The Nature of my Belief — In God
Do you know how we’re told to have an unshakable belief in God?
Well, a lot of the time I do. Oh I genuinely do. The spirit shaking, deep conviction, teary-eyed type of belief, the works, basically.
And then sometimes I just don’t — at least not in the way I’ve been taught and cajoled and persuaded that I ought to.
You see, instead of that deep religious conviction, what I tend to have in these moments is an acknowledgment of the existence of a superior, incredibly powerful force.
This force must have triggered life as we know it but isn’t ‘God’ in the purely religious sense we’re familiar with — rather I choose think of this force as a form of pure energy, completely unemotional and removed from our ideas of right and wrong. Only knowing what it wants and moving towards it with us humans (and our tiny little planet) as pawns (distractions/baubles??) on the way to its ultimate goal(s).
This force also has to be removed from our concept of time, seeing as what we understand time to be implies a beginning and an end — for what is a beginning if there is no commensurate end?
If the force is moving towards a goal(s), then it has to be along a plane of reference that we couldn’t possibly have any understanding or comprehension of.
Lord, I’m beginning to ramble now, aren’t I?
Well, maybe this simple illustration will help.
Us, humans, are three-dimensional beings and live in a three dimensional plane of existence: length, breadth and depth (at least as far as we can perceive).
Now, we are capable of creating, let’s say, two-dimensional fictional characters within a story on a two-dimensional plane (length and breadth).
What is to say that every time we engage in said activity, we are not perceived as a form of ‘god’ to these characters and that they do not have some form of awareness of our power over them (world building, story rewrites and retcons, birthing and killing of characters, etc), but obviously couldn’t comprehend completely the nature of our existence?
Make any sense??
If your answer is yes, then good!
Now, connecting to my earlier point, one could say that the story writer (God) is in a sense moving toward a goal (concluding the story? — G.R.R. Martin, I’m staring squarely at you) on a plane of reference that the 2D characters created in the story cannot possibly understand?
So, story writer (you), are God to the products of your imagination which may have some form of sentience that you have unwittingly granted them by creating them and furthering their stories.
Same way we could be characters in some being/force’s ‘story’ and we’re only acting out the script of a being that is completely unaffected by our desires or our ideals of good/evil and is just pushing its ‘story’ to its desired (expected) end?
Yes? Yes?? Good!
What do I believe more in then? What do you believe in??