I find this difficult to define in my own spirituality. I came to AT as an atheist / humanist but gradually became more spiritual and believing!
I do believe in the universe and there is some force there. It has a destiny mapped out for us (although we have free will to deviate from that in my beliefs, there is still a purpose or reason for our being). I am not sure if I believe in a God or Goddess or multiple deities or just some universal creation energy type thing without a person associated with it. I think if I do believe in a God, I believe in multiple Deities for different areas. I don't believe in a single focused person which most organised religions believe in I guess.
Thank you Daniel. I find it hard to correlate an amorphous God with something having planned our destinies out for us!? What happened to free will action and karma? We can project the hghest potentials of our being and thus as some say have created "God–" I dont have a problem with multiple dieties either..whatever works
Feeling similar to Danieljuk - I think there is a universal force, I think we are all interwoven and our paths all matter...as though everyone who ever lived is part of a big tapestry. I think there is a major or larger idea for our lives, but many free choices within that major path.
I also believe there are many gods - because we created many of them with our beliefs, and so they exist, fed by those beliefs. And then there are the elemental gods, of streams and trees and rivers and mountains, who were here even before us...
I also believe that we ourselves are God - "Thou art God" and that the successful resolution of our lives depends upon us believing in ourselves...
So I do believe in "God" more or less, but not as how religions see/perceive that force.
Thank you Padma, that is lovely and the nearest to my beliefs too. The large tapestry idea though ..isnt it borne of the knowledge we are all the same? All strivng for similar goals? That we do help each other and progress and all add to our lives by ourselves but not by A God? Oh hang on I think you answered that in the "thou art God" quote
I have highly conflicting beliefs about the existence or lack thereof of higher powers in the universe, and rarely like to talk about them. If anyone asks me I answer that it doesn't matter since my beliefs don't affect what most people perceive as practical applications of belief/non-belief.
In other words, my beliefs are like picking your nose; it's okay to do it, it just seems uncouth to publicize it. Which isn't to say I do or don't.
How's that for avoiding a loaded question?
Its great and no problem, after all, to steal the UK prime minsters words, "we are all in this together" though h use of them was quite despicable
Personally I cant NOT believe in a God, I am not blind to love and beauty in this world, I am not atheist but I have fully rejected alot of the useless and destructive furniture....
ps if anyone thinks my question was loaded I apologise, I am just interested in views and the whys and wherefores....this question underpins so much in personal life and society ....so much is ruled by it...I believe what my religious teacher said in a lecture, (ps it wasnt a course in religion but part of a humanities degree) it is linked to home,and going home...ie religion is a way home and feeling safe and secure.....thats also why I think religion is tightly connected to ones own early home life.....
she also made a comment about sin...ooh that horrible word...she said it is like a virus...it spreads and infects, now that part i believe because it made sense, more sense than according to the bible i am born full of sin especially if a woman...i would love all that antiquated claptrap to die a very very ceremonious death...oooh champagne bottles at the ready