Personal proposal about vision of God
I would like to propose to all who want it, to create yours personal vision of God and, consequently, to gain more certainty as to whether He really exists.
Therefore, in this chapter I would like to briefly postpone my own understanding of God and, in an objective way, stimulate others to form more personal religious concepts. The texts presented below will give someone the chance to supplement their spiritual knowledge and deepen their understanding of God.
This concept does not have to be connected to any existing religion. Actually, it can be a life idea independent of belonging to a religion or church. With this attitude, it will help to assume that all religious notions and explanations, if possible, are logical and in harmony with human intellect.
First, ask yourself why we cannot have full knowledge about God, which most religions speak about as our Creator, and even calls Him our Heavenly Father. What bothers us?
The first thought that often comes to mind is the suggestion that it may not exist at all and all messages about Him are only human dreams and the search for an unparalleled ideal. It would mean that after our death there is only nothingness, and we are only reliant on our biological life. Maybe it is. There are those who think or believe in it.
However, I do not belong to them. For me, the existence of God is not a problem of faith, but a logical necessity. Too many arguments argue for the existence of the First Cause, and man after death continues eternal life in the spiritual world. I think most people believe or guess that there is a God who created the universe in which we live.
What bothers us to understand it rationally and have full knowledge about our origin, about the origin of the universe and about the eternal future of every human being?
Modern man has at least two problems related to the awareness of the current state of reality. The first, subjective, depends on superficial self-esteem. It means the lack of the will to penetrate into yourself, into your spirituality; even fear, aversion or some strange resistance to knowing about yourself. It has a source in our internal nature.
The second, objective, lies in the insignificant knowledge about yourself due to the low level of human development in general. This development was stopped at the very beginning of the history of our civilization (pictured by the biblical story from the Garden of Eden). It is about the unconsciousness of who the Creator is, what the inner is, spiritual personality of man and why the universe exists. This factor is independent of us.
If God is the way we imagine Him, that is, He is an infinitely good Father who loves His children, He should not separate Himself from us with an impenetrable barrier, which means the inability to get to know Him because of the inaccessible sphere of mystery.
I suggest, therefore, make an extraordinary effort to overcome this bad reality, also overcoming the obstacles created by us. It means rejecting unnecessary dogmas and imposed secrets that interfere with the full knowledge of God. To this end, He cannot continue to be behind the invisible wall of ignorance. Nor should He be a mysterious force, a kind of powerful Thunderer and All-powerful King. We now have an age of great progress in science and technology. God, as the Creator of all things, should in some sense be understood as a scientist ahead of us, who at the same time left us a free field of activity in the cognition of the universe. Let it be like that forgiving Father who silently supports and praises the civilization achievements of His children. Nor should He be a strict, punishing Judge of our behavior, but an Eternal Teacher who gives us His Laws and Principles. Generally speaking, the Creator should not be an unknown Personality detached from man and the universe. In my opinion, monotheistic religions shaped His picture as distant and untrue. Therefore, they must often fill the space between themselves and God with spectacular rites. I believe that no religion, church or organization should have a monopoly on the mediation between God and man. Therefore, as we discover new areas of knowledge about the universe, it is worth regularly refreshing our concept of its Creator.
Before I present the ways of creating an individual vision of God, I would like to emphasize my understanding for a complete lack of faith in him, and even manifestations of aversion to any religious beliefs. In previous chapters, I have repeatedly emphasized that we live in a world that has little to do with the concept of the Creator. Therefore, the observation of the world around us can lead to the logical conclusion that God does not exist at all. One can, therefore, treat faith in him as a psychological phenomenon or recognize believers as people who have been fooled into religious propaganda. Personally, I would advise against adopting such a view, instead recommending thinking based on something more than just a passive observation of this hell around us. I am suggesting to penetrate deeper into the unheard-of man's longing for immortality hidden in our personalities, which does not come from nowhere. This should happen right now when gigantic advances in science and technology are made. History teaches us that each subsequent generation has the right to ask the same questions that have already been asked. Let's try to find God again in these times.
At the outset, let this be some theoretical God as the beginning of everything, or the First Cause. This is a universal condition that you can think about Him at all. I think that God, who is not the absolute and eternal beginning of everything, does not make sense. Also, there is no point in any God who did not create the world, that is, one who does not possess the source energy that enables Him to create matter. Theoretically, it could be terminated because it can be enough information for many people. Such people may no longer be interested in the problem of God's existence at all.
