Is it possible in our post-modern, intellectual world based in rational thought to still believe in God? Call me fanciful, but I do believe in God and this is why.
God or No God?
We live in a world where it is no longer fashionable to say that you believe in God. While there are pockets Evangelical Christians, Muslims and Jews who stand in bold defiance against this trend, it is much more fashionable to say that you are Buddhist, Pagan, Agnostic or Atheist. It is my personal belief that all paths lead to the same destination, so in the end, I don’t really care what people believe or not and I certainly don’t judge people for what can be very intimate and personal beliefs. At the same time, I find that I am unable, even in the face of rationalism and religious doctrine that no longer speaks to me, to forsake my own belief in a personal, transcendent and loving God. Just know that the God that I believe in is not the old man in the sky, but something that transcends definition, description and certainly the human predisposition toward containment.
It is not cool to believe in God
I know it is not cool to believe in God. If we acknowledge that there is a Source and a Power greater than we, then we risk losing our closely held desire for independence and self-sufficiency. If there is a God, then we might not actually have complete control and domination over our lives and over the outcome of our lives. We risk letting go of our need to dictate, control and manipulate the path and the outcome of our lives. Especially for us Westerners, this is a very difficult idea to release. We are the independent, free-thinking pioneers and we intend to continue to live this way. My question is, how is that working for us? HHHMMM Not very well, I think.
We can’t do it alone
This is why I like to believe in God – because quite frankly, I’m tired. It is absolutely exhausting going through life thinking we can do it all and that we have to do it all – alone. Planning, controlling, manipulating and executing outcomes is EXHAUSTING! Not only that, but most of the time, when I am trying to control things, I make a mess of it. And when I look at humanity as a collective trying to manipulate and control everything – they (we) are making a mess of it too! It is this power-driven exhaustion that is my primary motivation for believing in a Source and a Power that is bigger than me, that knows better than I what is in my highest good and benevolently guides me in the direction of this goodness.
God beyond description
So, call me frivolous, but I am not afraid to admit that I believe in God. I believe in a Source that is bigger than me, that has envisioned me into creation and at the same time, seeks to live in and through me through my own unique giftedness that this Divine Source chose for me. I also believe that this Source is friend, guide, healer, creator, parent, lover, teacher, etc. etc. etc. and that I am able to have a deeply intimate and personal relationship with this Source. I also believe that which I call God is far beyond what I could ever hope to experience, understand, define or describe as my personal belief is that God is infinite, limitless and beyond anything we could ever hope to know. God is more than “the old man in the sky”, “God” or “Goddess” “Great Spirit” or “The Great Unknown”. God simply is, and that is enough for me.
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