“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
-Albert Einstein

If you take a look at any of my articles that allude to a higher power, you’ll notice a common phrase: God or the universe.

Yesterday a reader asked me if I was trying be diplomatic. The answer is no.

Most people I know say one or the other. Those that identify as either agnostic or atheists say universe (especially the latter). People who identify as believers say God.

Where do I stand? I say both and genuinely believe in both as well. I do believe in God. I also believe there’s a universal energy out there that’s not always tangible or ostensible.

So maybe I lied a little when I said I’m not being diplomatic. Perhaps I say both because I’m trying to make sure I stay in both God and the universe’s good book, lest one of them feel I’m playing favorites. 😂

All jokes aside, the question from the reader did conjure up one thought in me. Does the appellation of a higher power really matter?

Whatever religion you identify with, isn’t the point of all religions to be good human beings and do good deeds in this world? Isn’t the primary objective to spread love and faith in difficult times?

If you tell me you’re going through some tough times and I say I’ll pray for you, I certainly hope you wouldn’t say “If you pray for me, make sure it’s to my God and not yours or it won’t count.”

If I say a prayer for you, my sense of humanity comes through in just that: I care about you enough to include your name in an activity that’s deeply personal to me.

Beyond that, does it really matter? I’ve always felt that there’s just one form of higher power. In the course of several centuries, different people came to associate different names and forms for that power. But the higher power’s purpose never changed.

Some might call me a pantheist but I’ve never thought of myself as that either. For that matter, I’ve never really being like categorized when it comes to my relationship with Him.

I believe He’s the best judge for that. He hears all my thoughts, all my prayers of gratitude as well as my occasional arguments of why He’s being unfair. 😂 So let Him decide. And the universe.

You can call the woman who gave birth to you Mom, Mommy, Mother, Mama or anything else in your respective first language. It won’t change the fact that she gave birth to you.

I base my religious beliefs on a similar ideology. No matter the name or religion, as long as the purpose is the same, it doesn’t make a difference.

Be good. Be kind. Do your best to be the epitome of humanity. I’m sure your higher power agrees with that no matter who they are.

What is the purpose of religion according to you? What are your thoughts as far as naming your higher power? Do you agree or disagree that a common higher purpose unites us all? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure thoughts.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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