Recent letters, in an apparent attempt to promote Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer rally, have declared the authors’ desire to “bring God back” into the country.
I do not believe in “god” the way most Christians claim to. Their concept seems to be of a conscious, all-knowing being that possesses such human traits as jealousy, anger, love, vindictiveness and, occasionally, forgiveness.
My concept of “god” possesses no such limitations. It is my firm belief (as opposed to “believing on faith”), with plenty of science to support me, that all of known creation comes from a single source. What’s more, based on Einstein’s theory of relativity and the scientific experiments that subsequently confirmed it, I believe that everything in the universe is connected by energetic forces, rather than being separated by empty space.
Since everything that exists came from the same source and is connected with everything else, it must be true that everything is governed by the same natural forces and physical laws.
With no human action, these natural forces would operate such that all of creation would exist in harmony.
These forces that create harmony are my concept of “god’s will,” and I believe that my obligation to obey that will means that I should live in harmony with all of creation — recognizing that what I do to the world around me I likewise do to myself, either in accordance with or against “god.”
Leo Tolstoy observed that, “Love is nothing other than understanding that others are also ‘me’.”
The type of god that most people seem to believe in appears to be nothing more than a super-human version of themselves, possessing all their particular prejudices, fears, anger and other human flaws. Such a god, in control of government, would thus be nothing more than a dressed-up version of human tyranny.
Wayne L. Parker