Monday, 19 October 2015

Why I Chose Not To Be God-Fearing

There was a phase in my life when I had to go through the trauma of choosing portfolio's for "arranged" marriage. Yes it is not something I am proud of and am glad it's all in the past. But one thing which struck me while reading "About me" section of these candidates (at least most of them) was "I am very honest and God-fearing person". What the hell do you mean by "God-fearing" person??

Now, before I dwell into this subject let me clarify my stance on this topic. I believe in God. I am not very religious but I do occasionally go to temples. I completely understand people who are ardently religious. That said, I respect agnostic/atheist people too. But what I don't understand is why should you be God-fearing? If you want to convey you are religious then say that instead of using such cliche term.

Why should you be fearing God? Because He is supposed to be super powerful and if you were to disappoint Him you will be punished? It reminds me of something Richard Dawkins once said

“Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.” 

After all, isn't God epitome of justness and forgiveness? So, until of course you are such a big sinner that you are constantly in fear of convicted, you should be fine. But the real reason why mostly this phrase is used is because people think they are adding a "positive" quality by dragging God's name into their bio-data. Somehow, it will make them desirable for the marriage material (ideal person).

We love bragging about our spirituality and keep our traditions in high esteem and honestly there is nothing wrong with that. But at least, try not to give a bad name to God by portraying Him as someone we need to be scared of. It may be used in very innocent manner but it sends a very wrong message.

Don't be 'God-fearing', be 'God-loving'!

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