I just saw a video on Phil Bolsta’s blog called An Interview with God. Have a look at it:

I think that this video is beautifully made, and makes some interesting points. I really like a lot of the advice it offers, yet it really rubs me the wrong way. It suggests by assumption of the typical Western idea of God as “more or less like us, but bigger, better, and much more powerful.” This doesn’t sit well with me, it just doesn’t make any sense. Assuming that there is a divine creative force in the universe, why would it look like us, or rather, why would it only look like us.

To me it makes much more sense to see the divine in everything, to find God in teachers, friends, family, my cats (who certainly think their deities). I don’t know what the Truth about the nature of the universe, or the nature of God is. But what I do know is that in my life the more I act like God is everywhere in everything, and not separate at all, the better things work out for me. So, I don’t think it matters whether that’s Truth, or even if there is a single Truth (which I doubt,) this works for me. I’m not trying to tell you what to believe, I truly have no stake in not at all. However, I find this a fascinating and useful issue to think about and discuss, so I wanted to take the opportunity to open the conversation with any of you who would like to join. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • My mother was sitting with a Mormon friend once, who said she thought of God as a grandfatherly figure, a real, corporal figure with a body like a man. Mom asked, “With a body? Really? Do you think God burps and farts?” The woman was quite offended. My siblings and I laughed. (Mom was quite religious, actually, she just had her own ideas about things.)

    I don’t know how to view or perceive God, but I also had trouble with this video. (It reminds me of that poem that was quite popular on poster a couple decades ago about the footprints in the sand.) Somehow, I suspect, even if God were corporeal, he would have a sense of humor and would abhor empty sentimentality.

    I like the God in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: “Get off your knees. Stop groveling. It’s just like those miserable psalms, always so depressing. Now knock it off!”
    .-= Geoff´s last blog ..Post 21 – Daydream Yourself into Your Work =-.

  • My mother was sitting with a Mormon friend once, who said she thought of God as a grandfatherly figure, a real, corporal figure with a body like a man. Mom asked, “With a body? Really? Do you think God burps and farts?” The woman was quite offended. My siblings and I laughed. (Mom was quite religious, actually, she just had her own ideas about things.)

    I don’t know how to view or perceive God, but I also had trouble with this video. (It reminds me of that poem that was quite popular on poster a couple decades ago about the footprints in the sand.) Somehow, I suspect, even if God were corporeal, he would have a sense of humor and would abhor empty sentimentality.

    I like the God in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: “Get off your knees. Stop groveling. It’s just like those miserable psalms, always so depressing. Now knock it off!”
    .-= Geoff´s last blog ..Post 21 – Daydream Yourself into Your Work =-.

  • Polina

    A rabbi I used to study with, though, said he thought God was the greatest poet and comedian who ever was.

    There are days when I don’t think the language exists for God (if he exists) to explain meaning to us. I am not sure we could wrap our brains around it, even if he wanted to explain it to us.

    Certainly, he could probably make us understand it, but I suspect he would make us nothing like human anymore to do so.

    Hmm that seems like an idea for a short story. Maybe something for me to work on. I need a creative project badly.

  • Polina

    A rabbi I used to study with, though, said he thought God was the greatest poet and comedian who ever was.

    There are days when I don’t think the language exists for God (if he exists) to explain meaning to us. I am not sure we could wrap our brains around it, even if he wanted to explain it to us.

    Certainly, he could probably make us understand it, but I suspect he would make us nothing like human anymore to do so.

    Hmm that seems like an idea for a short story. Maybe something for me to work on. I need a creative project badly.

  • admin

    Geoff – thanks for sharing the story – it’s wonderful! and I totaly agree about God having a sense of humor – how could it be otherwise…

    Paulina – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head – I think part of what makes us human is that we can’t truly understand God in God’s entirety – it’s part of what allows us to experience the world as we do – which makes us who we are.

    Andy

  • admin

    Geoff – thanks for sharing the story – it’s wonderful! and I totaly agree about God having a sense of humor – how could it be otherwise…

    Paulina – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head – I think part of what makes us human is that we can’t truly understand God in God’s entirety – it’s part of what allows us to experience the world as we do – which makes us who we are.

    Andy

  • You said it right when you said it is a Western way of thinking. I think he did a good job of grabbing that way of thinking to express some pretty universal ideas.

    Sheila
    .-= Sheila Atwood´s last blog ..Emails Optin- AWeber Does It Again =-.

  • You said it right when you said it is a Western way of thinking. I think he did a good job of grabbing that way of thinking to express some pretty universal ideas.

    Sheila
    .-= Sheila Atwood´s last blog ..Emails Optin- AWeber Does It Again =-.

  • admin

    Hi Sheila,

    I agree that it’s an effective expression of universal ideas, but boy, I guess the typical western idea of God makes me uncomfortable – not that I don’t think people should relate to the Divine in whatever way works for them – it just doesn’t work well for me and I think it’s interesting to think about.

    Andy

  • admin

    Hi Sheila,

    I agree that it’s an effective expression of universal ideas, but boy, I guess the typical western idea of God makes me uncomfortable – not that I don’t think people should relate to the Divine in whatever way works for them – it just doesn’t work well for me and I think it’s interesting to think about.

    Andy