Is God Suable?
December 4, 2012 in Commentary
The movie, The Man Who Sued God, asked some very enticing questions and made some good propositions in the process.
I found that the movie handled the subject with manners and decorum. I found that the movie maintained the subject light yet fetching. I found the concluding remarks by the protagonist very elucidating: ‘the god in acts-of-god does not exist’ and that suing the God that people worship would be a pointless exercise in that how does one sue Faith?
Therein lays the whole basis to religion, spirituality, belief, the universe, life, and everything.
In our modern world, information is paramount. Yet it is this paradigm that creates much unrest, unease and discord. The modern ethos of making an informed decision relies on the fact that one is able – or capable – to disseminate the plethora of available information, and make an ‘informed’ decision based on the disseminated information.
The flaw to the above is that in most cases, the information at hand only provides two sticky alternatives – in many façades – to a viewpoint thus leaving one with a 50-50 change that whatever one decides upon will be the correct answer or the correct plan-of-action. The study of statistics has shown that the probabilities are exactly the same if one just followed ones instincts.
Faith follows similar patterns of likelihoods where life and spiritual beliefs are concerned. How can one argue against the belief that God – in its many guises – does not exist or does exist? The ensuing arguments and counter arguments will only fill the hordes of gigabytes available on the hordes of server farms around the world. And that is not even mentioning the tons of books printed on the subject matter at hand.
The movie took the arguments into a court of law where the lawyers, attorneys and barristers questioned, argued, debated and called witnesses to the witness-stand in their attempt at proving one-way-or-the-other that God was liable for acts-of-god, or not, and thus by implication, the followers, the clergy and all who profess to be disciples of the deity in question.
Of course the movie could not take a stand on the subject and thus ended in an impasse. The only defining statement is that the legalese wording acts-of-god was oppressive and abusive and held no relevance to the God being worshiped my millions around the globe.
Indeed, how does one argue faith or even the application thereof?
Millions of Humans take solace and hope and refuge against all the atrocities the natural world can throw at them based on that word: a word that does not just encompass optimism, confidence and conviction, but that embodies ones whole being, existence and belief structures.
Arguments in the movie were well thought out for the protagonist, who himself was a famed lawyer, threw many a curved ball at all the religious fanatics who got onto the bandwagon claiming blasphemy, heresy and hellfire. The end statement of ‘love conquers all’ sorted all issues and calmed all antagonists.
Yes, the movie proved to be somewhat controversial and provocative all rolled into one, but the execution thereof was wonderful to witness.
I do not see the subject matter being openly argued in a court of law but the reality thereof is that such subjects are argued on a regular basis in a court of law: a defendant claims that she saw an ‘apparition’ that told her to go forth and cleanse the world of all evil; a defendant claims that he had a religious epiphany and is now clean of all fleshly desires and sexual wantons; a group of believers holes themselves up in a confined compound waiting for a religious occurrence to take place oblivious to the consequences of their anti-social actions; etc.
Faith is usually attributed to the spiritual world, but does Faith have a part to play in secular life?
The answer to my mind is yes: one needs faith in the judicial system that the law will run its course; that the police-person will do their job; that the utility provider will serve its constituents properly and orderly; that the Government will serve and protect the people; that the people will act in good faith towards their fellow humans and other cohabitants.
I fear that such ideals are very much pie-in-the-sky and that faith has been played out, but it is the only sanity left in this Topsy-turvy world we live on.
In the movie, Billy Connolly boated off into the horizon with his girlfriend and faithful dog, happy that all is well with the world.