Forum member once-upon-a-time left a posting having to do with the subject
of belief in God.
of the posting was that this person was no longer so sure that they
still believed in the God that they had been brought up to believe in.
Having now lived through difficult and hard to accept experiences, they’d
come to the conclusion that they might now be an agnostic and even leaning
toward a stance of atheism.
same time, it was confusing to them, because astrology had become a
comfort for them in that it displayed there was some sort of order to
Never having been one to be especially plagued with doubts of the existence
of a supreme being, I surfed away from this thoughtful but slightly
confusing forum post.
it over... I realized that this sincere and searching individual
was most probably not an agnostic or atheist about the idea
of there being a God. They were, however, in limbo about the God
that they had
been brought up to believe in.
a belief in the efficacy of astrology (almost) requires one to hold
a belief in some sort of a divine intelligence and purpose in the universe.
I, too, many years ago had gone through this painful limbo and
through my own personal "dark night of the soul" struggles
with God and who God is (or isn't). I, myself, had walked away
from God and then
a very long time since I, myself, believed in the limited and judgmental
God of my young adulthood.
painful death of this God (created in
my own image) nevertheless never negated my belief in the divine
and/or in my sense of divine purpose. In fact - into my late 30s
to early 40s
it had become an almost humorous yearly ritual weighing the
decision of whether or not to attend seminary in preparation for "the
Logging off the Internet, I began winding down from
my long and emotionally draining day. Crawling
into bed, I pulled out my copy of a novel I'd recently begun, "Angels
and Demons" written by Dan Brown, and author of the best-seller
"Da Vinci Code."
where I’d left off… one of the main characters
of "Angels and Demon," Vittoria (a conveniently beautiful
and world renowned CERN scientist), asked the novel’s hero,
Harvard professor Dr. Robert Langdon a probing question. She
wanted to know
if he, an expert in the study of religious symbols, still believed
a rather lengthy and heady reply having to do with the various world
(and sounding eerily reminiscent of a "sermon" I might have given
on the topic), she interrupted Langdon saying that she hadn’t
asked him whether or not he believed in one of the religions conceived
of by men.
She wanted to know if he believed in God.
As it has many times in the past, the universe had caught my
attention with this "out of the blue" synchronicity
- and so much for my hoped for goal of winding down and falling
I suppose that you're now expecting me to provide an answer and/or
to the story as to why the universe wanted to catch my attention
at that particular moment. However, I believe (no pun intended)
previously mentioned in this series of articles on the subject
of Fate, that I had plans of being better at asking you hard questions
than that of giving
you easy answers.
To be honest,
all this talk of God and/or the belief in God wasn't happening in a
vacuum. However, I share a little more about that in the series of Death
and Dying articles: "A Time To
Live, a Time To Die."
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