“The most dangerous thing is illusion”    –              Ralph Aldo Emerson

Statements about God are made, seemingly, with impunity. Is it He or She, maybe It? God exist, God doesn’t exist. God is love but (S)He) allows pain. Pain and suffering are a reality, therefore God either does not exist or (S)He) is not love. Which God is the true one: the triune God of Christianity, the One God of the Muslims, the Life Force of esotericism etc?

While many a statement and an opinion about God and (S)His) existence are bandied about; I think some of these are based on important illusions. Below is four, not all of them, illusions from which we suffer in regards to statements about God.

The first illusion is that we can capture or describe something wholly different, some would say infinite, with our finite language.  We suffer from a severe lack of knowledge as far as the metaphysical is concerned. Faith is based on believe, and that is essential being convinced about things that cannot be seen.

The second illusion is closely related to the first. When people of faith confess a God that is love or grace etc; God is not restricted to the “worldly” understanding of the term used. (S)He) transcends the term and becomes the perfection thereof, often to the extent that it affronts the confessors.

The third illusion is that we boldly proclaim we know the essence of God. This is a prerequisite to the bold statements about God’s essence, intent and judgement. Many people of faith confess a living God and at the same time judge other possible revelation by (S)Him) or experiences of (S)Him).

The fourth illusion is that we can control or deny God by our language. The existence of God is not based on our say so. (S)He either exist or (S)He doesn’t; our opinions on the matter change nothing about the reality thereof.  In the same vein people of faith cannot dictate God’s actions by their sweet talk. (S)He might decide to act in ways that goes against what people think might think is proper.

Once we acknowledge the limitations of our knowledge and language in regards to God, we cannot continue in a subjective, arrogant approach to the subject. The result in breaking the hold of these illusions is that we will treat the subject with more humbleness and each other with more dignity and open-mindedness.

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