Today’s post explores the unexplorable, the unanswerable, the unponderable….in the mind of some people – the unforgivable. What if God isn’t?
Facebook Dangers 🙂
The image above was found floating around Facebook this weekend. I read it and LOVED it! I immediately shared it on my wall, thereby inviting a firestorm of comments. None of the comments were negative, in fact, most were either a “like” or something like, “YAY.” One comment, however, struck me right between the eyes. The comment was, What if god isn’t? HMMMMM I had never even considered that possibility. This comment made me think, it made me reflect and it made me sad.
The Unanswerable Question
Of course, there is NO answer to that question, “What if god isn’t” because, there is also no answer to the question, “What if God is?” At the end of the day, we do not know, we have no proof, we have no evidence. And, unfortunately, unless God steps out of “the sky” and plants his or her feet on this earth (and THAT is a topic for a whole other blog!), or is spotted playing Skeeball at Coney Island (let me know if you get that reference 🙂 ), or unless we die and go to “heaven” and meet God face-to-face….we will never know. So until any of those events transpire, we have nothing to go on but FAITH in a God that may or may not exist. I for one, choose faith.
Being a Fool for God
So, to the enlightened, the educated, the scholarly, I may appear the fool because I CHOOSE to believe in a benevolent God. I choose to believe that there is a Higher Power, a Creative Source that is beyond me, that made me, that can be a source of guidance, support, nourishment, mercy, healing, love, insight, understanding, wisdom and empowerment. I choose this belief because I have found that when I believe in God, my life is better. And when it is not, I know that there is a loving God carrying me through the struggles, the pain, the loneliness, the loss, the betrayal and the tragedies…and when I surrender to this God, believe in this God, the doors open where I before thought they were closed, a light shines in the darkness and I am able to find HOPE where perhaps there had only been despair. Believing in God keeps me going through the ups and downs of the human condition and allows me to seek beauty in ugliness, peace in the face of fear, clarity in the midst of confusion and strength in times of struggle. And when I think about this really hard, I guess it doesn’t really matter if there is a God or not because it might just be the belief that gets us through and it might just be belief that helps us find meaning in a life that would otherwise seem meaningless. But even if God doesn’t exist, and this is all there is, I still choose to BELIEVE because after what I have experienced, why would I choose otherwise? And if I chose to not believe in God, then it would clearly be a matter of “Life sucks and then you die,” and that would just be sad. So instead of sadness or despair, I choose God, and if that makes me the fool…..then so be it!
And here are a few God songs ….just for fun!
How has belief in a benevolent God helped you in your life?
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