do that several times, before our theory of the existence of God could be accepted.
Now, let us start to describe one of our God’s theories, which happen to be perhaps the most removed from today religious beliefs, but at the same time it could be the one that just about everybody might accept in the future. So, if we assume that God represents the existing life on earth, with this explanation here, we should assume that God must exist, because God is the spiritual life and the existing life on earth, so, God must exist, because God is the definition of life, or at least by the said definition, because there is nothing else that can take God’s place, as God is the life on earth, or the life giver of the existing life on earth and the entire universe.
What do you mean about that I can hear you protest and say?
Let me explain, what we are trying to say here is that whatever sort of god is there he/it needs to be defined, or perhaps we should say described if you see what we mean, so, let us try to do that; and also, what we are trying to say here is that God does not need to be the creator of everything, as he has been described in the Bible, therefore, religious people want us to believe to be so. In fact, in our futuristic theory, God would be the creator of the spiritual forces of the universe, and then life on earth. In our theory of Reconciliation of the Universe, which is going to be the last part of these religious and philosophical writings, God is the modifier of the existing life forces of the universe and through this God-life-force the present existing life has been made possible on earth, so, let us say again here that God exists at least as the definition of life, because God is all life energies of the universe that make life possible on earth, and without God there cannot be any life at all.
You see apart other things; we need to give a name to the existing life force of the universe, because this is the life force that makes life possible on earth and perhaps everywhere else in the universe; do you see what we mean? I say; what other name can we give to this life force that makes life possible on earth? Perhaps God is the only name that is suitable to describe this life force.
Did you hear what I have just said? What other name can you give to the life force that makes life possible on earth? Therefore, God exists at least by definition of this life force, and there is no doubt about it. If any of you who read these religious writings thinks that we are wrong let us know, we will take into account what you are saying and we will adjust our views accordingly. Because we believe that God must exist at least by definition, but there is more to God than just definitions, as we are going to write here-under.
There is more to God than just definitions
Now, we were saying, that there is more to this God that we are talking about, than just definitions; but we are writing these philosophic discussions here to prove two things; one is that man needs God, and two to prove that God exists as well.
We believe that God is more than just a life force in the universe that makes life possible, because we believe that God is a life force in the universe that is capable of making his own decisions, therefore God can do things independently as it has got its own mind, so, God would be conscious and guides the universe has he sees fit according to his own ways.
In our theory of God of the universe, God is not as Omnipotent as today religions leaders want us to believe, so, God does not do things just by saying let it be light and there was light. But God uses what exists in the universe by starting a process that with the appropriate passing of time will change whatever he wants to change, so, in a way God is still omnipotent and also conscious of what he is doing, but not quite as omnipotent as we used to believe; we hope that this description will help to understand the possibilities of how God is or could be and so God exists, not only by definition; but God exists as God is and guides the life forces energies in the universe that makes life possible on earth, so, without this God’s energy life could not exist, and therefore we would not exist.
Why we must accept the existence of God as a life force energy the atheists will ask?
Our answer to them will be because we need God; all humanity needs God and not only we need God; we cannot do without God, because the majority of people feel better if God exists, it has been so from the beginning of known times, and also, God as we have already described above is the source of all life energy that exists in the universe. We believe that we have already said that in the beginning of this chapter; but for those who do not believe that God exists they have to accept that God exists, even if it is only the definition of the universal force that makes life possible on earth and we call it God.
Now, let us talk about some Religious views and conversations that we are having with other people, so that we would be able to explain a bit more about what we have said above, since we could say that this is a new way of describing God.
Religious views of God and conversations
Dear readers, now that we are convinced that man needs God, we should find a way for describing this future God for everybody. We know that this is not going to be easy, but I feel that I need to explain as briefly as possible our religious theory and what we believe we are going to do next. You see, for a start, we need to describe how we are going to convince everybody that what we are going to write here is worth to read, or at least look closely at what we are going to say here, because what we are going to say and the way we are going to set this up might even convince some of the atheists that God could really exists, because it will be described in a way that even atheists may think it could be possible. But to do that we need to write first our theory in a nutshell, so that people start seeing how this new religious theory could be and then later on we will write it in full.
