Religion or atheism – 有神论还是无神论 – English

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People continuously dwell on the existence of a supreme deity, but in fact the truth is laid out in such clarity that no further explanation is required. We can call all things that exist and the laws that govern them “god”, and we can address them by their own names.

People repeatedly assert the so-called god is actually each and every person and matter or thing; one only needs to look at oneself to see the god from within, supported by notions such as anyone can become the Buddha, or those who are enlightened ascends to god’s realm. The notions, however presented or even transformed, cannot draw the clear line between “dod” and “no-god”, and cannot define whether god exists.

The dilemma on god’s existence originates from humankind’s fear of the unknown; the concern for the purpose of their own existence, and their anxiety of death.

Humans actually don’t have a plausible explanation for the majority of matters and events, science can only explain at most 5% of everything there is, the less developed the civilisation, the more is left unexplainable, therefore people place their beliefs in multifarious gods; believing in fortune-telling; believing in unexplainable laws of nature or purely random events. Why is the world being secularised while religious faith is on decline at the rise of modern science? The answer is that people have explanations for some events, and is hopeful that solutions can be found for current unsolved problems.

If there is all but one issue that still causes pain; one that can’t be confronted with, is the meaning (or the lack of) of life. Despite people’s ability to perceive intuitively that humans are nothing compared to the vast universe — that on the macro level human life form is meaningless — all choose to avoid involvement in this topic, simply because it is too overpowering, too painful, and too unbearable. Referring the meaning of life to god is one way of avoiding the question — “Although I am measly and unimportant, god is magnificent and significant. God’s existence is purposeful, just like god’s palace and god’ ministries, if belong to god, I can acquire his significance”.

The fear and anxiety associated with death is equally as powerful. It’s difficult for people to contend with life completely vanishing all forms of existence after death. People choose to believe that the soul still exists after one’s death, and therefore lives can be reincarnated, and heavens exist. However, no one has returned from death, and no one has ever returned from heaven, there are legends of questionable reincarnations, or those who claim they know of their previous lives, but no reports have confirmation. If people could find the courage to accept that lives disappear after death and there is no more to it than presented, they can find closure.

In conclusion, people pick sides on the topic of god’s existence, but to me, it is only a reflection of the levels of rational and irrational thinking in human nature, those who proclaim god exists have higher aspects of irrational thinking, and vice versa. That’s all to it, can there be anything else?

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Source : 新浪博客

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