Nothing creates more controversy today than the discussion of God, its existence, its supreme authority and its commands. God says this. God commands this. God wills this. Aren’t these phrases all too familiar? For every subject matter which can be debated, the issue of God is always elusive to human conversation. Why? This is because the existence and presence of God has never been proven empirically or scientifically. It is but a belief. It is a matter of faith.
Having said that, even if the existence and presence of God cannot be substantiated empirically and scientifically, it does not mean that we cannot question God, or the presence and existence of God. The world owes its existence to the human mind. The world that we live in is but a world of ideas. Ideas are creations of the human mind. Therefore it is the human mind which creates and gives meaning to the world that we live in, and so it is also the human mind which created the idea of God. The idea of God came before God came. The idea of God ceases with the withering away of the human mind.
We want to challenge and deconstruct men’s idea of God and men’s understanding of the idea of God through the practice of religion. Religion tells us what we can do and what we cannot do. It tells us what we should do and what we should not do. To do this it relies on scriptures and revelations which are believed to be the word and commands of God. We are told that this must be done for this is the right way. This is the way of God because God intended it so. This is what God intended to command. Now herein lays the setback. Where is God? Where is the author of these scriptures and revelations? Where is the writer? Many of us attempt to decipher and interpret these holy texts by saying that this is what God wanted. We try to understand these holy texts by understanding the intention of the Creator or the Writer. However this cannot and must not be done for to do so, would be to subject ourselves to interpretative tyranny. We can never understand and comprehend the intention of God. When we give a text an Author, we are imposing a limit on the text. In the case of God and religion, it is even worse for we are imposing a limit on the text in the name of God.
All text is only understood in the way the reader understands them. There must be an attempt and an awareness to separate all text from its Creator. The real meaning of a text or texts depends on the impression of the reader and its audience, not its Creator or Writer. In turn the understanding of the reader in relation to the text is influence by many other factors such as, the prevailing values at that time, culture, law, economic arrangements and political order. Thus the interpretation of a text is carried out not in accordance with what God commanded, or intended, but is actually carried out in accordance with the intention and command of mere ordinary men.
God is dead. Religion is dead. Only the birth of the reader awaits.