did God begin? Never? How can we deal with the idea
that God never had a beginning and has always existed?
Why is the nature of reality something rather than nothing?
In other words, why should there be a creation rather
than just a vast, eternal emptyness?
Do you ever ask yourself questions like these? If you
are serious about deepening your spiritual understanding,
it is essential that you do. Personally, the largest
mystery which I can grapple with is: What about my own
personal consciousness? How is it that I wake up every
morning and think in terms of "I"? We take our consciousness
for granted, but it is a miracle, one of our most convincing
clues to the existence of God.
Christian doctrine tells us that faith in Christ makes
us acceptable to God and earns us the reward of eternity
in heaven. Yet, those who promote this doctrine ignore
the fact that it contains a logical impossibility.
never began and will never cease to be. We, on the other
hand-at least according to Christian doctrine-did not
exist until we were conceived in the womb. Yet the reward
of our faith is that we will become eternal, existing
for as long as God exists.
you catch the flaw in this thinking? Eternity cannot
be eternal on only one end. If a thing has a beginning,
it must have an end. Our bodies had a beginning, so
they will have an end. But our souls, we are taught,
have no end. Therefore, they cannot have had a beginning.
If they did begin at some point in time, they would
be temporal, not eternal. You can't have it both ways.
this unavoidable fact-which the church would nevertheless
like to avoid-opens up a whole new sense of who we really
are. God did not create us from spare arms and legs
in some heavenly human parts department. There is nothing
but God. Therefore, God made us from God's own substance,
in God's own image. We have always existed simply because
we are part of God.
this truth makes a huge difference:
question, "What have we been doing all this time?" helps
us to see reincarnation in a whole new light.
that we are part of God erases all doubt about our acceptibility
as "sinners" and makes the concept of a savior unnecessary.
It also helps explain Jesus' promise that we will do
even greater things than he did. [John 14:12]
realizing that we have eternity in which to grow and
learn reduces much of the anxiety we feel in this present
incarnation. In addition, it leads us to create good
karma so that our future incarnations can be more productive.
long is eternity? It is as long as your life!
Oct. 31st, 2003
John W. Sloat 2003