Believing in the one true God, as far as I am concerned, he is approached in many ways by multitudes all over the world in their own ways, or not, according to their conscious needs, wants and desires, and of course their inner feelings and beliefs.
In my belief the Logos is the supreme Creator of All There is. Note the emphasis on ALL! But as we shall see that includes those who have been schooled in one way or another into the belief of God, though they may call the Divine by other names such as Allah, Father, or even some believing that in fact there are only prophets and no god at all. You surely cannot deny the human prophet even if you may believe that he could also become divine? The problem there is the age old mistake of confusing the prophet with the message!
But, you see, the miracle for me is that the Logos cares for ALL of us whether we believe and by whatever name we chose to call Him, Her or It. In fact by the very diversity of His creation the number of pathways used by mankind to reach Him are equally diverse. But again nothing is denied to those who come under the banner of theist or those who prefer to call themselves atheist for whatever reason that life, environment and upbringing have provided.
Do you imagine that your present path was not prepared in advance? Well in this case you could be right, perhaps in fact the path was planned in full recognition of the Divine in one form or another, but because of the way life has treated you, your consciousness may have taken the decision to take another turn, a fresh path that relieves you of the stress that your upbringing brought, and gives you the freedom from religion of any kind to tread your own unhindered way, and this is undeniable and perfectly possible, and should never be viewed by any cleric as being anti God. Ignorance of, maybe, but not anti as that is the choice of the individual.
But having been brought up a Christian, I have to say, not by parents but by the churches to which I was sent to learn the scriptures from an early age, I was able at the right time and indeed from that very early age to understand that there was more to life and afterlife than the Bible and the book of Common Prayer and the spoutings of the enthusiastic but nevertheless dogmatic Sunday School teachers.
Which is why I believe that one of the reasons for the fall in numbers attending certain churches is the inner need felt by many, that was certainly with me from very early on, of an immediate and personal connection with the Logos not accommodated in the current dogma, that still has to involve the intermediary of the priest which for me is past his or her sell by date. This connection has only continued to grow as I have grown and aged and I am certain, if not felt is desired by the many.
The Logos, the most loving Father for me, treats us all the same and requires nothing from us, needs nothing from us but it is we who are only enhanced by our love for the Logos. The Logos does not need our prayers or praise or thanks, but our needs wants and desires are attended to in the way that is for our highest good, and again, whether we believe or not. Although it is said that prayer works!
Indeed we pray before we eat, we ask a blessing and offer all food and drink to the Logos as a simple token of Love and thanks for all that is given to us.
Sai Baba has another view, apart from that of praise:
The Lord is the Kalpatharu (the divine wish fulfilling tree) who gives whatever is asked for. But you have to go near the tree and wish for the thing you want. The atheist is the person who keeps far away from the tree. The theist is the one who has come near. The tree does not make any distinction – it grants boons to all. The Lord will not punish or take revenge if you do not recognize Him or revere Him. Earn the right to approach the Lord without fear and the right to ask for your heritage. You must become so free that praise will not emanate from you when you approach the Lord. Praise is a sign of distance and fear.
Divine Discourse, Mar 25, 1958.
The only occasion when this has an immediate effect on us for me is the scenario of spiritual healing, or in fact healing of any kind since it is now proven that those who have faith heal faster!
How strange that I was taught at that Sunday School all those years ago that the ‘fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’! I maintain that the Love of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge and Love of the Self that can only lead to wisdom.
Know thyself. In love and Faith, David