In God We Trust?
NO. As for me, I will not trust any "God" endorsed by the state, especially since such endorsement is a blatant disregard of the United States Constitution.
Now I myself I am very spiritual man, and I have no issue with the Christian religion in and of itself. Most Christians are pretty cool for the most part, even if they are "holier than thou", they still leave me be. For that matter I even read my bible at least a few times per week for a couple of hours. It is my personal belief that there is only one answer in the Universe with regards to who or what created it, and I'm reasonably sure nobody on the face of this Earth has any real idea what it was. This is the realm of "God".
That includes me, for I really have no idea what is going on up in the stars. I really have no idea what "God" is. I just believe it's out there. I'm afraid to personify God to my liking like so many of other religions do. I'm not sure if God is of the human form, I just doubt it is, in fact I'm really not sure of Gods gender. I would assume God is most likely both genders, male and female, masculine and feminine. But I will be the first to admit, that's just a guess on my part.
I like to think that God is a part of all of us, and we are all a part of God. And by all of us, I mean EVERYTHING in the universe, the plants, animals, rocks, viruses, other planets, the stars, moon, dust mites, furniture... everything really. I don't believe that the human race is "special" in the eyes of "God" no more than any other of Gods creations are.
In years past I have believed God to be a white robed bearded man in the sky (back in my "Christian" days), later as I explored Wicca and Neo-Paganism I came to view God as a girl (a Goddess), and the more I contemplated and studied, and thought about it, I've about concluded that a mortal man really can't conclude on what God is. I recently read a book called the Kybalion. I rather seem to align myself with it's view of "God", or as it calls the creator, "THE ALL".
I honestly don't know where I'm heading on my search for the divine. I've often wondered what my, or our purposes are on this planet. Sometimes I think our purpose is just for the experience of it. Some people believe we were put on this Earth as a test between "God" and "Satan" (the adversary) to see if we would continue to seek God under free will. Now I don't believe in "Satan", but I believe there is a "darkness" of sorts, a place where the soul is far removed from "God", and this place is a terrible and frightening state to be in. Perhaps this is what the Christians call "hell". I do not know.
I do believe there may be something too all of the rituals I've seen practiced in other religions. There is something about channeling mental energy and charging your surroundings with it that does seem to have an effect on things in the universe. I'm not sure why or what this is. I would imagine it has to do with the spirits of the objects, people, and other living creatures around you when the ritual is being performed. I have this idea that souls never die, and when a body perishes perhaps while the soul may go off into other planes of existence, perhaps a remnant of the subject soul stays among us, absorbing itself into the environment like the fragrance of a burned out incense stick that hangs in the room hours afterwards.
It is interesting I seem to have better success channeling energy when I'm not trying. It seems when I go through the effort of attempting an elaborate ritual it falls flat and looses its power. It is really for this reason that I have nixed performing elaborate rituals. My "rituals" these days are really simply times for reflection, thoughts, prayer, and I dare say meditation. (I don't really meditate very well, I find it is quite difficult to still my mind). And yet with all of this in mind, when it seems I have a genuine need in my life I always seem to find a way to channel the right energy to deal with the situation. Sometimes I think I have a guardian spirit that looks out for me. I hope someday I can reach out and make contact with this entity if it exist. I'm not sure I believe this "guardian" is actually "God", but I think that she works on a higher plane that is closer to "God" than I am, and perhaps helps me to bridge the gap. You'll note I used the pronoun "she" to describe this spirit, as I have a strong feeling that the spirit that looks after me might be feminine, just based on how my life has evolved.
If this is indeed the case, and there is some guardian spirit that looks after me (female or not), then I is my life's goal to learn to reach out to this entity. To grasp her presence and feel her embrace for she has been with me since I was born, and has seen me through many issues in my life. A true Angelic friend for life. How can I show my gratitude for this? Maybe we all have "guardian spirits" (Angels if you will). Perhaps they are past relatives looking out for us, maybe they're not even of the "human" species. Maybe every living creature on this plane of existence has a guardian of some kind. At least I sure hope that the beast of the wilds have some sort of divine advocate, God knows they need all the help they can get, what with the mass extinctions we're facing on this planet.
So I think after writing all of this, it's safe to say I'm not "anti-God", I'm simply "anti-STATE God". I simply don't want people I don't even know, especially God damned politicians telling me the matters of my spirit and soul.
"In God We Trust"?
No.... Keep your state God... I prefer:
"In God I Seek"