A delusional relationship December 17, 2010Posted by Ezra Resnick in Belief, Religion.
According to Rabbi Alan Lurie in The Huffington Post, all those debates about the existence of God — the ones where skeptics keep demanding evidence — are missing the point:
arguments and experiments can not prove the existence of God because God is not an hypothesis. For human beings, God is the experience of a transformative relationship with creation itself, in which we know that the Universe is inherently meaningful, that we were created for a staggering purpose that will unfold over eons, that love and gratitude are the essential actual materials of our lives and that we are holy beings.
The experience of a relationship with God is not one of religious doctrine, does not come from statistics, experiments or argument, and is certainly not in conflict with science and reason in any way. It is also not about righteous certainty or judgment. The experience of God expands the possibilities for our lives and increases the feeling of mystery and intellectual curiosity about the world.
I’m certainly in favor of love and gratitude and intellectual curiosity, but wait a minute: if God is merely an experience, then he cannot be an entity who writes books and listens to prayers and cares about what we eat or whom we sleep with. In what sense can Lurie call himself a theist, much less a religious Jew? Lurie is simply equivocating on the definition of “God,” emptying it of all the characteristics attributed by religious people (without which religion makes no sense), while still recommending a relationship with God (which somehow allows him to know that we were all created for some staggering purpose).
I hate to break it to you, Rabbi, but it seems that you’re stuck in a delusional relationship. You need to let go.