In an open inquiry I read (the letter has been edited for the sake of clarity) -
“Does God, in any form, exist?
I cannot grasp the idea of a religion.
I cannot even grasp the concept of faith, in any form.
I want to be able to grasp the idea of faith, but find it impossible.
Help clarify faith for me.
I long to understand faith or religion of any type, because knowledge alone seems pretty lonely a thing to have all my life.”
I’ve been contemplating for a few days whether to answer or not.
I’m only going to give another opinion to a person who is already confused. Sometimes, in these cases, less is more.
Finally, I woke up today, and knew I had to contribute. This is what I wrote -
“I’m touched by your concern and honest struggle. Let me ask you some questions for your consideration.
What do you mean by ‘God’? Can you explain what the term ‘god’ is, to you (not what other people say, but what you ‘think’ and ‘feel’, if there was a god)
Religion is not god. Its human’s ‘rules and rituals’ concerning their beliefs about god.
Faith – in what? What do you want to have faith in? What is it you are really seeking?
The only proof of ‘faith’ that you need is your own existence. You are a manifestation, of something. What is that something? Where does it come from? How can we discover it?
The questions – and the answer?
The micro-macro theory helps. It’s a system that suggests we look at the one, so that we can see the all. The laws of nature – at a miniscule level… and thus, the fascination of quantum physics by open minded spiritual seekers.
This is only a little step. But guess what?
Even though the Buddha came up with the eightfold path, you know what he did to become enlightened?
He sat under a tree and said ‘I’ve been searching and searching for the answer. I’m still no closer to the truth. I give up. I’m going to sit here and meditate until I find the answer.’ He gave up searching, and just ‘existed’. And then, bang. “
As always, comments welcome.