The questions of God's existence or nature and the spiritual dimension of life are the most profound inquiries we can explore. It is an adventure of the heart, body, mind and soul in a maze filled with shortcuts and dead ends.
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G-d chooses to conceal Himself is because G-d wants to be known rather than seen. The act of seeing satisfies our innate curiosity about the object or person at hand.
"A good teacher teaches people how to see, not what to see." -- Richard Rohr.
We lounge around in life caught up in the mundane things we do every day. Wake up, shower, work, school, dinner, television, sleep. When God comes knocking, we're interrupted.
Previously, I had imagined God creating me, caring for me, maybe even taking an interest in my life, but certainly not delighting in me. But why not? Doesn't a parent delight in a child?
It is in relationship that we find out who we are as humans, and what matters most in life. We as humans are made for relationship, and outside of relationship cannot be truly ourselves.
Through the 43 years of my counseling career, I've worked with many religious people who believed in God, including ministers and gurus, but who had no personal relationship with God.
There is a remarkable comparison to be made between Confucius' utilization of jen, goodness, and Martin Buber's idea of "I and Thou."
The notion of an infinite chasm between you and G-d is simply not true. It is not a vertical relationship of G-d up there and you down here, but a horizontal one. Your own soul is G-dly.
God's faith in us seems much bigger, more demanding, more frightening, than our faith in ourselves. Talk about the audacity of hope.
No doubt the debates about the existence of God will continue, and we can enjoy the spectacle, but I suspect that no amount of clever verbal exchange will do anything to convince anyone either way.
For believers, God is as real as mother, father, neighbor, or friend. It may take on a somewhat different character, but it is a relationship no less.
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