What is the nature of the universe?“What happens to us when we die?” raises other uncommon but deep questions, like, “Where does consciousness come from?”
You might say, “the human brain,” and many scientists and philosophers do. Human awareness and personhood, they say, emerges from our brains and bodies. But others suggest consciousness is beyond humans and is in fact part of the nature of the universe. You wouldn’t go looking for the weatherman in your TV. Human minds and bodies are receptive to the consciousness that is beyond us.
Likely this sounds like impractical speculation, if not outright new age mumbo jumbo. And maybe it is. But then again, what is the character or quality of the consciousness that’s beyond us? Love? Anger? Is it distant and impassive? Engaged and active? What would you point to as evidence?
Do you see where this is going? It’s a way to explore questions of faith with people who claim no faith. Or to surface your own faith and questions.
God is what we call the consciousness beyond. This consciousness is our source (before birth) and end (after death). Its nature is love—deeply engaged, willing to suffer for the sake of life. Evidence? The cross and empty tomb.
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