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God was defined by John Lennon as a concept
Was John Lennon right about the existence of God?
Former-Beatle John Lennon once wrote and recorded a controversial song entitled simply God. In the song he defined the supreme deity like this: "God is a concept by which we measure our pain."
John then systematically lists a lot of deities, heroes, religious and occult pathways and famous people he doesn't believe in including The Beatles. He concludes that "the dream is over" and that he just believes in himself and Yoko Ono, and he adds:"and that's reality."
Amongst who and what he doesn't believe in are: The Bible, Gita, mantra, yoga, I-ching, tarot, Elvis, President Kennedy, Buddha, Jesus, kings and Zimmerman (Bob Dylan.)
I have often thought this is one of Lennon's best songs and the lyrics have made sense to me. It is a conclusion based on examining all these people and beliefs and pathways and finding they cannot be trusted and/or do not work. But in investigating and researching and experiencing it all for yourself you are "measuring your pain." An individual who was happy and content would have no need for believing in gods or magical or occult systems or in other people.
That people do and put their faith in gods, belief systems, magical practises, politicians, and pop stars all suggests strongly that they are not satisfied, that they want help, they want something more out of life - that they are to various degrees in pain.
God lyrics by John Lennon
God is a Concept by which
we measure our pain
I'll say it again
God is a Concept by which
we measure our pain
I don't believe in magic
I don't believe in I-ching
I don't believe in Bible
I don't believe in Tarot
I don't believe in Hitler
I don't believe in Jesus
I don't believe in Kennedy
I don't believe in Buddha
I don't believe in Mantra
I don't believe in Gita
I don't believe in Yoga
I don't believe in Kings
I don't believe in Elvis
I don't believe in Zimmerman
I don't believe in Beatles
I just believe in me...and that's reality
The dream is over
What can I say?
the Dream is Over
I was the Dreamweaver
But now I'm reborn
I was the Walrus
But now I'm John
and so dear friends
you'll just have to carry on
The Dream is over
Animals have no need for gods
At the same time I am very aware that the animals we share the planet with are not like this - they have no need for gods or religion or prayer or worship. So why do we?
Are we so discontented with our lives that unlike the other creatures, we feel a need to seek outside ourselves and for someone else or something else to come to our rescue or fulfill our desires and needs?
What is prayer about, if not asking some outside divine force to cause something you want? What is worship and religious devotion but a means to supposedly please some deity to get spiritual and material rewards?
I know that as a child I felt no need for God or prayers or church or understood any of it. I started looking into these matters because all was not well in my life. I was unhappy and wanted answers.
Now, as it happens I have investigated and been involved with to varying degrees and in no particular order: Christianity, Buddhism, Hare Krishna Temple, Gurdjieff, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Druidry, Wicca, Tarot and astrology. I have had, and still have, singer-songwriters like and Lennon as personal musical heroes and mentors. Dylan
I have prayed, chanted, been part of ceremonies, joined cults and put faith in all sorts of things but when all is said and done, like Lennon, I end up believing in me. I don't have any Yoko so cannot even include a partner or "soulmate."
I am sure that in my search I have been motivated by pain. I have been seeking a way to improve my life and improve the world. I know a lot of you believe in Jesus and some of you believe in other deities but I have no belief in them or need for them. Although having said that, I do believe in God but it is not some bullying, threatening, war-making invisible one in a book of stories. My God is the creator of everything and is everything. My version of God is closer to the Native American idea of the Great Spirit, or "The Isness," a term used by the Andromedans to describe what they believe in to contactee Alex Collier.
Once at a bad time in my life, in which I had just found myself to be a single-parent and had watched my partner have a total mental breakdown, plus I knew I had to find somewhere for my son and I to live because the rented place we were in was up for sale, I went into the Cardiff City Temple. It was a place where I had heard that people found Jesus and that miraculous healings took place and drug addicts got over their addictions.
I went there in good faith hoping it would help me and give me the faith these people shared. It did the very reverse and showed me it was no more than orchestrated mind-control by a priest.
The pastor asked the congregation to close their eyes and to say a prayer with him. He went on to say that the Lord Jesus was there that night and that he would come into any brother or sister out there who sincerely wanted to meet him. The priest said that Jesus would enter you and would take away whatever problems and fears you had. He said if you want the Lord Jesus as your friend then raise your hand.
I did and nothing happened apart from I heard the priest saying: "Hallelujah, a brother has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life."
This was followed by another and another person putting their hands up in an effort to meet Jesus. What was really strange was that we were asked to come to the stage at the end of the night and I found that the others were saying that yes, they had been changed by this and could feel the presence of Jesus. I could feel nothing but more sadness at being the odd one out - something I have experienced over and over and over - and being aware of how I had been the catalyst to help the priest find more converts for the City Temple. I left and never returned.
Some years later I got involved with Jehovah's Witnesses after speaking to some who had called at the door. They were very nice people and we agree about how terrible it was that so many forms of wildlife are endangered - we got on to that subject because they were admiring my garden and collection of plants. They told me that one day Jehovah would be restoring the planet to the Paradise it was intended to be.
From then on a young man called David called around every week to help me with Bible Study and sometimes his sister and mother would accompany him.He impressed me with his faith in the religion as he had quit university to Witness door-to door.
I bought a Jehovah's Witness Bible, a book about the coming Paradise Earth, a child's book of Bible stories for my son and even a Concordance that had to be ordered so I could look up all references in the Bible.
We used to have long discussions and I had many questions. I listened to what David told me and even got rid of a Buddha statue I had and a collection of occult and ufology books I had because he told me they all had demonic influences in them.
I realised that although I had convinced myself that in the past I had read the Bible, that I hadn't because I had skipped boring sections like the Book of Chronicles. David explained to me that every word was the word of Jehovah God so I thought I had better rectify matters and read his every word and did so.
I told David that I wanted to quit smoking, especially after hearing that the Witnesses frowned on the practice because they view it as pollution. They had quoted a scripture to me about how "Jehovah is bringing to ruin all polluters of the Earth." It was the subject of one of their Watchtower magazines.
David told me that every day I should pray to Jehovah God and call upon his Son Jesus Christ to help me stop smoking. I did so daily for months but I still couldn't quit.
Eventually I ended seeing no more of the Witnesses because I refused to carry on going to the Kingdom Hall that they talked me into attending once.They said this was necessary because Saint Paul had said that the congregation should keep on meeting together in prayer, or words to that effect.
I was also becoming disillusioned because they were unable to answer my questions. I once asked: "If Jehovah is bringing to ruin all who are polluting the Earth and that smoking cigarettes does this, what about all the Witnesses who drive cars? Surely the exhaust from them is far worse than smoking?
Eventually I gave all my books to other Witnesses who made the mistake of calling on me. They can use them or give them to someone who wants to be a Witness, I thought.
So there you have some of my reasons why I don't believe in Jesus or Jehovah and why I think John Lennon wrote a great song. And here are a few lines I just penned that sum up my experiences:
Jesus and Jehovah didn't care,
Jehovah and Jesus didn't answer my prayer,
Jesus and Jehovah were never there!