The need for a personal god

This essay was written in response to an email I received from a person who has had a sudden feeling that god is his best friend. 

By: Ali Z

A lot of people think of god as their best friend, someone they can count on, and someone who loves us. They assume that God is intelligent, loving, caring, wise, and someone who would help us if we asked him. They believe in a god that worries about us, but what makes them believe in such a god?

A Muslim friend of mine once said "help out a poor person or a person in need whenever you can, because it pleases god". I answered him "both science and logic can prove that such a god that you speak of does not exist". He replied "your mistake is that you try to prove everything with science". So I asked him the obvious question "if science and logic can't prove that your personal god exists then how can you prove such a god to me"? He answered "I feel it inside me", so what makes him feel such a god inside him?

When someone feels incapable and insecure they look and reach out for an invisible force or power for help. A close friend of mine has cancer and he constantly prays to god that he'd win the battle. You constantly see and hear people pleading to god for help when they feel insecure and incapable in a certain situation. When nothing in this physical world can help them they plead out for god. They believe in this personal god because they need it and they want to believe in it. They feel this personal god inside of them because they want to feel it. This insecurity makes them create this god that looks over them. Something is not true simply because you believe in it or simply because you want it to be true. Yet another example, for those who've been in Iran know that most of the poor people are religious while you rarely find a wealthy religious person. Could it be because the poor feel insecure while the rich feel they don't need an invisible force to make them feel secure?

So how do you fight this insecurity? Through knowledge and understanding. For example you and I would never jump in a tank with a shark or most definitely never go diving in waters infested by sharks, but you watch scientists on TV perform such a dangerous task. The scientist that gets in the water has studied the sharks deeply and thoroughly. He knows the sharks actions, why they act, how they act, and when they act. If it was me and you in the water the only thing left for us to do is to start pleading god to save us, however the scientist uses his knowledge and understanding to save himself, and his knowledge is indeed a more powerful weapon to help him than an invisible god. Which takes me to Dr. Ali Sina's words "often the more educated people do not believe in religion".

Then my Muslim friend above replied "I have asked god for certain things to see if he exists and they have all came true". When I told him that these were just coincidences, he didn't agree.

Everyday disasters take place killing many people. Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, hunger and disease affect people everyday. Did these people deserve the pain and misery that claimed their lives? Why did your caring and loving god not help these people? Weren't these people crying out to their personal god just as you do? So if their personal god was not willing to help them, what makes you so sure yours will help you?

When we use our knowledge and understanding we realize that to define god as a creator and to think that god has feelings is absurd. This is explained even more clearly and with detail if you read Chance or Intelligence? written by Dr. Sina.

Ali Z







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