Question 5

Question: Does your religion permit you to question or logically inquire into the existence or nature of your god, or is doubting your god’s existence forbidden? If it is forbidden, do you consider it cruel for that god to not provide any type of measurable proof of his or her existence? –GlitchCog

Answer: The Quran specifically states that do not accept anything in your religion or the religion itself without asking questions and being convinced that they are indeed true. So yes it definitely encourages us to question religion: however there is just one "correct" answer and that is the existence of one Allah. You may say that this argument is fallacious and hypocritical – because the only way to salvation is to agree and accept Islam no matter how strong your questioning is. For any faith to succeed one has to accept the unacceptable as fact and overlook any minor ‘crinkles’, the same is true of all religions. :)

As for measurable proof – the biggest proof that God has given us of His existence is us. How can anyone create something out of nothing? Its the ultimate question – where did we come from? This in itself points to the existence of a higher being. Now … is that higher being a "good" being or a "bad" being? That’s where all religious people take a leap of faith and say God is Good.

These leaps of faith are exactly why religion as a subject has never reconciled itself with philosophy otherwise what is stopping religion from being but a branch of that school of thought? Religion can be taken to be a statement that is not philosophically verifiable.  –Muhammed

12 Responses to “Question 5”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Muhammed,

    First, thank you for taking the time to respond to these questions. It has been very educational so far (and I am only on #5!).

    That said, I would disagree on these two points:

    1) “For any faith to succeed one has to accept the unacceptable as fact and overlook any minor ‘crinkles’, the same is true of all religions.”

    In my admittedly limited study of world religions, I have found that at least Buddhism and Taoism (maybe others) do not require such “overlooking.” Any sincere practitioner of Buddha’s teachings is highly encouraged put the teachings to the test and even reject what does not work. The Four Nobel Truths of Buddha are but a starting point, not a foregone conclusion. As the wise saying goes, “If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him.” All doctines eventually become obsticles to enlightenment.. even those of Buddhism itself.

    2) “These leaps of faith are exactly why religion as a subject has never reconciled itself with philosophy otherwise what is stopping religion from being but a branch of that school of thought? Religion can be taken to be a statement that is not philosophically verifiable.”

    Again, not in the case of “Eastern” religions. As far as I can tell, there is no meaningful distinction between religion and philosphy in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. But perhaps you have a different perspective on these since you come from a culture that is very close (if only geographically).

  2. Matthew says:

    Oops, it was I who posted the above comment.

  3. Shaze says:

    God is Good.

    Do you realize what that suggests if indeed your god is imaginary? Beleive this with me; if you indeed are willing to make such illogical “jumps”, please consider how stupid you look to those around you.

  4. Alexander McLeay says:

    Shaze, I hardly imagine such people look any worse than those who attempt to scientifically or logically “disprove” the existence of a god.

  5. Shaze says:

    No one “attemps to disprove” religion using Science, it is simply a natural result of explaning what was ignorantly overlooked.

    If you don’t beleive me :), simply take this multiple choice test.

    Q. Beleif is for the _____________ .

    A. Weak
    B. Morons
    C. Wrong
    D. Lazy
    E. Management
    F. All of the Above

  6. Your Father says:

    The concepts of good and bad are inventions of man, just like god

  7. Shaze says:

    I like your answer better, Dad;

    But to be more precise, and current; the concepts of good and evil are political and social “tools” of man, just like god.

  8. itanshi says:

    religion is for the religious, nothing more, nothing less

  9. Alexander McLeay says:

    No one “attempts to disprove” religion using Science, it is simply a natural result of explaning what was ignorantly overlooked.

    No it isn’t. (Or, perhaps you might wish to provide some sort of argument describing why you came to that conclusion, and why you think I should too. Without using words like “stupid”. It’s worth noting that regardless of your opinion of gods, science by definition cannot say anything on the topic.)

    As for your multi-choice test, while I appreciate the irony, it’s somewhat biased, and I think I’ll pass ;)

  10. muzzle says:

    Shaze: please consider how stupid you look to those around you.

    it is a fact that the vast majority of the human kind believes in something that has not been proved; Muhammed is in good company then and you and I are “freaks” (I’m a mixed up agnostic/atheist/discordian).
    I do not know why so many people believe, maybe it’s laziness or stupidity, maybe a way to wield political power or maybe we are just made that way (but’ than I’d like to find out why) we can discuss a lot about that. Just don’t be so quick to judge the others (and call them Weak/Morons/Wrong/Lazy).

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