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Finding God

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 07, 2017 • 25 Comments
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I often see Internet arguments about whether God exists and what God is, as if life’s most important questions were matters of taste to be debated. In fact, we do know a great deal now about the core creative force, and it is indeed extraordinary; but the more we learn, the more we see that both theists and atheists are missing the point. You might perhaps say they both are right; but also they both are profoundly wrong.

The judgmental Big Guy with the beard and thunderbolts that many people envision when they think of God does not exist. There is no evidence whatsoever for an anthropomorphic God that is anything like the Christian God. And believe me, we have looked for it!

On the other hand, the only thing that exists is the creative force that continuously manifests what we experience as this universe, and every single human mind is indivisibly part of that creative force. Therefore the atheists’ bet is wrong, too. We know now that all that exists is God!

We shouldn’t be surprised to discover that what was believed about God years and centuries ago is wrong. People have become more sophisticated in every other way, so why should our understanding of God be an exception? Actually, what is interesting to me is the fact that Jesus in the Gospels told the primitive people of his day things that have proven in the face of modern evidence to be amazingly accurate.

With humble awareness that our limited earth-minds cannot grasp in detail the objective truth, let’s look at what the evidence suggests is genuinely true about God:

  • God is infinitely powerful and infinitely loving Spirit, or Mind. Jesus said, “God is spirit.” (JN 4:24). It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life (JN 6:63). We read his words about the nature of God with a profound sense of relief! The vision of God as a cranky old man that Christian teachings put into our heads makes us feel as if we are spiritual children, while Jesus’s vision of God as Spirit gives us vistas of meaning. God is eternal, and God is forever new!
  • Each of our minds is indivisibly part of that one Mind. On this Jesus said, “the Spirit of truth… abides with you and will be in you (JN 14:17). He also said, “the kingdom of God is within you” (LK 17:21). The realization that each human mind is inextricably part of the Mind of God has been the greatest discovery of my life! Mikey Morgan, the sixth-level discarnate author of Flying High in Spirit, says that “God is the unity of pure love and all that exists.” More and more I am coming to realize how accurate his insight is.
  • Our minds therefore have tremendous power, if only we will believe we have that power. As Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you” (MK 11:22-24). It was when I first grasped the implications of this teaching that I began to pray in gratitude affirmations. I say “Thank you” for the gift of whatever I want, and affirm that indeed I already have it, so now my mind works smoothly with the Mind of God of which it is an integral part!
  • There is no post-death judge but ourselves. Jesus tells us this flat-out, so it is amazing that Christians still insist that God judges us. Jesus says, “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father” (JN 5:22-23). And then, If anyone hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him.” (JN 12:47). And finally, In the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you” (MT 7:2). So Jesus accurately tells us that each of us will be our own judge. When we accept the abundant testimony of the dead and the Gospel affirmation of Jesus that there is no post-death judge but ourselves, we put an end to the fear-based Christian tradition of sacrificial redemption. Jesus did not die for our sins. From the viewpoint of eternal Mind, we are forever sinless! We are as powerful, as loving, as eternal, and as perfect as the Godhead of which we are integrally part, if only we can claim that truth.

It is possible to come to know the genuine God! During all the decades when I was a zealous Christian, reading the Bible daily, praying on my knees, and living with the thought that God was a stern paterfamilias that I had to find a way to please, I realize now that I never felt close to God. No matter how I tried to get further into it, everything about religion felt external to me in the same way that all human institutions feel external. Religion is laws the way government is laws. You miss church on Sunday and you feel guilty.

It was only when I trusted Jesus enough to leave Christianity and follow Him that I was able to begin to find and know God. I am astonished to tell you that religious ideas about God actually prevent our finding God! They put a false and scary God into our minds that keeps us from coming to know the genuine God at the core of each of us. God is who we really are.

