God, the Sequel
The Bible says that in the beginning there was only God. Of course, there was, and is, no way for us to actually know that. God could not have told us because such interference with his creation would have negated free will. Therefore, one can only conclude that the Bible is not the word of God but, instead, the word of man about God. Indeed, if God did not exist, man would have created him anyway.
In the days of yore, God was worshipped and revered by the ancients. They were hunters who looked to him for survival, particularly with respect to food. In those days, God was in many cases a Goddess. It wasn’t until much later that the female principle was de-emphasized and still later yet that some people formalized their beliefs about God with the writing of the Bible. Suddenly, God was a man.
Judeo-Christian thinking did much to advance the proposition that our universe was the result of a first cause. However even today, the Bible remains a mystery to many because it was intentionally written for those who could understand its deeper meaning. As the Gospel of John says, … “the Bible reveals truth in many layers in direct proportion to our consciousness.”
The Bible is not, however, without controversy. In Genesis, God is sometimes referred to as Elohim, a plural term, and other parts of the Genesis story definitely indicate that there was more than one god involved. For example, in Genesis it says that God said “let us make man in our image.” Elsewhere in the Bible, including the writings of Paul, we are also told that there are many gods. So much I guess for monotheism.
Proof for the existence of God has more recently come from the least likely of places – science. In the 20th century, science, with its theory of Darwinism, rejected the god concept. However, recent evidence from the fields of biology, physics and even cosmology draw a picture of highly complex features within nature which suggest an intelligent design for the exquisite fine-tuning of physical laws. By definition, it’s been called the theory of intelligent design. Indeed, even Einstein’s theory of relativity presupposes a first cause.
Today while religions languish, God is making a comeback. People have a growing need to redefine their place in the universe beyond the constrictive boundaries of religious dogma. In a world that has become increasingly uncertain, people are looking for something to believe in – something to hold on to. Even Glenn Beck is trying to promote God as a solution to man’s many problems. Can you imagine a segment on the six-o-clock news about God every night?
While God will not, and can not, communicate with us directly, there is a process by which one can, in effect, eavesdrop on the mind of God. It is a process that provides a path to personal evolution. The Buddhist expression which closely equates to this is, “If you see the Buddha in the road, kill him.” In other words, the word of God is within you so don’t look to enlightened ones to save you. Remember, there is nothing outside of yourself which will explain that which is necessary for you to become a totally evolved human being.
There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow either. You see, life is not a destination, it’s a journey. It’s a timeless journey of becoming who you were meant to be. The Bible, it might surprise you, says that we are all gods. If you don’t believe me then you haven’t read your Bible lately. Perhaps you can better understand the concept of we’re all gods in the context of the saying that “we are all one.”
The Bible also says to seek the truth and the truth shall set you free – free from the bondage of the human experience, that is. For we are all spiritual beings having a human experience as opposed to the other way around. Again, science (quantum physics) has done much to research and explore into the depths of the atom only to find that it emanates from a non-physical state of existence. In other words, the non-physical world creates the physical world. This same principle is the basis behind the use of bio-feedback in medicine, for the mind can actually heal the body. The power of prayer works the same way.
So today, God is back in fashion. Let’s hope that this is just the beginning of a trend. Moral values have been at an all-time low and the resultant lack of ethics has adversely affected every part of society. Ultimately, it is up to each one of us to find our own path in life. You can sit and wait for the Second Coming if you want, but it won’t change the fact that salvation is a matter of personal responsibility. God will be silently rooting for you, but you still need to carry the ball. Sometimes, the Truth isn’t always what you think it is.