Religion, philosophy, reason, and rationalism all come to play when discussing the concept of God. One of the challenges throughout the history of mankind is the belief that there is only one way to describe deity. We all share this planet and were all given the gift of Reason and Free Will. Personally, I believe in an all-encompassing Divine Thread or creative force that both created and perpetuates the existence of all things. I view the Bible as a series of books that contain history, mythology, and a great deal of allegory written by men, not God, with the intention and purpose of knowing and understanding things that to them were enigmas. I do not view it as the infallible word of God because it is a compilation of texts written by men. Nothing man composes or compiles can be infallible. Whether or not they were truly inspired is not my concern as it is not something that can be proven.
Nature is the true Word of God and through it all men can experience divine revelation. I believe personal revelation is possible, but that it as its name says – is personal.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. – Thomas Jefferson.
I am a strong proponent of the use of Reason and believe that any dogma or creed that forces one to suspend its use must be investigated and weighed on the merits of its underlying intentions. These are my personal views and I in no way expect anyone to conform to my ideas. If we were intended to follow a specific path in order to obtain an eternal reward, then that path would be clear and we would all be following it. For me I view all paths as eventually leading to the same destination and that one should not be afraid to venture off the well-beaten path and forge their own.
You are welcome to join me on this quest.
- Nelson Rose