In the first post of this series, I talked about how the question “Is there God?” is not the right question and how asking the question, “What if…there is God?” may get us to a more common understanding.
In the second post, I talked about the possible fundamental condition between the created and The Creator and this possibility is the reason for inability to see God.
In the third post, I talked about the hidden Reality which manifests through physical experience and spiritual experience.
In this post I will elaborate on the equation below with the focus on its relation to understanding God.
Reality = Physical Experience + Spiritual Experience
If God were to be real and since this is what I have been exploring with the question, “What if… there is God?”, the spiritual experience may be more conclusive for a limited time to the person who has the spiritual experience but cannot be the only experience. I think it has to be supplemented by the physical experience other wise the physical surroundings take over so much so that the spiritual experience gets relegated to a dream.
But the difficulty is with the physical experience. Comprehending the importance of the physical experience is critical here and let me explain.
Physical experience does not mean that I have to see God to know that God is real. Since I established that seeing God with human eyes may not be the basic condition for freewill, there could be other physical ways of knowing God. One such way is through miracles.
I know I am touching on a difficult and complex topic here but let me simplify. My definition of a miracle is an event, a physical event that you experience with a group. What you see/feel is what everyone around you sees/feels and there is no possible explanation for this happening with your current understanding of natural laws. The only explanation left is that God made this event happen.
I know that this simple explanation has many holes in its reasoning. There have been many so-called miracles that were easily explained through science. For example, in the movie, “Gods must be crazy”, the Coca-cola bottle falling from the sky has a simple explanation but is a miracle to the folks who have never seen it before. Here is the scene which I think is now a Coca-cola ad.
There are also opposing viewpoints to the entire miracle business as shown by Einstein’s quote below.
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
I may have to respectfully disagree with Mr.Enistein here because I think there is a third way. Yes, I understand both points of view. No miracles vs everything is a miracle.
My point is that miraculous happenings are a way of knowing that God is real. This is the third way. These happenings are rare and are very conclusive to the people around them. There can be no pooh-poohing this miracle and similarly, there cannot be this feeling of “yeah, this is an everyday part of my life. I am blessed God! Now, let’s go to Starbucks” kinda miracle. There is a specific purpose and specific conditions for these types of miracles in my personal and honest opinion.
I will try to explain my concept of a miracle in the next post by using “Parting of the Red Sea” as an example.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!