Believing in God – What Does That Mean?

What if God was one of us?  This lyric is repeated many times in a song titled “One of Us.”  This tune was written by Eric Bazilian and originally performed and released by Joan Osborne in the 90’s.  This message struck a chord with me while listening to music on YouTube.  A review In Wikipedia reads “The song deals with various aspects of belief in God by asking questions inviting the listener to consider how they might relate to God, such as “Would you call [God’s name] to his face?” or “Would you want to see [God’s face] if seeing meant that you would have to believe in things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints and all the prophets?”

To me this is pretty powerful stuff.

What does it mean to believe in God?  What if God was One of Us?  What if he appeared and challenged our beliefs?  This is something I ponder while walking out in the woods.  Being outside on this beautiful planet brings a very strong connection to nature and speaks to the soul.  But, I am still trying to get my arms around; exactly who and what is God?  After having an epiphany while walking on a mountain in Spain, I am convinced there is something in here and out there.   This encounter radiated warmth, love, connection and light.  From this moment, my take away was an inner drive to celebrate our differences; we are all connected and still have so much in common.

There are a lot of different beliefs in God across the world including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindu and many more.    All of these theologies have incredible teachings and serve as a great home for those seeking God.  Some religions, like Catholicism have a very strong system of principles or tenets and this is OK.  What if most all of these faiths shared an essence of the truth?  What if they all have a path to God?

What if God was love and not this judgmental being in the sky?  What if there are many prophets on our planet bringing peace and goodwill?

When asked, “Spiritual but not religious” seems to be a growing response from many people.  Phillip Goldberg ‘s article in the Huffington Post titled, “The G-Word: What Does It Mean to Believe in God?”; explains this as the emerging sense of “God” is in the world and the world is in God; or everything is Divine and the Divine is everything.  He goes on to write, “we are coming to realize that, in matters of the spirit, what we experience inside, and what we do outside, are more important than what we believe — or say we believe”.

So what does it mean to believe in God?  While I attend Unity Eastside, a Christian based Church, I am still growing and learning in my newly found relationship with God.  One thing for certain, after this epiphany, I am more comfortable with life and who I am.  There is a new sense of wonder and joy; this is a good thing because it makes life good.  It seems every day brings new experiences and lessons.

In closing, these lyrics in “One of US” really stirred up some of my thinking.  In a good way.  Do they for you?

What if God was One of Us?

If God had a name, what would it be?
And would you call it to His face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

So, I urge you to grab a friend, or family member, or go solo.  Get outside and take a walk.  Talk or think about; What would you ask? What does it mean to you to believe in God?  What are your core beliefs?  Do you believe there is something in here and out there?  I do.  Are you in?

Gregg Patterson

gregg.patterson@yahoo.com

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