Oh, I get it. I've been reading people's views on religion and this is soooo déjà vu. One of my children isn't sure if I believe in God anymore and has asked them to bring this up to see if I'll jump to the bait. LMAO! No, seriously, I'm not that paranoid! But then, if I was paranoid that doesn't mean my kids aren't all out to trip me up.
Here's what I think God is, and it's something I spoke about in the eulogy I gave at Mama's funeral. To me God is the pure, unbounded Mind, the One Mind (which we all share) that sparks a tiny seed in each of us that affords us the capacity to love and be loved. That's all. Nothing else attached to it. God is an infinite ocean and each of us a mere cup of that ocean. Made of the same stuff, though most have a problem with seeing themselves on a par with God. Not that we're the only being with this little "gift". After all, elephants and wolves are people, too.
I think all the other Hoohaws, Hoodoos, and Much-ados and deep, principled theologies that have emerged over the years are the machinations of mortals who had the need to rein in the peeps of the community and keep them honest. And don't get me started on the need of some to control and pass judgment on the great unwashed...this theory having risen from being both fathered by and married to the same. I can easily extrapolate that backward to theologians of the high church and forward to the recent likes of Jerry Falwell and his ilk.
Honestly, I've had quite enough of imposing old men with white beards trying to box me in and dictate my life. I refuse to see God that way. My God neither approves nor disapproves of my actions. My God gives me free will. If I screw up, then that's just another life lesson I've learned in this big, blue schoolroom hanging wondrously in space. And that spark of the divine inside strengthens its hold on my spirit and my journey.
This is not intended as a flip, smart-ass essay...it's honestly how I feel. A very simple person, I prefer simple definitions. To me, all the other stuff is just a collection of many people's make-work over the centuries. Religiosity.
Humans, me included, have a need to feel important, to be held in high esteem, remembered for making a difference. The mass of our undertakings work toward that end, toward leaving a legacy, consciously or not. Organized religion has been The Bomb of a vehicle for fulfilling that need from the time of the breakdown of the bicameral mind. Remnants of that brain, in which the two halves were independent of the each other and in which "God" spoke and gave orders to the other half...auditory hallucinations...if you will, carried over to when thought became subjective and eventually served the purpose of social control. Although one has to wonder about social control, when killing humans in the name of one god or another has become the norm.
Let it be said the opinions here are my own and are not endorsed or in any way authorized or imitated by my children, who have different views than mine in this regard. Many people need to live within a framework. I think that's a fine and acceptable thing. It's just something I've never been able to do, but I greatly admire those who are sure and secure in their own faith and beliefs. I don't think we differ that much, in all honesty. I simply have an alternate definition, or vision, of God, who to me doesn't sit on a throne throwing darts at sinners, but instead, powerfully courses my veins.
--Jo VonBargen 2011
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