God Exists – some thoughts on the Almighty

July 24, 2013

God exists.  I can prove it, and will do here.Homer & God

God is truth.  Do you believe truth exists?  If you do, then you believe God exists, because God and truth are one and the same.

Maybe you believe that truth doesn’t exist.  Still, you’re asserting it to be true that truth doesn’t really exist.  So you can’t really escape truth, as you assert it.  Truth is always there, even when you assert it isn’t.

To me, God exists because truth exists.  Any way you spin it, truth – or God – is as ever-present and inescapable as gravity.  It’s fleeting, and flexible, but it’s here.

So anytime you hear a self-proclaimed atheist act or speak in any way that suggests truth exists, you’re actually witnessing an expressed belief in God, even if his truth is simply that he’s hungry, and that’s why he’s scarfing down pizza.  If you aren’t an adherent to a major religion, you’re almost certainly then an agnostic, not an atheist.

So what is true?

Right now.  This moment is true.  It’s real.  It’s the only thing that’s real, actually.  The past and future are stories, and that makes them fictions.  We can’t be absolutely sure of what happened in the past, and we certainly can’t be sure of what’s coming.

Of course, past and future are constantly stepping into the present moment – in the way that the past set us up to be here, or the future shapes our plans right now – and to the degree that past and future thus take a step into the present, they join with truth.  But the present moment is the only thing that’s true.

As Gandhi often said:  he was always told that God was Truth, until one day he realized that Truth was God.

Think of the present moment this way:  it’s the sum total of all the events of the past that accumulated to produce this present moment.  Here are some of the events that produced this present moment for me:  at some point I read enough heath articles about tea that I decided it’d be good to drink, so a half-drunken glass sits in front of me; I’m typing to you on the 4-year old tiny laptop I happened to buy in Beijing; I’m wearing a sleeveless t-shirt because this rare London day is muggy and hot; I’m writing about God because I happen to have one of those personalities and orientations that really likes to ponder and read and talk about this topic; I’m writing now because I’ve already slept and ate enough today, and I’m on a day off from work, so I have free time.  Etc. etc. etc.  All of these elements of my distant and recent past have combined to produce the Now of me sitting here, writing this post.  They come together with a power as certain and infallible as gravity holds us to the ground, forever producing the peculiar specificity of this very moment.  It couldn’t be any other way.  If it could, it would.  If this moment were different, then something would have been different about the past to produce a different outcome right now.  The sum total of all of those laws of past inputs combine to produce the output of Now, and in their power, they are absolutely Almighty, like God in the Bible, or the truth of our everyday life now.  The present moment simply is that accumulation of past inputs to give you the output of Now.

Here’s where religion comes in.  I think of every religion as a different culturally- and historically-situated attempt to help people experience their lives as love.  To experience their truths, or God, as love.  What is more gratifying loving life?  And why wouldn’t we want that to be our experience?

Of course religions get corrupted, and come to be wielded by insecure people as tools to oppress others and hold onto social power, but at their most inspired core, religions are attempts to experience God, or truth, as love.

And who do we become, as individuals, when we feel life to be love?  We’re kind.  We want to help others.  We’re generous, and enjoy thinking of others and seeing the smile on their face when we do something for them.  We’re clear-minded, and productive.  We connect with other people, and we stand up for ourselves, too.  We’re confident, yet relaxed.  We radiate attractiveness, and move through relationships with poise, free of emotional baggage.  We’re courageous, and even healthy.  Immune systems respond fabulously to this kind of emotional state.  In fact, think of what I just described, and tell me that doesn’t sound a little bit like what we’ve heard  Jesus, or Buddha, might’ve been like.  And who wouldn’t want to be like that?  We all do.  It’s why religions are so attractive, to so many, in the first place.

So how do we experience our truth as love?  I suspect it begins when we’re babies.  We learn to relate to our own truths from our parents:  how they relate to our own truths, and also to theirs.  To massive degrees, we model them, and then we carry their habits and instincts through our own lives.  Did our parents comfort us when we cried, when we were sad, disappointed, or scared?  Did they know how to do the same for themselves and each other?

Did they play with us and teach us joy?  Did they give us limits when we needed them, for guidance and protection?  All of this affected how we learned to relate to our own truths – of what we felt, of what we wanted, of who we sensed ourselves to be.  I suspect that the better parenting we had was, the better we relate to our own truths today – the better we relate to God, actually, and to others – the more spiritually in tune we are, even if we have no realization of this at all.  It’s just us, in our being, how we instinctually react to life – for the luckiest of us, at least.

This also hits on another major point:  each of our truths are unique.  My truth is different from yours, and from everyone else’s on the planet.  Any religion that espouses an Almighty truth that obstructs your own isn’t much of a spiritual guide at all.  It’s a power-play fueled by the insecurities of religious leaders and the institutions they govern.  If you’re sexually attracted to people of the same sex, and your religion says homosexuality’s a sin, then that religion is blatantly failing at teaching you to experience your truth as love.

There’s a quote that Sufis, the more mystical and open-minded practitioners of Islam, often cite from Muhammad:  “There are as many paths to God as there are souls on the Earth.”  How plural and loving is that?  How in tune with kindness, acceptance, plurality and diversity is it as well?  I also suspect it’s true.

It’s funny.  There are a lot of religions out there that I suspect atheists are rigid adherents to, but they simply don’t realize that these are religions.  Some exercise fanatically and devour advice from fitness “experts”; they’re using exercise to help them love their own lives, and often they’re behaving like very obedient followers of this practice. Science is another religion that’s rarely seen as such.  It’s simply a more recent approach to reality that’s designed to help us in our experience of reality.  We test and explore truth, and in doing so, hope to know it.  We obediently listen to specially-dressed “authorities” (re: highly-educated folks in lab coats) tell us what is True and what is not, even if this often manifests in the form of silly news stories that distort the implications of studies that weren’t all that well done in the first place.  Science is a religion, and it’s often useful to perceive scientists as the present-day priests that we often hold them to be.

So those are my words on God, truth, religion, and the present moment for now.  Do share your impressions!

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One Response to “God Exists – some thoughts on the Almighty”

  1. Michael said

    I love it! Great stuff. Left me with one big question: Within this semantic framework, is there any difference between “truth” and “god,” or are they simply synonyms?

    Said in another way, are you defining god as truth or truth as god? In other words, are you making the point that “god,” as defined within many mystic and spiritual texts, is just another word for all the truthful knowledge and information in the cosmos; or, that all the truthful knowledge out their is a part of god, but that god also encompasses more than just truth?

    I realize it gets a bit reductive, but, this all obviously raises another important question of what we precisely mean by “truth” in the first place?

    Awesome stuff.

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