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Do we need second coming of Prophet/Avatar to save us?
Satbir Singh Bedi | 08 Aug 2013

Every religion talks about the second coming of its Prophet/Avatar (reincarnation of God) to save the world from catastrophes.

In the Holy "Bhagwat Geeta" Lord Krishna tells Arjun,"Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya Glanirbhavit Bharat. 
Abhyutthanamdharmasya Tadatmanang Srijamyahma."  (O Bharat! whenever there is loss of religion and irreligious feelings increase, I appear before the world").
 
Now that religion in the true sense of the word is losing ground and irreligious feelings are spreading in the form of corruption, wars and exploitation of nature, some Hindus do believe that Lord Krishna should appear.
 
Christians says Jesus is not dead,he is ascended up and will descend again for the progress of Christianity. (Matthew 24:36 (NIV) "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 
Matthew 24:42-44 (NIV) "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.)
 
Sunnis and Shias say Jesus and imam Mahdi will come and they will dominate the authority of their Islam. (There are two verses in the Qur'an that Muslims believe indicate the second coming of Jesus: "And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before is death; and on the Day of Judgement he will be a witness against them" (Surah 4:159). "And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgement): Therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: This is a Straight Way" (Surah 43:61).)
 
Jews says real prophet Jesus has yet to come(as they do not believe in the past Jesus)and he will spread the Judaism.These ideas are not only of Hindus, Christians,Sunnis,Shias,or Jews but also of followers of other  religions who  are waiting for someone to come viz., Buddhist for Mehta,Zoroastrians for "Mehtraa".
 
Some skeptics question as to  what would happen when these"descendants" of Hinduism,Buddhism, Judaism,Christianity, Sunnism,Shiaism and Zoroastrians would come and take out their swords for the spread of their religions? According to them, obviously what other doomsday would be greater  than
this on this planet?  These unbelievers say that religion is a business of corrupt people who control the masses and manage their bread and butter.
 
In my agnostic opinion, not only religion but  politics also is the   business of corrupt people.  They somehow manage to control the
masses,   make them fight with each other in the name of God  or   in the name of some political theory thereby ensuring that they enjoy all worldly comforts.  I am reminded of the saying of King Charles I, who said, "Everybody  who   wages a war claims that God is on his side.  I  wager   God often wonders who is on His side." 
 
Of course, we have to face the realities. Just as we could not  do away with Politics, knowing it to be bad, so has  been the case with Religion. Both have come to stay  as an inseparable part of the system. We have either to follow the system or change the system. We cannot  break the system to land in chaos and anarchy.  Breaking of system leads to terrorism, as has been  very much on display these days. Hence the need of peaceful  means to acquaint the people with truth.
 
So, religion and politics are necessary to avoid anarchy but then these two things are  necessary evils. 
 
The moot point is whether we need the second coming of a Prophet/Avatar to deliver us from our sufferings?
 
In my opinion, we have created our own ills by our senseless exploitation of nature and resorting to more
senseless   exploitation of our own people by fighting in the  name   of God.  We are being punished for our  senselessness   by global warming due to exploitation of nature and  by wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur etc. and we want some Prophet to come again and save us rather than stopping our exploitation of nature and stopping various wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
 
I think that Qayamat/Pralay/Doomsday as predicted by some people, is going to come and then
we may have to develop again from an amoeba and Prophets would also have to come again to reform us and everything would be repeated in a new fashion.  May be that is the will of God because we are playing havoc with His creation which is nature and mankind.