Jim & Denise at the Café
Jim: “So I hear you found God…”
Denise: “More like God found me.”
Denise: “Kind of like when the student is ready, the Teacher appears…”
Jim: “God, huh?”
Jim: “Did He speak to you?”
Denise: “No, She didn’t. Actually, I don’t think God is sexed—beyond all that…”
Jim: “So how do you know God found you?”
Denise: “I feel ‘Blessed ‘, I feel I’m worthy of working toward my best potential…”
Jim: “Quite a change from last month with all that talk about dying…”
Denise: “Yeah, I want to live now and I’m not afraid of dying either, whenever…”
Jim: “Wild! ”
Denise: “Yeah, wild… Wonderful… Weird…
If you’d been in attendance at this imaginary scene, you’d have seen the body language and felt the emotion—you’d have believed that Denise really did feel that God had found her.
Who or What is God?
This post was stimulated by a post on BloggersBase called, Perspectives on the Nature of God – Which of these Five Views Matches Yours? The author lists five very common conceptions of God with descriptions:
God the Wrathful…
God the Judgmental…
God the Compassionate…
God the Universal Spirit…
Then, comes a fascinating piece of contemplation:
“You have probably rejected four of these five views of God as being absolutely wrong, and even been uncomfortable with the wording of the view with which you most closely align. In doing so, you have rejected the sincere beliefs of the vast majority of humanity. Is promoting your preferred characterization of God more important than compassion and acceptance of diversity?”
I have my conception of God and it embraces a few of the five mentioned but goes well beyond any of them…
To me, God is First and Foremost, the Unknowable—no conception from us—the creations of God—can attain to the True Nature of our Creator…
This belief doesn’t relieve me of the necessity for compassion and empathy and tolerance of other’s beliefs…
There is, however, a concept in religion that indicates the existence of Messengers from God, Prophets of God, Manifestations of God, Who have acted as intermediaries between God the Creator and we the created. Some of their names have been Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh.
There’s also a concept called Progressive Revelation that says that all those Manifestations are One in Spirit and the religions They each founded were but Chapters in a continuing revelation of One Faith of God. This principle holds that all the religions are stages of one religion—the outer social laws changing with the constant evolution of humanity but the core spiritual Truths remaining—immutable…
One Human Family…
Hmmm . . .
“The holy Manifestations of God come into the world to dispel the darkness of the animal, or physical, nature of man, to purify him from his imperfections in order that his heavenly and spiritual nature may become quickened, his divine qualities awakened, his perfections visible, his potential powers revealed and all the virtues of the world of humanity latent within him may come to life. These holy Manifestations of God are the Educators and Trainers of the world of existence, the Teachers of the world of humanity. They liberate man from the darkness of the world of nature, deliver him from despair, error, ignorance, imperfections and all evil qualities. They clothe him in the garment of perfections and exalted virtues. Men are ignorant; the Manifestations of God make them wise. They are animalistic; the Manifestations make them human. They are savage and cruel; the Manifestations lead them into kingdoms of light and love. They are unjust; the Manifestations cause them to become just. Man is selfish; They sever him from self and desire. Man is haughty; They make him meek, humble and friendly. He is earthly; They make him heavenly. Men are material; the Manifestations transform them into divine semblance. They are immature children; the Manifestations develop them into maturity. Man is poor; They endow him with wealth. Man is base, treacherous and mean; the Manifestations of God uplift him into dignity, nobility and loftiness.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 465
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