You must be fearless enough to drop what you think you know about God – Neale Donald Walsch *
As I state in my book Life Will Answer, the observations I’m offering are nothing more than suggestions to consider the possibility that perhaps Life and God/Allah/Whatever might be more than what we’ve chosen so far. Then, decide if that makes sense and if this possibility can be used to your advantage from this moment on.
ACCEPTING THE CONTROVERSY
I have no doubts that some will raise issues offering powerful challenges to some of the insights shared. That too, is as it “should” be. This is very much a work in progress, as is Life Itself. But blanket rejection without considering alternatives, while convenient and minimizing any chances of raising cognitive dissonance, is to deliberately shortchange oneself from the possibilities of … more. A choice of course, but wouldn’t a Deity relied upon be quite content with Its followers developing even greater insights?
The reality is that none of us, no matter how diligently we study or believe, will ever truly understand every intricacy about Life, its creation, its meaning, or its purposes. Perhaps the best we can hope for is some kind of framework from which to fashion guiding principles—one that builds on some of what has come before, but also provides us the opportunity to be more, individually and as a society.
Given the current state of our increasingly polarized, antagonistic cultural and political climates, is at least an option to consider alternative approaches worth a moment or two of our time? Strident actions to force viewpoints, beliefs, and principles on one’s opponents are matched step for step with those opponents’ intent to force viewpoints, beliefs, and principles on the former. It’s fun and all, and certainly keeps us busy.
But is this our best? There are no winners now, nor will there be. So do we just continue to dig heels in deeper because … why? What’s to be gained?
If one is so certain that their Deity of Choice is truly the One and Only, wouldn’t it be so obvious to the nonbelievers that they would see that for themselves, obviating the need for these senseless battles? And if that magnificence is not so obvious—as appears to be the case—then what might such a Deity be lacking in Deity Capabilities to begin with? And why would any Deity decide that endless wars and mindless diatribes against others are Its preferred strategies to spread the Good News?
Something is amiss….
I’m always motivated by the thought and belief that Life—and each of us for that matter—can be and are more than what we’ve demonstrated to date. The God/Allah/Whatever many feel compelled to obey is likewise so much more. These assessments in turn free us to be and do and achieve even more.
At face value, is that notion so awful and so contrary to what one has come to believe about a Supreme Being that it cannot even be contemplated? Is there ever a thought [or hope] that perhaps there is a better way to both solidify one’s beliefs and convictions on something a bit more grounded than blind faith—urged by others who likewise have no factual justifications save for texts written in the deep past?
Attempts to truly contemplate the awesome magnificence of Life itself—that we exist at all—and the wonders of the infinite Universe, can be overwhelming. In our zeal to understand, it’s easy to see how ancestors tried to ascribe all of this to an Entity which bore some similarity to “human-ness.” That contrivance helped them understand It in terms they recognized, but that was just as fanciful as any other attempt might have been.
Why be bound to others’ beliefs, however, especially when those beliefs were formed in far less enlightened times, or are perpetuated now based on little more than irrational fears and anxieties? Would a genuine Source, if one existed in any semblance of what mankind has created, be so deliberately obtuse? Wouldn’t this Deity want more for and from us?
* from Book 3 of his fascinating Conversations With God series [p 6]
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In 2014, I published an eBook entitled Life Will Answer. It’s an exploration of life, religion, and the tenuous connection one has with the other—at least as has been defined to date by the various theologies of past and present-day believers.
I don’t pretend to be a religious scholar. I am at best a casual observer of some religion-based behaviors, but given that I have also authored a book discussing those matters, perhaps that makes me more than a casual observer.
A fundamental point of the book is that Life has been established to honor and answer the choices each and all of us make—whatever they are and however they may be judged by the standards and guidelines we as a society have established. I do not accept the notion that there is a God or another Deity of choice offering wildly arbitrary thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs, or that this Deity has edicts we’re free to abide by or not (although if we don’t there will be hell to pay).
I wrote that book on the premise that there is more to this life than the narrow-minded, conflicting, and occasionally dangerous notions various religions offer. Given the large number of them each claiming passionate followers, it’s absurd for any collection of humans to insist that their Deity assures them It is the One and Only. Countless Peers and their own loyal adherents take issue with that.
Every day we are witness to the absurdities—and too often, the atrocities—committed in the name of some Deity or another by adherents convinced that they and they alone are privy to the guidance and dictates of that One and Only. There is little room, if any, for reason, logic, or rational thought. The absence of an intelligent component guiding their beliefs and conduct—replaced as it as by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences.
Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship one Supreme Being [among many]? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
Magical thinking is not a shield to the inevitable harm which results when irrational and mindless behaviors collide with reason and fact. We have some choices to make, and a future to concern ourselves with.
Re-establishing this blog is my own contribution to wiser problem-solving than what seems to be the norm. Too many are in position where their delusions carry heavy and needless consequences to all of us.