I believe in God.
However The God of my understanding is one no theist would likely accept.
This is a work in progress.
I think I’ve just had a bit of an epiphany.
Simply put I’ve decided that, God is EVERYTHING. The natural laws the govern the universe. Causality. Nature. Love. Peace. Spirituality, Kindness. Positivist morality. Passion and so on.
I realize I’m only listing the positives. God being everything would also have to include everything we consider negative. But that then would just be a mirror of reality wouldn’t it?
So in that since “God” or ones “higher power” would be innately neutral. “God” didn’t murder the dinosaurs. “God” simply is the laws of nature that caused it to happen. Celestial mechanics just are. Things just happen sometimes that transcends humanity. A Black Hole doesn’t hate you but it will surely eat you just as a wild animal would.
So I think it would make since to understand God in terms of what we can control and influence and what we can’t.
Really all that we can control is our actions and our thoughts. So within that sphere we have many choices, we can do or think positive or negative things. But since “God is everything” it is also evolutionary biology which IMHO is the root instinct of morality. E.G. The paternal instinct to protect our children. The desire to help one another all going towards the desire to protect and further the species. Since we’re big brained monkeys with complex brains this has evolved into complex nuanced ideas of what is right and wrong.
Looking at it this way I’ve conceived a notion of God that reconciles a cold neutral set of natural laws with the loving inclusive values/morals that I find in Unitarian Universalist principles and in the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold path including Mindfulness meditation.
This is a start. This will evolve and be refined.