Saturday, April 09, 2005


Guess what??!!..Its Friday Night and I am drunk again!! A fine night this was..I was discussing with my friend about what basis a religion must be evaluated on. All this started with him starting the topic of death of Pope John Paul II.

His take on things was that a religion must not be evaluated on the contemporary context. Rather, it must be evaluated on the context of what it meant at the time at which it was proposed. What I had to say was that the purpose of a religion as a social tool was to hold the masses together and hence it must be evaluated by its contemporary values.

All said and done, any religion that does not accomodate the changing values of the social organism that is the human being will not be able to sustain the pressure it develops from the followers and hence will not thrive. For instance, consider the stance of the various religions on lesbianism..If it is something that is prevalent among a large group, it cannot be be just cast aside as a perversion..rather, it will have to be dealt with as a facet of human behaviour and hence will have to be included as a part of the value system of the population.

Unfortunately for the most religions (I daresay a few Judicial systems as well), they have been unsuccessful at this.

Another thing that was a fundamental difference in us was our definitions of monotheism. What he had to say was that monotheism was the absolute encapsulation of the Universal driving force into a single entity called God. What I had to say was that this not only encapsulated into one being, but further isolated this to such an extent that it excluded everything except one FORM. This was unacceptable to me because this was a potential starting point for many a ethical differences.

Anyways, I am not a montheist. Neither am I an agnostic. I am stuck in between. I am trying to finc the meaning of this force that everybody rather conveniently chooses to call God and does away with.

P.S: Sometimes I also feel that God created Man and Man created Religion. So I really dont know where religion can be places in this maze of ideas!!


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