I had a conversation with a guy at work today that inspired this thought. It's a typical day at work when this guy walks in to buy gas. The transaction is going as usual until this particular customer decides to play a small prank on me. After I realized it's a prank, he leaves laughing and I’m also laughing just not at the joke but at him. Little did I know that he would come back and we would both engage in a conversation that revealed the idea; the big pink elephant in the world most people don’t want to look at.
In this world, we have people who believe in religion and we have people who don't believe in religion. Some people believe religion is something man-made and is a way to get out of the pain caused by the imperfect nature of this world. The group that believes in religion, believes in a somewhat of higher power, who requires a way of life that qualifies us to be accepted by this high power. What these people have in common is that the existence of this high power puts them in a place where they are not their last word; instead, the higher power has the last word. However what everyone has in common is the fact that, they all depend on a set of principles or beliefs they consider are true. To an atheist, God doesn't exist and to them, that's the truth that governs their life. To one who believes in a higher power, God exists and requires their life to be submitted to His/her/it's Lordship. A few things that stand out so far is that man is not an independent entity for he depends on truth to function. In simplicity to an atheist, their truth is their god and this requires them to be submitted to what they hold as truth. To a Christian, truth is described as a person in whom their lives are given to. To a Muslim Allah is their truth and this requires them to submit... Although people separate themselves from religious beliefs and use terms such as "I'm not into religion”, we all have one thing in common. We all submit to a form of truth and we are all governed by what we believe to be true. The question to ask is, if man cannot function without truth, then what is true?
~Part 2 coming soon~
By: Eric Chai