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Do You Believe in God or Are There Other Options They Did Not Tell You About
Do you believe in God or are there other options?
There are people that believe in God. They created this God to be exactly like they say that He/She is, They are called theists. Then there are people who do not believe in God. They are called atheists. There are even people who believe that you cannot know if there is a God. They are called agnostics. Do they have an opposite? We will get back to this later.
This article was written December 28, 2016. There are many psychologists or psychiatrists that do not believe in God but are Buddhists. So do Buddhists believe in God? They present a fourth option. If God does not exist then this question does not matter. Right? Now if God does exist, does He need to change Himself?
The answer would be no, God does not need to change. Of course you are free to change Him to be just like you. Does God need to have more faith in Himself? No. Does God need to be less greedy or have less love of the taste of food? No. Does God need to stop committing sins? No. So what needs to change to improve your life is you. So it does matter if God exists except to waste your time arguing so you do not have time to improve yourself. So Buddhists believe that it does not matter.
Now let us get back to the question if there is an opposite to agnostics and if there is how come you do not know about them. I already discussed that the opposite to theists is atheists. Now if there were an opposite to agnostics then they would be called gnostics. The spell check on this site says there is no word like that. But Google says "of or relating to knowledge, especially esoteric mystical knowledge."
Merriam-Webster says " an adherent of gnosticism." It says its origin is "Late Latin gnosticus, from Greek gnōstikos of knowledge, from gignōskein." Wikipedia says:
Gnosticism (from Ancient Greek: γνωστικός gnostikos, "having knowledge", from γνῶσιςgnōsis, knowledge) is a modern term categorizing a collection of ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world – which they viewed as created by the demiurge – and embraced the spiritual world. Gnostic ideas influenced many ancient religions that teach that gnosis (variously interpreted as knowledge, enlightenment, salvation, emancipation or 'oneness with God') may be reached by practicing philanthropy to the point of personal poverty and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others.
So in simple English it is saying that you can know. But they do not want you to know since one can have extreme personal power like Jesus or Buddha. The above says that gnosis is knowledge or enlightenment or salvation or 'oneness with God.' Well Buddha was enlightened. In Buddhism can anyone become enlightened? Yes, that is why you hear about all these people that have enlightenment and have gone beyond suffering or become one with God.
Well anyone can become enlightened but it does not happen quickly or overnight. But you have a whole lifetime to do it. The reason that I wrote this article was that many intelligent people were saying that they were atheists in a apologetic sort of way like they were bullied into it. Many Jews are proud to be Jewish but do not agree with the idea of a God or Father who you should be afraid of Who can't wait to punish you. You have the term 'God fearing Christian.' There are enough things to be afraid without centering your life around something to fear.
Where do you come in
Some say that if you want to know about God, then you should learn about yourself. Before there was communism, half of the people in the world believed in reincarnation. I have an article on it called Is Reincarnation Possible. One third of Americans believe in it. The reason I brought this up was because I was talking about the time and effort to become enlightened. So almost all of these Buddhists believed that it would take more than one lifetime.
Wikipedia also says:
Jesus is identified by some Gnostics as an embodiment of the supreme being who became incarnate to bring gnōsis to the earth, while others adamantly denied that the supreme being came in the flesh, claiming Jesus to be merely a human who attained divinity through gnosis and taught his disciples to do the same.
Also many think of yoga as being postures but it is much more than that. Yoga means union. Some say that it means the union of mind, body and soul. That sounds cool. Others say that it means you becoming one with God. People do yoga because it makes them feel good. Wikipedia used to say under yoga philosophy (they took it down after I copied it):
In all branches of yoga, the ultimate goal is the attainment of an eternal state of perfect consciousness.
I have an article on an ancient yogic Indian book called the Ashtavakra Gita called The Greatest Book Ever Written. It is all about you. In fact if you read what Jesus said in the Bible, it was about the human being (like Himself) being the supreme thing on this planet. Now in this book, what do they call God? They call God the Self with a capital 'S.' In the top picture in this it has a light. Jesus says "You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:14
Instead of asking someone if they believe in God or Allah, ask them if they believe in themselves.
Now the idea of working toward something that may take more than one lifetime may sound ridiculous. But it is actually all about being in the present. Each day has the potential of being the happiest day of your life ever. This is a path of learning but not with ideas but with feelings! Everyone is on this path whether they want to be on it or not. This way makes it much faster and you can see and feel results much quicker. See the 2 minute video below this by Prem Rawat who teaches a meditation called Self-- Knowledge.
2 minute video. "Heaven, here now."
26 min. Words of Peace - Believing and Knowing. Prem Rawat, widely known by the honorary title, "Maharaji", has been travelling the world for four decades.
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