So, let us philosophize and discuss these issues in a few ways, to start with, let us just imagine for a moment that all existing religions do not exist and God does not exist at all; will this solve the existing religious problem that we have today? We are sure it will not solve anything. Therefore, we would be back to discuss and admit that we need God, and therefore, we need to look at ways of solving this argument hopefully for good, if we can discuss this in a logic way and make the right decisions.
Now, let us just say that it is possible to study most of the world religion and then try to take only those parts that seems good for us to use and forget about the rest of it. Now, if we really put all religions together and try to select the best part of them, we might be able to achieve just what we want to achieve.
In this chapter about, man needs God, we have already written that God exists even if it is just a definition of those life forces energy that makes life possible on earth, but that energy or life force might not be enough for the people to accept as being God, and as we have said man needs God; therefore, now we are going to describe why we have also to believe in the existence of God, one way or another.
The reasons why mankind believes in God, it is because most of us feel within ourselves that we need to believe in God and religions, it has been so since recorded times. Now, let us try to look from another point of view, so let us just say that we will always doubt whether God exists, or does not exist and see what advantage can we achieve, if we accept one or the other. I suppose that we will never be able to do that, because if that was possible it would have been already done ages ago.
Therefore, we believe that the most important thing we could do is try to find a new way that is able to achieve most of those religious issues that we need. So, let us start from the beginning all over again and let us just imagine that we have to invent a new God and religion out of all existing religions using the knowledge that we have reached nowadays.
So, I suppose that we have to start to write down what sort of future God and religion can be achieved from what we know and believe today. We have reason to believe that we should be able to achieve that because we have reached the age of reason, well at least some of us believe that we have; so, with our reasoning minds and by using this accumulated knowledge that we have today, we need to set up a religion that is able to be scrutinized, in all sorts of ways, and also, be able to be passed as possible by our own mental capacity and reasoning. So now, let us start to write about our future God and religions possibilities; perhaps we should think that God might be even the universe itself and we live within God? As it has been suggested already from some past religious writers. (Baruch Spinoza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Baruch Spinoza was one.) So, as you can see even this might be possible, so, let us just imagine how we could describe a benevolent God that everybody could accept.
In search of ourselves religiously
God can cover the entire universe
Future God and religions possible Descriptions
Let us just imagine God, we must imagine God, because God is invisible. Anyhow, God can be described in many ways, one of these ways has been described in the Bible, and it seems to have worked well for a very long time, in fact it has worked for thousands of years, but today people start thinking that God might not exist at all, or that God might be different from the descriptions of God in the Bible, so, here we need to ask; what would be the best description of God that all the people might accept as their God, one may ask? Perhaps this description below might be an acceptable description for everybody.
There is only one God throughout the universe and God is the life-force of the whole universe, every living thing is part of God life force and no living thing can exist without God, because God is life itself.
So, there cannot be life if there is no God or god life force, which by default we would call God?
Now that we have said that you can see that this new way of seeing God, it does not make God any less important than our old accepted way of an omnipotent God. However, God in these descriptions is not the creator of everything, but God is only the creator of the spiritual and existing life as we know it. Or, God is the starting life-force that has made life possible on earth, then, Mother Nature herself is part of God life-force and came about just because the life force energies of God made her so.
Therefore, we have to keep in mind that God has always existed just like all celestial bodies have always existed, the celestial bodies have never been created from God, as they were there together with God, or God life force energies from the very beginning and they have been there forever. So, one may have to say that we live in this part of the universe and we are part of God life force, anyhow this is how we see God of the future.
