I’ll start this one off with an answer. I don’t know! To be able to know who God is, to know exactly who God is, is to be more than human. We humans are not capable of understanding God.
I have an atheist follower of my blog. I follow his blog as well. His last posting stated that atheists do not believe God exists. But for someone to believe something exists or doesn’t exist, there has to be a definition for that thing. I would agree that he probably doesn’t believe the God of the Bible exists. That’s a fair statement because it’s pretty clear who the God of the Bible is. But God has such a different meaning to so many different people that it’s nearly impossible to say that one believes or disbelieves in every single one of those definitions for God.
For simplicity, let’s stick with the God of the Bible for a moment. I can understand why one would doubt that God would cause a Great Flood, or part the Red Sea. I can also understand why people living in the time these things happened would have no scientific explanation for these events, and for this reason, attribute them to God. Today science has proven that a strong enough wind for a prolonged period of time over the Red Sea, near the Nile river, could have in fact, lowered the water level enough so that Moses and the slaves could have walked across. Science also has many theories about the Great Flood, including that it was the result of the quick melting of the polar ice caps after the last ice age. The truth is, scientifically, we are smarter today than we were when the Bible was written. That’s not an opinion, that’s a fact. Many of the seemingly miraculous occurrences from the Bible could have actually occurred. The question is, were they caused by God? This is only one theory, and at the time it was the only theory that held any water, pun intended. But today, there are many other theories. And the thing is, they are ALL theories, including the God theory.
If you look at the Bible and it’s stories, many other cultures share the same stories, some dating back thousands of years before they supposedly occurred in the Bible. Does this mean the Bible is wrong? Who knows? Maybe these things happened many times. My points are these.
1) God, can be and is used to explain things that science cannot explain.
2) Many things have happened, are happening, and will happen that cannot be explained by science.
3) The theory that these things can be attributed to God is only one theory.
Many will say the Bible is a work of fiction. To those people I would politely say that perhaps it is a work of the less informed. Perhaps if we were to go back in time, and experience the occurrences in the Bible, we would be able to explain them with science. However, this does not make the Bible a work of fiction. In fact, it may very well be an accurate history book since it was written by people of the time. Think about it this way. If you lived in this time, and someone told you the Earth was spherical, you would have thought it preposterous. If someone you knew said they were going to sail to the end of the Earth, and they never returned, you might have assumed that they had fallen off the edge of the Earth. If you wrote a book about your friend and his adventures, you would have written that he sailed to the end of the Earth and must have fallen off, otherwise why would he never return. Does this make your writing fiction? No, it makes it a combination of your experience of your interaction with your friend, a lack of knowledge that the Earth is spherical, and an assumption based on your belief that the Earth is flat. But you didn’t make it up. You may have embellished a bit, but you certainly didn’t sit down and write a children’s story book which somehow got mistaken for history.
So what about God? I am not a religious person, but I believe in God. I do not believe in the God of the Bible, but instead I believe in a force that guides me down the right path. I believe that God is both what can be explained by science, and what cannot. I believe in an energy that cannot be seen or explained. I believe this energy is much stronger when I am with other people. I believe that when I am interacting with others, both those that agree with me and those that don’t, that this is when God is present. I believe that the more I try to understand people, and the more I see the similarities between us, the closer I am to God. I also believe that the more I isolate, or only hear and see what I want to, the further I am from God. This is when I am taking my own, unguided path, and although I’d like to think I am the smartest person in the world, why should I not take guidance from those around me that I trust, and in turn, offer guidance to them.
I do not believe God parts the sea, or creates a great flood. But I do believe there is a lot I don’t understand and never will. Infinity for example. You won’t believe how much time I’ve spent, and how far I’ve gone trying to understand that one, only to get closer and closer and closer to the answer without ever reaching it. Math geeks applaud that last sentence. Sure we can explain the theory of the parting of the Red Sea, or the Great Flood, and we can even explain the theory of infinity, but we are limiting ourselves to our current understanding, and our current capacity to understand.
It all goes back to being human. Human beings simply do not have the capacity to understand everything. Some choose to use God as the explanation for the things we can’t understand. Others choose to explain these things with, well, I really don’t know actually. What I would say to those people is, there is an explanation, not a void. If you choose to not use the word God, because it is associated with the God of the Bible, then I’m with you. But there is some explanation. Even with all of the science and technology we have, and even with all of the explanations we have come up with, and even if some of these theories have been proven beyond a shadow of doubt, there is still a lack of explanation beyond the explanation. There is still a curtain behind which may be the Wizard of Oz or further scientific discovery, or maybe it’s the God of the Bible after all.
My main point here is this. Whatever you think you know, is limited by what you know. Whatever you think you can explain is limited by what you can explain. Whatever you think you don’t know and can’t explain is limitless. It is your life. Whether you choose to live it based on what you know and can explain is your choice. The human race moves forward, however, when we choose to think about what we don’t know and what we can’t explain. Fill your brain to capacity, and your children will have a bigger brain. God is what provides an endless amount of knowledge, so that our brains can keep growing.