Thursday, 1 October 2015

Our God

By Jose Luis Marulanda Pérez (undergraduate Social Communication student, Media Analysis elective)

For decades, humanity has asked about the existence of a Supreme Being, a God who sees and can do everything, the person who has the most power and the creator of all that is in the world. For many people his existence is unquestionable, however, there are unexplained events that cast doubt on the religious beliefs of many. Perhaps this question will torment us throughout our lives, because there are arguments for and against the existence of God. What is certain is that this powerful figure has been responsible for transforming societies through history, because we let him.

Humans need a model to follow, a Supreme Being that we can have as a reference to see if we are doing things right, and, therefore, satisfy that necessity. In other words, we want to achieve peace of mind. This necessity was created by humans since centuries ago; in indigenous cultures there was a necessity to have a being greater than themselves, for this reason, they honored many gods, created by themselves.

Based on this, the societies have evolved by the hand of a God (or more than one in some cases), who took care to stipulate what is right or wrong. Moral judgments are objective, and it is through belief in God (that which draws out people’s more humane and kind side) that we have the criterion to judge between good and bad.

Putting this in our social context, and without the necessity to question the existence of God, we can see that many young people have left vandalism, vice or simply bad ways of life, thanks to their faith in God. Although they not see or feel him, they take a new direction in their lives, and his influence completely changes them.

In conclusion, the faith of human beings is what fuels the existence of God, and surely if there wasn’t that faith, God wouldn't exist. We ourselves have created the need for God in our lives. Like many needs we have, if we didn’t know that it existed, we wouldn't need it. For example, if we hadn't found the light, we wouldn't have to see or use our eyes, because we wouldn't know that such a thing exists. Therefore, the simple fact that we ask ourselves if God exists means that the answer is yes. If not, there would be no necessity to question it.

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