Wednesday, April 14, 2010
DOES GOD READ BLOGS?
I know God has many faces and names throughout the world. I respect that concept as do I respect each human's right to believe and worship in any manner they feel most appropriate. I also respect the right of each person to modify their beliefs throughout their lifetimes as they grow, learn and become enlightened. For many of us, religion was something that was introduced to us as a child and what we learned was what our parents felt we needed to know of God and the mysteries of life and death. We were expected to accept those things that couldn't be explained because "God works in mysterious ways" and "when God closes one door, he opens another". Questioning God was not permitted and if a person harbored any doubts, that person was expected to do so in silence. God wasn't an issue of debate! Some people developed a deep faith and it has given them great comfort at times of sorrow and loss throughout their lives. Some people believe God answers prayers and that He never turns his back upon the faithful. They believe He never gives anyone more than they can handle. Those people seem to be able to accept anything that happens without questioning it. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people!
I have to admit I have gone through my life "exploring" various religions without finding one that fits. You see, I have always fallen short of allowing myself to believe in a loving, merciful God who destroys cities and allows some of his most faithful to parish in pain and suffering. I have no problem believing that some greater force than myself is responsible for life as we know it, but I'm afraid that my beliefs fall short of giving credit to some supreme being for the acts of Mother Nature, epidemics and the other major boo boos of the world. I've really tried to envision some omnipotent, omniscient being sitting plugged into a gigantic database that controls all things everywhere throughout the entire universe and it quite frankly blows my mind. I know what the religious people out there will think and say. Trust me, I'm not writing this so any of you will leave me mini sermons on the virtues of Christianity and the need to be saved. I'm just having a hard time watching the news these days and believing that God is alive and well and living on the same planet I call home.
Gratitude statement: I am grateful for being able to remain open-minded and to find the strength to question what I feel needs to be questioned.
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