By Parson Thru
A post on here (ABCtales) got me thinking this morning (there's a surprise).
It was about praying, and doing so for other people's needs rather than your own. I kind of chime with that, commenting that I only pray for the needs of others. I realised later, in the shower, that my comment wasn't entirely accurate.
Not for the first time, I got to thinking "Who am I praying to?". A bearded old man on a cloud? That's the impression the Renaissance painters tried to give us - influenced by what?
I'm no anthropologist, but I've always found it interesting that whenever our intrepid forebears journeyed in search of great river sources, they bumped into a bunch of new friends who (licence) couldn't wait to show them paintings of the animals, mountains or sun that they worshipped (you get my drift).
Isolated communities all worshiping deities. WTF?
Somehow, their depictions ring more true than the renderings of Titian and Co.
I mean, why wouldn't you? Buffalo arrive bang on time each year for the pot. Mountains have been known to do bad things to the people who live on their flanks - "Please refrain from any of that today, Amen". The sun? Well.... Men with beards vs. the sun?
Personally, I'm settling on the idea of addressing my petitions to the energy and life-giving forces of the universe - the ones you can see or feel and the ones you can't. And the spirit. I've mentioned elsewhere about things I've seen and heard. A previous Archbishop of Canterbury admitted to hearing God speaking to him and was deemed still fit to work - Atos probably had a hand in that. At least I had witnesses.
Anyway, I'm in no doubt that there's more to this than what we can label and stick in a jar of formaldehyde.
I was going to say that it's more than maths, but I'm beginning to wonder (Ha!). Perhaps mathematics is just the syntax that allows humans to try to articulate some of those great truths. It would be amusing to watch Stephen Hawking and God collide head-on.
Anyway, there's work to be done. I can't be sitting contemplating existence all day.