I have been an atheist, a new age spiritualist and a Christian, and I’ve been drawn to different teachings and philosophies from around the world at different times in my life. I spent a good deal of my adult life searching painfully and desperately for truth.
My life has taken on a different meaning since I became aware that there really is a God. When God reveals himself to you, it changes everything. It is both wonderful and frightening. The God that I now know is all-powerful and has created our universe and everything in it. God is in control of the perfect chaos of existence on Earth and throughout the universe. All of the good, and all of the bad, is the result of God acting in creation.
When I was a Christian, my life was filled with purpose. I was on a mission to discover more about Jesus by studying the Bible and I was very evangelical. Bringing people into the Christian faith was my ambition and this gave my life so much meaning. I thought that I would be a Christian for the rest of my life.
But things changed when I began to think in depth about some of the key teachings of Christianity. These teachings conflicted with my knowledge about God in a way that made me feel deeply uncomfortable. For instance, I know that a part of God’s nature is that he is omnipresent (everywhere) and therefore all is God. There cannot be free will – all will is God’s will.
If all will is God’s will then it is not coherent to talk of sin, or the fall of man, or punishment in hell, or the devil. Knowing that there is no free will means I can no longer call myself a Christian. I now know that the whole of existence is contained within God, and wherever there is action in existence God is the animating force.
The meaning of life, I have come to understand, is that we are all part of a cosmic game with God in control. God needs to stay entertained and occupied for all eternity, so he has created this complex universe in order to express many different aspects of himself and of reality.
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