Some people refer to the present time as the post-Christian era, and for sure many people are leaving the Church. It’s happened before. I figure what ever occurs, it happens under God, so few things really change.

And there are reasons for some people to give up on a Church where many beliefs and practices persist that insult one’s intelligence.

I’ve always been perturbed by that too, and have tearfully buried a few gods along the way. But, each time, a greater God has appeared.

More people are declaring that God doesn’t exist. To me that is silly. Our very existence screams Divinity. Life does not proceed from non-life; it has a Source. One thing I’ve noticed: my few acquaintances who declare themselves atheists generally reject the very same things about God that I have rejected over the years, and all of them from the objective world.

The problem with that, of course, is that God dwells in the subjective world, and you cannot prove or disprove anything from the world of experience. My response to the person who challenges me with, “Prove to me that God exists” is met with my, “Prove to me that an itch exists.” It can’t be done.

Nor can one prove the fragrance of a carnation or the sour taste of a dandelion stem in the mouth. All are pure experiences and beyond the powers of words to capture their essence. You can no more describe sadness in words than you can describe yellow to a person born blind. Words, and maybe thoughts, are totally inadequate.

And God is an experience, daily in subtle ways, and occasionally, in life-changing ways. To have someone say, “Your experiences of God are not valid because they cannot be proven,” is to expose their own ignorance, but also to be a bit insulting, because they are saying that my experience of life is not, what, rationally defensible?

Sorry. I am who I am and my experiences are what they are. Please prove that is not the case.

Dick Gist, Princeton

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