Eckhart Tolle in his book, ‘The Power of Now’, tells us that the word ‘God’ has become “empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse”.
When you think about it, everyone’s idea of God is different. Today, many people, amazed or excited by something, will often blurt out ‘Oh my God’! The phrase has also been shortened for texting messages. One has to question whether these people are really calling on their God for assistance?
People of different faiths all have different ideas about who or what their God is, and in what form their God takes. For many, God is often referred to as having a male or female gender. One wonders whether an almighty being would have a gender at all?
The question we might ask ourselves is whether our God is distant, or permanently in the clouds above us, or can we look for and find our God here on earth, in nature, or maybe even within ourselves? Is our God seen as ‘Enlightenment’; ‘A Father figure’; ‘A Being’; a Spirit, or maybe just ‘Peace and Love’.
A well-known Budda saying is that “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without”. The Bible tells its followers to “go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret”.
It seems possible that individually each one of us can seek our God, from within our own selves. Eckart Tolle calls this experience, finding a “oneness with Being”.
When seeking our God, I believe the Dalai Llama got it right when he said, “People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they are not on your road doesn’t mean they have got lost”.
I’m Peter Mack and that’s faith.