Referring to the previous thought, and at the same time wanting to go further, the easiest way to agree with the need for the existence of a timeless source of energy and the phenomenon of the presence of always universal laws, such as the laws of physics, biology or chemistry. All this could be attributed to God as the First Cause. In this way, we will be able to build a simple concept of the Creator that would suit many people. It would assume the existence of an impersonal God, whose presence we can see, for example, in the existence of nature and its laws and the entire universe functioning according to established principles. Such an efficient Being can exist somewhere far away, which would allow certain people to live their own affairs without special remembrance of His existence.
Unfortunately, most people cannot ignore this subject and still ask new questions about an active God, that is, someone who has an impact on their lives.
Or maybe try to understand God as a source of love and dreams of perfect happiness? We observe the developing nature driven by the reproduction process, but it is difficult to find in it the ideal love awaited by people and the fulfillment of dreams of eternal happiness. We are almost certain that such love and happiness apply only to people. We note that they are so important that they can be combined with the necessity of the existence of the Eternal Ideal that contains those longed-for feelings. Then, some people may need such a God – Virtual Source of Love and Happiness. He could exist without connection to the existing universe and its laws. With this way of thinking, scientists can leave all the explanations for the origin of the entire universe and the origins of human existence, and recognize that someday all these mysteries will be completely explored and understood. Then God Himself as the Absolute Ideal will be associated only with people. It would be actually God that does not exist in the real universe, but only in the minds of people, as the eternal dream of eternal love and happiness.
To complete the above considerations, you can also consider another concept. It is about God within ourselves, God, whom we are carrying in our hearts, Someone logically and scientifically inexplicable, unidentified. There is no need to discover or prove such a God. Somehow His presence is subconsciously felt, and it is not necessary to speak about Him. For example, Far Eastern spirituality presents such a God.
In practice, however, it turns out that we are not always satisfied with the abstract God and we are still looking for the personal source of our lives. Therefore, most of us did not satisfy neither the theoretical God – Architect nor the dreamed God – Virtual Ideal One.
So we have to go even further.
Can one now assume that the beginning of everything was an inexhaustible Source of Energy combined with the existence of eternal laws and principles and permeated with beauty and love in every detail? Yes, because in this way we already have a ready vision of a creative Original Being endowed with a specific Personality. This time it would be possible to satisfy this concept for many people.
At the same time, for a more active person God would be better, with whom one can make contact. Not with any impersonal Energy, not with the Source of Beauty and Love alone and not with the Abstract Ideal, but with Someone Alive. Thanks to that, one could have something to do with this Energy, the Ideal and the Source of Love. Then it would significantly extend our concept, or understanding God as the Source of Life. One could, therefore, accept belonging to this Source and not just an ordinary part of the universe. At the same time, it would enable us to get to know the true position of a man who is a creative participant in reality. It would be connected with the understanding that people are beings closest to the Creator.
To the full success in seeking the eternal truth about God remains only the discovery that people are children of God. However, this can sometimes outgrow the rational feelings of the most active "seekers" of the Creator. It is enough to look at the social reality that surrounds us, so far from any ideal. Therefore, the fact of God's fatherhood is so difficult to accept practically, hence in many cases we have to rely more on faith than on logical thinking. I tried, however, in the first chapters of this study to do everything so that faith would become knowledge and so that God could be called Heavenly Father. It turns out in practice that this concept was able to satisfy a large group of people, because it resulted in the development of Christianity and influenced to some extent on other religions.
I therefore recommend to all such personal attempts to build their vision of God, without denying the department of anyone in religious relationships.
The purpose of the above analysis is to encourage people to create such a "self-religion" that would be for a given person a certain form of connection with the Creator without the need to join existing religious structures and organizations. In this way, I see the beginning of building a personal understanding of God that a particular person could accept. That is why I tried to help in all previous topics to understand the basic aspects of Original Being. Now here I can only appeal for perseverance in creating a personal vision of God and the universe. You just have to want it hard despite the obstacles associated with the tumult of the civilization that surrounds us. In addition, you can support your will to acquire new knowledge with dreams of an eternal future. It will be like our love addressed to the Heavenly Father who is being discovered and to our loved ones who have already overtaken us on their way to the spiritual world.
