I just read the article: www6.comcast.net...
about a letter that is being auctioned off in
London about the religious views of Albert Einstein. I quote:
“In the note, written the year before his death, Einstein dismissed the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as ‘pretty
“In it, Einstein said that ‘the word of God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of
honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.’”
The part I agreed with the most –
“In later life, he expressed a sense of wonder at the universe and its mysteries – what he called a ‘cosmic religious feeling’ – famously
said: ‘Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.’”
Here is where I believe that most people up to this age have not been able to distinguish between religion and spirituality. He apparently had a
difficult time distinguishing the difference also. He did believe in a God, but had a difficult time with the concept and existence of religion.
He also said, “I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe
is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws.”
His thoughts go along the same lines as mine. Where there are choices there are consequences, and that science, or laws of nature, naturally take care
Does God function with the understanding that he loves everyone? Are we to believe that? Does life indicate that this is true? Does history support
that belief? Religions tend to teach this philosophy, but… is it accurate?
This is a question that I am sure crossed Einstein’s mind. All through the ages, religion was synonymous with spirituality. In recent years a lot of
us have been able to distinguish the difference between the two. Often what creates the most difficulties with our understanding of God, and our
belief in him is; the confusion that gets tied up with him, and religion.
I now think it would be a more accurate statement for him to say, "In later life, he expressed a sense of wonder at the universe and its mysteries -
what he called a 'cosmic spiritual
feeling. 'Science without spirituality
is lame, spirituality
without science is blind."
People on ATS have asked me why I call myself a spiritual scientist (not Christian Science), this is why! God is a God of many things, one being;
science. I cannot be spiritual without understanding that God is a God of; cause and effect.
Also, I think it creates much anger with those who don’t want to believe in a God or higher power, because of the religion connection.
On the Bible; the Bible was written for man, not for God! I have a thread on why I believe the Bible was written, and that I feel it was written as
part of a great conspiracy. I wonder what Einstein would think, if he were still alive!
[edit on 13-5-2008 by MatrixProphet]