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No Such Thing as Dogs

No Such Thing as Dogs

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Recently I have started a discussion group, with one of the first questions being -- what are some reasons people do or don't believe in God. So this is what came at me really fast when the question wasn't right there in the front of my mind, but must have been simmering on the back burner.
Recently I have started a discussion group, with one of the first questions being -- what are some reasons people do or don't believe in God. So this is what came at me really fast when the question wasn't right there in the front of my mind, but must have been simmering on the back burner.

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Several years ago, someone was telling me about some kind of discovery. I don't remember the details at all because it wasn'trelevant to me. But he expressed concern that this discovery thathad happened or that might possibly happen would destroy the faithof many, many people. What?? I do believe there are people whosebelief in God is dependent on scientific proof and evidence of somekind or other. And I do believe that that evidence is out theresomewhere, available for those who need it. That's enough for me. Idon't have to examine the evidence or sort through the proof.I think there are people whose choice to believe or not to believe canbe swayed by scientific evidence. For the majority, though, I thinkthose who want to believe will believe and those who don't want tobelieve will not believe.And as for how and why I, personally, believe in God, I remember acartoon I saw years ago. One of the characters was talking about hisfear of dogs. The other character was trying to relate and to help sohe said, “well, I used to be afraid of ghosts and what helped me wasthat someone told me to repeat over and over 'there's no such thingas ghosts.' so I did that and eventually I believed it and the fear wentaway. Now you try it.” So the character who was afraid began to repeat, “there's no suchthing as dogs. There's no such thing as dogs.” Then the other character said, “well, that's not exactly true. Somaybe you'll have to start with something like, 'a dog can't get intothis house.'” Then he said, “well, actually that's not entirely trueeither so maybe you can just say, 'there's no dog in this housepresently.'” Well, I suppose there are all kinds of directions we could go fromhere. But the point I would like to make is that, of course, it seemsabsurd to say “there's no such thing as dogs” when nearly everyonehas seen, heard, touched, and known about dogs their whole lives.People know dogs exist because of direct personal experience thatthey and everyone they know has had.
 
And, in the same way, for me, it would be absurd to say “there is noGod” because I have experienced God directly my whole life and haveheard the personal God stories of many, many people that I know andrespect. Is experiencing God the exact same thing as the way aperson can see, hear, and touch a dog? No, it isn't, but it is no lessreal!If I tell people the details of my personal experiences and if they arethe kind of people who think they don't want to believe in God, theywill look for other explanations. They may talk about how our ownminds are so much more powerful than people usually realize and thatthis can account for any supernatural experiences that any personthinks they have had.But I had some insights into that idea just recently. I'm not sure Ican adequately put this into words, but I will do my best. Goddesigned us to be amazing! He created us in his image. He createdus to be in unity with him, to have tremendous power to achievehealing, to experience great joy, to be in connection with him andwith each other. But because of this amazing design, sometimes weget the idea it all starts with us and ends with us and is all about us.But, amazing as we are, if we don't stay connected with God, if we tryto just be our own god, eventually we run out of power. It's like thevine and the branches. (John 15) The disconnected branches maylook healthy for awhile, but they have no source of ongoing nutritionand will die. We might think we can find everything we need inourselves and the natural world. And, with us all being part of God'screation, sometimes it's hard to separate out what's God and what'snot God. And, in a way, it's all God!Yes, don't you see? God is as real, more real even, than anything.And he's part of everything and we are part of God. It's hard toseparate God from life, but I guess people try. But why?? Why wouldanyone want to?? God is awesome!!He came to me when I wasn't looking for him. He gave me messagesof peace when I needed them most, when I was a kid. Even when I

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