Finding God in the strangest places

CAUGHT in bed with a woman, Bob Hope is reported to have exclaimed to his wife: “It’s not me”!

It’s no surprise she didn’t believe him because it is hard to deny the undeniable.

It’s reminiscent of the joke French writer Gustave Flaubert told about a man taken fishing by an atheist friend.

The atheist casts the net and draws up a stone on which is carved: “I do not exist. Signed: God.” And the atheist exclaims: “What did I tell you!”

To believers, there are indications of God’s presence throughout this world, but some people have difficulty perceiving them because they are unsigned.

And for some who look for signs of God in religion, the dogma stifles any recognition of a creator’s all-embracing compassion and non-discriminating love.

Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, said the kingdom of God was within us all – we were born with it – and no one had need of religious dogma. He said superstitions, science and religions were impediments to achieving freedom through love alone.

It seems that God dislikes religion. Don’t get me wrong; not all places of worship are “religious” – not the best ones anyway.

The word “religion” is derived from the Latin word “religo”, meaning to “bind up”.

Christianity was not meant to be a bound-up religion but a relationship with a loving God. Of course, men and women have tried throughout history to force Christianity into a religious mould with man-made rules and regulations set up to govern and contain the faithful.

The Apostle Paul realised this in the early days of Christianity when he observed the worship of idols in Athens and said “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.” The men of Athens probably didn’t realise it at the time but Paul was delivering an insult.

We have a human craving for certainty. It’s what encourages some people to become uber-atheists exhibiting a religious sort of zeal.
They can’t be certain that God exists and therefore conclude He definitely doesn’t.

Seeing is believing but it works the other way too. Believing is seeing. Knowing God is simply the progressive realisation of the presence within us.

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4 thoughts on “Finding God in the strangest places

  1. Pingback: What happens when you take an atheist fishing? « Defy The Narrative

  2. God is everything, nothing exists where god is absent. This is why the old Hebrews never uttered the name. How can you express someone who is all there is and not to frame it into smaller image? God is up and down, in future or past, in hate and love, in Hitler and Gandhi. In me and dabbles. God is all present. That is a fact every “believer” should accept and know. It is even written in bible. And yet it is the believers who fight the most about the most fundamental things. Why do for instance Christians need to keep convincing the non Christians about their faith? Why do they defend god? Is god so weak it can not defend itself? And that applies to any other religion, the need to convince others by torrent of words. Chinese wise man once said to a missionary, Jesus Christ is wonderful and i would love to see it in someone one day.
    The best we can do to convince the “unbeliever” with deeds, by example. Words were all said by now, nobody believes them.

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  3. I’m not convinced:- “We have a human craving for certainty.”
    Probably the most popular and universal human activity ~ with the sole (possible) exception of masterbation ~ is some form of gambling.
    In a billion years, when some intergalactic traveler studying long-extinct species checks out the earth he’ll leave a monolith to humanity engraved: They Took A Punt. 😉

    ….just think: even the god of all the universes, the creator of creation, the ultimate in Good and Evil, has been reduced to a Pascal’s wager with calculable odds,
    ……by the species which absolutely loathes ‘certainty’. 😉

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