Out of the seven billion people currently existing on earth, four and a half billion people believe in a higher power. This means that there are two and a half billion people either searching their souls for one, or who have given up on searching. To quote the video, we are asked to question if God is “either a universal truth or a mass delusion.” We hear the voice of many different figures from across the world on this. A Buddhist, an atheist, a pastor, an imam and others. They all say different things and have different experiences, but all seem to have reached the same purpose in their beings. They all similarly agree that god is who purifies and cleanses the world. It’s also agreed upon that there is no universal accepted image of god. Everyone seems to be striving for the same idea of peace and spiritual happiness.
As for me, I related the most to the Buddhist. I liked that he believed more in the role the people play in personal responsibility, or the lack there of rather than a God being held accountable. He said, “If we can’t expect to help ourselves there is no way to expect a god to.” It was said that “the growth of an entire tree is from a seed.” Are we the seed? Or is god the seed who planted us as entire trees? I think the meaning behind this is that we are supposed to grow and unite as people. We are supposed to look to each other for guidance and that form of light God is known as may actually be the light of hope we search for as people on this planet.
This relates God back to “an important idea of truth, love, and freedom.” People all around the world worship the same ideas. I think it’s ironic that we are quicker to look for a beam of light in the sky to help us rather than a spark of brightness from our neighbors. As Americans, we are selfish and greedy. We are impatient and we are self-absorbed. We are taught it is okay to make mistakes as long as we ask for forgiveness. But to quote the video again, “When our intellects are at peace, we can reach world peace.” I whole heartedly believe in this. I believe when something is truly out of our hands, that it’s okay to look to a higher power for guidance and answers. I have also said a prayer in a time of desperation. But what I don’t think is fair is when people blame a God for the things happening in their lives and the lives around them. Where is god now? Why would he let this happen? The most brilliant thing I heard in Chasing God was “Where was man? God gives us free will.” If everyone was able to just get out of their own head space for a brief moment, and learn patience and not to be so self-righteous it would then be possible that we could learn to love each other again. We could find peace and acceptance in other people’s beliefs. We are also told that god is beyond human comprehension. He is beyond our senses. If that is true, how can everyone insist that their god is the god? And don’t you think that in any country or universal language, it’s very clear that war and destruction aren’t works of God? These are works of man and we cannot blame God. I believe that we should stop waiting for the “return of God” and start working on the return of humanity and compassion.