In a God-believing world, God is the Creator. History indicates that Religion has payed a major role in forming a civilisation. So God is going to be a major part of the modern civilisation.
While I was a student in Australia, I went on a trip organised by the university for overseas students to Canberra (Australia’s capital). At one of the stops, there was a shop selling aboriginal artefacts. One board at an opal shop described an aboriginal legend that when gods got angry, they made lightning. It broke the rainbow and the colours fell to the ground forming opals. Gods have been with us for ages. The aboriginal culture it seems, is more than ten thousand years old.
For ages, we have had this fear of the unknown. We have been awed by the vastness of the universe, and the vastness of the forces of nature. Our own strength and ability which we are so proud of sometimes, reach a limit which is far surpassed by the natural forces. Our imagination perhaps asks, “who else is out there, stronger than us?” It is that “another” being who is stronger than us that intrigues us. We haven’t been able to pinpoint to it which we normally like to do. It seems to be there everywhere we go, because all around us there is Mother Nature. And, she is mighty strong. We place our almighty force in mother nature and we call it God.
God has played an important role in us because It (with capital I, for there is said to be only one God in English language, and he is neither male, nor female) gave us the faculties of Faith and Imagination. Every achievement of the human society has been a product of imagination. Whatever we designed, we imagined first. And perhaps, our imagination began with the imaginary concept called God.
The subject of God raises a lot of subjects. Each of them – whether in favour of God, or against – is valuable, and that is why God is important in human civilisation.