Aristotle believed, according to Sextus Empiricus, in seeing these patterns and things they don’t understand that “Men came to suspect the existence of something divine.” He also believed that “they also derived this conception from the phenomena of the heavens, and when they saw the sun circling about in the daytime and at night observed the orderly motion of the other stars, they assumed that some god was the cause of such motion and order.” The divine has explained a great many things over the course of human history, though the relationship between humans and gods has changed somewhat over time.
The Universe is such a vast and wonderful thing. The human mind has a great deal of trouble understanding how everything works. In the past, gods have in the past helped us explain why things work the way they do. In recent centuries, however, humans have created a scientific method by which experimentation and deductive reasoning can help us explain why things work the way they do. So, in an age where science has prevailed in explaining a great many things, gods have been pushed to the side in our society. This would make sense.
However, the relationship between gods and humans in the twenty-first century is still alive. These days, gods exist as watchers and overseers of humanity, providing us with codes of morality to follow (or at times, lack thereof). Human reason has figured out how things work. But how did we all get here and what are we supposed to do? The human relationship with gods is now based in philosophy and morality, trying to answer these questions.
This can be both a good and a bad thing. Even today, we look back to ancient gods to try to better understand philosophy, and in turn, ourselves. Perhaps, it is because we just don’t have the same connection to our spiritual side as we once did. Gods are a human creation. The best thing about them is that they provide order and good explanations of things that rationally we have great trouble figuring out. Are there actually super powerful beings that oversee the Universe? Science just hasn’t given us the answer for that question yet.
Maybe God, or something like God, does really exist. As long as you don’t turn your brain off, it can’t hurt to believe. Problem is, over the years, religion has always been accused of being the reason many people are able to justify doing some atrocious things. If anyone or anything is out there actually watching over us, he, she, or it would definitely be beyond whatever we currently understand.
If there really is a being out there, or beings for that matter, watching over a great plan in the Universe, it would most definitely be amazing. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with it, however. People should not need gods to explain everything for them, but understand things for themselves.