It is difficult to adequately express the joy of coming to know at last the genuine God. I’ve been trying to think of how to help you see the way that finding God feels to me after a lifetime of earnest searching. In fact, this utter joy is ineffable: there really are not sufficient words. Perhaps it feels like home and safety and the certainty of being perfectly loved, very much as a little child must feel before the outside world intrudes. It feels like power beyond imagining, so I know that every least thing that happens works for good in some way that we are too small to see; and it feels like joy so deep and love so complete that you cannot even remember how it felt to know fear.

Two Biblical passages express this feeling well. Philippians 4:7 is how Paul says it: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” But perhaps the ancient words of Deuteronomy 33:27 say it best of all: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Finding God means finding those arms and realizing they have been there all along. Even though our understanding while we are in bodies is necessarily limited, we are in the presence at last of a Godhead Who loves us so perfectly that God’s very love becomes our greatest challenge! To better understand that love, and to grow to meet it, becomes the beating heart of life and everything that matters to us. That seminal tune from the rock musical, Godspell, says it well: “Day by day, day by day, oh dear Lord three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly. Day by day….”

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25 thoughts on “Finding God

    1. Hello Mike! What surprises me most is realizing that I couldn’t have written this post even a year ago. It has taken me a whole lifetime to come home to God! My deepest hope is that somehow I can help others to find the genuine God much sooner than I did. Sending you a hug!

      1. Thank you, Roberta! 🙂
        Just thought I would add that with earthquakes, wild fires and flooding across many regions of the planet — and now, “suddenly,” hitting home for us in the U.S. (as if these huge natural events never occurred before), it’s very important to talk about the effects of free will. I know that if we haven’t already, we are about to hear questions about the “wrath of God” or odd musings such as “why would God allow such terrible things to happen to good people.” I know I don’t need to say that to you, or maybe even on this blog, but I’m just writing it for the record.

        1. It really is surprising how many people – even purportedly religious people – consider weather events to be rooted in God’s anger. How little they understand about God!!

  1. “…Day by Day, oh dear Lord three things I pray”
    Roberta I played the part of John the Baptist in this musical.

    “Prepare ye the way of the Lord..”

    Dear Roberta, your message resounds with Gods, Source, Supreme Energy’s LOVE. I love this God who reaches out beyond my understanding but still envelops me with everything I yearn to know about him, everyday.

    Thanks for your message, it pushed every button in my soul.
    Have a great conference in
    Arizona. Come back and tell us all about it.

  2. Hello Roberta, I wrote to you in July when I had lost my beloved dog Noodle and you assured me he was now young and healthy and that I would see him again when my time came. I found your comments to be hugely reassuring.
    Sadly I lost my daughter 2 weeks ago and am devastated as I rushed to Australia from London and she was on life support for 2 weeks but didn’t regain consciousness, she was only 44.
    I have read 3 of your books and one of them mentions hospitals in the Summerland. Why are hospitals necessary if we all revert to being healthy when we pass over? I would like to think of my daughter as free of all the medical intervention she endured in life. Thank you for your help, Linda.

  3. Linda, my name is Lola and I’m taking the liberty of answering your question. The “hospitals” in the afterlife are for rest and reflection, not medical care or procedures. Many souls go to these places temporarily in order to help them adjust to the new surroundings. They are mostly used by those who had a long lingering illness. They are in no way to be feared, as they are places of nurture. Your daughter sounds like she may fall into this category, but again, these places are in no way an actual hospital. They are strictly for rest, adjustment and restoration.

    1. Thank you, Lola – you answered Linda’s question better than I could have done! The most recent person of my acquaintance that I know for certain spent time in one of these glorious retreat spaces died of severe MS, and he spent just a couple of earth-months there to ensure that he was altogether recovered from the effects his physical handicaps had on his mental outlook. The fact that these places exist, and that they are so beautiful and so full of love, is a great gift to us all!

      1. I agree. Their existence proves that help is available. Roberta, can I ask you how you found out that the MS patient spent time there? Was it through a medium? Just curious, as my knowledge of them came from the writings of Lenore Piper – one of the most fantastic mediums of the 20th century. These places have been mentioned for years by many people who are and were considered credible.

