A fundamentalist Christian friend asked me some questions, and I thought I’d try to write down my answers here. The top two questions were:
- “Is God a spiritual being or a person?” and…
- “How does God talk to you?”
Now, it’s important to state that I was not raised in church, and I claimed to be an Atheist for most of my adult life. Today, however, I’m a person who calls himself “Spiritual, not Religious.” This means from a Christian perspective, I see the Bible as a mythical book, not as literal history -- the way a fundamentalist likely would view it. Myths attempt to explain the unseen. It doesn’t make something false it makes it metaphorical.
So, to the first question… asking if I believe God is a person or a man… I have to say no. God may be a spiritual being that is unlimited and therefore unseen or unseeable. “God” as an understanding of all or everything can’t be a limited one. God can’t be limited to only the male form or the female form, as God is the total, not just a simple part of the equation. In the universe around us, we see a beautiful order, harmony, and balance in our examination. So, for me, God would not be gender-specific. Male and female must be equals in the eyes of God, as life is not about who you are but how you are being.
My spiritual understanding of God leads me to my description of how God communicates to me. I want to state that this is what I know for myself, not what all people should or should not know. God, as a spiritual being, communicates to me through my outcomes or consequences. In some regard, this communication could be considered negative or positive feedback. For example, sickness in my body is a sign of negative feedback. If I abuse my body or neglect it in some way, illness could be a consequence or feedback communicated to me as a result of those behaviors. Another example could be… me -- speaking from my ego… being arrogant or judgmental, and the argument I find myself involved in is a consequence of my egotistical behavior. The Universe provides order. We have guides along the road to tell us when we are drifting too far off course. Bumps in the road, or negative moments, have a positive purpose in our lives, as they are ways God communicates, turn the other way.
Simply understanding God as a spiritual being helps me to easily recognize that I’m responsible for the choices I make in my own ways of being. If I make choices based on being positive, I’ll get positive consequences. If I make choices based on being negative, I’ll get negative consequences. I’m not saying negative is bad and positive is good. If I can understand my current situation as a result of my choices instead of a punishment by an all-powerful person, I may learn from them and find a more balanced way of being.