And the day came to pass that representatives of all peoples of the world united in a global convention, to discuss the future of man. In the advanced society of the year 3,000, a specific forum was enlisted to minimize the use of valuable time. After much deliberation, consideration, and delegation, issues of great importance were reached in every arena of discussion, but one – The topic of God.
As the various religious denominations and sects sat perplexed as to how even to begin, for each believed its own beginnings was fashioned originally, solely, and like no others. The great elders and priests now sat speechless and quiet, obviously closed to any other possibility.
The agnostic sector came to the podium and offered the suggestion to at least agree on the existence of a supreme being, but before they were through the atheists and polytheists began a heated discussion on how many, if any, Gods to agree upon.
To solve the erupted dispute, the Native Americans offered their shamanism or spirituality as the prime choice for the whole of humanity, but before their medicine men could finish their reasons of logic, the Rabbis from Israel stood up and began fervently arguing that the God of Abraham could only be chosen, for Abraham’s God was the only true God.
As the Jews debated their truth with vigor, the Christian denominations became enraged that Jesus somehow was not automatically selected as the only true and dominant religion’s focus. As the Buddhists began to disagree with the Jehovah Witnesses, the Hare Chrishnas became uncommunicative when the Muslims and Mormons began to offer their views. Within a matter of minutes each and every organization from atheists to Zionists were in an out-of-control altercation. Then the room was silenced, as all eyes looked up to find rays of light penetrating the alabaster and marbled ceilings.
As the Muslims dropped to their knees to bow in the Holy presence, the Rabbis could be heard agreeing it was truly the God of Israel, Adonai. The thunderous voice replied, “Yes, I am the God, Adonai”. In horror, all of the Christian denominations joined in the building of mass confusion, and in a panic demanded to know where their savior was. The heavenly voice reassuringly declared Himself also the Holy Trinity. As the Buddhists meekly ask about their beloved Buddha, the unearthly presence acknowledged Himself as their Buddha. Each religious group in turn ask the Holy presence its identity, and each in turn learned His presence to be their own beloved Deity.
The agnostics conceded that though they did not comprehend the presence they were witnessing, it was real and both “supreme” and “the answer”, but for what they didn’t know. Brooding, the atheists sat silent, quite irritated by the whole unexplained display. When ask why, they answered curtly that nothing had changed, they still refuted any beliefs in a supreme Deity, Creator of anything, and that destiny was man’s illusion for self comfort. The all knowing voice agreed that His place was void of that responsibility since the atheist didn’t seek comfort, intervention or even a hint of connection.
As dialogue continued, each denomination grew more unsettled, frustration mounted causing bursts of anger and negativity between those in attendance. Among the raised voices, a quiet yet peaceful voice rang out creating a hush that enshrouded the room. The Hindu woman’s voice, young and timid, and in simple terms asked, “Who was the God to first?”
Without hesitation, the miraculous voice filled with kindness and understanding replied, “I have always been Father to all my children, from the first moment of life and throughout the years they enlisted my aid, to the last moment of life, and beyond. I show no partiality. I have no divine plan for one and not the others. I am everything to each one of you.”
As the Grand Counsel of men and women sat basking in the unseen smile of a being with no form other than total presence, one question remained. An old frail bodied Taoist man, with eye’s lowered, quietly spoke and politely asked, “If this is all true then why have so many lives been lost through persecution and in wars fought in your name?”
The voice simply replied, “I myself cannot tell you this, for man, not God, is responsible for his own actions. So let me ask you, my son, why?”
Before a word could be uttered, the ray was gone and with it the tremendous presence of Holiness. The priests, rabbis, ministers, polytheists, as well as monotheists, atheists and agnostics all sat with heads bent, thinking both of the answers and question left to man’s accountability to man. Each beginning to absorb the words of wisdom just spoken for all to hear.
I was reading my daily newsletter from the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, and loved the following excerpts from it and decided I should share these questions and the quote. I hope it will touch you and make yourself ask the same questions, as we humans have a tendency of looking outward more then we look inward.
“A question I often ask myself is: “Who would I be if no one was looking?” The reason this question is so important for us to ask once in a while is because it helps us to check how authentically we are living our lives. Would we say things we don’t say if we weren’t worried what others will think? Would we not say certain things if there was no one to please? Or even, do we do the good things we do because these acts impress others, or do we serve and contribute from a place of sincerity and integrity?”
“Too many people live their lives for other people and miss out on what God has truly put on their heart. I once read an anonymous quote that really drives home this point: “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” Let us all live lives of meaningful contribution, even if not a single person notices – God notices.”