Do we need god?

Talk about throwing caution to the wind! I guess that is a pretty controversial question isn’t it? People have probably been incarcerated, ostracized and even killed for such an outrageous question.  But think about it…  Wars have been fought in the name of god! It is pretty important shit, right?  Here is why I ask… I watched a show last night about black holes… I know; awesome night life right? 🙂

Basically there are two governing forces or laws that describe matter: Einstein’s general theory of relativity and then quantum mechanics. The theory of general relativity explains gravity as it relates to galaxies, stars and planets and quantum mechanics explains the physics of our microscopic world (atoms, molecules and energy). The two worlds are understood and beautifully explained and yet  live in separate but complimentary worlds; That is until we talk about singularity as it relates to the beginning of the Big Bang and the realm beyond the event horizon in black holes. It is then that our theories unravel and we realize we really only understand a small fraction of the workings of the Universe. For better or worse, I have always equated such unknowns as god’s country.  Do you want to understand god? Then you must first understand the Cosmos. Fair assumption right?

Here is a question: If we understood the working mechanics of the Universe would there be a need for God? Ancient religion and the loose concept of god were born from mans need to understand. As we continue to wrestle with age-old concepts of origin, death, afterlife and good verse evil – such musing reinforce the concept of god. Yet, if we understood where we came from and why things happen would the concept of god be necessary? These types of questions are what drive fear in the blind faithful. Without god, world order would collapse? Or would it? It is kind of a loaded question isn’t it? First, I have written many times that god is not something up in the sky and god is definitely not in the form of man (in fact, I do not even capitalized god) – I can’t think of anything more egotistical than comparing god to man or man to god. But, humans are pretty egotistical creatures – hence why the ego is so powerful. Maybe that is why there is also fear, war and this petty need to prove miracles and dogmatic explanations of our world.

Still, I am here to say there is a god or at least a working concept of god. And it is not what most people think god should be. There is probably going to be a lot of disappointed parishioners out there. But there lies the problem with our current understanding of god. The concept of god is worshipped and put on a holy pedestal. People follow and do not lead. Fear and blind faith are taught and people are divided by their short minded views. Is contemporary religion really working? Look at all the famine, war and religious strife in the world. It is all pretty sucky if you ask me. Still, when we think of god as an instinctual energy that surrounds us and is us then the concept of god becomes palatable.  God is everything – it is energy, gravity and quantum mechanics. God is prayer, meditation and karma. God is light and god is also darkness – it is everything. Once people realize this, there is this empowerment to lead and not follow. There is this genuine feeling that we are all connected and each of us has the power to make things better – in essence, the power of God.

Maybe someday, a scientist will unravel the mysteries of singularity. Born from our need to know will come equations that will explain where we came from and where we will go when we die. That pretty much sums up god as it relates to contemporary religion. The historical and religious trappings that surround our gods are really just gratuitous. God is about birth, life and death. Funny, so is the Universe. And when we crack the riddles that hold us hostage, there will still be a place for love, compassion, karma and energy – the true essence of God. Look inward and you will find god.

John C. Bader