You may remember my articles God As I See Him and More About God As I See Him. Many of you really liked them. Today I want to go a little further on the topic of God, and how helpful it is to know God as YOU see Him. Because we hear conflicting information all the time. One time we hear that God is love, and in the next moment someone talks about things like God’s punishment, the wrath of God, hell, and so forth. And those things can cause a lot of fear or can cause people to distance themselves from things like religion or spirituality entirely, which is sad because those things can offer a lot of comfort. So here’s how I see it.
I believe in an all-loving God, and by definition that cancels out the possibility of a God that is sending you, me, or anyone, anything other than perfect love. I don’t believe God wants us to suffer. Not even “for a good reason”. The reason some people believe that, is because they’re thinking of God as a person. They have created a God in their own image and likeness so to speak. But God is God; not a person. He doesn’t have an ego, He doesn’t get mad or angry or upset. Just as the sun could never produce darkness, God could never produce anything other than love. That’s what I believe. And of course, you are free to believe whatever you want to believe, whatever resonates with you, and whatever makes sense to you. The point here is not to convince you of what I believe. More than anything I would like you to simply figure out what kind of God you believe in.
Because, as we said here, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and a lot of conflicting information, especially when it comes to things like God, spirituality and religion. And the only way to be firm in your belief in God, is if you have a clear idea of who and what God is to you. Because honestly, you should put more faith into the God you believe in than in what others are saying. If you read something or hear something that clashes with your belief of God, just forget it. Whether it’s coming from the internet, from the pope, from a priest, from A Course in Miracles, from me, or anyone else. Always stay true to your beliefs. For me that means, I will always stay true to my belief in an all-loving God. That’s why I said here, that even though I’m Christian, I will never agree with or believe everything I read in the Bible. Some of it simply doesn’t go with my belief in an all-loving God. And as A Course in Miracles points out, He’s either one or the other. He’s either all-loving, or He isn’t. He can’t be both all-loving and sending us painful experiences. If God is love, He can’t also be someone who gets angry and makes people suffer. It’s just not possible.
So because of my firm belief in an all-loving God, I read and listen to spiritual information from that standpoint. And I believe the reason many people find spiritual or religious texts like the Bible, or even A Course in Miracles frightening, is because they don’t yet have that firm belief. They’re not sure who God is and what He is like. And that leaves a lot of room for the ego to interpret everything you’re reading as fearful. You have to understand, I read A Course in Miracles with the belief in a loving God planted firmly in my mind. So I automatically interpret everything along those lines. Other people, who believe in a punishing God, will have a very different interpretation of the Course. And if you’re not yet sure what kind of God you believe in, your interpretation can probably go either way depending on your mood that day. But my hope for you is that you never let anyone convince you of an unloving God. Never let anyone’s opinion or interpretation of spiritual material make you waver from the way you see God.
That’s where I am. I stand firmly in my belief in a loving God. That is my worldview, my perception, that’s the point from which I look out into the world. If you’re still wondering, if you’re still undecided, it’s time for you to make your mind up. Because as soon as you take your power back, as soon as you say, “This is God as I see Him and this is the only God I believe in.” then you will first of all care less about other people’s opinions and interpretations of God or spiritual literature, and secondly, when you DO read spiritual literature, you will automatically interpret it to fit your worldview of a loving God. I now enjoy going to church every now and then, because first of all, I understand spiritual material so much better since studying A Course in Miracles, and secondly, since I already have my firm belief in an all-loving God, if during that service anything should be read or said that clashes with my belief, it simply goes in one ear, out the other. I don’t take it on, and so it doesn’t upset or frighten me. But I understand when people tell me they don’t enjoy going to church/temple/mosk. Because number one, before I had a certain level of spiritual understanding, the content of a service simply didn’t mean anything to me. It’s like I couldn’t even hear it. I couldn’t receive it. And number two, if you don’t yet have a firm belief system in place of what God means to you, hearing conflicting information about God can be upsetting and unsettling. So I totally get it. All I’m saying is, since developing that firm belief in an all-loving God, and standing by it, those problems simply disappeared.
And listen, I’m very clear and firm in my beliefs now, but of course when I started out on this spiritual journey, I listened to other people a lot more. That’s okay, and that’s normal. As I said here, we need each other to point out our blindspots to each other. But instead of just blindly believing everything other people say, we should turn it into a process of self-discovery. So if you’re still influenced by other people’s interpretation of spiritual material, that’s part of the process. I’m just saying, you want to be mindful of your own beliefs. You don’t want to blindly adopt someone else’s belief system without checking within if it resonates and makes sense to you. Always keep in mind to take what resonates and leave the rest. And if you are interested in A Course in Miracles, if you want to learn more about it, then sure, reading my blog or someone else’s blog, videos or books about the Course is a good first step. But eventually you want to go ahead and read A Course in Miracles for yourself, from the beginning, going directly to the source material instead of someone else’s filtered version of it. And if you’re reading A Course in Miracles and something doesn’t make sense, you can always ask me in a comment or an email. I always try my best to get back to you.
So if you have any questions, post them below, and I’ll make sure to respond.
Thank you for reading!
Lots of love,
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