20 Thoughts on God

Religion does not have a monopoly on God. This is what I’ve come to realise after years of solo soul searching.

As a child, I still remember my feelings of frustration for not being able to see and talk to God. I longed to get to know God, an almighty being who sees, hears and knows everything, but who no one could see, hear, talk to or touch. This supposed to be powerful God, which the atheists insist to be non-existent, is to this day indescribable, unknowable, unfathomable and mysterious.

As an adult and when I found the courage to do so, I embarked on an armchair soul searching by reading books from various authors from different belief systems and philosophies, and also re-read the bible. As expected, the resulting effect is I became confused, disillusioned and dissatisfied. However, I got to know a few teachers who I resonated with and, over time, helped me develop my own thoughts on a god I can believe in. Not surprisingly, I disconnected from religion, which I narrated and explained in my ‘Losing my Religion‘ blog series, but somehow retained a belief in a god (reasons of which I will explain more in the future). This after lots of reflection, contemplation and rumination! The whole of existence having one than without makes more sense to me. That there is an overall mystical, super-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-hearing figure (or figures) controlling the workings and laws of nature and the universe is reassuring to me. I also surmise science will one day catch up and confirm the reality of spirit life and the existence of a supreme being; and that you don’t have to belong to any religion, go to a specific church or other places of worship to connect with god.

Having kept my new beliefs and opinions to myself, I now share my thoughts and lay my cards on the table so family and friends understand where I stood where a deity is concerned. This is not to say they read my blog, but if they do, then they’d stop wondering why I’ve stopped going to church (except on special occasions). They also won’t try to put me back into the fold, so to speak, or recruit me to their ”brand” of religion because there is no turning back for me. I consider myself free.

For the religious, these thoughts could be sacrilegious; for the atheists, these are silly and meaningless. For the religion-less but non-agnostic and non-atheist like me, what I believe now — believe it or not — has made me stronger, I have less fear and am guilt-free. Depending on your beliefs or spiritual perspective, you may think me courageous or foolish. However, don’t you worry about me. You see, the ”fire and brimstone and hell and damnation” that most religions teach no longer work on me. I feel more happy now, contented and comfortable where I am spiritually, even if I’m taking this spiritual path alone – no family or friends to walk the path along with me.

My musings may not make sense to others but they do to me. I welcome your comments. We can agree to disagree. 🙂

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Love thoughts or thoughts on ‘God’:

  1. Love, honour, remember and thank God but do NOT fear God. [Praise is something god doesn’t want/need so it’s not on my list.]
  2. Why must God be feared? Do good not out of fear of the ”wrath” of God.
  3. If humans are capable of ”unconditional love,” how much more God?
  4. God isn’t one-dimensional, boring, uncreative or unimaginative. God didn’t only make one spiritual path.
  5. God encompasses all. There are many paths to god. Take one or… none.
  6. God would never say ”It’s either my way or the highway.”
  7. If there is a God and God is as God says God is, then my God is your God is our God.
  8. To love God is to love him, her, them, us and yourself. *
  9. I stopped referring to God as he. Nor did I ever refer to god as she or it. But I found a new definition of god: he, she, it, we, they. *
  10. If God is love, then love is the right religion, the one true path. *
  11. If God is the god of all, if God is everywhere and anywhere, if God sees, hears, watches all, then there is nothing to fear.
  12. If God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, eternal, no beginning and no end, then there is more to life than we human beings can ever see, comprehend, imagine or believe.
  13. God doesn’t think like a human being.
  14. Therefore: God is not racist, sexist, xenophobic, elitist, ableist, homophobic, fatist or a speciecist.
  15. We are each unique and all races are equal in God’s divine eyes.
  16. God is NOT callous, dictatorial, hateful, impatient, insecure, jealous, needy, prejudiced, temperamental, unforgiving, vengeful or vindictive. **
  17. God has a sense of humour, I’m sure!
  18. If God has no sense of humor, then God isn’t real.
  19. God would want me to love my life, believe in myself, have fun, be happy, love all, take care of others—including the animals— and love and be kind to myself. God wants the same for you.
  20. God is so much, much greater than what any religion can ever teach us.

* Inspired by Brian Piergrossi

** Inspired by Neale-Donald Walsch

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About Earthianne

A lover of OSHO, non-fiction books, fun and laughter, music, philosophy, life, animals, world peace.

Posted on 30/06/2011, in Points of View, Spirituality, Thoughts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. i’ve gone through, and continue to go through a similar journey and search for god. i remember when i was a teen i stopped praying at night. it was terrifying. i wouldn’t have admitted i was scared that god would smote me down if i stopped praying, but i was scared. my dad was an agnostic, and he always said that if a god does exist and he or she is a good god, then god certainly wouldn’t hold it against him that he doubted the deity’s existence. god is love, i believe, but god can also be so cruel. opportunities available now won’t necessarily come again. it’s in organized religion’s interests to scare people about god. that puts the religion’s brass in a position of power.

    • Your dad makes absolute sense! In spite of your fear, choosing not to pray as a young boy is a very brave thing to do, I reckon. I don’t pray as much but I know I’m not upsetting god. Ed, I think we need to find the ‘real’ god, not the man-made one. I plan to read, ”Did Man Create God?: Is Your Spiritual Brain at Peace With Your Thinking Brain?” – apparently an excellent book on the science of religion (and may well explain why I created the above thoughts and opinions, lol).

  2. God does not exist, but Godliness does,

    It is our home, and our natural state.

    We need only challenge our lives,

    With Desire and Passion.

    • Thank you, BuddhiHermit. It’s something I’m open to accept, that there is no god, but not in the sense of the way the atheists think. I’m exploring this concept and so much open now to widening some more my ever growing perspective.

  3. There are many who feel as you do, Earthianne. Religion is of man. If people feel as though they need to congregate to learn and to pray and come together as a community, I will not fault them. I believe the God of one religion is the same God of another. I believe it is part of our nature as well as God’s desire for us to grow in our knowing of Him just as we grow in our knowing anything. What makes sense to me is that our understanding, beliefs and faith will change as we grow in our journey. I would not expect anyone to listen to the same musical piece and hear the things and feel the things I do when I hear it. Why would I expect their understanding of God and feelings to be the same as mine? Good post. Huge subject!

    • Rather than get stuck in outdated beliefs, as we strive or be open to know/learn more, our understanding and beliefs grow. Beautiful analogy (music and beliefs), Leslie! There’d be less conflict in our world if people think like you. Much appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this topic.

  4. Earthianne, one of your best posts. You are not alone with regard to your thoughts, beliefs, and struggles with organized religion. Spirituality and enlightenment are divine gifts that are independent and free of the confines of man-made constructs of religious belief.

    • The disconnect happened a while ago but the realization that we can and should think about god outside the teachings of religion only hit home recently.

      Phil, you made me happy with your comment! Thank you very much! I hesitated to post this in case I offend people (as if I have more than a handful of readers!), but now I’m glad I did. 🙂

  5. god is dog spelled backwards…..I cherish my puppy!

    spread the humor:charlywalker.wordpress.com

  6. “5.God encompasses all. There are many paths to god. Take one or… none.”

    true, indeed. but once you have made the choice, better stick to it. otherwise, you’ll find yourself lost and not reach your destination.

  7. Thank you for the most honest, sanest and best explanation I have ever read about GOD!

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