I’m a big fan of Albert Einstein. I love his open and creative mind, his passion for peace and justice in the world. I should probably love him for his theory of relativity, but it’s such a difficult concept! But Einstein had a gift for explaining difficult concepts, even God.
In response to a question about whether or not he believed in God, Albert Einstein said: “Your question [about God] is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist. I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. May I not reply with a parable? The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations.”
Perhaps someday science, or another brilliant mind, will explain God. But at this time we cannot even hope to grasp it. We need to look beyond our small definitions and walk humbly with the knowledge we may have – even acknowledging that perhaps we are all children who understand very little. In the meantime, we can celebrate the season knowing that each child that is born is Holy and we too are that child.
UPDATE on visit to Mosque scheduled for 12/18:
Due to some logistical issues the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council event on Friday 12/18 at the Irvine Mosque has been cancelled. HOWEVER! if you'd like to show your solidarity for those oppressed by Islamaphobia, please come to the Friday evening prayer service at the Sikh Temple in Santa Ana at 7:45 pm. Many from the Council and their congregants will be gathering with signs of solidarity. The Sikh’s have then invited us to have dinner with them. If you aren't aware the Sikh's have been targeted simply for wearing turbans, "looking" like they are Muslims (I know, weird right?). The Sikh Temple here has been targeted and recently a Sikh was shot while being called a terrorist in Michigan.