Is there no God among us?
Or maybe there is no God at all?
Many people have this impression.
In my study, of course, it is not that there is no God at all, as the atheists claim. It is rather that there is no direct presence of God among people on Earth. This is my logical conclusion, which I prove in many places in this study, as well as on my website www.istota.net.
I therefore strongly argue that our civilization, which was created after the events in the biblical Garden of Eden, is devoid of the immediate presence of God. This biblical story is a symbolic description of the tragedy of humanity that occurred at the very beginning of its creation. Because it is symbolic, it must finally be explained in a rational way.
Adam and Eve after an act incompatible with the Will of God departed for "east of Eden", that is, outside the structure of the world created by God, that is, remaining beyond His authority and control. His place was taken by someone else. The Bible calls him Satan, and Jesus called him "prince" and even the "god" of this world. This phenomenon should be the heart of the teaching of every religion. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, which is why I pay attention to this situation.
I therefore point out that a frequent mistake of religion is the direct introduction of God to the fallen world, which is contrary to its fundamental attributes. Of course, He is indirectly around us in the form of God's existing laws and principles. He can be properly understood only as Being absolutely good, unrestricted, free from all barriers, perfect in His conception of creation, and above all immutable, no matter how bad people work.
It is worth bearing in mind that since the event of the fall at the beginning of the history of mankind, that is from the exit from the "Garden of Eden", we live without the presence of God in our world. An abnormal situation requiring repair has been created. That's why Second Adam, or Jesus Christ, must have appeared. He had the task of bringing us forever to this biblical "Garden" so that we could live there continually with Heavenly Father. Unfortunately, the Savior was rejected by people of his time. He could only through his limited act of salvation, in the form of redemption by His death and resurrection, open the Garden of Eden. Since then He has been inviting all those who know how to cooperate with Him. In this way, He wants to complete His mission, that is, to make the Garden of Eden a place of eternal life for all people...
Unfortunately, the earth remains without the presence of God.
The Heart of God
The each of us is sure that has a heart.
Of course, this is not our biological organ, which is a kind of suction and pressure pump hidden in the chest. I mean the center of our personality, the source of good feelings and the depth of our being. The heart is the place where the most important life decisions are born and from which only the good should come. It determines our humanity.
I remind you that we are all born "in the image and likeness of God," meaning that we have inherited our heart from Him. Therefore, just as in the case of man, the Heart of God is the deepest and most important attribute of His Personality (because God is a Person).
The heart of God is the center and core of His Personality and what makes Him Heavenly Father. It is as if in the midst of All Existence. It is the source of His eternal Love, or the Center, from which everything originates. Of course, it is difficult to talk about God with a specific center, source or beginning. We, describing transcendent phenomena, adapt our vocabulary to the earthly measure of time and to three-dimensional space. However, only going beyond these limits, to the sphere beyond time and space, can bring us a bit closer to understanding the Core of the Personality of God.
God's Heart is the heart of the Creator. Understanding His Heart can fully understand who He is, what the spiritual world is and in general how existence occurs beyond time and space. It is therefore necessary to make all of your imagination and the ability to go beyond the boundaries of space-time to understand the problem of the existence of not only God, but above all His Heart. This effort is worth beginning with understanding that both our heart and His Heart are a bridge between the sphere beyond time and space and space-time.
Understanding this fact is necessary to realize God's creative act as an act of developing God Himself. The Creator's main goal is to shape new entities for his "image and likeness". It was in His Heart that "the idea” of the co-existence of His children, that is, of people inheriting His Personality, appeared. Of course, it is difficult to talk about a specific moment of the "emergence" of this idea, because it happened beyond time and space. It is better to accept that the idea of the existence of God's children has always been in Him.
I explained before that the beginning of the spiritual person comes from the Heart of God. I also added that the reason for the emergence of the visible universe, or our space-time, was the unique opportunity to bring up eternal spiritual people as perfect as their Creator. The physically existing universe is therefore indispensable for the emergence of new beings that reflect the attributes of Heavenly Father. Therefore before every human being, is a fundamental task to understand that he is a real child of God.
