Where is God? Where is the One, the powers, or any other form of spirituality you believe exists? This question consumes me these days, pops up from my subconscious whenever I have a conversation. I want to ask everyone for their answer. It is an example of how I have transformed through writing a SciFi novel.
This was not a question I asked when I sat down and wrote the first word of Evolved. It wasn’t even a question I had asked when I finished the third round of edits of the novel. Evolved was first and foremost a science fiction novel, with a heavy emphasis on science. It was an excuse to geek out and research cosmology, particle physics, neurology, and time philosophy. After I had pulled all those threads together and wrestled them into some form of submission I sat back and considered maybe there was something more in the writing.
I ask again – Where is God? Up above somewhere in heaven? All around us? In us? Most Christians would say in heaven, up there somewhere. A Jewish person might say all around us, YHWH – he is, although wearing the Kippah implies God is above us. Buddhism argues the essence is everywhere, and only by learning how to calm our mind and study nature can we transform spiritually. After living out in a boreal forest for the summer, with its abundance of life, you start to believe God is everywhere, even in us.
It is dangerous to say God is within us, isn’t it? Gives us a God complex. Much safer for the religious powers to argue he is above us, or around us. Less confusing, less conflicted with the ego of man-made power structures. Yet, saying God is everywhere, including within us explains a lot. It means God is within You, making your essence that much more precious to me. It also means finding true intimacy with another is a pathway to spirituality, the underlying meaning of marriage as binding two into one (any two). The cardinal sins are distractions from this pathway to true deep intimacy, a distraction by the desirable characteristics of objects in this reality. Buddhism refers to this unhealthy focus on things as delusions, distractions from attaining wisdom and enlightenment.
Christianity became the Roman religion around 300 AD, in exchange with God for a victory in battle no less. Things changed within Christianity after that time. The focus became less on how to spiritually reach God and more on hierarchy and structure. The Pope is closest to God, many monarchs were granted sainthoods, and the rest of us spiral outwards depending on our sin management. Would Jesus say God is above? Quite possibly since the Bible describes him rising into heaven. Or, would he say God is within us? Jesus saw the value of the poorest, most wretched people among him, he sought them out. Perhaps he saw the inner truth, not the outward characteristics presented in this reality? Wouldn’t a global desire to see God in others change the world? Or at least an effort to truly “see” one another?
The Son of God’s transformation is one example for the rest of us on how to find our way closer to God, or enlightenment, higher consciousness, or whatever belief system you follow. There are many paths, Christianity is but one, but it is important to seek, to desire a path to follow.
I was raised Christian, probably more Christian now than ever before. However, I struggled with it, couldn’t make the pieces fit together in my mind since there were so many contradictions in how it was taught. Writing science fiction was my way of trying to make sense of the world, our reality. It still blows my mind to go in the science door of mindful logic and reason and emerge out the spiritual door. It was only after I had re-written Evolved multiple times that I realised it was also a transformation story, a spiritual story. This path has proven extraordinarily enriching, no matter the financial success of Evolved.
So, one more time – Where is God for you?
Matthew G McKay,
Bio – Author Matthew G McKay is an avid swimmer interested in binding science and religion into transformative SciFi. He is finalising his debut novel, Evolved.