God is the one entity that no one can truly see, hear, touch, or feel, yet one asserts a level of belief in god that often transcends belief in what one can actually see, hear, touch, or feel. How incredible is that?
God does not exist.
The god concept has, instead, been something that people have needed. They needed a god to impart a holiness onto this world in place of what appeared as mere materiality. People needed their god to be like Santa Claus to whom they could submit their fears, wants, and uncertainty to. People preferred to reject their own life responsibilities and place the burden on what happens in their life on god. People needed a god to invest themselves with special authority (priests, rabbis, gurus). People have needed their own group god, so that they could distinguish their group from others. People needed god to blame when things didn’t go their way. And, of course, people have needed god to explain that which they could not. And even when science presents logical, testable, sensible, and reasonable explanations for how things work and happen, those too lazy to explore the methods and findings of science continue to reject science in preference to their own deficiency linked beliefs, i.e., god.
God is all about need and where there is need, there is, most of the time, an identification with insufficiency. So a belief in god sustains a belief in our own insufficiency as human beings. It’s not that we are god-like – it is that we simply are! We are as we are.
Do you think trees need to believe in god? Do you think wolves believe in god? Maybe we can’t say for sure, but I really doubt it. After all, why would they need to? They are full and complete as they are and even god believers would agree with that. Their world truly is as it is – which is a source of wonder and exploration! Do antelopes need to prove their faith in the divine by going to antelope church?
The way of the universe AS it is, is, itself, a kind of ever-present miracle. The story of evolution, how eyes evolved, how thought and feeling evolved is simply amazing and incredible just AS it is. The world as it is vastly overwhelms any paltry faith based belief we might harbor about a Daddy god in the the darker zones of our ever-needy psychological selves.
Notice how defensive people get when you question their belief in God? They often get angry, if not violent when faith is fairly questioned. In fact, millions upon millions of people have been slaughtered when religious beliefs are questioned. And many more millions have been slaughtered in the name of god.
People kill, maim, and hate in the name of god, because it’s the belief into which they invest their greatest level of self-negation. God as belief, is the most powerful constructs of self-disempower that the world of “Man” has ever invented – and please know – god is a human invention.
The division, the violence, the acrimony that people have created in their insistence that they possess the one and true God has been a horror. The requirement that our leaders are god fearing believers is a travesty. Frankly, it has become a kind of grotesque joke.
We no longer need god. In fact, we never needed God, but that’s another story for another time.
Explore your own god beliefs and if you say, god is everything or god is the Tao, then I will reply to you that that is a statement without content. It is no different than saying that everything is everything and that might be the truest statement we could make.
One last point:
While I was working with Navajo traditional counselors on the Peacemaking Project, one of the Navajo healers, who very powerfully impressed me, said, “Grief might be the gateway to transformation, but the highest emotional experience is humor.”
But in contrast, have you ever noticed how serious people become when they start talking about religion? Churches and temples are very serious places – hushed … reverential. God and humor just don’t go together. You can’t joke with or about god. Nothing is more serious than god. Why is that? What makes you serious in a forced way? Isn’t it exactly what you are most defensive about? Consider the possibility.
The one – core belief that we most fear to question is the one single belief that is, at face, utterly false and without substance.