posted on Sep, 30 2019 @ 01:05 AM
For thousands of years people have been religiously inclined. Making thousands, no, millions of gods to whom they gave their adoration. In recent
times, secularism and materialism has taken hold in many countries, and now more than ever people consider themselves nonreligious, either not
belonging to a religion, many for good reasons, or they do not believe in God. Is that your view?
It is not surprising. Did you know that in the country of Israel, according to a survey, the majority of people consider themselves nonreligious.
Other countries where the majority surveyed considered themselves nonreligious are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Czech
Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom,
People in modern times have been groomed in cultures and societies where evolution is taught in schools, and there are not a few nations that put
restrictions on religious activities of the people. Rarely are people given convincing proof of God's existence in their educational studies, in mass
media, or other means.
The search for God is a long one that spans the thousands of years of human civilization. And to give a treatise on all would be too long here, a long
book indeed would need to be made after much research.
If you were to look into many ancient religions of mankind you can see an honest search for God, but something that is never achieved.
Among such religions are those that have sprung in India. There the Vedas were composed, the earliest being over 3,000 years old. Orthodox Hindus
believe the Vedas (meaning sacred knowledge) are Sruti (that is from God).
Not all believed such. Buddha, considered by many to be the 9th incarnation of Vishnu (originally a minor Vedic god, who now is considered supreme,
and part of a Trinity with Brahma and Shiva) did not accept their authority.
And while these Hindus searched for the divine in creation and created a mythology of gods the ones who wrote the Vedas known as rishis composed them
by their own knowledge and ability, self-admittedly.
But in the end out of all the gods in Hindu mythology in the last book of the Rig-Veda they ask: "What God shall we adore with our oblation?"
Interestingly in the Vedas they ponder "Who knows the truth? Who can tell whence and how arose the universe? The gods are later than its beginning:
who knows therefore whence comes this creation? Only that god who sees in the highest heaven."
The inability of the Vedas to enlighten the searching mind for the answer of who is God, the Upanishads continued there search. In the beliefs of
there sages there was indeed a supreme controller, to search for him the sages would retreat in forests and mediate on things such as what is the
source of the universe. They looked within themselves, believing that the answers were to be found in the philosophy of man.
They created the myth that Braham was the creator of the world as found in the Isa Upanishad, a being separate from our universe. Other Upanishads
contradicted such and said this being was the universe itself (the Mundaka Upanishad), and still other Upanishads said the universe is simply an
illusion (Brihadarayanka Upanishad). Within the framework of all these myths and human philosophies the idea of reincarnation was introduced.
According to the Chandogya Upanishad the world was born of a giant egg. And in the Chandogya Upanishad we are told a person's soul goes to the moon
at death and remains until his "good works are consumed". Then it falls to the earth as rain to be "born here as rice and barley, as herbs and
In all of their search for God the "Upanishads do not contain superhuman conceptions, but human. Guesses of human philosophers at what lead to our
This is of course a very small synapses of a very large and diverse religious world-view that eventually branched to various religious beliefs. Today
the majority of Hindu worship is based on scriptures known as Puranas. These promote idolatry, use of temple rituals and pilgrimages.
One can delve even he so wanted even further into the occult teachings of the Gurus. A guru claims equality with the divine. And many follow gurus
because of their impressive miracles. But even in Hindu scriptures, evil persons such as Ravana is said to possess such ones giving them supernatural
Going further into this occult form of worship, or what would be termed demonism, gurus acquire supernatural powers by practicing Yogic arts. In the
Yoga Sutra, Patanjali, father of Yoga philosophy says that powers that come from practicing yoga are from evil celestial beings, who, according to
Swami Vivekanada is "to tempt the Yogi' that he remain enslaved. Sawmi therefore warned "against striving for such sorcerous powers."
You can see in just this example how a vacancy is left for God. And what about the rest of mankind's religions? What about everyone who has been
raised with no religious upbringing at all?
What would be a good question to raise to a curious and honest person searching for the meaning of life's existence? For example, how can we know who
the true God is?
An ancient source of wisdom tells us how one can tell if a God is true or not with this simple proof:
"Let them tell both the things to come And what will yet happen."
Is that not a reasonable request of the true God? Did you know who made this proclamation?
It is recorded in the Bible. And it is made by the one who names himself Jehovah and says he is God over all.
But is Jehovah, the God of the Bible, really God? Has he foretold from long ago things that will happen in the future and have they come to pass?
Here is one thing that Jehovah has foretold in the Bible that only the true God could accomplish:
“You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that
I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none."
This statement is found written in the prophet Isaiah's book chapter 43 verse 10. Isaiah did not say he was writing from his own knowledge, or from
human understanding. Rather he stated that he was inspired from Jehovah to write God's own words down. What else did Jehovah say? He said:
I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.”
“I am the One who declared and saved and made known
When there was no foreign god among you.
So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God. - Isaiah 43:11, 12.
How does the prophecy stand out? After Jehovah said he was to have witnesses to his name that he is indeed the true God, he asked all the other gods
of the nations to produce their witnesses to foretell what is to happen in the future. No human god has been able to do so.
But Jehovah has risen up from out of all the nations a people called on by his name. People around the world carry Jehovah's name and witness about
it to all sorts of people in all the nations. Jesus, the son of God who became man, and who was the greatest of all prophets said further that there
is a conclusion of the world, the system in which we live, and during that time the good news of God's kingdom would be preached in all the inhabited
"And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." - Matt