Deciphering the Divine

I had a recent exchange with a number of folks and it seems that there was a misconception that I was anti-God, anti-Bible, and a hater of religion. If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know I am not an atheist or someone who completely rejects God or Jesus. What I am is a person who doesn’t easily suspend reason. When someone uses Reason and Common Sense, God can be a pretty silly idea. I completely agree that it involves faith, however faith in something does not in any way make it true. As a veteran who has seen his share of bloodshed, poverty, and scooped up children from the Straits of Florida whose parents were eaten by sharks in front of them, my view of the “order of things” is a bit different then the common latte sipping iPhone addict. If you knew me, you would know that I have many sacred texts from Hebrew copies of the Torah to Greek copies of the New Testament. The presupposition that I have never said “God please enter my heart” or “Please guide me to you” is an indication that you do not know me.

The human mind is capable of entering a state where it can shut off the outside world and create its own reality. A reality where you are the author of the events, and the narrator of the story. You play the starring and support roles as well as play the role of director and producer. We enter this state, whether or not we recall it, on a daily basis. It’s called dreaming. In almost every instance when God is revealed to man (especially the Christian Scriptures) it is by way of a dream. Could it really be God? Sure, but it can also be one’s own imagination. Believing in God and knowing God to be real, can be very easy for some and almost impossible for others. I have seen enough in my lifetime to know that an anthropic creator deity is very unlikely though. Notice, I did not say it was impossible as only a fool (or a sith) deals in absolutes and to me that is a narrow and simplistic way of thinking.

The concept of God, if that is even a relevant term, has been debated since before the time of Jesus and even before the time of Abraham. Before Yahweh was Zeus and before Zeus was Osiris, Horus, Ra, Hermes and the list goes on. Man has always been looking for the answers to the biggest of questions – WHY? This is the great enigma and the unanswerable question for all. Even if one were to turn wholeheartedly to God and view the Bible as infallible, the “Why” question still goes unanswered. The Book of Job is a masterpiece in theodicy and philosophy which has often been used to put a box around the question, but the question still remains unanswered.

As a father I go with what I know to be the real God and that is pure and unconditional love. The one that holds no grudges, keeps no records of wrongs, does not boast, and does not judge. Love is greater than just some chemical reaction or a silly emotion. Any good father knows this. So, when I think in terms of God, I do not think of a Controlling Creator or a Divine Judge. I think of Divine Thread that weaves us all together. Some people are stitched tighter together than others and have a closer connection with the Divine. As far as Jesus goes, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

6 thoughts on “Deciphering the Divine

  1. If you believe in Jesus, and believe God does not judge then you have a bit of a problem when it comes to Jesus. Even reading the Gospels in the most liberal context, and given the best Higher Criticism (which I support) all scholars would agree that, at minimum, Jesus believed in a REAL God who judged us based on our deeds, and because of that, urged others to obey this Real God and his own perfect example in order to gain eternal life.

    To deny all that – doesn’t that make you a Deist, or at most a Monotheist, and not a Unitarian?

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  2. Nelson, this is how I and educated Christians view as well as believe in GOD and Jesus. The rest is just the Catholic Church corruption and control. Good Job man!

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    • Not sure blaming the Catholic Church holds true anymore Gio. They absolutely had a hand in corrupting the minds of people (not to mentioning torturing and killing them) for centuries, but lately they are the only major church denomination that’s actually begun to embrace science. They have an astronomy division and an observatory. They’ve dismissed the creation account as the myth that it really is and they have given due credit to most of the scientific evolutionary theories. They have even admitted that Jesus was not born on 12/25/0000. It’s the Protestant fundamentalists that continue to hold on to the dogmas and doctrines of the past that a rational mind cannot accept without suspending reason.

      I’m glad to know you are thinking from a more enlightened perspective though.

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