What Impact, the Existence of God?

Alright, everybody struggles with the question of whether or not God exists. Some say it takes faith to see God. Others say that if you can’t observe something in the here and now that would indicate God’s presence then God can’t exist. I think to know what God has to say about this you need to consider both the question and what God’s reaction to it has been.

Jesus said, “Only a foolish and perverse generation seeks a sign,” in response to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees when they came and asked for a sign from him before they could believe in him. Now the teachers of the law and the Pharisees you would think would have accepted Jesus rather than crucify him, after all they arose from the work of God putting together Israel in the first place. They should have, but they demanded that Jesus be a certain kind of person if he was going to be the Messiah. They weren’t looking for, and could not accept, this preacher of love whom they saw before them.

Several times Jesus was quizzed by the Pharisees as to which of the commandments were the most important. He always replied, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. In these are all the law and the prophets.” The Pharisees had to admit he was right, but they still didn’t accept him. The Pharisees obviously had a prejudgement concerning what they expected God to be like.

You should know, by the way, that God likes to use a lot of hyperbole when he communicates with man. He does this because He has a sense of humor, yes, but also because in the same way that Jesus spoke in parables, He wants people to hear but not hear, see but not see. God, obviously, does not want His truth to come easily.

The Pharisees seem to have bought into God’s hyperbole. They wanted the easy fire and brimstone. Jesus was not fire and brimstone.

When we want to see God or not see God today are we being just like the Pharisees? Are we missing the point?

Look at the basic misconception between the Pharisees and Jesus, the gulf was over something so obvious as love. Why would love be so controversial or hard to accept, unless the preconceptions involved needed to be fought through in order to reach the end point. There is either a dichotomy of a prior i existence or one of deliberate imposition that has to be torn down for a person to get to the point.

The theme of overcoming preconception and judgement actually appears several times in the bible. It’s a component of the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the wilderness, “…then turn these stones into bread.” Stones were an instrument of judgement (used to stone people to death). To turn stones into bread is to feed off of judgement. Jesus also repeatedly said, “Judge not lest you be judged.”

Interestingly, abandoning prejudgement is also necessary in order to engage in the scientific method. Could it be that God has been trying to encourage people to adopt reason rather than to blindly leap at an image they have of Him? I’ve heard people say that religion is one of the worst evils ever imposed on mankind or the planet. Do you suppose that God agrees with this statement? I think He does and has been trying for a long time to stop people approaching the image they have of Him and to use reason to get at who He really is.

Man is a very interesting creature. When he makes a discovery he always thinks he has somehow invented it out of nothing. In that way, today he is making all kinds of discoveries concerning the involvement of things like ethics and love in the world of business and business management in particular. Somehow we have got round to the concept of the ‘stakeholder’ when it comes to understanding both the intent and the raison d’etre of a business. In studying what motivates people to do things we are discovering that money is good for getting people to move sacks of potatoes, but not so good a motivator as fulfillment is at getting people to do more complicated tasks.

Yeah, that’s right, money is about as good as God saying, “Because I say so.” It only motivates those who don’t have any questions about themselves or the true nature of the world around them.

Funny how it seems that getting to the heart of the answers to the questions about ourselves and the true nature of the world around us has got something to do with love. Finding out what love is has everything to do with casting off the type of perception that can only see the world from a selfish perspective. Go down that path and you will find the voice of God resounding in reason because that is the only way God can really speak to us (by way of something that actually does have the power to change us), but to get there you have to gain the ability to listen.

So, maybe it is all about faith, in the sense that the voice of God is basically indistinguishable from our own inner voice. It certainly is not unreasonable to believe in God.

 

 

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One Response to “What Impact, the Existence of God?”
  1. john says:

    Very true about the inner voice, as the Kingdom of God is truly within. As for quoting Jesus, he also said, β€œTo you, the disciples, it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them, the masses, it has not been given.” Paul echoed the words of Jesus. He said, “Now to him that is of power to establish you to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.” So religion intentionally does not communicate the sacred, esoteric knowledge about God to the masses. Therefore, it’s up to each person to find their way to God.

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