        1. The topic of these post-healing hospitals is a common one in the old communications – early 20th century primarily – where I cut my teeth doing this research. So I wasn’t surprised when I tried to reach my friend there through a medium soon after his death, and I was told that he was in rehab, learning to be healthy again, and doing very well.

  4. Hi, Will husbands and wifes be together as mates (I know there are no marrages in heaven) I can’t bear the thought that ,we won’t be that close again.

    1. Hello Jo! There is no marriage in the afterlife, and we will have a lot of people around us with whom we are very close – including spouses and lovers from prior lifetimes – so there are many spouses who seem to move on from one another after death. But the evidence suggests that most of those who die married maintain their close relationships with one another and live together after death. Some do a lot of things together; some do not. But if you and your husband have been close here, then you can assume that will continue after your deaths!

  5. Thank you Lola for your quick reply. It’s been such a horrendous couple of months and I have a desperate need to make sense of all that’s happened. My daughter was such a kind, helpful, cheerful person and her husband who has Parkinson’s feels his life is over. I actually feel lucky that I have a strong belief in the afterlife and am wondering if it is too soon to make an appointment with the British Spiritualist Society in the hope of contacting Michelle or Noodle. I would appreciate if anyone could recommend a good medium /spiritualist in London. Thank you, Linda.

  6. I actually know what you are going through, as I have been down the same path with the death of my husband and dearly beloved dog, almost back to back. I could give you dozens of names of American mediums, but you don’t live here. I can say that the Scotch medium, Tony Stockwell, is without a doubt outstanding and he often appears in London. He also does it via skype if you have it. Another good one is Craig Hamilton who is based somewhere near London. If all else fails, call the Arthur Findlay School of Psychic Studies in England (they have a web site) and they will provide one for you. (Tony Stockwell can be found at TonyStockwell.com). He is truly the best of the best……Lola

    1. Thank you, dear Lola! It’s lovely of you to be helping Linda. It thrills me when our good friends here help one another!

  7. A very beautiful post. Your beauty shines through with the words of truth and God reality that passes understanding but can lead us to the glory of experience. Thank You. Peace and Love to All

    1. Thank you, dear Michael, for such beautiful words! My only wish now is to help as many people as possible to know this perfect joy before finally – at last! – I will get to go home ;-).

  8. Thank you Lola, I have emailed Tony Stockwells office with a request for a sitting, will let you know if I am successful!
    Best wishes, Linda x

  9. It is amazing that the words of Jesus, that have survived for 2,000 years, so closely align with what we know is true today. Thanks for reminding us and tying it all together.

    You’re a rockstar Roberta!

    1. Wow, Jennifer, thank you! I told my husband that you think I’m a rockstar, and he said, “Just please don’t sing!”

  10. Dear Roberta, your blog has awakened within me a spiritual awareness that I did not know I possessed. What Jesus tried to convey to us is so clear to me now the way you explain it. I feel uplifted and I am at inner peace which goes beyond any physical senses.

    I admire your selfless determination to spread spiritual truth to as many people as you can reach. Please continue to do so. You have a God-given talent that should not be wasted. I am confident that you will reach the level of blue light (the 6th) in the afterlife. (I hope I don’t sound too gushy, but that’s the only way I can express what I honestly mean.)

    I have had a very difficult year (you helped me to ease my grieve after my son passed). I am also still grieving the recent loss of my beloved cat, Ginger. However, I count this year as one of my most important years of my life (I am almost 90), and I would not want to ever have missed it. I feel I have reached spiritual growth that I didn’t know I was capable of.

    I will be with you in thought at your upcoming conference in Arizona.
    Annelore

    1. Dear Annelore, your comment overwhelms me. Thank you! It is actually, literally for you that I do what I do, and to hear how well it has helped you really thrills me. I wish you could join us in Arizona! But for certain you will be there in my heart. And meanwhile, please consider yourself hugged and very much loved!

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