I want to preface this by saying that I have no formal training in theology, church doctrine or divinity other than twelve years of Roman Catholic schooling and the associated doctrinal education that entails. Nothing I say can be construed to be orthodox doctrine within any sect of Christianity. I’m sure that several of my beliefs would be considered heretical by some Christian theologists so don’t assume anything I say is dogma for any church you might belong to. But it is what I believe and I think it’s time people start connecting the dots with what their scriptures say, what they understand it to mean and what the clerics in their churches say and do.
For all of recorded history and as far back as we can discover, man has tried to understand his place in the universe. Earth Mother, Sky Father, elemental forces, spirits of animals, ancestors, natural objects like mountains, rivers, stars, planets, the sun and moon, all figured into the speculations and rituals of the humans who have inhabited Earth for countless generations. Even our predecessors, the Neanderthals had burial customs that may have had a religious meaning.
But since the Age of Enlightenment the elite of our civilization has told us that God is dead. But by that they mean that he never existed in the first place. And within our lifetimes organized efforts have been put in place to stamp out belief in God. The Soviets did everything they could to enforce atheism throughout the Soviet Union and the satellite nations that they controlled. The modern academy inculcates a hatred of Christianity that borders on the monomaniacal. And the LGBTQ mafia and their government allies confront and persecute any traces of orthodox Christianity wherever they can.
So, it is no wonder that church attendance is plummeting and surveys polling religious belief show a growing trend toward atheism among the young. Sensing their ascendancy, the Left now asserts that religion and specifically Christianity has been discredited and will soon disappear, being completely displaced by the godless social justice cult that they adhere to. And as if to prove their mastery of religion they now claim to be able to observe on brain scans the phenomenon which believers experience when communing with God in prayer. From this scientific result they deduce that humans are confusing a natural neurological phenomenon with a supernatural experience.
This is the attack on the faithful from without. At the same time, forces within the religious community are also wreaking havoc on the position of religion. The monstrous horror that is the Catholic Priest Pedophile outrage has done more to discredit the Church than anything its enemies could have ever hoped to do. I include in this of course the cover up of this horror by the complicit Church hierarchy which only serves to hammer home that the Roman Catholic Church has ceased to represent the traditional religious views of its hundreds of millions of adherents. And the other Christian denominations to a greater or lesser extent have also lost much of their legitimacy through advocating almost exclusively a message of social justice and adopting a spirit of “tolerance” that effectively eliminates the tenets of their faiths.
I don’t paint a rosy picture. And I don’t intend to. Because I don’t have to. Belief in God is not a delicate thing that has to be nurtured. The need for God is one of the fundamental psychological needs of the human mind. What has to be done is eliminate the mistaken information that confuses the minds of people.
As an example, the problem of pain. Countless people have wrestled with the idea that somehow God could eliminate pain and suffering but chooses not to. When confronted by the reality of innocent children suffering and dying from agonizing medical conditions or through brutal cruelty, they deny the reality of a loving God who would allow such things.
I have thought about this often myself. The paradox is that of pure goodness and omnipotence juxtaposed with unjust suffering. As an answer I’ve heard that free will prevents God from stopping evil men from inflicting pain on the innocent. Of course, this doesn’t explain why natural disasters are allowed to occur. So, we are stuck with a paradox. But the answer is simpler. How do we know the limits of what God can and can’t do? If you read doctrine of the various churches, they state that God is omnipotent. Well, what does that mean? Human beings have no experience of any absolute. We live in a world that we interpret with our senses and our very limited brain. God may be so powerful that we cannot even fathom what he is capable of but that doesn’t mean he can control every drop of rain and every quake of the Earth. It is my belief that the concept of omnipotence is the major stumbling block to belief in God. Omnipotence sets up this idea of a game that’s rigged against us for no reason. That is the problem that I think needs to be removed.
But what do we know about God? What is clear from scripture is that God loves us. That he says over and over again.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
1 John 4:16
So, if God loves us, he does not want us to suffer. If nevertheless we do suffer innocently then it’s because it can’t be prevented. To me that’s clear. Whether that means there is a malevolence like the devil or a cold lifeless random universe outside of God’s purview then that’s what there is. But I don’t have to understand everything. I just need to know that I’ve got someone out there who cares for me and mine. And who has interceded to provide help and knowledge and maybe even tip the scales a little in our favor whenever he can.
To me that’s the nature of a personal God. He is a father to us and we have some of His spirit in us too. And that’s not all that different from feeling the influence of the parents and grandparents that raised us and taught us and gave us understanding when we needed it. And that is like the ancestors who passed along the laws that we live by. God’s spirit allowed them to see how his people must live and so they wrote down these laws and provided the leadership needed to teach the people how to live.
Today many people will say that all of this can occur without God existing, that a tribe will coalesce around a leader whose mind naturally resonates to the needs of his people and will formulate the laws they need to thrive. I know no way to prove otherwise. But that is unimportant to me. I do not seek to convince anyone. I believe that there is a force in this world that impels us to do good. And what seems like a proof of its existence is that it works against the flow of the world, the flow of which, if it does not actually work to achieve evil at the very least is completely unaffected by the suffering of humanity. Countless stories exist of individuals laying down their lives to save a stranger from harm. This impulse is a direct contradiction of animal nature which except in the case of parental love would put self-preservation ahead of any other consideration.
God’s exact nature can only be inferred by His effect on those that experience Him. But I think that where genuine communion is experienced the effect is remarkably positive on the individual involved and even for the surrounding community.
The problem we are experiencing today is the lack of actual Christians in the churches. Many of the leaders of the churches are not Christians. They do not actually believe in God and their congregants sense this and are confused and angered by the hypocrisy. And for the young this is amplified by the atheists that they meet up with in school and elsewhere that ridicule faith and accuse it of bigotry. These young people are under enormous pressure to denounce Christian morality in order to avoid condemnation by the LGBTQ gatekeepers in school and the workplace.
But the first step is to re-establish the existence of God. That takes two things. First, convince yourself that there is no logical reason that precludes His existence. That I’ve tried to provide above. Then find belief in God within yourself. That you have to find yourself. But it’s definitely something that should be explored. As I stated earlier there is a strong urge in humans to find the force in the universe that resonates with our happiness. If you find a quiet spot and look inside yourself you might be surprised what you find. Start out by not calling it God. Start out by looking inside yourself to see what’s there. Then take it from there.