Dream of: 02 February 1997 (2) "The Nature Of God"
the nature of god
reveals itself in dreams of
I had taken a seat at a table in a large empty room which seemed to have windows for walls, allowing the light to flow in. Two other fellows (both probably in their late 20s) had also sat down at the table - one straight across from me, and the other at the side of the table on my left. Although I could not distinctly see the fellow across from me, the fellow on my left had dark curly hair.
Even though none of us knew each other, we had assembled for a specific purpose: to talk about God. At least I had originally thought our purpose was to have a discussion about God, but now as I sat there, I began to realize we had not yet defined our topic. Since I now was not completely sure what we would discuss, I sat and listened to the other two talk to each other. They seemed unconcerned whether I took part in the discussion. The curly-haired fellow on my left undertook the bulk of the conversation, and I soon suspected that he was a Christian. Discovering whether the fellow was indeed a Christian would be important for me, for if he were a Christian, our discussion of God would not lead us far. In the past I might have found that engaging a Christian in a debate about the nature of Christianity worthwhile, but I no longer found that arguing about whether one religion or the other was the true religion was productive. It had become evident to me that all religions were false at their cores, and that the only way to truly learn of God's nature was to put the religions aside.
When I was ready to begin my conversation, I did not want to start out by attacking the fellow. For example, asking, "Are you a Christian?" seemed too blunt to me. So when I finally had the fellow's attention, I began my speech by asking, "Do you believe in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism?"
I knew that many more religions existed, but these particular ones seemed to represent a sufficient number of religions for me to put across my point. I thought by asking my question in this way, the fellow could see that if he professed belief in one of the religions, he would in effect be declaring that all the other religions were wrong – because it was a fact that if any one of these religions were true, the others must necessarily be false. Perhaps the fellow would even be able to make the leap to realize that if the other religions were false, and that if so many people blindly believed in those false religions, that perhaps he also had made a mistake by believing in his religion.
I did not really expect such an awakening. If the fellow did indeed consider himself to be a Christian, the odds of his changing his mind were almost zero. This was the lesson that I had learned for myself: when people were trapped in the quagmires of their various religions, it did not behoove me to try to pull them out. I should simply relish my own liberation, and realize that these people were sinking of their own accord. Of course I also realized that my having a conversation about God with someone who believed in one of these religions would be pointless. At one time such discussion might have been helpful for me, but I was past such useless prattle. No, I wanted a purer, more undistorted vision of God.
The fellow seemed confused and taken aback by my question about his belief. As I stood and elucidated further, he seemed surprised by my words. I noticed how clear my speech was, and how I used several large words – not trying to impress the fellow with my vocabulary, but simply trying to be precise. Clearly the fellow was trying to reassess me, realizing that he had underestimated me.
What he thought, however, did not matter much to me. I just wanted to reach the subject of whether he was a Christian. If he were, I would try to make my departure as graciously and as swiftly as possible. Since a chance still existed that the fellow was not a Christian, however, the possibility remained that he and I could have an enlightening discussion about God. I felt a need for that, a longing really, to delve more and more into, and to discuss with sharp minds, the nature of God.
with other minds will aid in
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