I’M NOT LOST, GOD IS.

I’m not looking for God anymore. I’m not lost, God is! ‘He’ has been co-opted by the fools, the frigid, and the terrible, invoked by the misguided, hateful, and intolerant, ‘His’ words, whatever they may be, have become lost in an endless entanglement of interpretations like a comical go-around on an early version of Google Translate.

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MY DUSTY BIBLE

Some years ago I read a sign outside a church in a small town just north of Boston that read “Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives.” It made me smile and was an amusing break from the usual trite and forgettable sentiments that one sees on church notice boards. I suspect, and I hope, it was meant with some humor, but something about that funny statement made it indelible in my memory.

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GOD OUTSOURCED

“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”Professor Stephen Hawking

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SO JESUS DIED FOR MY SINS?

It’s Easter weekend and Christians have once again remembered the day on which Jesus died for our sins. So, apart from the obvious question of why does Easter always fall on different dates, I’m wondering why Jesus died for my sins in the first place?

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GOING TO CHURCH

I’ve believed in God for as long as I can remember. God just seems to make sense to me. I look around and it seems entirely logical that a creative, powerful, and timeless force would be behind the science that has woven this world and all others together. I’ve never really thought anything other than that, never considered the possibility that God might be nothing more than a creation of mankind in order to answer the questions we cannot answer. I believe in God from beginning to end because the thought of a Godless world where we come from nothing and go to nothing seems bleak and empty to me. Life surely has to be about more than just making the rent, watching TV, sex, eating, and dying slowly.

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HOW DO YOU LISTEN TO GOD?

Throughout human history people have often claimed to hear God talk directly to them. These claims have justified a whole host of events and actions ranging from staggering acts of selflessness, to utterly disturbing acts of horror. God, it has been claimed, has been behind all of these things, and across the world today millions of people spanning all religions still claim that they listen carefully to God. So, given that many religions claim exclusivity on God, how is it that all these people can hear from ‘on high?’ What are they listening to? In a world full of mixed messages and misinformation how do you listen to God?

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HOW DO YOU TALK TO GOD?

Way back in the old testament it seemed that God would make several personal appearances, or at the very least send down a member of staff (an ‘angel of the Lord’) to speak on his behalf. If we’re to believe those old texts, back in those times God seemed far more interested and available to mankind. Yet today, in a world more connected and capable of communication than ever before, talking to God has been the only form of communication that seems to have become more difficult. So how on earth do you talk to God?

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GOD UNABLE TO ATTEND MEETING

So, if you were to look for God where would you begin? My initial idea was to go along to the local Anglican church and meet with the Vicar. But then it struck me that this was maybe the wrong way of approaching the task. If meeting God was the aim then surely the most logical first step would be to set up a meeting with God that allows us both to forgo all the religious interference that to me seems to serve more as a barrier than a bridge to God. But without some kind of religious process how do I arrange a meeting with the almighty?

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STARTING AGAIN

I’m not an honest blogger. By that I don’t mean that I lie, I just mean that I’m not the kind of blogger who sees every emotion or thought in my head as an opportunity to bare my soul. I’m more reserved than that, or dare I even say more conservative. However that’s where my conservatism ends.

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