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If You Want to See God, You Have to Love — A Quick Chat With John Rufus

I was talking with my old friend John Rufus and finally I trusted him enough to say what so irritated me about all the language of religion and God.

I said “Look, I get that loving people might be a great way to live.  But I would like to know now, before I go any further, does God exist?  If He does I will live my life one way and if he doesn’t another way.

He said: “Look.  I get that it annoys you.  But if a tiger is hunting an antelope it doesn’t see God, does it?  It barely sees the antelope.  It just sees food.  If a pick-up artist sees a girl in a bar he doesn’t see God, he doesn’t even see a woman — he sees his next sexual success.  So how are you going to see an infinite being that created everything and loves everything if you don’t love everything and everyone?”

I said: “Ok, John Rufus, but what if I think What Really Is doesn’t care about anything — it just is – is in the tiger and the pick-up artist and the woman and the atoms?”

“So if you look at the world without caring you’ll see an uncaring world.  Why are we going through this again?  I explained it to you a long time ago.”

“But what if I want to see a God who both cares and doesn’t care about particular things — a God that doesn’t make any sense?”

“Fine, sure, good idea.” Jay Rufus said. He was getting dressed quickly for his journey.  “Let me know how that works out.”

I ran after him holding his luggage.  “Hey!  John!  John Rufus!”

“What is it?”

“Is it possible that everybody and everything is seeing God all the time.”

“Obviously.” he said as the wheels started to turn “Anybody can see God, and do — like it or not.  The trick is to let him see you.”

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3 thoughts on “If You Want to See God, You Have to Love — A Quick Chat With John Rufus

  1. I never knew that “Rufus” was his last name instead of his first name. Does he still have that time-traveling phone booth?

    But seriously, folks: The reason we can’t prove or disprove God is that it would rob us of free choice. If we knew that God was always watching, we’d feel forced to live in a way that we might not otherwise choose. Likewise if we knew that God didn’t exist. It’s our *choice* that both defines and reveals who we really are, and that can only happen if we choose freely.

    Seeing and being seen, of course, is the basis of the Hindu idea of darshan. Since you spent some time over there, I see you might be alluding to that.

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