In my last post, titled “The Creator Theory : Why humans believe in the God”, I put forward one of the reasons (I believe) why humans believe in the God.
Here in this post I am putting forward a second explanation for people’s belief in the God. I have titled this explanation as the NGFG theory or in a longer version the Need, Greed, Fear and Goodness Theory.
The NGFG Theory
Need, greed, fear and goodness are four basic emotions that we find in every human being. I think that the creators of religion used these basic four emotions and weaved the concept of the God around it. Since everybody of us has these four basic emotions we are able to relate to the God through these emotions.
Need can also be described as want. We are led to believe that if we pray to the God and ask him for something he will fulfill our wishes. The whole concept of ‘Mannat’ is based on this principle.
Greed is wanting more of something you already have. This is basically an extension of need. You wanted something. Now you have it. But you are not satisfied and want more. This also basically, ‘ask him and he will fulfill your wishes’
Fear is a powerful influence. In traditional religion the concept of heaven and hell are based on the principle of fear. Be good and you will get heaven. Do bad deed and you will be condemned to hell. When was the last time you heard, “Bhagavan naraaz ho jayaenge”? or “Shahidon ko jannat nasib hoti hai”
So is all bad with the concept of the God? No. Quite a few also believe in the God through true altruistic motives where we want and wish good to others through our thoughts and deeds.
So our version of the God is defined through the amounts of these four basic emotions present in us. Find out what is your mix and you will get your version of the God.