Do I believe in God? No, I do not believe in God, but I know that God exists. I have both surrender and faith.
Knowledge is not the same as a belief, an opinion or simply ‘blind’ faith. How true knowledge is attained is described in Chapter 8 - the number is based upon the symbol for infinity connecting Heaven and Earth.
However, let’s say for the moment that you do not believe in God, or that you are uncertain of God’s existence. This might be for a variety of reasons, especially if this is based on what life has taught you so far and the pain that you have felt.
Now, let’s say that God would be your concept of the ideal. Most people are essentially capable of understanding this. Then, if you do have that concept, God must exist as a thought of the ideal within you.
That thought would probably make God smile.
The English word for God is derived from the German word ‘Gott’. This in turn is derived from the German word ‘gut’, meaning ‘good’. God is the same as Allah, YHWH, Vishnu, Vahiguru, Ahuramazda, Serendipity, the Dao and The One, plus many other ‘names’ - that which Is; is meant to Be; is Being; is Creation; is the Source of Creation; is the Way; is the Universe, at all levels.
So, do you believe in good?
Using the logic of the words we use to describe something and the symbols that can be associated with these words (which are our main ways of communicating common concepts to each other), then God must also include our (or your) concept of the ideal or common good, even if at the moment you think that this ideal does not exist within this world.
If you thought that you were an atheist or agnostic, just knowing that you have a concept of the common good or an ideal is proof that you have just contradicted yourself about what you think you know about God or good! That is why opinion, which is based on assumptions or gaps in knowledge, can only ever give a partial knowledge of the true nature of reality and of all of creation which you know you a part of.
There are some who believe that Jesus was the spirit of God manifest, or the will of God, the Christ, manifest on Earth, but without really knowing why.
Jesus has many different names in different languages. The most common are transliterations of his real name. If you conjoin Isa (in Islam), Jesus and Joshua and try to come up with a common pronunciation, you will probably approximate to the pronunciation ‘Yeeschwah’. People of other faiths will recognize this as ‘YHWH’, the previously unpronounceable name of God. This has commonly been pronounced since that time as Yahweh, or Jehovah, as Human Beings have no knowledge of how the original Aramaic name would have been pronounced or heard. The name was even alluded to in the motion picture ‘Avatar’, along with the eternal message of overcoming your fears, connecting with everything and learning to ride the shadow.
Yet I also know that Jesus (or the name Iesus in Latin) was the name of a Human who was also a Being. He was an avatar that appeared many times, a warrior of the Light, fighting the forces of darkness since some of the angels, the higher and original creations, had fallen. He appeared many times before his time as Jesus and many times since. He was the same innate Being connected to Michael.
His Being, the Christ within, will appear again, but many will not know or understand. The reason is that it is the message that is important, since it came from the Source of Creation in many different forms, including the Buddha who taught about reincarnation and karma in order that Human Beings could learn what they needed to know from their many lives before being able to return to Source.
The basis of all true faith systems is eternal love, whether this is, for example, from Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism or Christianity. The primary thing to understand is that if the message is about love then it will always come from Source, because Source is love, and will always be because creation is an act of love. Creation and love will always be for the common good because true love is gentle and self-less. A God of love must therefore be a gentle God, because any other supposition would be a contradiction. Therefore all suppositions of another god are demons created within the mind.
Do we learn this or is this understanding innate within all of us? According to Sister Frances Dominica, founder of the first children’s hospice in Oxford, England, ‘Faith is caught, not taught’, which leads to some poignant questions:
Is there intrinsically any real difference between the faiths of love? Did not the major religions and ideologies go to war in the name of God, each of them claiming that ‘if God is on our side, who can be against us’?
Part of our minds allows this separation. There is no such thing as ‘us’, because ‘us’ is a relative term to force a temporary distinction with ‘them’ that creates an artificial separation between essentially the same thing, and that in itself is a contradiction. This is because love cannot be separated from creative existence and a focus on non-self, or is seeing something that we connect with in others that automatically negates a perceived divide between ‘us’.
Since contradictions are a counter of two opposites, within reality they cannot be true since reality must include all things. You could argue that a distinction is a perception, and perceptions exist in reality, but even that is only a one-sided perception since there is another perception that contradicts that one! In other words, all distinctions are contradictions that essentially cancel each other out.
The reason that we use distinctions is to make sense of the physical or temporal world. These distinctions do not exist within the spiritual world, they are simply a duality. If you doubt this, quantum mechanics may provide a clue: Observation of a particular particle will make the particle change its relative position, suggesting that we are looking at the same particle from the same particle!
Another way of looking at it is by comparing the size of two different objects of perceived different size. From the perspective of the smaller object the other is larger. From the perspective of the larger object the other is smaller. If one of them did not exist in comparison to the other, such a perception would not exist. Human Beings are a mirror and refection of completeness, a part of creation in His image.
Further clues are provided by Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, in other words that all perceptions are relative to each other. To help understand this, imagine for one moment that you are observing four planetary bodies, three lined-up vertically and the fourth to the right of the bottom-placed body. (You can try drawing this). Light energy will travel from the top to the bottom right planetary body by ‘bending’ around the body of the middle one, yet also travel directly from the top body to the bottom right. The distance is not the same, yet the light arrives at the same time. All observation of energy is therefore relative to the viewpoint and the interaction of other bodies. That is why scientists will never find a Grand Unifying Theory, because none is able to exist other than by ‘observing’ the whole or the Universe as One and that is not possible from a limited viewpoint. It is much like trying to measure the length of a needle from two points upon its’ tip!
Relating this to Human Beings, we are a just a momentary ‘blip’ in the ‘time’ of creation and ‘us’ is therefore a semantic to distinguish the artificial distance between ‘us’ and ‘them'...
No, I do not believe in God, but I know that God exists. I have both surrender and faith. Knowledge is not the same as a belief, an opinion or simply ‘blind’ faith. How true knowledge is attained is described in Chapter 8 - the number is based upon the symbol for infinity connecting Heaven and Earth.
About the Author
Stephen Ridley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and founder of The One Project on shared global values for the transformation of human consciousness. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has a Masters degree in technology management. He lives in England.