Friday, January 18, 2013

A small note on Agnosticism

Many times I have thought myself to be a man of faith. In fact there were periods of time in my life when I used to regularly pray, fast and meditate. Those practices definitely had a lot of positive impacts in my life and I still carry some of them with a lot of respect. As time passed by, my thoughts have inclined towards agnosticism. Many people think Agnosticism means 'doubt', but in fact for me it seems to be an epitome of humbleness and helplessness in the quest of truth.

As you go on thinking about God, the voyage begins from basic pagan polytheistic beliefs. What I mean by a pagan polytheistic belief is that, our fears and hopes are balanced with natural elements like fire or an idol or a snake. Many times people consider snake as a god just because they fear them, nobody in history seems to have made the mistake of calling  slug as a god. As you climb through the hierarchy in the quest of truth, polytheism is overthrown by monotheism. Monotheism seems to be a very practical and ultimate approach, where the fears and hopes are relied on an ultimate invisible God. In fact many polytheists also have some kind of monotheistic belief hidden inside. But if you still think more deeply in the quest of truth, you might reach a situation were materializing God as mono as in monotheistic religions will look like a man made representation of an unrepresentable God. Unfortunately you can not climb higher in the staircase of the above said hierarchy because it might reach zero or in other words atheism. But there are a few people who resort in the gap between atheism and monotheism. A good example of such a belief is Taoism. In Tao Te Ching it is written 'The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging TaoThe name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.'. It might imply that if we name God (or Tao), then it is not the God that we ultimately think off . In other words we can not imagine or name God, because when we imagine or name, we represent God in some way, and since God is ultimate and unrepresentable, we can not imagine or name God. 

Yet apart from atheists, Taoists, monotheists and polytheists there lies a small group of people who say 'I don't know because... I don't know'. I find that answer extremely honest and humble. A true agnostic wouldn't be biased on any side, they are just true to themselves. I feel that at least a few people would not be having a concrete proof from their memory for the assertion of their interaction with God, and the most honest, humble and truthful way for them is to say 'I don't know'. 

I myself is not a true agnostic. My brain is always inclined towards monotheism, perhaps my brain was wired that way or I have certain reasons (proofs) to believe so.

But above all that, every man/woman should have honesty and braveness to decide up on their own conviction, and wisdom to change their mind depending upon their experiences without any shame. Yet the cessation of the quest of truth in this modern world would be a great mistake, since the voyage through the thread of spirituality seems to have begun from the dawn of human intellect.

Verily, by all means honesty will overcome hypocrisy.




4 comments:

  1. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog and I really like the definition you gave as agnosticism as "an epitome of humbleness and helplessness in the quest of truth." That is wonderful! Only the humble can truly learn what God wants to teach. I have a blog that you might be interested in. Let me know what you think: http://the-truth-is-simple.blogspot.com/

    Thanks again for your blog!
    Mindy Rowley

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  2. its very simple, let me give you an example my dear. “Suppose you find a watch in the middle of a desert. What would you conclude? Would you think that someone dropped this watch? Or would you suppose that the watch came by itself? Of course no sane person would say that the watch just happened to emerge from the sand. All the intricate working parts could not simply develop from the metals that lay buried in the earth. The watch must have a manufacturer. If a watch tells accurate time we expect the manufacturer must be intelligent. Blind chance cannot produce a working watch.

    But what else tells accurate time? Consider the sunrise and sunset. Their timings are so strictly regulated that scientists can publish in advance the sunrise and sunset times in your daily newspapers. But who regulates the timings of sunrise and sunset? If a watch cannot work without an intelligent maker, how can the sun appear to rise and set with such clockwork regularity? Could this occur by itself?

    Consider also that we benefit from the sun only because it remains at a safe distance from the earth, a distance that averages 93 million miles. If it got much closer, the earth would burn up. And if it got too far away, the earth would turn into an icy planet making human life here impossible. Who decided in advance that this was the right distance? Could it just happen by chance? Without the sun, plants would not grow. Then animals and humans would starve. Did the sun just decide to be there for us?

    The rays of the sun would be dangerous for us had it not been for the protective ozone layer in our atmosphere. The atmosphere around the earth keeps the harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching us. Who was it that placed this shield around us?

    We need to experience sunrise. We need the sun’s energy and its light to see our way during the day. But we also need sunset. We need a break from the heat, we need the cool of night and we need the lights to go out so we may sleep. Who regulated this process to provide what we need?
    Moreover, if we had only the warmth of the sun and the protection of the atmosphere we would want something more - beauty. Our clothes provide warmth and protection, yet we design them to also look beautiful. Knowing our need for beauty, the designer of sunrise and sunset also made the view of them to be simply breathtaking.

    The creator who gave us light, energy, protection and beauty deserves our thanks. Yet some people insist that he does not exist. What would they think if they found a watch in the desert? An accurate, working watch? A beautifully designed watch? Would they not conclude that there does exist a watchmaker? An intelligent watchmaker? One who appreciates beauty? Such is God who made us.”


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  3. Ok. So I decide to believe in somekind of god. Which god should I worship? How do I know that it is the right god? Considering choosing the wrong god would end up in eternal fire.

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