WHERE DOES GOD BELONG?
Where does God belong in our world today? I believe God belongs wherever he chooses to belong and he doesn’t need my permission to “belong” anywhere. In the grand scheme of things, I’m here on borrowed time, a visitor while spending my time here on earth. Ultimately, when visit here ends my spiritual journey will bring me to my next step… to God.
U.S. laws may legally ban Christian symbols, images and speaking God’s name within groups, clubs, organizations and at various public functions, but God can accompany us from within our thoughts and actions no matter where we go or what we do. As individuals, we have the right, freedom and privilege to attend Christian functions and schools. Being a power of example is the best way present God to all!
Life’s lessons taught me that when relying on my own resources, the end results left me feeling empty and lost. Accepting God has added quality, direction, purpose and peace within my life. I’m no longer alone nor feel empty or lost. If you were to ask me where does God belong, other than within me… wherever he chooses to be!
My faith is not based on fear or shame. When attending mass, it’s because I want to… not because I should or have to. At times I go to our Church to visit God, to honor him without distractions. It just seems more special in Church and something I choose to do. The God I believe in is kind, forgiving and accepts me no matter what. He loves me unconditionally.
I don’t need to be at church to spend time with God. There are no set rules with how one chooses to have a relationship with him; attending mass does not work for everyone. The freedom of choice concerning if and how one chooses to honor God (Supreme Being, Creator) is personal, as it should be.
During my brief lifetime, I do hope I’ve made some small difference somewhere. I may not have control over world events or the ability to change people’s actions or behaviors, but I can pray. And I have personally seen the power of prayer change lives, including mine. I’ve read stories in which miracles have occurred through the practice and power of faith and prayer. It’s helpful for me to be aware that prayer is never wasted.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them. ~Matthew 18:20
God is and always will be. He is constant and omnipotent. Even though mankind may abandon God, destroy themselves and the world, God will prevail. For the non-believer, it is your choice and I acknowledge your decision. However, don’t be offended if I wish to pray for non-believers; as a Christian, it is my responsibility and privilege to do so.
I have included views on the topics of religion, spirituality and atheism. The descriptions below are informative and interesting. Being fully aware not everyone believes in God, it’s important other views are presented allowing a place where we can learn from one another.
Religion is spiritual and spirituality is religious. One tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines. The lines between on and the other are not clear and distinct — they are all points on the spectrum of belief systems known as religion. Neither religion nor spirituality is better or worse than the other; people who try to pretend that such a difference does not exist are only fooling themselves.¹
One may be a spiritual person, living in communion with God, nature and one’s fellow beings, without the structures and formulae of organized religion. On the other hand, organized religion is not the ogre some freethinkers would have us believe. Many of the most sublime outpourings of love and faith have occurred within the sanctuary and teachings of Church, mosque, zendo and ashram. Where spirit is concerned, the forms cherished by the many may, but do not necessarily have to, lead to a life of spiritual fulfillment. — Linda Brown Holt from ReligiousScholar.com blog, June 21, 2006²
Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.* In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.³
A deity is a recognized pre-natural or supernatural immortal being, who may be thought of as holy, divine or sacred, held in high regard, and respected by believers.
¹Religion vs. Spirituality – Distinguishing Between Religion and Spirituality; By Austin Cline, About.comGuid.
²Exploring Common Themes in World Religions and the Role of Nature in the Spiritual Quest; Copyright © 2011, Linda Brown Holt; All rights reserved.
³Atheism defined, dictionary reference (dictionary.com).
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8