God of the future description
What we have written above is just one of the many possible ways of the existence of God. You see, to believe that God is the creator of everything is unsound, because it does not stand up to logic reasoning, since most people than would ask; who created God? Which then becomes a never-ending story, therefore, this is one of the reasons why the atheists are saying that God does not exist. Of course there are a lot of other reasons as well, which we will try to write something about them later on. We have to say that the atheists have a long list of disagreement with the religious believers, so, to fix that it is going to take many long explanations, in order to set religious beliefs on a level field with the atheists, so to speak; then there are also the extremists to worry about. But, we will let these explanations go just for the time being, because we would like to talk about God of the future.
Hereunder is one of the many possible ways how to describe God of the future.
We are going to call this God of the future, God-Most-High, so, let me describe God.
God-Most-High is the unseen life force of the whole universe.
The unseen life-energies of the cosmos and God is one and the same thing.
God uses this cosmos to communicate with every living thing.
So, throughout the unseen cosmos life energies of the entire universe,
God-Life-Force continually guides and gives life to every living thing.
The cosmos radiates God’s medium for every living thing,
And God hopes that through it mankind would follow Him and do His will.
This is how we would describe God of the future in the shortest way possible.
Anyhow, this article is becoming too long, so, we will describe God of the future in full somewhere else, but before we conclude it, let me say a prayer to our Father, God-Most-High just to prove that we need God and pray God, in the hope that God of the universe would help me write those religious writings, which I am going to call, Prayers for Reconciliation. Of course, because our God of the future is partly different from our present God that we usually pray, I am going to pray our God with my own new prayer of reconciliation and guidance.
Praying God for reconciliation and guidance
Let me pray.
With my personal concerns I come to you praying God-Most-High, creator and master of the spiritual universe and life giver to every living thing, I am praying you for forgiveness of my sins and for reconciliation to thy eternal life force. I am praying and hoping that in your mercy you would forgive me all my life sins and that you would make me clean of any impurities that may affect my soul; and thus, I would become worthy to pray to you, and my prayer of forgiveness and reconciliation would be heard and accepted. I am praying also to help me write these religious writings per your will.
Father, hear my prayer, forgive me my sins and bless me, so that I can live in harmony with thy spiritual and eternal life force of the universe, in the hope that I can write these new religious writings according to your will. Amen!
Dear readers, now that I have said a prayer for God-Most-High, I feel more confident that God might have heard my prayer, and therefore, God would help me. So, my dear reader let me inform you what I intent to do next. I am going to explain a few more religious things, and then, start from the very beginning writing, Prayers for Reconciliation, so that you could understand what has brought me to write these religious writings.
I believe that whatever happens in this world there will always be people that will believe in God and therefore religions, because it has always been like that and it will not change now. I am sure of that because that is the only way that humanity feels safe. You see that is why, man needs God.
I suppose that some of you already would like to ask this; if you believe that what you are saying here is inevitable, then, what would be the best way to go about with this new religious theory?
I believe that there are not any easy answers to this question, as you all know in these religious writings we have already said that the Atheists believe that there is no god and god is really a human invention; if we were to accept the way of the atheists then there is nothing we have to do, we have just to accept that there is no God and that is the end of all religions?
But can you just imagine what a shock it will create to any believer, so, it is evident that this atheist way cannot be accepted. Now, if we were to continue the present religious ways, it is obvious that as the time passes there will be more and more dilemmas, which the atheists from one side and the religious extremist from the other side, and including any agnostic person could be able to question our religious beliefs, in many ways.
These questions dear readers are the reason why we are writing these religious writings, because we believe that there could be a way out of these religious dilemmas. In order to do that we need to study and review our present religious beliefs, we need to see if there is a way that could be acceptable to everybody interested in these religious matters. We know it is going to be very hard to do that, but we have to try, because this could be the new way that could save humanity from a greater religious disaster. You see if humanity would accept a modified religious version some pains could be avoided, we are sure about this.
I believe that I have said already too much in this article. So, see you next time with our next hub, which might be called, Religions of the future, which is going to be another chapter and a small part of Prayers of Reconciliation.
May God guide and help us to sort this religious problem soon enough?
May God bless us all?
© 2011 Francesco Menchise