Deepak Chopra MD (official)
Founder, Chopra Foundation
God has been invoked as a business ally for a long time, even before John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a devout Baptist, declared that his wealth came from God. The deity has served as a pious cover for shady practices and unethical behavior. He (or she) has also bolstered peoples’ strength and courage, their ability to cope with failure and setbacks, and other crises on the path to success. To say that faith is an important quality in religious believers isn’t surprising.
But having a divine ally seems very inconsistent, to put it mildly. In the recent economic downturn, when businesses and home owners were severely stressed, I doubt that the difference between those who survived and those who didn’t was devotion to God. Believing in a personal God who cares for you is one thing; activating God to help you make the right choices in life is another. For a being defined as omnipotent and omniscient, God has proved to be remarkably passive and unreliable in the practical affairs of life.
Let me set aside arguments from devout believers who will protest that I am mistaken, that they relate to God and are guided by him in everything they do. I fully realize that some people feel this way, and there are corporate cultures where everyone is expected to conform to a given religious attitude. But there are countless more people who find the gap between God and their own lives very real, and disturbing. Given a choice between taking care of themselves or relying on divine help, they would immediately choose the former.