Knowing God in a Non-Religious Sense
Written by Randi G. Fine
As a reader of my blog you may be confused as to where I stand in regard to my religious beliefs. The fact that I talk about God and prayer in some of my posts may lead some of you to believe that I follow a particular religious path.
As I explain in my three-part article, Non-Religious Spirituality: The Self-Actualizaton of Non-Religious Faith, I was born and raised as a Jewish individual. Judaism is the only faith that I feel any affinity to. I am well educated in Judaism and love some of the beautiful traditions of the faith, but I do not practice the religion.
Over the years I have come to understand that Judaism incorporates a deep level of spirituality and mysticism—aspects that would have thoroughly captivated me had they been presented instead of or along with the rote learning I experienced as a child—aspects that may have sustained me, given me strength and hope, and carried me through the difficult times in my life. Religion as it had always been presented to me unfortunately did not give me the tools that I needed to navigate a life filled with many challenges.
For the first twenty-eight years of my life I did not believe in God. When I was finally brought to my knees in utter despair, I struggled to find something outside of myself to hand my burden over to.
Jewish people rarely say the word “God” out loud so I was uncomfortable even uttering the word, and the God that I had come to know through Judaism felt cold-hearted and unapproachable; not loving and ever-present.
Over the years, through a great deal of searching, I have come to know God in a different way; a way that resonates deeply with me. I have come to rely on a God that never leaves my side. I do not find him in a house of worship—he resides in my heart.
I do not follow any organized religion. I do not follow the words of the bible. I am a deeply faithful and spiritual person—one who lives by the love of God, the guidance of the spirit world, and the wisdom of the many brilliant messengers God has sent to guide us over the millenniums.
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