The atheist and the theist: The opposites that attract
An atheist was invited by his friend to a wedding ceremony to be held at a church.
The atheist entered and started looking at the decoration: Images of saints and Jesus crucified in a cross. The atheist was surprised by the atmosphere of peace that he felt in that wide room.
All of the sudden, he saw a white light which almost blinded him but increased his peace and made him feel a special bliss that he has never felt before.
The atheist was surprised after the experience and told his friend about it.
His friend said: “That is God showing you that he exists.” The priest knew about that experience of the atheist and congratulated him profusely. It was a miracle.
The atheist had experienced God by popular interpretation, therefore; he decided to convert himself into a Christian and from that point on, he strongly believed in God and followed his Godly book; the Bible.
The priest used this singular story to support his beliefs and the beliefs of those who believed in him. 🙂
The above story may have happened to many of us. Through an extraordinary experience, we thought that God has “chosen us.” After all, not too many folks experience that type of experience.
“I am special,” we thought.
Notice how the interpretation of an experience resulted in the change of consciousness of the atheist.
That which he denied, all of the sudden was completely embraced to the same extreme as his denial.
That is the story of St. Paul as well as the story of many “believers.”
What could have happened if that “special” experience was felt in a Muslim mosque? Or what about a Hindu temple?
Obviously, “God” automatically would have acquired those colors.
What is important to observe is not that the atheist have found God.
Observe how his consciousness has changed into the opposite side.
Observe how an interpretation has validated his beliefs.
Observe how general acceptance has determined that new “reality.”
Eventually, that “experience” becomes the hook into becoming a believer.
The label of “atheist” will change into “theist.”
That change is very superficial. The former atheist may follow rituals, he may confess his sins and pray to God all he wants, but his consciousness will be stuck in that new location, for a dogma will be created in his mind.
He found the “One.” The “One” who was denied.
Nevertheless, that may be the starting point in his “spiritual career.”
Unless this person allows for his consciousness to be open to further experiences, he will not be able to change anymore.
In his mind, he has found security and support from a group. He has “arrived.”
However, in his heart there will be the longing of needing something else.
Why? Is finding God or a belief in God not enough?
No… unless he wants to believe it is.
Once the belief is confronted and discovered, he may move into the next step.
What is it?
He will need to find himself.
To find the “One” is not enough until we become “One.”
That “knowing” is not theory. It is not something to recite and to “tell others.”
Being (labeling) an “atheist” or a “theist” is of no consequence unless we believe that to be the case. Lost into that duality, we could get “busy” by “doing things” such as proselytizing, supporting the faith, doing all rituals, etc. or going against it in a “hate” campaign. More duality…Same consciousness.
When those 2 words are forgotten, then we could be away from labels and perhaps discover that we are not those labels that we used to believe we were…
At that point, the search truly starts…
The “special” experience is meant to be enjoyed. It is the point for a change. It is not meant to be interpreted.
Thank you for stopping by “stainedglassdoubts,” and thank you for sharing a moment of your Life with us… Great realization! Faith is like a rainbow. Some may see many colors, and become worshippers of a particular color, not realizing that a rainbow is truly light, and that light is “what is” for colors are merely part of that one light.
All the best to you and welcome to this community! 🙂
This is such a fascinating write and very thought provoking. One of your lines reminded me of a moment I had very early on in the crisis of my faith. I remember looking at my (ex)husband and crying and saying “I feel like I’ve just realized that had I have been born in India I would be this passionate Hindu.” I realized that I am drawn to faith and not THE faith that I had always believed in.
I am new to the community and hoping to have a site that has engaging discussions regarding faith/doubt. I hope to see you there.
There are two things that came to mind reading your post, which I thoroughly enjoyed! First off, I heard a speaker at a spiritual conference say, “The worst thing ever to happen to God is organized religion ” – Caroline Myss. I love that quote. Religion separates us and that is then opposite of God. The second is a lesson of A Course in Miracles where we learn how words separate us from God. It teaches wholeness and oneness and seeing beyond the limitations words put on our experience and perceptions. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. All the best – Lisa
Thanks, Lisa! Must be the owl picture calling onto you again! 🙂
The paradox of religions is that even though, unity among humans may be their objective; by separating themselves from “what is” they have created a rapture of that union. Preaching yoga (union) but acting “no-yoga.”
And… yes … words and their duality…although we need words to communicate, we cannot expect to communicate just through them.
All the best Lisa! 🙂
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