A NOTE TO READERS
Last month I wrote regarding my seven-year old god-son deciding there was no such thing as God.
For two years I’ve been struggling with how to communicate to him and his sister, indeed to so many, why searching for God is still relevant.
In saying this I do not mean searching for a doctrine/dogma of God. I mean searching, personally, for whether there is a god or not.
So I’ve decided to start a letter to him that may, or may not, when it’s finally done, be worthy of publication in the form of a book.
And I will blog it. I ask dear readers for feedback, for thoughts and reactions. Perhaps you might send it on to others who may be interested for my audience exists more in my mind than reality!
You see for me, this is the most important conversation we folk can have.
So the more contributions thoughts and experiences the richer the result.
Not that I expect an end ‘result’. Just as the edges of the universe continue to expand so does this rich concept called God.
I have come to understand that in asking what God is we ask what we are.
How exciting that we are yet to reach a definition for either!
This is probably the longest letter you’ll ever get but by now you know your Pookie so you won’t be surprised!
I am writing to you honey because of a conversation you and I had when you were seven. It went something like this:
“I don’t believe in God Pookie”
My God-son, seven years of age, announced this as I gave him a hug hallo.
I asked him why.
In summary, his religious teacher at school had dished out the dogma of ‘you’re a sinner and God loves you so he sent his one and only son to suffer horrendously and be crucified’ so now you have to be grateful by being good in the ways we say.
Cal, though only seven, already understood that he was not a sinner.
The whole story appeared so ridiculous to a child of 2010 who hasn’t been brought up with it, that he logically concluded there was no such thing as God. His mum didn’t believe, but he knew I did though I call it a completely different name unrelated to institutions.
“I wouldn’t believe in God if that was true either honey. But that doesn’t mean there’s no such thing as God.
Cal looked confused and I pounced on him with a tickle attack. The wrestle that followed put a halt to our theological discussion. As I left I reminded him to keep an open mind. He looked at me with disbelief and I laughed. He was only seven!
Now, it so happened, that for some time I had been thinking of writing on this very subject. To be precise Skippy this letter could be titled ‘Why to Look for God Despite the Nonsense’.
You see mate, that’s the bottom line of this whole letter from my heart to yours (and Yaya’s and Boof-heads…and anyone else who’ll listen).
I unequivocally believe, based on all of my experience, study and research, that the search for this thing called ‘God’ is as important as vitamins in our food, oxygen in our air, love in our life.
Without it we cannot understand ourselves. We cannot use it. And as such we cannot be all that we can be.
But here is the real tricky bit Skip. I can’t prove to you there is God even though I personally know there is, that It Is.
And worse, language is the curse of communication when it comes to this topic. The word God has more meanings than there are cells in your body, as there are individuals on this planet. And folk commit to meaning awfully hard.
Now this had me a bit overwhelmed for a while until I realised it’s not up to me to prove to you there is a God. It is though my responsibility and my passion to explain why you should look into it yourself rather than reject the whole concept because of an old and outdated interpretation.
You are now nine. You live in a time and culture in Australia that is in limbo when it comes to God.
Your mum isn’t interested, agnostic at most, the education system reflects the communities confusion so still presents two-thousand year old dogma next to evolution combined with humanistic psychology in action presented next to scientific reductionist rational atheism (so popular right now) and all are in a messy hostile relationship with each other.
Firstly Skippy let’s be clear that whilst I can’t prove to you there is a God you equally can’t prove there isn’t one.
Current popular atheists in science and philosophy argue the non-existence of God through disproving religious dogma. Clearly it is not reasonable to make this leap. Let me show you why by introducing you to a method of reasoning that I think we can both agree is acceptable. Created some two-thousand five hundred years ago by one of my favourite of all minds, Socrates.
But that’s for next time little buddy…till next time…my heart to your heart.