Religion is a thing, which almost every individual on the face of the earth comes in contact with sometime or the other in his life. Some take to it like a fish longs for water, for some its just another thing, while for some its just another of those burdens that the society has levied on them. I consider my self to be one of the last type. The only problem being, just like the quote goes “50 Million Elvis fans cant be wrong”, similarly I believe billions of people cant be wrong all the while not considering myself to be entirely wrong.
The most erratic thing I find in religion is the fact that it makes human weaker. Religion as we are always made to believe is the strength of a man, its the recluse in times of worries. God is the support man looks to, when he himself isnt able to do much. Barring a few regular ones most of the people around us remember God only when there’s some trouble they are facing. That generally constitutes my main problem with religion, it seems to undermine the inner strength that a human has. Come any sort of trouble and instead of digging down deep inside ourselves, all we look to do is, go to His door. One of them ost admirable thing in humans along with the brain is, his spirit. The ability of never saying Die is one of the best quality a human has which is what, I think religion deprives men of. The most futile exercise in my mind is leaving it to God, which is almost always the basic tenet of every religion on the face of earth.
Another problem I have with religion is with the so called representatives of religion. A government is as good as its leaders and a belief is as good as the people in whom the belief rests. Myself being a Hindu(as of yet), thats gonna be the one I will talk about and among the billions or so Gods(which again is an absurdity beyond my comprehension) the two most powerful/mosty worshipped ones are Ram & Krishna. Gods are supposed to be the supreme examples of virtue, supposed to be the upholder of justice in short they are supposed to be the alpha men of the society when it comes to being righteous, yet the less we talk about Lord Krishna in this regard, the better it shall be for his own repute. While Krishna has always been portrayed as the naughty God(whatever that might mean) but Ram has always been the maryada purushottam. One who left his own wife for the sake of maryada, was the same individual who killed Monkey King Bali by deceit. The whole episode of Ramayana was the result of a stupid mistake by his own brother (cutting Surpanakha’s nose & ears). Couldnt the omnipotent, the omniscient God, the avatar of Vishnu have gone and stopped his brother, who as we gather is not a God, so prone to such foolishness. Granted they were men of action, they were powerful and must’ve been wise, but I guess Hitler also possesed the same qualities and whatever he did, was done for the sake of his country.
The question I have about Ram, Is the systematic destruction of two huge armies and almost an entire kingdom just for the sake of a lady worthwhile, does this really suit a king/God. In this regard, I would always consider Mahatma Gandhi, a much superior human than these two individiuals I have mentioned above. He helped people accomplish much bigger tasks than rescuing an abducted wife or settling a family feud and did it with the minimum harm. Then why should I go on worshipping these flawed individuals and sing praises in their honour?
And I havnt at all gone into the various dogma and various disrepencies caused by the religion along with several unnecessary practices enforced on us humans coz of religion.
Although going outright lambastic about religion is, again something I am not in favour of, just like every other thing in our life, religion has its two faces. An atheist once he loses his morals can fall to any extent, while a theist (in real sense) even if deprived of his morals, might be afraid of the Gods and the treatment which might be meted out to him at their hands, so in some sense Religion can act as a deterrent as well as Dam to check the growing negativity in the world and yet the single biggest failure of religion has been its complete inability to do so.
In the end, I would just like to ask my intellectual religious friends a question. Why should I follow religion.