Atheism not justified

Ajit Kumar Bishnoi

India, March 25 -- I have taken five reasons why people don't have faith in the existence of God. The first reason is the low or nil success rate of our prayers.

Everyone prays from time to time, but our prayers are not always answered. We have many questions regarding God and generally about spiritual matters, but we are unable to get satisfactory answers.

Scriptures appear quite mythical. God appears very distant even to persons who regularly do many rituals. And many exploit others in the name of religion/God by promising quick fix solutions.

These seem very valid reasons to disbelieve in the existence of God.

But are these reasons good enough and valid? Are they based on facts? Judge for yourself. Let us start with the first reason, i.e. the poor success rate of our prayers. Let me give some examples. A student has not studied properly and he is praying for success in exam. A partisan fan prays for his team's success. A gamblerprays for winning a lot of money. Should these prayers be acceded to? The rule regarding prayers is very simple: if the cause is deserving, God generally helps.

Now let us take the second reason for lack of faith in God. Human beings are inquisitive by nature, because they are intelligent species. Unfortunately, we either don't ask from experts or try to find answers within ourselves. The third cause for disbelief in God is equally unacceptable. This is regarding scriptures. Who wrote them? Did God write them? No, human beings did this. Are they conveying exactly what God had said in the past? The fourth excuse is equally fallacious.

God is not distant for persons who follow His instructions to know Him. We cannot invent our own system and hope to know God. The last reason is extremely unfortunate. Fraudulent persons have done a lot of disservice to humanity by making a business of cheating the innocent public in the name of God.

So what is the conclusion? Is atheism justified?

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.