A New Conversation
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Shelly Strauss Rollison <rainbowlady@...> wrote:
In the last two weeks, I have undergone a spiritual rebirth. I have found my way back to acting from Love instead of fear (which really doesn't exist: it is merely a blockage of Love.) I have once again delved into the books of Neale Donald Walsch, who wrote the "Conversations with God" series. Mr. Walsch states, and I agree, that we need to start a new conversation: among each other. About what we believe.
I rejoice at your revelation. I believe you have unlocked the door which will lead you to the truth. You asked us to state what we believe and why. Here are my core beliefs:
1. God is not an idiot. He knows what He's doing. He has a plan and the plan works. He knows the plan works because He has already seen its successful conclusion. This leads me to
2. God does not play by our rules. The Bible tells us that God created man in His image. Unfortunately, we keep trying to make God in our image. Being three-dimensional creatures, we are by nature reactive. Since we can not see the future, we react to things as they happen. But since God exists in a reality of infinite dimensions, He can be proactive, not reactive. This means He does not have to wait to see what we will do before deciding what He will do.
This invalidates one of the basic tenets of most religions. Most religions teach that if you do this, God will do that. But God saw what you did before you did it. He adjusted His plan to account for your behavior before you were born. So the whole idea of a judgment day is invalid since it depends on a reactive God. Which brings us to
3. God is not a homicidal maniac. He does not delight in the death or misery of His children. So if you think you are doing God's will by persecuting others for their belief or behavior, you're wrong. God does not need you to fight His battles for Him. He's a big boy. He can take care of Himself. But He does not kill people or send them to hell because of their lack of faith or
My wife and I have a dog and a cat. They are very smart and are usually perfect gentlemen. But, being animals, they have been known to make a mistake. Suppose I discover that one of our animals has made a mistake and pick up the animal, throw them in the fireplace and watch as they die in hideous agony. What kind of evil monster does that make me? I am not an evil monster. Neither is God.
When I ran a Department of Labor program for disadvantaged youth, we did not grade or students with letters or pass/fail. We graded them as Ready or Not Ready Yet. The operative word here is Yet. It does not mean the person is a hopeless failure, it simply means they need more preparation before they advance. But the assumption is that, with the proper preparation, they will advance. I believe God grades on the same scale.
Why do I believe these things? Because they make sense. Accusing God of being stupid, blind, weak or a monster makes no sense at all. I try real hard to avoid doing things that don't make sense.