Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Do You Believe In God?"

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

The Big Question

Time and again ever since I dropped religion, people have asked me, “Do you believe in God?”

This is a question often posed to religion-leavers like myself, so I’m going to address it here. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding as though being non-religious equates with the denial of God. This is simply not the case.

However, this is not to suggest that I do believe. I have no intentions of giving a yes or no answer, and my answer is likely to displease. For as far as this writer is concerned, the question of, Do you believe in God? is short-sighted and irrelevant.

Truth and Belief

For eons we’ve been living under a cloud of neediness to align with things. How do we align? By making up beliefs about these things and our relationship to them as though the Truth can’t or won’t reveal itself to us without us trying to tell it what it is and support it as such.

But the Truth already is and doesn’t need us to interfere. It doesn’t need us programming perception-altering ideas—beliefs—into our minds about how things supposedly are. All we need to do with life is see it.

So of God, why do I have to believe? Does my belief in God prove God’s existence or my disbelief negate God?

Neither does either. What is just is. If there’s a God, it doesn’t matter if I believe or disbelieve. In either case I’m still believing something, and so whatever life would show to me I’m going to perceive it as occurring through the falsifying lens of my mental constructs.

Religion’s Lie

And keep in mind, since this question of, Do you believe in God? is typically directed toward the non-religious from the religious, that religion itself is often a denial of God in the sense that God is just as Truth is.

Religion is an arrangement of dogmas, rituals, etc. which are nearly all based not on facts but on beliefs of “what God is,” “how things happened in the past,” and “what must be done right now” to prepare for “what will happen in the future.”

This, I feel, is an important distinction which many religious folks don’t get.

A person calling it quits to religion (and all related baggage) does not mean, implicitly or explicitly, that that person is also denying the existence of God.

Will religion often, in some way, shape, or form, overtly or covertly, drive the guilt-trip into the congregants that to perform such a move would be to deny God?

Absolutely! Indeed, your sorry ass is going to hell!

But only because you believe it. Hell is a mindset, folks. That is what hell is.

What truly bothers the organizations is that they're not going to be getting your support. You're one less person to help them keep up their facade of so-called "truth." And if using lies, fear, and the threat of eternal damnation are going to keep you, they really have no problem using such tactics... Which has nothing whatsoever to do with God, because "God is Love." (1 John 4:8)

Free your mind, free yourself, and then tell me how much God cares that you don’t specifically believe in him… or her…or it.

Experience and Knowing

Again, all we need to do is see. Life will take care of everything else because the Truth is the natural way.

And, if you still want, you can use the word “God.” But really “God” is just that—a word, a name, a descriptor for that which is the Totality-of-Divine-Stillness-and-Movement-which-Is-Everything-and-No-thing that can never be adequately described in human terms.

So rather than thinking about God and making up all kinds of mental suppositions about how this God is or what this God wants—try to experience is-ness instead.

Drop all else and just experience.

And always remember that Jesus said: “Know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

What he didn’t say was: “Make up a whole bunch of shit, believe it’s true even though there’s no proof and you’d heard it 294th hand, and then go live it as if it’s gospel truth.”

To see is to know. To be is to know.

Without judgment or assumption or belief.

Here and now.

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