|Finding a universe of glory with our one universal God|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor|
|Friday, 31 August 2012 09:09|
At the recent Summer Olympics, thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries gathered together from around the world in one place at one time.
God was likely pleased how the “children of God,” for the most part, set aside differences in political views and other human hurdles to focus on the athletic events.
Philosophical and religious beliefs did not matter as the quest for giving one’s best was the most important focus. Isn’t that similar to what God wants from us in our daily lives?
God’s children must learn to live in harmony with all of the other “children.”
We rarely agree with each other on most issues. We picture God differently and interpret the divine directives in various ways. Yet God loves all children of the world. Parents, does that sound familiar to your family?
Many people of faith believe there is only one God. Those faith traditions are very “new” considering how people of faith believed when there were only millions or even just thousands of people on Earth. The current population tops seven billion humans on this one small orb in a vast universe.
With seven billion Earthlings and yet unknown, if any, numbers of other life forms on yet-to-be discovered planets, the family dynamics of God’s children is unfathomable.
Though many faithful Americans believe in “one God,” detailed beliefs are very different.
Within Christianity, according to some estimates, there are more than 38,000 denominations. Net Ministries, Inc. lists more than 200 “major” denominations. Within each of these denominations, there are various synods, sects, councils, districts or numerous other divisions. Many groups can’t even agree within their denomination; while any given church will have some legendary tales of vicious church fights.
It has only been a little more than 2,000 years since Jesus Christ was born, yet Christianity has divided itself countless times. Such a span of time is relatively insignificant in the scope for God and eternity. One faith based on Christ as the son of God is not united as one. Few Christians share all beliefs, let alone the countless other faith systems in the world.
Any good parent is keenly aware of the need to handle each child in a different manner. Such decisions are based on the needs of that child and parental knowledge. Thus, the children of the world may have heavenly guidance and directions in different forms. God may know how one belief system is ideal for one child or group, with something else better suited for others.
Are you going to be the one to tell God, he (or she) cannot teach you one way, and teach someone else or another culture another method better suited for them?
We’ve all heard “God works in mysterious ways,” so is it within the realm of possibilities God has a different plan for different children?
Two passages touch on the subject.
“Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty?” (Job 11:7) And, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:7)
Humanity has learned and evolved in their faith beliefs over the centuries. Primitive cave dwellers would likely have an impossible time with concepts easily accepted today.
In ancient times, both the Romans and Greeks had names for the various gods in their respective polytheistic beliefs.
We grow in knowledge and understanding of God, individually and as a society.
God created all the people of this world. It seems logical such an omnipotent God would have a plan for the billions of his children born into circumstances with little or no chance of being exposed to a Christian existence.
Thus God, over the millennia would love those children equally and embrace them in the eternal kingdom.
Hopefully, as a society, we will continue to evolve spiritually as God reveals more to us when people are prepared to receive such information.
Spiritual enlightenment can be considered a final blessed state free from ignorance, desire and suffering. At the center of the word “enlightenment” is the base “light.” Thus seeking God is to seek light, and to seek a better life as we continue to learn about God and the kingdom in which we live.
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:18)
Humanity can never dictate God’s intentions, yet we should always be open to any possibilities God provides as we seek his ultimate gold medal.
(Editor’s note: The discussion on the concept of one God will be continued in a future edition.)
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