While reading something about the subject of spirituality and 'a God of our understanding', something of a cognition sparked to my mind. Of what importance, significance, value is it that the conception is complete and flawlessly all-encompassing? Surely, the desire to mindfully detail the architecture of a conception is human nature in varying degrees; the desire to explain and understand.
But more important , I am thinking, than explaining in terms of factual implications of what God may be, is the very real affect and consequences of exercising a belief.

For example their may be a person who envisions a God that could be a benevolent entity that is ultimately responsible for the good things that occur in our lives and on our planet. This entity may be conveyed by literature and stories from prophets or folk but usually the passed on knowledge ascribes to certain beliefs and rules of conduct to which one may wish to believe or pursue. Morality issues and ethical issues often follow suite accordingly and may dictate desired attainment and atonement.

Perhaps a person subscribes to an entity that is neither good nor bad but includes both the desirable and undesirable attributes of existence. In which case there is still room for attribution toward what is desirable or undesirable.

Some may not allude to an actual identity but rather to an ideal of spirituality, religion, morality and ethics. This is often the state of idealism which readily accepts certain morals and ethics and which may often have beliefs about how the world could be or ought to be.

Conversely there is the individual that subscribes to none of the above. This leaves only what phenomena may be perceived as logical, rational or explainable. This creates a never ending perception between the knowable and not yet known or understood. Unfortunately the daily activity of perceiving the world this way can create a sense of mental stress whereby a person is in a continual state of mind between what they know (which entails also an understanding of cause and effect and a more precise observation of factual evidence,) or what they do not know or understand

If I were to witness a person experiencing a state of happiness or joy for whatever reason, would I attribute this to 'goodness' or 'desirable' or even 'spirituality'? Perhaps I would see this as a physical mental stimulus-response for a knowable not yet understood reason of cause and effect?j

When a person attributes phenomena that is not exactly understood to a god-like or spiritual belief it seems to have the affect of reducing the bewilderment factor. It seems to reduce the mental work of trying to figure out an answer for everything; for we are not machines.

What difference is there if God is real or imagined, conceived or believed? If a person can have some kind of conception or ideology about such a presence, then the activity and process of regarding it can be beneficial to them accordingly by what and how they conceive God to be and in what relationship with them.

Too much positive attitude can be lost simply because of a fear that a spiritual belief must be proven or explained! It is a personal belief and a personal idea. If it helps to believe, that is all that matters. The active context of the belief and not necessarily the 'content.'

Author's Bio: 

G.Thomas has experience as a counselor, caregiver and tutor and has studied many practical belief systems. He maintains study in sociology and has a website interested in human perspectives and practical philosophies. Visit to find information and links to sites that are concerned with Mindful Self Improvement Practices and Beliefs. Comments are welcomed. http://graspingthoughts.com