A loving god

A loving god poem by Judas1

One of the most beautiful things I know is the concept of a god that loves. A New rather than Old Testament god that loves, listens, absolves your sin and offers hope. Surely a loving god is man's most beautiful creation, because it makes me want to believe it's real even though I know it's not.


Forsaken


Antigonish

Yesterday I said a prayer
to a god that wasn't there...
I said my prayer again today
I'm sure it wished I'd go away.


Conflicted


The Conflicted poem by Judas1

Dear God,
I may not believe in you
but I still talk to you...
for it makes me feel good,
it makes my words feel heard
and sometimes I find answers.
Isn't that reason enough?


Believing


Antigonish

The meaning is believing that believing is meaning and belief is enough... for faith is what we have in lieu of God and I want to believe in something, I want to believe in believing, I want to believe in hope and I want to believe there's more.


There is god but God


There is no god but God

There is no god but God, and even then not even.

Nowhere but everywhere, there is no god but god itself and even then not even. There is no god but god itself, there is no god at all... for today we make our own hope.


NOTES

The face in these pictures I found in the weathered grain of an old fence paling. I removed the excess wood; printed the face on paper; and then played with the image.


MUSINGS

Is the desire to believe in God a misplaced primal survival instinct to belong to a tribe stronger than oneself? Are the needs for purpose, love, fulfillment and importance part of the same need to belong? Are guilt, empathy and loyalty reciprocal behaviours that evolved to help us belong?

After millennias of believing in gods, in a short space of time humanity is discarding belief in gods. What are the flow-on impacts to wellbeing?

At least when we believed in god, I had hope. Now there's nothing to replace God. But sometimes I still sense hope in those that do believe.

Perhaps the need for religion is related to the need to socialise with other people.


MUSIC

Mr tambourine man, Bob Dylan 1965

My sweet lord, George Harrison 1970

Here I am, Lord - Dan Schutte 1981

Gabriel's Oboe, Ennio Morricone 1986

This is your life, Fight Club 1999


LINKS

Dust to dust

Conversion of St Ignatius c 1522

Antigonish, William Hughes Mearns 1899

The Prophet, Emil Nolde 1912

Wellbeing religious Vs non-religious, 2016


TAGS

God, Portrait, Charcoal, Wood prints, Life-meaning, Perplexed, Block-print