Questions for Gods that discriminate


Rohit Dhankar

  1. All gods, including those written with a capital G, are created by humans.
  2. Suppose a person has an identity X, that is X can be a Hindu or a Muslim or a Brahmin or a Jat or a Rajaput or an Ahir, or …..
  3. Suppose this person X (let’s call him Mr. X) is a narrow minded person who wants to discriminate against people of other identities, say identity Y. That is Y also could be a Hindu or a Muslim or a Brahmin or a Jat or a Rajaput or an Ahir, or …..
  4. Since Mr. X is narrow minded and wants to discriminate against all Ys; he can create a god Lord G that is discriminatory and discriminates against all Ys.
  5. Now suppose Lord G becomes famous in a 100 years or so.
  6. Now this famous Lord G does not want to allow any Y to see Him, and does not want to bless any Y, and does not want to allow any Y to worship Him.

The question One: what is logical for all Ys?

  1. To force Mr. X to refashion Lord G to be a non-discriminatory god? Or
  2. To say that Lord G is narrow minded and discriminatory imagination, therefore, I don’t want to worship him?
  • Should all Ys work to weaken the discriminatory Lord G or to strengthen Him by wanting to worship him?

Question two:

  1. Does the narrow minded Mr. X has a right to create a God he likes and worship Him the way he wants to?
  2. Do Ys have a right to force narrow minded Mr. X to change his concept of God?
  3. Would it curtail Mr. X’s liberty of faith and practice his faith?
  4. Can people create Gods which allow some to worship and do not allow others?
  5. Can people create clubs with controlled right to entry?
  6. If yes to (e) above why not yes to (d) as well?

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4 Responses to Questions for Gods that discriminate

  1. Nisha Butoliya says:

    This may raise another question: Whose God is powerful?
    It seems that powerful person’s God will be more powerful.
    so, the powerful God will still take over the ‘not so powerful God’.

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  2. Divya says:

    I believe that gods, when they are created, are not discriminatory by nature. The discrimination is introduced when an individual or a group of individuals decide to hijack the religion’s agenda for their own purposes. It might happen early on, almost as soon as the god is created, or much later. And if that can be done once, why not again – why does Y need to force X to refashion god G – why can’t Y hijack G?

    As to the other question – I believe force never helps. Even if one tries to force a narrow-minded individual to change his/her concept of God, that change would be only on the surface. Real change in such beliefs cannot be forced or coerced.

    Also, comparing clubs to religion – I am not sure about the analogy. As far as I know, most clubs that now restrict entry also provide ways of getting around that restriction – perhaps it is open only to members, but there is a way to apply for membership. Also, clubs do not take/demand money and support from people they don’t allow in. Temples (read as religion and religious establishments) on the other hand, have no qualms taking money from the very people they still do not allow in. So, while I might support clubs restricting entry, I would definitely not support religion doing so.

    As an aside, do read “Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett. Though a fantasy story, I think it covers religion quite well.

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  3. God is a personification , an interpretation, an idea, not an identity. Nature, physical spaces etc. could be personified. Where as God-persons have identities and are created by people and ‘exist’ because of people’s actions, God isn’t created by one Mr X or Y. and doesn’t need people to exist.

    Is Lord G in your logic referring to God or a god-person ?

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  4. the fight of religious supremacy or even of sects ,. it can be won over by laws which apply equally to all .non discriminatory , whatever rituals have been followed over years make no sense if they are discriminatory towards anyone.

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