I felt this power overwhelm me and I knew. It was like being blind and having your eyesight restored in an instant. Everything was too bright, the colours too intense, my senses went into overload with the power of what I was feeling. But I knew. There was no doubt. There still isn't. There is something more than all of this... there is something out there. We call him God. We call his son Jesus. We place him in the box known as Christianity and we worship him accordingly. Now, maybe the religion has it wrong—I'll grant you that it could be the case. But I know—without a shadow of a doubt—that whatever name you use, he is there and he is real.
Thank you Sharmie. I really appreciate you sharing this. I have a couple of experiences to relate, then a comment or two.
Numerous times in my Christian spiritual life I experienced God. Once in particular, when I was 16 and praying outside in the woods on a beautiful winter day, I felt an intense, powerful love surround me. It was like you say, overwhelming and indescribable. I knew it was God.
Later, when I was having doubts but desperately wanted to hold on to my faith, mostly because I believed that life would not have meaning without it, I did beg God to show himself to me. I knew he could if he wanted to. He's God, right? Just one clear, unequivocal message, that's all I wanted. I begged and pleaded. It didn't happen.
Now I won't argue with you that there isn't "something more than all of this" (although I think the something may be more inside of us than "out there"). No way do we humans understand all there is to understand about how the universe (including our own minds) works. I don't think we ever will. And that may be a good thing. But I would point out that "We" don't call this "something" any one thing. We call "it" all sorts of different things. I believe you and I both experienced "something." But it is a big leap from something
, bigger from him
, and there's a huge chasm between God
and his son Jesus
. None of that was in either of our experiences. Those names for the something
come from thoughts and ideas we used to interpret our experiences.
I think that putting that something more
you speak of, however real it is, in any box and worshipping it is a mistake.
People are very open-minded about new things--as long as they're exactly like the old ones.
God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought.