In Good Faith

Question:  One God? Many Gods? No God at all? What’s your personal belief and why do you believe it?

 

Julia McKay - Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Julia McKay is the minister of High Plains Church Unitarian Universalist and a professional spiritual companion dedicated to embodied life practices that enhance our deepest ways of knowing.

I name god “The Animating Force of Life.” This Source runs through all things, flows around all things, and nourishes all that is created. This Source is sacred because all life is universally sacred, and this Source is equally available to all beings. This Source is so vast, so pervasive, so colorful, and so diverse that I have trouble boxing it into a single humanized identity. At the same time, I experience having ongoing, personal conversations with the many aspects of Source as we have imagined them. They are a reservoir of guidance, a council of wisdom and rooted strength in a world both arrestingly beautiful and heartbreaking. More, let’s recognize that as we imagine god, so we model ourselves after and so we act. 

Arnie Bass – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Arnie Bass is a Bishop at Sunset Mesa Ward in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Colorado Springs. He has served in positions of both spiritual and administrative responsibility since 1991.

I believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, each a separate and distinct being residing in yonder heavens. God the Father and God the Son each have distinct bodies of flesh and bone. God the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit having no physical body. Their work and glory are to bring about the salvation and eternal life of all of mankind. They are in complete harmony and unified to this end. In this purpose they are ONE. I have come to this belief through studying and pondering holy scriptures preserved from the writings of ancient and modern-day prophets, seers and revelators, and having the Holy Spirit bear witness to my soul that it is indeed true.  

Sarah Bender - Buddhist

Sarah Bender is a Roshi (senior teacher) in the Koan Zen Buddhist tradition. She is a resident teacher for Springs Mountain Sangha, a Zen community in Colorado Springs (smszen.org).

Do I notice, every day, what an inconceivable wonder is the universe unfurling moment by moment right here, which supports my life and is me? Yes. Do I think I can know the source of this wonder? No. My ability to know what is real, or even what I am, is extremely limited. Does my gratitude for this life matter? I think it helps me gradually learn to be kind. Do I feel beloved and belonging within this immensity? In intimate relation with it? Yes, finally. Does that mean I believe in God? This is just my experience. You could call it belief, but I don’t call it God.

Eric Sandras - Christian

Eric Sandras, Ph.D.— Author of four books, “Dr. E” leads The Sanctuary Church in the heart of Old Colorado City and teaches graduate courses in human sexuality, counseling and psychology.

Sometimes I stand in line at Chipotle paralyzed with indecision — so many choices and combinations, when all I wanted was a simple burrito! The same can be true about finding “God.” Consider the words of French philosopher Voltaire, “God created man in his own image, and then man returned the favor.” We tend to make God fit our preconceived ideas. That’s when religion goes awry. But don’t let the fear of being wrong paralyze you from pursuing what is right. Personally, I believe Jesus came to this earth, not to introduce us to another God who points a finger saying “Shame on you!” But to a singular God who sees all the crap in our lives and says, “I still love you.” 

— Join the conversation at InGoodFaithConversations.org