God is Not Religious

God, a fixation for human beings since the beginning of time, continues to permeate every aspect of our daily lives. Some believe in an entity having created everything that exists, others claim that no such entity exists, and that we are here by “miraculous” coincidence, others yet assert that mankind itself, individually as well as collectively, is ‘God’. Either way, one thing is certain, human beings are engrossed in this age-long debate. But who or what is God?

“God is the Unmoved Mover, the Necessary Essence allowing for our contingent and finite existence.”

The dictionary describes God as “the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe.” Essentially, even if you believe in polytheism, the God being referred to is the One perceived at the proverbial ‘top of the food chain’ or hierarchy; the one we believe to be the All-powerful, All-knowing and All-good. As for me, I believe the most basic definition of God outside of personifying Him is as follows: the condition or essence by which all things are allowed to exist and work together. As Thomas Aquinas would say, God “is the Unmoved Mover”, the Necessary Essence allowing for our contingent and finite existence. If this is God, then where does Religion come into play?

Religion is “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.” It started out as Philosophy, folks asking questions about their world and their existence. What no doubt led to disagreements, over time, separate groups were formed based on agreed-upon views and interpretations of various concepts and ideas. It is human nature after all toThe Origin seek comfort in the company of like individuals. As time elapse, informal groups turn into formal factions to propagate their own ideas or views. Over the years, these factions grow to the point of establishing their own institutions called ‘Religions’. These ‘Religions’ claim a stake on an idea, an entity, that had been around long before them, and will be around long after their demise. Much like everything human beings come into contact with, we try and lay claim to things for the purpose of power and control. What better way to have power and control over something than to have complete monopoly over it? Schools claim monopoly over intellectual knowledge, Medical institutions over healing knowledge, Religions over spiritual or metaphysical knowledge and Sciences, over everything else. These institutions claim and establish themselves as the only place to receive information and “truth” on all matters, as a collective. They assert that anything other than what they provide, discover, or approve is “idiocy”, “irrelevant”, “blasphemy” or “unscientific”. Is this in fact true? Must we rely on these institutions and believe everything they say as infallible? Are they the makers of our reality?

God is Not ReligiousHere is my opinion, the “Truth” is everywhere. It is integrated into the fabric of everything. If you have the willingness and are open to seek it, so will you find it. These institutions, like most human endeavors have altruistic beginnings. As a result of their earnest search, they possess ample of true knowledge, answers, and wisdoms to questions and concepts we ponder on the regular. Over time however, due to majority’s tendency to “get comfortable”, they began to exert the status quo as “truth”, if only to perpetuate their way of life. As a result, they reject, many times violently, any idea contrary to the current norm. None have been as gruesome as the atrocities committed by Religion, “in the name of God”. Let all these things not deter you. As an Eastern adage goes, “when you are lost, go back to the beginning.”

The answer is as it has always been, up to the individual. It is up to you to find out the “Truth” and Truththere’s none higher, than to answer the question of our origin. It is imperative that other non-essential things are prioritized around this highest of question: Who am I and Why am I here? Do not forget that something set our ancestors on this quest for Truth. The same something that causes us to endeavor in similar fashion. While some have purposefully or inadvertently made a mess of things, they have also uncovered much. It is up to us to use these institutions as they were intended, as a resource, as a library, a place where we can go and collect information to aid us on our quest; not infallible, not blindly following, but with discernment. I believe that as each of us take this journey, we’ll realize what was true all along, that God not only exists, but he is not confined to any of the theories and concepts we have developed to try and understand Him; and most of all, He is not religious.

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  1. This is always an interesting topic to explore and discuss. The way I see it, God shows us in the Old Testament that He is, in fact, into religion. We see that through His dealings with the Jewish people. They were given the law by way of Moses. They were given commandments and we can read about the various and rituals and blood sacrifices in the Jewish religion. God’s Word speaks on hierarchy/order through the countless examples of kingdoms and legacies mentioned in the Old Testament. All these things reveal to me that religion is something that God has his hand on. However, in the New Testament, Jesus comes forth and He is the fulfillment of the Jewish law (Romans 10:4). In Matthew 5:17, Jesus tells us “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” So it is my understanding that He is not against religion, but that He wanted the religious (exemplified by the Pharisses) to put God and God’s ways ABOVE the law. He tried to teach them that, for example, healing a man was more important than keeping the Sabbath. The problem is not with the religious observance of the Sabbath (in Exodus the Lord commanded that the day be kept holy), the problem is when the religious observance gets in the way of loving your neighbor, the problem is when the religious observance becomes greater than His will being done. I think that’s what God is against, not religion itself, but when people rely on religion and let it take the place of true fellowship with their Lord. And that’s where a lot of people get stuck making religion look like the culprit when it’s their lack of alignment with His Word and Will that’s the true culprit.

    Blessings and great conversation starter!

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