meaningofstrife

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It’s All Metaphor

on January 11, 2012

I’ve always thought, that if we could adequately describe God in human terms, well, that God would be pretty disappointing.  A Sunday School understanding of God tells us that God is all-knowing, God is Love, God is everywhere at once, God is inside of us….none of this makes any sense in the world as we know it.

But each one of us has had experiences where we have touched God.  The joy of seeing a loved one who has been away for a while, seeing a baby smile or laugh, hearing beautiful music, watching a sunset, that moment when you know all is right with the world….

Humans want to understand, they want to explain.  But the only way to really describe God is through metaphor.  This is how I look at all the world’s religions and traditions that attempt to explain what God is.  They all get close, but they are only metaphor.  You can know God, but you can’t put God into words.

So, isn’t it ironic that we as humans argue semantics when it comes to religion?  Instead of feeling and knowing the essence of God, and accepting that God cannot be put into a neat, human box, we argue about the details.  We will never get the details “right”, because that’s not the point.


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