In all Creation, God has forever provided direction, guidance and opportunities. However, God did not, as a rule, command and predestine each individual path in the physical life. Neither did God predetermine the ultimate destiny of the individual spirit after it had departed the material world. The soul has the choice of Repentance and God has the power of Divine Forgiveness. In humanity, God gave a free will ... a choice to follow a selected path ... a choice to open a selected door ... a ruler of our own fate. No person can make those decisions for another. No person can render judgment on the status of any other soul. Certain events in life are exclusively private and personal ... birth, learning, falling in love, walks with God, spiritual experiences, leaving the physical body ... no other can intimately share those events with us. Two individuals falling deeply in love with each other is, in fact, two events blended into one ... but each has their own private and personal feelings that can not be adequately expressed in words or deeds and the depth of those loves may or may not be equal.
    Since physical time began there existed the essence and potential of all that is now, was yesterday and will be tomorrow. Atomic energy and flight to the Moon existed in potential at the beginning. Tomorrow is the potential of today. God did not personally create our physical being ... God provided the resources and means for the production of our physical being. Our physical being is capable of functioning in the material world due to the entry of our spirit which God created. Without that spirit provided by God, our physical being would return to the dust from whence it came through God's initial creation of human. The physical body not only provides the means of functioning in a material environment but it is also the temporary residence of our spiritual soul ... our temple and our shrine. There we can quietly meet and converse with God at any time.
    Through the ages God has taken special action, perhaps even drastic action, to help guide individuals along the way ... a strong "word" to get our attention ... or perhaps a good hefty kick on the backside. Do we listen? That is our choice. Do we respond by doing what we hear "inside." That is our choice. The Apostle Judas Iscariot may be an example of such an experience. He had the same exposure to the teaching and exhortations of Jesus as did the other Apostles ... yet he betrayed Jesus. He sat at the table of his last Passover Meal with the other Apostles and received from the very hands of Jesus the only sacrament directly instituted by Jesus [Holy Communion] ... yet he betrayed Jesus. Although Jesus knew what was happening and that he would be crucified the next day, he did not confront Judas and seek to change him from his chosen path. To fulfill the prophets of old, it was a task that must be done by someone; however, that "someone" did not have to be Judas Iscariot ... it was his choice due to his greed for a few coins.
    My personal "faith tradition" is that of Christianity, as should be quite obvious from what was just written. Therefore, I can naturally and more easily express Faith in that context ... it is through Christianity that I serve my God. However, please understand that God is much, much more than a single faith tradition. God, the Ultimate Truth, is universal and Creator of all that exists. There can be only one Ultimate Supreme Source which we call God. It is totally illogical to hold that there are multiple gods who are in conflict and battle over "final jurisdiction." It is likewise illogical to accept multiple gods, each of which have their own complete authority over different elements of the material world. There is One God over all that is seen and all that is unseen ... the Source that existed which brought about materiality. Otherwise, what was the source of that very first item that started the universe? Evolution is what happened to Creation after God said: "Let there be ... it is good!"
    Different faith traditions are forms of worship to God. Each, in their own way, are built upon what has gone before. Even the most remote human inherently feels a need to honor a "Higher Authority" that provides them with love, protection and a means of livelihood. The rites to honor the Divine have much in common ... sacrifice, prayer, chants and hymns, meditation and reflection, good works, devotion to purpose, etc.
    If we are in a house of God where a foreign language is being spoken and unfamiliar rituals are being performed, is it essential that we understand that language and the rites? No, it is important that we are experiencing the presence of God's Love with other worshipers. We can still be very much in touch with God. Is it essential that we transfer the foreign language and rites to our own community worship experience? No, because we would then be imitating another faith tradition at the expense of our own ... you can not walk two paths at the same time. In the presence of familiar ground, it is easier and more natural to become detached from the physical and enter deeper into the Spirit.
    There is one God and that is the same God of all Creation. The same God that may be called Allah, Abba, Master, Creator, Father, Source, Holy One ... God is all those and much, much more! It is the same God that merits our adoration and worship no matter what our faith tradition may be ...Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Christian, or local native custom. Christians perceive God as being, in some deeply mysterious way, one God in three "Divine Persons" ... the Trinity that has traditionally been called "Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In very recent times there has been a trend to say "Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit" as a form of "inclusive language" or "political correctness."   Personally I do not support such ideas.  Let's call it what it has been, is now and will ever be.
    Perhaps we might visualize the Trinity condition in terms of an equilateral triangle ... a figure with three equal sides forming a united whole that looks the same, no matter which side is being viewed. But a triangle is a plane geometrical figure that has only two dimensions ... height and width. Since it has no thickness, it cannot truly exist as a body in the physical world … it is beyond the realm of materiality. A triangle drawn on paper is seen as a blank space enclosed within three lines. If we look at the edge of the paper, we do not see the triangle ... it is truly there in its entirety but it is unseen as an element in materiality.
    One side of the triangle represents God, the Father. Another side represents God, the Son. The last side represents God, the Holy Spirit. Together they form one infinite and eternal entity that is omnipotent [all powerful], omnipresent [ever present] and omniscient [all knowing]. No matter the name you may use or the faith tradition you may follow, that is God ... Our God!

by Nathan [March 1996]