04 September 2009

Einstein's God

And now for something completely different... As you all know, I tend to keep it very opinionated and focused on news of the day, including the good, bad, and ugly. However, I try to find my own sources of inspiration as well. I usually keep these missives to myself or on occasion, share them with a couple of people. However, I really felt that this one was a very interesting perspective on the nature of our existence and our understanding of a higher power... What do you think?

(from Our Daily Bread)

When the great physicist Albert Einstein was asked if he believed in God, he responded:

“We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. . . . That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human beings toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”

I find it especially interesting the number of people who may not specifically believe what I believe, but like Einstein, ask "childlike" questions about the nature of our existence. They do this knowing that no one can explain it or really knows the origins of life - and it's doubtful as humans that we ever will.

An old pastor once told me that in order to understand God, we have to use human/earthly terms to attempt to explain Him. However, we often forget that God is not of this world, so it is futile to attempt such an explanation. I think this is why so many people find it challenging to truly explain their faith, and yet they persist in believing.


Anonymous said...

Interesting quote. I rarely call the one I think created all life as god and gave up trying to understand why people put faith and hope in any god that is writen about.
I admit to saying oh god do this,help me with that, but I know that its just a habit I picked up from life. I feel the one that created this is simply that, The One. if it has a gender then its a she for only females create life. thankfully so too, I sure as hell wouldnt want to go thru 9 months. I always thought god is a he, because man created god and men are sexists. Strange IMO because I too am a sexist, but then I like,respect,honor and value the opinion of females far more then males. Yea I know thats backwards too. But hey they do create and care little people :D

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