5 Reasons it doesn't matter whether God exists
Should we really be focussing on what is practically history in a time where war, poverty, famine, disease and homelessness is nigh?
Here are 5 reasons for why I believe God's existence, at the moment does not matter.
I subsequently believe that religion for now, also does not matter.
1. It takes time & effort
Religion takes time. Effort too.
all take up time.
- Male & Female Circumcision
- Not eating particular foods (beef -hinduism, pork, crab - judaism etc)
- Spreading religion (Jehovah's witnesses, mormons, missionaries)
all take up effort.
When we have up to 3.5 billion people suffering from malnutrition, should we really be spending time fussing over traditional beliefs, food cleanliness and praying for people, when we could all be putting in our effort and time into actually helping them?
Should you really be reading this hub right now, comfortable with an internet connection when you know that there are people suffering all around the world?
How is going to church every sunday helping the 100,000,000 people who are homeless in the world?
My argument is that at this current time, when we still have huge world problems, should we really be distracting ourselves with religious beliefs? Would it not be better to shelve religious beliefs until we sort out humanity first, before moving onto cosmology?
Would the world not be better if the 6 billion religious people committed the time and effort they did to following guidelines of their religion to thinking about or physically aiding (via volunteer charity work every sunday morning for example) the less privileged?
This does not just count for the religious too, those without faith that spend their evenings pondering the existence of gods or our cosmology might also want to consider that their intellect and free thought may want to be channelled into something more useful for humanity.
In summary, with point 1. I do not want to discredit the likelihood of religions existing or the beliefs of the non religious. I do want to point out a contradiction in man made organised religion however. Religious people often consider themselves as moral beings made in the image of God or made so that would better the world. But actions speak louder than words. Every minute not spent putting effort into helping humanity, results in a worse humanity than we could have had.
Your efforts and aid each sunday that you would have otherwise spent in a church or similar could have saved at least one of those people.
As a human being, I ask you, what did you really expect your prayers to do?
2. It's Unfair
I see it is as unfair that some people have the luxury to sit and ponder life's purpose and it's existence whilst other people are struggling to stay in it. Have you ever considered that it is because you have no life threatening problems (fear of disease, murder) or life changing events such as going to prison, that you find yourself thinking about life's larger mysteries? If that is you, then I ask you whether it is more moral to set your life goal as helping humanity and humans than thinking about these problems. What do you think you would achieve if you prove or disprove God?
3. It's not practical
Spending all of this time on the existence of God and his purported wishes for mankind's behaviour is not even a worth while task in any case. It is much like counting all of the bricks in a brick wall, you will have accomplished the goal. But as far as practicality is concerned, I cannot see it changing the world all that much.
From what I have seen of religious people, I think that some of them would not change their faith even if a different God rang their doorbells and presented himself to them. And even if everyone did, what will it achieve? We would still have to set the goals of preventing pain and suffering for all of our fellow beings.
Why not reverse the steps, prioritise. Sort out humanity first, and then try to sort out our roots.
4. It may never happen
So far, in over 5000 years of searching we have come up with "we can't tell yet". From this alone, we might start to conclude that it may never happen. You might say "it's worth a try". But I once again must bring back priorities. Is it worth a try at the expense of countless lives? Why not make sure that we can live morally and sustainably on this planet for the next 5 billion years (when the sun burns out). That way, we'll have plenty of time to sort out our existentialism. We'll be there, and the question of cosmology certainly will be too.
5. It's what God would have wanted
At least most Gods. I would (perhaps boldly) claim that God wants us to be happy. Prioritising and making sure that we all survive and that there is equality within our society is the way to be happy.
No matter which faith you do/don't adhere to, why not make humanity's happiness the key factor in your philosophy. What kind of God would be upset because humans stopped going to church every sunday and instead worked with the homeless making shelters and contributing to happiness? What God would mind you not fasting once in a while so you can concentrate more on a thesis on how to improve sanitation in your local area? Would he be upset if you go on a strike for human rights instead of a pilgrimage?
All in all
All in all I firmly believe that at the moment, God's existence is something that we should not be worried about and for the sake of humanity, we must stop for now at least. Just for summary's sake, here are the 5 points again:
- It takes up time & effort
- It's unfair
- It's not practical
- It may never happen
- It's what God would have wanted
The summarising point of this entire hub is that it is pointless to spend time & effort on God(s).
- This includes rules that he has made, because he also made the rule of not letting humans & animals die or suffer. It is indirect murder to spend your time on leisure when you know it can be helping humanity
- Intellectuals that enjoy spending their time contemplating cosmology should find it more moral to redirect their energy into something that directly aids humanity.
To conclude: Both God(s) and Religion should wait until humanity is fixed.