A question came my way from someone who has lost faith in a God that was defined through her specific religion. On the verge of giving up on the notion of God, she posed the question, “is there something that religion didn’t teach me?”
My response was as follows:
In order to find “God” or attain a better understanding of “what” and not “who” God is requires an open mind, much research and a willingness to look beyond the teachings of just one religion. You are responsible for experiencing your personal, honest revelations.
I recommend reading some classics that you can find on the web for free in public domain. For example start out with Thomas Paine’s “The Age of Reason” and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The Over Soul.” Revisit the works of ancient Greek philosophers and the teachings of The Buddha. Try to view and interpret the teachings of Jesus as an enlightened man. Look for components of love and individuality. To see how myths, beliefs and/or religions have been shaped read the brilliant works of Joseph Campbell. If you can, watch the 2-disc DVD series “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth,” a PBS series where journalist Bill Moyers interviewed the legendary teacher and masterful storyteller. For modern and historical teachings on spirituality read Deepak Chopra.
Enlightenment can only come from within. Take what ever lessons you want from others but form your own understanding, your own interpretations, your own one-to-one relationship with God.
I started this same journey years ago. Every time I successfully reached the end of a road of questions, new and exciting avenues appear that I can explore. I share my experiences and findings in my book, The Logical Meaning of God.
I would like to share with you a review by Mike Rice, Director of Spiritual Programs at the Green Valley Spa in Utah:
“If you are sitting on the fence regarding the religious faith you were raised with, or not buying all the “new age” fluff, this is a MUST READ! Attila shares with you his spiritual journey which is nothing short of amazing. The way he blends science, common sense and history let you the reader decide what is true for you. The timeless quotes he uses allow you to see “universal truth” if you check your dogma baggage at the door. Being a father of three I wish they were exposed to this in grade school. Kids today will love this book as it gets right to each point and moves on. No filling pages or space here. Being a voracious reader in my chosen field this is hands down my number one! Thanks Attila for sharing your gift to the world!”