We Do Not Understand

“God is everything we do not understand. To claim God does not exist is therefore the Ultimate arrogance of man.”

Tweet to the ABC’s interactive program, Q&A, Monday 27 May 2013.

To believers, God is the Ultimate. He is Everything, the original source of all that is, all that exists. All knowledge, all wisdom, the entire Universe and more, nothing exists that did not have it’s origins in and through Him. All the things we know of are but a small fraction of his domain; all that we do not know ( much more than that which we do) is the greater ‘part’ of God and has yet to be revealed to us, we are as yet to uncover – dis-cover – it.

To say any one human understands God is ludicrous; we understand God in somewhat of a similar way that someone with a tourist map of New York ‘understands’ New York City. You might be able to work out your way around some general points or even have a picture in your mind of the ‘layout’ but you cannot see the whole city from a map, you can not hear. touch or smell it, you have no idea who lives there, what it produces, it’s history or much at all of it’s total composition. Given enough time and interest and ability to communicate to the city and the people that make it ‘live’ you might begin to ‘understand’ the city, but you can only do so from your own particular perspective and it may not bear much semblance to what any other tourist with the same map might come to understand in their lifetime.

If this is true for something as ‘simple’ as one single human city, how much more true is it for something that can be worthy of he name ‘God Almighty’?

We who believe do not know God, we just fool ourselves for our own peace of mind that we can.

Knowing God is not however, the same thing as knowing OF God. We are all capable of the latter; none of us are yet capable of the former.

Knowing OF God allows us a choice: we are free to choose to believe in God; have Faith in Him and to Love Him with all our heart, mind and soul… or not. It is to be a completely free choice which way we ‘go’.

There are however, no choices we make that have no consequences and we need to be very clear on that point.

 

Believing will have consequences.

 

Not believing will have different consequences.

 

We get a free choice of which we take.

 

But if those who believe are right and God is everything we do not (yet) understand, To say that God does not exist is a person’s Ultimate arrogance – for it says there is nothing we do not understand. It says that even though there may be something i do not understand it cannot possibly be a part of something greater than myself, that no such entity exists; if it did surely i would know of it or about it.

 

Well the truth is – you DO, but you choose not to accept what you know. And worse, many of you , like Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krause et al accuse those who do know (of God) of being silly, stupid and un’reason’able.

 

We all have to live with the consequences of our decision on Faith.

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How to Live Like a Good Roman.

Most of us can appreciate good advice when we hear it. The problem with it though is largely the difficulty we all experience when trying to put that good advice into practice in our daily life.

Even the experts can benefit from good advice

Even the experts can benefit from good advice

Whether it is how to improve a golf swing, how to cook a tastier curry, how and why we should stop smoking or give up a drug we enjoy, or how to live a happier, more fulfilling and satisfying life, taking up the advice in such a way as to produce a consistent and lasting result for our personal long-term benefit is without doubt not an easy thing to achieve.

It requires us to alter long-held habits and replace them with a better ones. Our mind and bodies feel discomfort when we are required to change and we sub-consciously resist such change, even if we consciously believe in the benefit we stand to gain.

Awareness of this helps us to overcome the ‘Change Momentum’ (resistance), as does regular conscious effort in the practice of the new habits and, perhaps most importantly to any change, we need to Believe, have faith, that the change is possible, or preferably, is inevitable for us. We need to believe it will happen or even has happened and we just need to ‘catch up’) in order for it to happen, if we don’t believe we will eventually give up and thus fulfill our own doubt.

Bearing those things in mind (Awareness, Practice and Belief) i would like to offer the words of Saul of Tarsus, also known as St Paul as he wrote to the believers of Christ in Rome (Romans Ch 12 specifically).

I am constantly amazed at the various and voluminous wisdom for mankind’s benefit that the Bible contains and has stated for thousands of years, but i can think of few chapters of the Bible that offer a better, more concise method for us to be aware of, practice and believe in so as to live a good and rewarding life.

Anyone can read for themselves St Paul’s words in Romans Ch 12 – it only has 21 verses and can be read in a minute. But that one minute could be the best investment of your time you could ever possibly make.

Here is a translation into point form of the things Paul says:

1. Make your body a living and holy sacrifice to please God. Let this be your form of spiritual service. Give up, surrender, your material body to God and live instead from your spirit body that gives freely your worship of God in voluntary service. Let this be that which guides your material body and not your own ego, your ego must surrender to your spirit, not the other way around.

2. As your ego is created out of and through the things of the material world, renew your mind and transform your thought from this material creation into a spiritual creation, the Spirit coming essentially from God, and prove to yourself that which is good, acceptable to all and is Perfect.

3. God has given to every one of us some degree of strength of Faith and of some particular kind(s). We are not to let this be a source of boastful pride or think we are better than any other, by reason of our particular gift(s) of Faith, but are to think of it/them/us in a sound and fair judgement of ourselves.  (not too great or too little).

4. As our own body has many parts that serve different functions to the benefit of the whole, so too should we recognise that each of us is a different part of the whole Human race and not consider that any one of us is more important to the entirety than any other. We are to seek out our own gifted talent(s) and learn to make the best of them to the benefit, not only of our self but of our species and the planet.

5. The gifts of the spirit are of many varieties, we may have one or many and they lead us in spirit to manifest a variety of works on Earth:(According to 1 Cor 12:8-10,28)Preaching of the Gospel (Apostleship in Faith) Prophecy, Teaching (Wisdom and Knowledge), Healing, Helping(others), Working of Miracles, Discerning of spirits, Speaking in Diverse Tongues (many languages) and the Interpretation of them, Encouragement of those of the faith, Leadership – setting, through example, the way of Christ, and Givers of Mercy.

6. Be Love, but without any hypocrisy, do so without any precondition but give love  totally and freely to all.

7. Reject that which is evil and cling instead to the Good, learn how to distinguish the two in your life, heart, mind and spirit.

8. Develop Charity to all, brotherly love in all honour. Devote your self to this aim in determined spirit, never lagging or ceasing as a service to God.  Do so in the joy of Hope everlasting, through all trial and disaster in continuous prayer and meditation. Practice hospitality to all, welcoming any and rejecting none.

9. When faced with those who would do evil unto you, bless them, return to them Good for evil and wherever possible be at peace with all mankind. Be of like mind one to another, do not consider yourself above anyone but associate with both the poor and the sinner and do not value your own self more than any other, but do only that which the spirit tells you is the right thing to do to all. Rejoice with those who rejoice ( unless it is in the practice of an evil), and grieve with those who also grieve.

10. Never take your own revenge, but leave such unto God as was written:” Vengeance is mine, I will repay” said the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.

For those who have lived long in a more earthly, material mind practicing and believing in those things will not necessarily come easily to you, but if you truly seek to have a contented life come the end, the sooner you begin the transformation into living from spirit and following the above template as your regular practice the greater will be your level of contentment.

Peace to all.