Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The War On Christmas Needs You!

Seems like there’s a lot of talk on American news these days about The War On Christmas. I don’t know if regular people actually believe in this or whether it’s just something that the cable news channels drum up to manufacture ratings, but certain news personalities seem to have confused the changing cultural landscape of our society with an active assault against God Almighty.

My view is that if your god is weakened or threatened by the changing cultural standards of the country you live in, he’s a pretty puny, tribalistic god. A god you believe in for much the same reasons you root for your favorite sports team—because you live close to it (this is a red-blooded Angels fan writing, so I know all about tribalistic loyalties). Anyway, a weak god. Not the living God of the universe whose immense power spoke all things into existence. No, the real God is not on His throne worried, His plans are not threatened, and His will is not thwarted by any so-called “war on Christmas”.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Particle God, pt. 2

Part 1 talked about whether you believe in something or nothing. Many people I know believe that there is indeed something out there, but they're kind of vague and unspecified in just exactly what that something is. Their definition doesn't go much farther than "a Higher Power". Many of them believe this power is a sort of innocuous, vaguely beneficent Energy that directs and guides us.

A belief very similar to the following, if you'll allow me to quote some sage wisdom from a venerable master:
It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.
                                                                         -Obi-wan Kenobi
Old Ben's not entirely wrong.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Particle God

It was announced today that physicists had found almost certain evidence confirming the discovery of the Higgs boson, aka the "God particle". It might not seem like that big a deal to us plebians, but to describe it as a massive, momentous achievement in the realm of quantum physics is a major understatement.

Events of this magnitude present a great opportunity to step back from the day-to-day grind and think big, fundamental thoughts about What It All Means. Let's think big here. I mean really big. Pull the lens wayyyyy back. Let's not even think about religion or science. Think past Jesus or Mohamed or Buddha or evolution. Let's think about the universe itself. The physical universe of stars and galaxies, interstellar gas, quasars, black holes and the like. Let's just ponder the mere fact that it is. That it exists.

And let's think about the fact that this universe we live in is finite. From our vantage point it is incomprehensibly vast...but it does not go on forever.

The universe has boundaries, has ending points. There is an actual point at which the Universe stops. Which of course begs the question....what lies on the other side of the Universe?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Your God Sucks

A few months ago USA Today ran an article detailing the growing dilution of spiritual belief in America and general apathy towards anything beyond the material.

It came as no surprise to me. I know a lot of people who are cynical about god, disillusioned, disappointed and angry. Perhaps that is you. Maybe you ended up here by typing "god sucks" into a search engine. If so, please keep reading--it may not be what you expected but I hope you'll find some thoughts worth pondering.

However, I also know many, many people who aren't necessarily angry at God but simply uninterested. This group tends to believe in a curious blend of romanticized Eastern mysticism and shallow platitudes. “The Universe will guide me where I’m supposed to go.” That sort of custom-religion stuff where we create our own “god of what we feel like today.” Often a combination of the Force and a jolly old Santa Claus: a god who never relates to us, never asks anything of us, never challenges us to become more than we already are.

If God is just some mystical energy force with no personality and no real intent, then you my friend have already out-evolved God.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Selection from "Who's Got God?"

Twelve years ago as my colleague Jordan Adams and I traded deep, lengthy emails back and forth, I never imagined I would one day collect them into a book. I think I've become a much better writer than I was then, and if I was writing these today I would approach the task much differently. When I seriously began to put these letters together, though, I made a commitment not to change a single word in any way, other than to correct misspellings and obvious mistakes of grammar. It was very important to me to present our words honestly and accurately. 

What I'm proud of, however, is that while I may have changed my style of writing, I would change very little (almost nothing, actually) of the substance of what I wrote. I've been through a lot since the days when we wrote our letters, many highs and many lows, but after all that I still believe that "on the third day, He rose again."

Without further ado, a true story of my first profound spiritual experience--the first time I heard God speak directly to my heart. 
From Who's Got God? pp.136-137: