Believers Keep the Faith Despite Biblical Distortions

Derived from an experience of revelation, many believe in God, even amidst biblical distortions over centuries.

  • Many still believe in something eternal that is beyond our world.
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  • “How God Became GOD,” by Richard Smoley, shows how we may rediscover the deeper meanings of the Bible and come to a fresh understanding of God today.
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How God Became GOD (TarcherPerigee, 2016), by Richard Smoley, longtime editor of a spiritual journal. Smoley searches for a deeper meaning in the Bible, hidden beneath the literal interpretations. It brings into the open what many religious scholars have known for decades — that a fresh understanding of God is possible to anyone willing to examine the evidence. This excerpt is from chapter one, “Groundwater: The Problem of God.”

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Does God exist? Often when this subject comes up, people start talking about science or reason or revelation as authorities.

Science is not much help. Because, in the end, science is a method and not a body of doctrine. It is a very narrow and specialized way of investigating physical reality. Any and all of its findings are subject to refutation at any point, and that is the way it should be.

Here’s an example. Over the last generation or two, the educated world has come to believe in the Big Bang as the origin of the universe, much as our ancestors believed in Genesis. There have even been efforts (though not very inspiring ones) to turn the story of the universe, starting with this Big Bang, into a new myth for our time.

In September 2014 a news item announced that a physics professor at the University of North Carolina, Laura Mersini-Houghton, has proved mathematically that “singularities” don’t exist. Since the Big Bang would have been a singularity, there was no Big Bang. So we will have to rethink our theories about the origins of the universe.

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The Deist Thomas Paine did a great job in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition, of stating why the Bible, Quran or any other human produced book is not the Word of God, and why they only possible Word of God is the Universe and Creation we're all living parts of. Paine wrote, "I believe it is only in the CREATION that all our ideas and conceptions of a Word of God can unite. The Creation speaks a universal language, independently of human speech or human language, multiplied and various as they may be. It is an ever existing original, which every man can read. It cannot be forged; it cannot be counterfeited; it cannot be lost; it cannot be altered; it cannot be suppressed. It does not depend upon the will of man whether it shall be published or not; it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other. It preaches to all nations and to all worlds; and this Word of God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of God.'' Progress! Bob Johnson

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