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How Big is Your God? December 6, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Astronomy, Morality, Religion, Religion, Philosophy, and Science.
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This morning, I was re-reading a friend’s blog, and her perspective on God. Her post was interesting, as were the comments that followed. It made me ask the question above.

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Reading the comments reminded me that when I bump across people who feel they have it all figured out, that they’ve definitively answered every possible question about a creator or no creator (and I’m not suggesting that this applies to Tiffany, or any of the commentors on her blog entry), regardless of their educational background or religious affiliation (or non-affiliation), I smile. My smile is not the smug smile of someone who knows more, smiling at the cuteness of those less wise than me. It’s a smile that says “maybe someday I’ll have it figured out like you apparently do, but I’m not there yet.”

Recently, another friend of mine recently said to me, “Tim, if you don’t have questions… if you’ve got it all figured out, your god isn’t big enough.” It seems to me that we all have gods, whether we use a big “G” or a little “g,” and whether we have one, or many. We just choose different things, and sometimes ascribe to them different powers, authority, and ability, but ultimately, they all sound like gods to me.

Oddly enough, the “other friend” I mentioned above is also the senior pastor of my church. Weird thing for a Southern Baptist minister to say, huh?

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1. heatherf - December 6, 2006

I find it interesting how many discussions get raised around the tactical nature of God and very few about the purpose of God. The question around whether one’s god is big enough could go deeper if we ask the question is your god big enough for you? To answer that question, one must first define his/her purpose in having a god or a belief in science or Buddha Nature, what have you.

If the purpose is comfort, for instance, and comfort equals knowing the full truth about life, the Universe, and everything, a religion that spells it all out would be desirable. If the purpose is to foster a feeling of belong, a “spirit of life” that/who ooozes through and connects all things may be more purposeful.

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the god(s) they choose. What does your god say about you?


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