Monthly Archives: September 2010

To know God is a barrier to knowing God

If I believe that I know God, then I am limiting myself from truly knowing God.  No matter how certain I want to be about life, the reality is that life is gradual, everything is a combination of different gray areas, not black and white. There are a few exceptions where absolutes are present, such as in mathematics and logic.  But when it comes to experiencing life in general, we cannot escape the reality that we experience different degrees of almost everything.  So, to claim that I know who God really is and what He or She represents, I am fooling myself.  Learning about the nature of the Almighty takes experience, not just reading books, listening to a teacher, or attending a religious ceremony.  It involves a holistic approach, in other words, the three examples I mentioned above and more.  It takes going through tough times, enjoying the happy moments, the times we work, the times we rest; everything.  Instead of stating that I know God, I rather say, I am knowing God, because the process of learning who is God is a continuous journey, not a single isolated event.

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Why I am not an Atheist

If I try to convince myself that God is not real, then I am ignoring everything that surrounds me. I can easily deny the authenticity of religion, because it is mainly man made. But I cannot even get close to concluding that God is not real. If God is not real, then where does my consciousness come from? A mere combination of neurons shooting electricity to each other? If God does not exist, what is the beginning of everything? A big bang which in itself has no cause? If God is a fantasy, how do I know if anything else, including my perception of the “real world” is not a fantasy also? Because I can use my five senses which can also be a fantasy?
No, I cannot think about this life without a mysterious and unexplainable cause that I must give credit to. I am too weak and limited to put myself in the center of the universe. I cannot duplicate the notion that a line has no end. I cannot escape the thought that everything that is limited must have a beginning, therefore the beginning of all limited things must be under a different category (unlimited) I cannot imagine ceasing to exist once my body dies. My limited mind does not allow me to accept a God-less universe. Now, who exactly is this God that I find myself forced to believe in? I am not sure 100 %, but I am sure He or She must be real. And I am also sure that I am living to get to know God more so that I can experience life fully. It is for this reason that, because of my personal experience with the Christian Church, That I decide to continue to arduously follow the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, which showed me that the path to knowing God more is to love my neighbors as I love myself. To try to deny this responsibility is to be selfish and, therefore, a sin.
Jesus came for the lost, not the ones who thought they were already “found”. If I think I am not a sinner and therefore have no room for improvement, then Jesus is not for me, because I am living a lie, and Jesus is Truth. If I continue to try to convince myself that I am already “complete” then I am living a lie, not the Truth. I must acknowledge my selfish nature, repent, and then live a life serving others, putting my own needs aside. this way I will then please God.   Amen.


Accepting the Mysteries of Life

Life is not simply black or white. Life is not simply one way or another. We tend to adopt a way of thinking that is simplistic, extreme,  and superficial. This is irresponsible, immature, and lazy. In reality, Life is mysterious, paradoxical, and complicated. There is no easy answer to the difficult questions about life. Where are we from and where are we going? Why are there so many religions? How did the earth form? Who or what is God? We tend to want to fabricate our own simplistic answers to quickly alleviate the anxiety created by the unexplained aspects of life. What is the best career for me? Which political party should I endorse? Who should I marry? What kind of diet should I start? Life is not as simple as we wish. We must accept to live peacefully with many of its paradox. At the same time, we must also strive for equality, justice, peace, mercy, and similar practices. Because of this, there are certain questions that are the exception and therefore must be answered accurately. Should I have an abortion? Should I forgive others? Am I obligated to feed the hungry? The answers to these last questions are essential in maintaining peace, justice, righteousness, mercy, and similar practices.  So the answers to these questions should be a simple “yes” or “no”.  However, the other non-essential questions exist so that we can continue to explore and learn more from life, others, and God.  It is a matter of embracing the uncertainty of life, and not regard it as questions that must be answered accurately, but opportunities to learn more and be more human.