A quick note before I begin: If you’ve ever taken a philosophy course (maybe even if you haven’t), you’re probably acquainted with the idea that “good” and “evil” are just abstract words that really have very little meaning. In the interest of keeping today’s post coherent and simple, however, I refer to good and evil or right and wrong the same way a four-year old might.
I know quite a few people who have a hard time with the idea that God “communicates” with us or interacts with us on a personal level. My own opinion on this is sort of… suspended. As I’ve mentioned before, I talk to God all the time and feel a connection. And I think that while there is always divine influence in my life and in the world, I can’t always see it. (I should just stop there, but I’m going to air a pet peeve: I have a really hard time with it when people assume that they understand “the reason” for something. It seems to me that our personal lives are such tiny little pieces of the whole and to think that we could comprehend why things happen or see their ultimate outcome… well… I just can’t buy it.)
So, for those people who don’t literally hear God – I have a concept on which I’d really like some feedback – either positive or negative. Here goes: Is is possible that God is ever-present in our lives because we’re all born with a “God Spark” which is, therefore, a part of everything we do? For example, we all know what it means to hear our conscience directing us one way or another and we all know what it means to deny it. Could obedience to God mean obeying that inner impulse? I think part of the reason this makes sense to me is because it levels the playing field – it gives us all an equally direct line to God. Please don’t misunderstand me – I’m not saying I know how God reaches people, or saying that I understand something as personal and complex as the human conscience… it’s just an idea. What do you think?
One last thing – most of my posts are going to deal with morality on some level. If you’re not convinced that morality is anything but a social construct and you haven’t read C.S. Lewis – you absolutely should. The link below will take you to Mere Christianity. You can read the entire book online, but the first two chapters will give you his argument for morality. It’s simple, logical and really interesting. If you read it, let me know what you think. Take care, all!