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On Faith: What kind of God do you come from?

November 20, 2010|By Dr. Jim Turrell

When they're growing up very few people ever question what they're told about God. God's story is a cultural idea created to explain where they came from, why they exist, how to behave, and what happens after they die. The story of God is interesting because it dominates the way many people think, react, and feel. Recently, I proposed 21 questions that people ask about God, and I have started to post the answers on our center's websites, http://www.cslnm.org and http://www.cslfriends.com.

The first question, "Where did humanity get the idea for God/Goddess?" must be answered in a non-religious way — which is why I am a Religious Scientist. "Religion" is your relationship with God and "science" is the study of that relationship. Which brings us to one of many "religious" challenges: loyalty to the religion of our culture? For many, religion has not been a particularly positive experience. Half truths, used with agendas that are more political than spiritual, polarize opinions and force people into emotional standoffs. Typical of this is the question, "If you died tonight, would you go to heaven or hell?"

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The answer to this question is irrelevant. The purpose of the question is to control the conversation and turn the answer into something that could only come from a "human-like god." A God who sits in judgment with a human agenda to punish or reward depending on whether you follow man-made rules. In science this is called anthropomorphic or ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.

So what am I loyal to? To God, of course, but not a god created by human agendas, but a God created by consciousness. In philosophy, we call this the god in your mind, your mental faculties characterized by how you think, feel, and choose. This is why the story of God/Goddess is so important to understand.

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