Add to all that my list of some of my favorite spiritual writers:
- Neale Donald Walsh, author of the Conversations with God series.
- Bart Ehrman, a leading scholar in religious studies.
- Reza Aslan, probably best known for his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
- John Dominic Crossan, is a major scholar in historical Jesus research.
- Paramahansa Yogananda, was an Indian yogi and guru who brought meditation through his writings, but particularly Autobiography of a Yogi, to the western world.
So, with all that background, I will now attempt to explain the title because it probably comes closest, with some explanation, to forming the basis of my accumulated beliefs. You don’t have to believe anything I say or believe; I simply reserve the right to believe it, as you have the right to believe what you wish.
However, you do not have the right to impose your beliefs on me or anyone else, or bring harm to anyone because they do not share your beliefs.
What I Believe and Why
The Big Bang Theory suggests that the Universe (Everything, with a capital “E”) is expanding from one microscopically small central origin point that roughly 13.8 billion years ago exploded giving rise to all matter and energy.
Note that number, 13.8 billion years. It’s Time and while humanity measures time, God is eternal, so He (I’ll stick with the grammatical convention of referring to God as masculine here, although God is simply Spirit.) has always existed. When we say “before” something, we’re referring to Time but God existed before Time.
Walsh, in Conversations with God suggests a more faith-based telling of that origin that makes sense to me when compared with the Big Bang Theory.
God, as Spirit, had no way of identifying Himself, nothing to compare Himself with. Spirit was and is everywhere. Personally, I define God as Love and the Energy of Love is everywhere.
Einstein also taught us that energy and matter are related. Quantum physics is changing and confirming Einstein’s theories and shows that particles can be connected across great distances (like the Universe). Don’t get wrapped up in the scientific details here. My only point, as it pertains to this is, that we are all connected to God all the time because we contain the same spirit as God.
Back to the Big Bang. God decided at some point to focus all (or some or most?) of His Energy at one focal point until it exploded, yielding matter and energy flying all around. Over time, this expanding Universe created galaxies, stars, planets, etc.
This is all well and good, but so far there was nothing animated about what God created. Whether through evolution or God becoming bored with rocks and fire, when it was time, the spark of life came forward and created mankind, in His own image, the Spirit of God.
When I was a kid, I wondered how God could hear all of our prayers and know what we all wanted. I know now that God is in all life, all inanimate objects, everywhere, all the time. And if we recognize that and block out all the distractions and listen for that still small voice, whether it’s a voice or not, we can recognize it because it’s part of us and we are part of God.
The God that existed before the Big Bang.
In another post, I’ll elaborate on how this affects Christianity, in my view.