"God is there? Yes, He is. No, He is not".
When multiple perceptions can sneak up even for a concrete information, it is apparent that people can easily be mislead to pandemonium based on some canard. There are certain things that are beyond man's reach and intellectual ability. Are you wondering what I am up to? Let me throw it straight. "Who created us? What is this super power that controls these known and unknown cosmoses? Do you have religious beliefs?". I am not mouthing anything new. This seems to be the unanswered question since mankind evolved.
Raised from a pious Brahmin family, I was totally blind for the first 20 years of my life - with great reverence for deities and zeal for Brahminism. I do not know when exactly I moved out of this baseless faith of mine. But this drastic change, I guess, should have come when I started reading 'Angels and Demons' two years back, where Dan Brown had brilliantly described the conflict between Science and Religion. Science requires solid evidence for any claim; on the other hand, religion depends on the magic word - faith. This conflict has been in existence for ages - a fight that never appears to cease. I realized that I am a sort of person who tends to accept those that science approves - in other words, that which seems rational.
In this context, I should not fail to mention the movie named "Zeitgeist". The first section of the movie explores the origin of God according to various religions. According to the film, most of the Gods like Krishna, Jesus etc., are based on the Egyptian counterpart named 'Horus'. There were other information on how these Supreme beings have many attributes in common - DOB as December 25th, adored by 3 kings, 12 disciples, burial for 3 days, resurrection etc. All these similar traits of Gods seem to have been derived from Astrology.
The basic principle of religion, it is said, is to enforce moral fear for the good. But the supreme power of religions seem to fuel the conflicts between people and nations than to appease them. Religion & politics - the most deadly combo, constantly stir camouflaged 'holy' wars thereby causing partitions of people. Though their funda is peace, the characteristics of religions are unique - tolerant Hindus, preaching Christians, jihadi Muslims etc. ensuing provocations. Take Indo-Pak split for instance - the differences in religion and its effectuated attributes are the major reason for the division. It is sad that many of us have never met a Pakisthani in our lives, yet we hate our neighbour.
A recent survey has divulged the effect of religion in globalization. Wonder how? Religion has the power to impact a society on its culture, customs, food, ethics, art, literature and last but not the least its politics. Hence, the adaptability of the societies to a mixed culture open by liberalisation depends to a greater extent on religion. That is one of the major reasons why 'some' Muslim countries (exc. Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai etc.) find it difficult to foster adaptability and adoptability thereby embracing western culture. When it comes to literature, many of the literary work in almost all the languages are devotional. I have pondered how a non-believer of God will be able to appreciate the Devarams, Thiruvasagams & Tiruvaimozhis.
Philosophies apart, let us think practically. Honestly, how many of us become mindful when sighting girls of other religion (even other caste)? Atleast I do when I look at some beautiful Muslim misses. I always see one image flash by my mind - my dad with a Thiruppatchi aruva. I can never see her as yet another soul in this world who can be a perfect match for me. :-)
After all these claims, I am sure you would have presumed me as an 'Atheist'. But I am not. I suggest you call me an 'Agnostic' or 'Autotheist' (Anbe Sivam concept). I am still one among the elite group searching for a convincing answer. :)
Note: This is my personal opinion. If somebody is offended by this, please pardon me.