Are you a child of God , and if so, how does that work for you? I’m 86 years old and I suspect that during those 86 years, I’ve heard that expression at least fifty thousand times. If you profess to be a Christian, the likelihood is that you’ve heard it many, many times also. Every priest, deacon, preacher, Sunday school teacher and religion instructor of any kind has thrown that statement at us on a continual basis. Like so many things we hear in the religion sphere, we are lectured to and ask to believe assertions with implicit faith, but with no suitable explanation as a basis for our faith—we call that blind faith.
Off the top of my head, I know of at least one place in the Bible where that assertion is made—1 John, 3:2. Paraphrased, it says ‘we are God’s children now, but when we see him as he truly is, we will be like him’. Of course, if we are like God, then we are God. So maybe all those millions of assertion we have heard about being children of God are true. But could you explain to me or anyone else just how that is possible? God is a spirit existing in eternity—he has no DNA to impart to anyone. Furthermore, God has no goddess with whom to mate and generate offspring.
Have you ever asked your priest or preacher to explain how we come to be children of God, and , if so, what response did you get? Every time I’ve asked such questions, I get told to ‘just accept it’. I have heard somewhere along the line the explanation that we are ‘adopted’ by God and therefore are his children—I suppose that’s a pretty good answer if we could believe it. For some strange reason, answers like that never satisfied me—I always wanted a realistic, scientific, philosophically sound reason for accepting anything ‘in belief’. Just because somebody says something, doesn’t make it so. The great philosopher Socrates proclaimed to the world that we should “question everything”—the Greek elite killed him for saying so—they wanted ‘nobody’ questioning them—sounds a little like the Jesus story doesn’t it?
My natural inquisitive mind forced me to search for answers—there is, in fact, a specific reason for every truth—the trick is to find (discover) it. That is basically what science is—the word science comes from the Latin word scientia which means knowledge, and knowledge of course is truth. We also know that God is all truth. We know that truth because I have defined God’s essence in irrefutable terms—God is a perfect rational being. That definition says it all—nothing can be added—nothing can be deleted.
So you might ask what that definition has to do with us being ‘children of God’, and I would say ‘everything’. Through the attainment of knowledge by use of the scientific process, we know that everything in existence is made of identically the same things—tiny particles of energy called quanta (plural for quantum). Each of those particles is perfect in both form and function, is identical and indistinguishable from its counterparts, and, more importantly, never changes. That ‘never changes’ part is where the “rub’ comes in—its astonishing; they all exist in eternity. Since there is nothing in eternity except God and his eternal creation, we are destined to ‘be with him as his child. In fact our entire make-up exists already in eternity. That is a startling revelation—we are living now in an ever-changing universe, while at the same time, all of our ‘building blocks’ exist in eternity—pretty amazing, eh?
Now you are equipped to lecture adroitly on the principle dictums of Jesus. I am convinced that Jesus understood that concept perfectly. He didn’t know anything about particle physics, but he could see the universal selfishness in the world. He knew that atonement must be made. He recognized the image of God, not only in himself, but in all of creation. His awareness told him, that since no one else understood that principle, he ‘had to be the chosen one’—he had to be the sacrificial lamb—he was a child of God also.
It is quite obvious to me, that while the majority of people are extremely busy creating discord by peddling disinformation about God and Jesus, the real thinkers who have divorced themselves from that nonsense, are busy discovering truth. Little by little, we are gradually gaining a glimpse into the workings of that Perfect Intellect which we call God. Its a beautiful thing.
You can gain tremendous insight by reading my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality—Press Releases and video trailers of each produced by Covenant Books attached.