Who is an enemy of God?
A Blog Post
An atheist is not an enemy of God. So is a rationalist or a person who lacks
faith in a particular prophet or religion. These are choices people make as a
part of their freedom or conditioned behavior. They are not God’s enemies, but
a part of his diversity. They have a purpose in our world and play an important role
in testing our faith, in the process either weakening it or strengthening it. It is
the same God who speaks through them and exists in them as a part of his great
mystery and concealment.
They may disregard commonly accepted moral or ethical code or they may be
prone to common human vulnerabilities, but it is not ground to treat them as
enemies of God. You cannot blame them for not believing in God or for being
different from you. It is not sin if they want to trust their senses and rely
upon their direct experience rather than the unprovable words of authority
figures, scriptures or institutions.
In many ways, atheism, rationalism and agnosticism are also faiths only
because proving the nonexistence of God is as difficult as proving his
existence. Their faith is shaped by their belief in the non-existence of God.
From a theistic perspective, an atheist is also God’s creation only. His faith
arises from the fact God hides himself from him and creates the illusion or the
reality of his nonexistence.
As the Bhagavadgita affirms, a person is verily made up of his faith only. As
his faith, so is the person; and as the person is, so is his faith. You and your
faith are inseparable. It follows you even in your sleep. It becomes reflected
in every aspect of your life, including your choices and actions. It is a
product of your past and the sum of your learning, awareness, beliefs,
experience, perceptions and cognition.
In short, it is made of your karma only. In Hinduism, we believe that all
beings are subject to ignorance and delusion. Therefore, not having the right
knowledge or mistaking one thing for another is a part of our natural existence.
You do not incur any sin for holding on to your beliefs, as long as you do not
harm others based upon them.
One becomes an enemy of God when one becomes an enemy of the humanity and
becomes a source of evil to oneself and others, engaging in inhuman acts,
causing hurt and harm or inflicting pain and suffering upon others, including
animals and other creatures. From this perspective, anyone who practices hatred
and cruelty towards others and lacks compassion and consideration for others and
God’s creation is an enemy of God.
An enemy of God goes against the preservation of life upon earth and against
the order and regularity of the world. He not only makes light of God's eternal
teachings, with a single-minded obsession to replace the institutions of
religion and ancient traditions with their antithetical ones but also lives
solely for himself and his wicked beliefs, disregarding the values which promote
peace and happiness or sustain life or love and compassion.