Why do you believe in God? Is it because you want to believe, you were brought up in church and accepted His presence or was it a personal revelation? Have you ever thought of why some don’t believe in God? Is it because they don’t want to believe, they were brought up not to believe or it came from their personal revelation? The problem is that whether or not you ‘believe’ in God is not the issue. The real question is, “Do you know God?” Is God your source of existence or is God an old man on a thronesomewhere out in space? If God is your source you know that the Divine is beyond everything including your imagination. God is not something you anthropomorphize because it is convenient for you in order to understand the human condition.
Knowing God does not mean that you can ‘prove’ the Divine’s existence to yourself or others. It means that you allow Divine love to flow through you in Divine order, feeling the Divine’s presence and inner peace. Even those who don’t believe in God can know God simply by tuning in to their inner peace and experiencing the joy in living. The name of God is a derivative of Yod. The Tetragrammaton is comprised of the Aramaic letters YHVH (pronounced Yod Hey Vahv Hey). Through many derivations it was converted into ‘Yahweh’ and then Jehovah. The word God itself came from the tenth letter of the Aramaic alphabet which literally meant ‘hand’. The ‘Hand of God’ is literally the Divine reaching ‘down’ to his creation and sharing Divine love with all of creation.
Technically, the Aramaic (early Hebrew) language was read from the right to the left and was consonant oriented. The vowels were purposefully left out for non-Jews to not be able to understand the ‘secretive’ meaning. Hey, the fifth letter of the alphabet meant ‘behold’; Vahv (pronounced Waw), is the sixth letter meaning ‘to be’; Hey, in this case meaning the Divine Spirit of God; and, Yod, the tenth letter meaning hand. In summation, this means ‘Behold that which is the Spirit of God extends to us His Divine hand’.
From this early time there has always been a connection between humankind and God. The response of God to Moses when he observed the burning bush was, “I am that, I am.” The original was ʾehyeh ʾašer ʾehyeh; which means “I will be what I will be’ without thetense restriction of time (‘will’). The presence of God, literally meaning ‘I’, has always been the Higher SELF; whereas, the lower self is ‘i’. When the smaller you (‘i’, self, ego) ‘believes’ in God (‘I’, SELF, the Divine Infinite Spirit of God) it means that you ‘feel’ that connection and you need to come to the realization that you are NOT ever separate from God. When the smaller you (‘i’, self, ego) does NOT ‘believe’ in God (‘I’, SELF, the Divine Infinite Spirit of God) it means that you do NOT ‘feel’ that connection and you rely on the smaller self (ego) to guide you.
The problem is based on ‘beliefs’ and NOT knowing. Knowing is an experience of the presence of God and believing is an experience of ‘convincing’ yourself of the presence of God through supplication, prayer and doing good deeds. When you truly ‘know’ God you not only feel your connection you live and act ‘from’ that connection.
It is not going to this church or that church; chanting this mantra or another; living an ascetic or hedonistic lifestyle; or even regularly reading your favorite holy book and practicing its tenets. It is simply looking within for that which was always there but you couldn’t see because you were looking outside of yourself. The door to the Divine swings inward. As Yeshua said, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." ~Luke 17:21 (King James Bible).
Believe in God and don’t harass or put down those who don’t; because, if you do, it reveals that you truly don’t ‘know’ the living God that says “I am that, I am.” ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)