WARNING: If you don't tolerate beliefs that differ from yours very well, this is not a post for you. Feel free to leave now.
I was born a Roman Catholic. I went to a Catholic school for nine years. I am Christian. My children are Christian. I believe there is only one God. I believe that God is so much, that we, as humans, do not have the capacity to understand anything but a small portion of God.
Starting with the premise that there is only one God, I looked around at the many different beliefs. Either I was right and all the others were wrong, I was wrong and somebody else was right OR we were all blind men looking at the elephant.
When it comes to God, I believe we are all blind men. We touch the part of God closest to us and assume that is all there is. I know my Christian beliefs are not wrong. However, I also feel that a lot of Christians put God in a box and try to limit Him and what He is capable of. I believe that the parts of God seen by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Shintos, and Lutherans are just as real as mine. There is only one God. Each have touched a piece of God, each a different piece. None of them are wrong- each is just an understanding of a limited portion of all God is.
When I was young, I read a book, Mister God this is Anna by Pappas Fynn. I read it again each decade of my life. The older and more experienced I get, the more the book resonates with me. God is so enormous, it is silly to put him in a box, and, more importantly, foolish to try to limit Him to what we understand.
I will return to my usual posts tomorrow.