What God Do I Believe In?

…Conversations at Men’s Shed yesterday about religion… Bill, who’s knowledgeable and open-minded: ‘I believed in the Blue Fairy…

…who tells Pinocchio: ‘be a good boy and treat others well’… That’s good enough for me!’

The Blue Fairy’s actual words: ‘Children who love their parents and help them when they are sick and poor, are worthy of praise and love, even if they are not models of good behaviour. Be good in the future and you will be happy.’

…Reading Alice Walker’s ‘The Colour Purple’. Celie, an African-American girl in the segregated, poverty-stricken south of the United States, tries to understand a white-man-God with her friend Shug:

Shug says: ‘God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself when you not looking, or don’t know what you looking for. Trouble do it for most folks, I think. Sorrow, lord. Feeling like shit.’

…Re-reading the Bible-story of Jonah… Jonah’s God tells him to do what he doesn’t want to do… follows him when he runs away… creates a storm to teach him a lesson… provides a big fish to keep him alive…

Listens to his inside-the-fish prayer… makes the fish spit Jonah out… insists that Jonah continues preaching… upsets Jonah with his decision and actions… directs a plant-eating worm to make Jonah angrier… argues with him…

…Appreciating Queen Elizabeth’s ‘statements of faith’ …their simplicity, their depth… In her 2014 Christmas message:

‘For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. A role-model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.’

Musing… What God do I believe in? …Insights from Bill, the Blue Fairy, Celie, Shug, Jonah, Queen Elizabeth…

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