To know true stature of Human in this universe we have to evaluate the reality of life without any doubt. The advancement of knowledge has created a doubtful environment about religious philosophies. Here we honestly try to find the reality about life and universe with open mind and logic. In fact since the existence humanity is in search of the origin of life and universe. The concept of God is present in every school of thought whether it’s Theism, Deism, Monotheism or Polytheism. The philosophies of life and faith took many forms in accordance to new discoveries that influenced or assaulted old established convictions. Still new ideas are pouring in with new discoveries.
In respect of changing faiths the influence of modern scientific knowledge is enormous. This influence is so devastating that many religions are on their back foot in defending their philosophies. Some have perished and some have lost their universal status and have shrunk to personal or community levels. On the other hand modern scientific advancement has also created confused situation pertaining to crucial questions of life. Hence it is necessary to sort out this confusion.
To understand human stature in the universe it is imperative to dig out the realities of life without any shadow of doubt. Now is the time to compare old philosophies of life and modern philosophies with scientific arguments based on solid facts and not on speculations and theories.
What exists or present is in fact a reality. The religion itself is a reality that is present in human minds since the existence. As a matter of fact the rivalry between religious circles, scholars and thinkers is an old one but we see a prominent era when gulf between these two segments of society started widening sharply and that was the increase in flow of knowledge during the renaissance. It was all in the west that researches, discoveries and new ideas were pouring in and the West was dominated by Christianity.
When scientists with religious belief were confused about the rationality of some belief about metaphysics they turned from Theism (that asserts God as ever active and present in the affairs) to Deism (that rejects revelation). It was a turning point and since then deviation from the religious belief has taken many shapes. When more sophisticated discoveries and inventions were achieved there was more confusion as the religion was unable to handle the intensity of physical facts. So people started turning to Atheism as nonbelievers. But the hard rooted religion was not going to give up so easily. The deep rooted thought found escape in the form of Secularism. Thus after accepting the superiority of science the religious people accepted the division of state and religion. Religion shrank to personal and community levels.
New political philosophies emerged to rule the society with new ideas, like freedom of speech, human rights, freedom of press, freedom of religion and democracy. The liberalism and modernism are the reflections of atheism.
Ancient and older religions failed to deal with dynamics of modern scientific discoveries. Putting religion behind in confusions is the first step toward accepting atheism. Everyone expects the right arguments to be presented pertaining to religious belief. Any religion having the ability to defend its ideology as ultimate and has logical sting to point out the weaknesses of secularism and atheism then surely that religion would be the ultimate choice of humanity.
But the question is:
Is there any religion having this potential?
That we have to find and if there is one then that would rightly be called a Natural or Perfect Religion. If we find that religion having scientific philosophy and belief proven by logic and evidences then that religion would be on authoritative side to guide humanity. That religion can win hearts and minds of freethinkers, moderates and atheists as people accept logic and evidence. If modern science fails to provide vital answers, without any ifs & buts, to the ultimate questions raised by that religion then the moral winner would be religion and not to mention a perfect and scientific religion.
Humanity needs leader with transparent and concrete logical ideas and not any genius with confused and variable ideas.
Next we will compare scientific and religious replies to the ultimate questions of life. We will analyze both view points with knowledge, logic and commonsense as to evaluate soundness.
A chapter from “ Understanding The Divine Whispers”