The existence and presence of God is the foundation of my belief and my spiritual life.
I believe God is the creator and sustainer of all that is.
I believe God is Love.
I believe the greatest commandment is to love God, and love each other.
I could stop right here. No need to struggle with head-scratching theology. No need to argue over how best to show our love for God. No need to fight over the logistics of loving each other.
Belief in a divine power unites humanity across the miles and across time.
I NEED to believe in a higher power. A LOVING power that brings order to the universe.
I cannot believe in a judgmental God, vengeful, ready to flood the earth because we’ve pissed God off.
Belief in God should unite us. Yes, we all come from diverse backgrounds. Diverse cultures. Our image of God may differ, but God is big enough to accommodate all.
BELIEF IN GOD SHOULD UNITE, NOT DIVIDE US
I believe that I can sit side by side with other God believers and raise prayers together and our prayers will be heard. I was inspired when Pope John Paul II did this for the first time in Assisi. It didn’t surprise me that traditionalists opposed this, thinking it somehow fouled the purity of the one and only Catholic church.
My belief has been formed within the Catholic faith, but I believe that no one has a monopoly on God.
This is my bare-bones belief. The starting point. The foundational stone. It requires much more exploration and pondering than a few words typed into a blog post. It’s but a start….