With all the pain and suffering we see in the world one of the primary weapons an atheist has against the concept of deity is why an all-loving and father-like deity would allow bad things to happen. As we have advanced in science and technology the concept of an anthropomorphic deity is a very difficult concept to defend. Many people casually dismiss the argument with statements like “The Lord works in mysterious ways” or “Trust in the Lord”, but I am pretty sure in the back of most people’s minds the question of “Why?” and the statement “it’s not fair” still lingers. Blind faith is not easy for the contemplative mind and it is almost impossible to measure with any sense of reason. I know what some of you are thinking, “We can’t understand the nature of the Divine”, but I think that’s because we try to humanize the Divine way to much. Rather than try to measure ourselves up to it, we diminish the greatness of that great unknown element of the first and perpetual cause of the cosmos by applying human attributes.
Whether you are Jewish, Christian, Mormon, or Muslim all of scripture originates in the Torah. Regardless of your stance on reliability of translations, divine inspiration, historical accuracy, or the infallibility of the text there is one undeniable truth that no one can dispute – It was written by men in an attempt to explain the unexplainable. What if we, the more technologically advanced version of the Patriarchs, are completely missing the point? What if understanding the concept of deity is really achieved by making a real earnest effort at understanding ourselves?
The human body is essentially a microcosm of the universe and the brain a mini version of the Divine. I realize this borders on heresy to some of you, but bear with me here. The Divine is in complete control of all creation, much like the mind is in complete control of the body right? Then why did you let yourself stub your toe the other day? Why did you say such a harsh thing that you later claim you really didn’t mean? Why did you cheat? Why do you allow yourself to get a paper cut? Why is your hair not cooperating with your comb? Why do you have to brush your teeth to prevent decay? These things happened and you didn’t want them to. I thought the brain controlled everything.
Getting the point? There is a difference between Divine Consciousness and Divine Control.
I am pretty sure you have gotten angry and snapped at someone and then regret it later. Is that your mind admonishing your instinctive reaction? You ever forget something and then remember it later? If you remembered it, you really didn’t forget it. (ie. “The Lord remembered Noah“) How can I be so bold as to say we are like the Divine? Need I remind you that we are “created in the image and likeness” of the Divine. Perhaps getting to know the nature of the Divine is only achievable when we try to understand ourselves. Meditation and prayer to many, have been ways to relax and to find solace. It is a bit ironic that this is an exercise you do on your own. But are you really alone? When you close your eyes and clear your mind, focusing on each breath as it enters your lungs and is then released, you aren’t alone. In fact this is probably the only time you are focusing on your breathing when your brain has been gauging the activity of your lungs since conception. When we were created we received the “breath of life” and that one breath started a reaction within us that continues with every single breath we take and just as our body evolves, so does the rest of creation.
Perhaps the answers to our questions have actually be in right in front of us the whole time – looking right back at us in the mirror.
© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light
- In His image? (quest4light.net)
Love this post. Couldn’t agree with you more. The Devine is within.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed.
A few points…
I often also think of the human body as a microcosm of the Deity. Our body is made up of trillions of cells, each separate yet each performing a vital function to the whole. These cells–and there are few different types–make up complex systems that work together in beautiful, miraculous harmony. If the sum total of mankind (including people still not born yet) are expressions of the Divine, as cells of the body, then He will need the sum total of all of them to fully express Himself (trillions?).
I loved that you brought “breath” into the equation. I am realizing more and more that there is divine magic in our breath. In the movie by Tom Shadyac, “I Am,” (excellent movie, btw), they pointed out that argon is an unalterable element in our atmosphere that has tied us all together through the centuries. The same argon that Moses and David breathed, is the very same argon that you and I breathe today. God gave me a holy experience when I sat with my mom on her deathbed. When she took her last breath, it wasn’t deep or different than any breath before it, yet I felt it move past me, like a light breeze. It has stuck with me ever since, and God has been using that to teach me about the Divine breath that sustains us all at the same time, and connects us to each and every person, as an umbilical cord.
My favorite perspective about HOW God allows evil, comes from Kabbalah. K says that God has two natures, a transcendant, perfect nature (male), and a nurturing, potentially imperfect nature (female). The transcendant nature is beyond our comprehension and is somewhat removed from creation. The potentially imperfect nature lives in and through creation, fully engaged, and has the possibility of becoming perfect in and through us. I just love that…God is not removed from us when we screw up, He/She is becoming perfect right along with us.
Teehee…I JUST posted on another blog, an atheist, on this very topic, right before reading this. The timing was funny.