Did you know that when Einstein attended some conferences in the numerous universities of the USA, the recurring question that the students asked him was:
Do you believe in God?
And he always answered:
– I believe in the God of Spinoza.
For the ones who haven’t read Spinoza
hope this shall give them an idea.
Baruch De Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher, of Portuguese Jewish origin, considered one of the great rationalists of his time along with the French philosopher Rene Descartes. Spinoza was born in Amsterdam in the 17th century of a businessman father who was successful but not wealthy.
This is the nature of the God of Spinoza:
God would have said:
“Stop praying and giving yourselves blows on your
chests, what I want you to do is to go out into the world to enjoy your life.
I want you to enjoy, you sing, have fun and enjoy everything I’ve done for you.
Stop going to those gloomy, dark and cold temples that you built yourself and that you call my home.
My house is in the mountains, in the forests, the rivers, the lakes, the beaches. That’s where I live and express all my love for you.
Stop blaming me for your miserable life; I never told you that you were a sinner.
Stop being so scared. I do not judge you, nor criticize you, nor ever is angry with you, nothing bothers me, nor do I devise punishment. I am pure love.
Stop asking me forgiveness, there’s
nothing to forgive. If I made you… I filled you with passions, limitations,
pleasures, feelings, needs, inconsistencies… of free will, how can I blame
you if you do or say something out of that what I put in you? How can I punish
you for being as you are, if I’m the one who made you? Do you think I could
create a place to burn all my children who misbehave, for the rest of eternity?
What kind of God can do that?
Forget about any kind of commandments, of any kind of laws; those are wiles to manipulate you, to control you and only to create guilt in you.
Respect your peers and don’t do to others what you don’t want for you. The only thing I ask is that you pay attention in your life, that your alert