There are those who know that there is a God, a set of gods or a spiritual karmic system that makes sense of their existence in the universe. Either they have been brought up in such a way that they accept the doctrine as truth and don’t question too closely, or else they have had an enlightenment experience where they have personally touched the divine.
But for those of us without the upbringing or the revelation there is no way of knowing the Truth. There are over 10,000 distinct religions in the world, and Christianity alone has over 33,500 denominations. Even if I were to study a new one every single day, there are not enough days in a lifetime to come to a conclusion which, if any, are right.
Given that the adherents of many of these religions believe they are the only ones who have even half a chance of getting into heaven, and that unless I subscribe to their particular interpretation I have very little or no chance of getting there myself, then I can come to only 2 possible conclusions, if I am to accept the idea that there is some higher purpose for us beyond being purely vessels for the continuation of our genetic code: either God, the gods or the system is fundamentally incompetent about getting its message across, or it is integral to the plan that we should not know the truth, that is, we are deliberately given conflicting messages in order to keep us in a state of confusion.
Therefore anyone who tells me that they know better is either a liar or deluded. But even if, by a highly unlikely coincidence I end up talking to the one person who really does know, there is no way of knowing that he or she is in fact telling me the truth.
So either there is no higher purpose, or there might be something but I’ll never find out what it is.
I think I prefer the idea that there is nothing, because if there is a God, gods or karmic system that thinks the best way of communicating to the world is to give varying and contradictory messages to different prophets at different times and places in history, allowing them just enough information for their followers to proclaim holy war on their neighbours, then it’s no comfort whatsoever.