In this sphere lies the entire space for our discovery of our Father in Him. Among the search for the truth, love and good from Him, one should first feel something that I call the touch of the Heart of God. I will explain this in a specific example, because I cannot describe it in a different way. That is why, in advance, I will refer to topics that are the subject of later chapters.
First, I felt the situation that occurred just after the fall of Adam and Eve. I felt then the lonely Heart of the Father who lost His children in paradise. Later, when Cain killed Abel, I felt a pain, realizing that the chance for the first step to repair original sin and the return of people to the bosom of the Father would disappear. However, I felt the greatest heartache when Jesus, His Son, abandoned by all, went to the death of the cross. At that time, the closest disciples left Him, one of them handed him over to the oppressors, and the best, beloved, denied Him during his trial. Has anyone volunteered to give their lives for Jesus? Has anyone remembered his words: "No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends" (John 15, 13)?
What then happened in the Heart of God? Can we imagine His condition? When I realized all this, I understood that the loneliness of the heart is the highest level of abandonment imaginable.
At some point something from this Divine state has touched me, personally. I felt this unimaginable loneliness of Heavenly Father. When Jesus' words came to me in this state: "My God, my God, why have you left me?" I really understood what it means to be truly abandoned. That's when I fell in love with Heavenly Father and that's how it is to this day.
It is often said, of course figuratively, that someone's heart is bursting with regret, that someone has a torn heart because of the loss of a loved one, that someone's heart is bleeding with grief. These words mean that pain and grief have reached the depths of our being. These are experiences incomparable to anything else and only the personal experience of such a state can give us an idea of the enormity of pain and suffering.
All this helped me to understand one more important circumstance. Namely, that the Heart of God never leaves a human being. God, giving us a part of Himself, or the seed of the spiritual person and a particle of His Heart, in a certain sense becomes present in us forever. This particle is in us forever and nothing can remove or destroy it from us.
I am fully aware of this state of affairs from the moment I experienced the feeling of touching the Heart of God mentioned above. Since then, I have been experiencing the act of God's love as my Father, I experience something in the shape of certainty that He is very close to me. This means that I am somehow connected by a bond of love flowing from Our Father, to which I am still trying to respond, assuring Him of my affection. Therefore, my communication with Him is not a mere prayer. It is a conversation with Someone, admittedly elusive with my senses, but present in the universe. I say to Him with my whole being that I love Him, and then tears come to my eyes. Most often I talk with him, driving alone by car and it happens to me that I have to stop at the side of the road, because tears do not let me continue. These are tears of love, and I feel crying with my whole being. That's all I call the touch of the Heart of God. Only in this way I can explain this feeling.
I am sure that in the very core of our personality lies inherited from God the awareness of His laws and principles functioning in the form of our conscience, as well as a part of His Heart that is our heart. This is what God's Father means in us - His children.
We can, of course, wonder why most people do not feel it. This is unfortunately due to the fact that we live in a civilization in which it is difficult to feel a direct relationship with God, and our conscience is most often drowned out by the problems of everyday life.
Sometimes people subconsciously feel that the hidden conscience exists in them, meaning something that functions somewhere deep in a person, has an impact on their daily lives. This is evidenced by numerous proverbs and colloquial sayings: "someone's feeling comes from the depths of my heart" or "someone has moved conscience", and a sharp reprimand in the style of "you probably do not have God in your heart!".
The few who feel the presence of this part of the Heart of God in themselves and try to follow its impulses are often accused by the others as abnormal or haunted people. So what can you say about Jesus who was fully aware of the presence of God's Heart in Himself? After all, He was speaking in public about this, and in His conduct He always guided by the Divine Source of Love.
I want to remind everyone once again that being God's children, we have a part of His Heart in us. It is through It that God maintains a bond with the deepest part of our personality, although we are not always aware of it. I would like the knowledge of its existence and activity to be universal.
Summing up the above testimony, one can say that the state of our heart determines our personality.
"Essenceism 1 - God is not from this world" (scientific understanding of God)
"Essenceism 2 - We are from this world" (understanding of man towards God)
"Essenceism 3 - Evil is from this world" (understaning of evil)
"Essenceism 4 – Vision not from this world" (understanding of salvation)
"Essenceism 5 – Eternity is not from this world"(understanding of eternity)
analytical system of understanding the existence of God, the spiritual world and man's eternity
Author - Janusz Mazur