I know there are many many people who believe that they know God, and that is wonderful. But I am speaking here to those who are still seeking for that answer – who or what is God? Why can’t I find him/her/it? Who created and world, and us, and why? What is that picture that is bigger than just my life? And why do I feel such a need to find God?
So here is one theory. Not, as usual, to be confused with a claim that this is Truth.
For centuries upon centuries, probably as long as human beings have existed on earth, we have tried to understand God. Or Goddess. Or gods and goddesses. Or genderless mind, or spirit. Countless mythologies, countless religions, countless different beliefs. Countless different teachings, countless hours spent, all trying to understand God.
With all this, I would think that if we were meant to know God, we would know by now. But what if we are not meant to know?
I believe that one purpose of our lives is to create. At its most basic, to create our own lives, through our beliefs, our choices, our thoughts, our actions. But beyond this there is the creativity of the spirit, that manifests in art and in poetry and in music. This is our purpose also – to create art of our spirit, to share it with others, and to appreciate what others have created.
Not knowing who or what God is, our imagination is freed to all possibilities. Not knowing has inspired so much creativity – the artwork, the architecture, the music, the rituals, the writings. It is the search for the divine that inspires us to open up our minds and hearts and create what we imagine. We create the towering magnificence of cathedrals, the breathless wonder of temples, the inspiring images of paintings and sculpture, the heart-touching sensitivity of poetry, the soaring inspiration that is sacred music.
All faiths have contributed to this vast world of art, and everywhere we go, all over the world, we are offered different images, inspired by people’s imaginations of what they believe deity to be. Perhaps this is why we are given the search rather than the knowledge – to open us wide to use our imagination, our hearts and our minds and our spirits, to create.
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