What I Believe
IN AA it's important to have a clear concept of Higher Power. As it turns out my H.P. is God. I define Him the way most people do; it's there that the similarities seem to end.
The God I believe in is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good. This means He can do anything, He knows everything, and all He does is good. I believe that under this definition it follows that God IS everything. And nothing. And all that is in between. In the beginning, God was hanging out being good when He realized that He can't know HOW good He is. Since there was no beginning and no end to HIM he had no way of seeing Himself. He couldn't hold the mirror because He was the mirror. So, in His infinite wisdom, He seperated a little chunk of himself and decreed that this chunk would be temporarily blinded to His glory. Then He gave that chunk sentient thought, a place to grow, and said, "OK, now learn, love and grow and if you do well you will know Me again."
Through the eyes of that chunk, humankind, God was able to know his glory. Through our lonliness He came to know His love. Through our despair He knew joy. And when we reunited in 'Heaven' He knew Himself fully, even from the eyes of the ignorant and blind.
If we humans cannot help God realize his glory we are sent back to try it all again till we do (yes I believe in reincarnation). I don't believe in Hell. If God is all-good He could never allow something that is all-evil to exist. I also don't believe that most of us can do it in one lifetime. There is too much diversity in environments and knowledge to allow just the priviledged to get to heaven in one shot because they lived down the street from a great church or monastary.
I believe that Jesus is God. Of course we all are God, it's just that Jesus was given the gift of knowing his Godliness while human, that makes him a God on earth. Other Prophets knew much, but I don't believe they knew what Jesus did. I'm still researching other religons and may well change this belief.
Now keep in mind this post is what I believe. It is not what you should believe. I don't care what you believe as long as it doesn't hurt people. This post is a response to a posting from yesterday's entry. I'd love to have some comments on it.