“By whatever name you call God, be certain that She is listening”–Raven, from Merlin’s Descendants #3 Guardian of the Vision.
I first read those words 7 years ago and they instantly struck a chord with me. Though I have not always maintained my belief in a God, I have always been drawn to spirituality and thus to God. Why do these words appeal to me so much? Quite simply because such a simple sentence implies so much more than it says explicitly. This sentence speaks of a God that is loving and accepting of all religions, of all faiths. It implies that all gods and goddesses are different manifestations of one all-encompassing God, and that furthermore God is always listening. This matches my current beliefs exactly. Thus it doesn’t matter what religion or faith you endorse, all religions are equal and all lead to God. And I think that is a wonderful idea, one that I can get behind (and indeed, am behind) fully. However, it does lead to a moral dilemma of sorts: what about the agnostics who are undecided, and the atheists who are decided against? Are they doomed to extinction or does God embrace them as well? Furthermore, when is it too late to seek God? I will give my thoughts on this: it is never too late to seek God. I believe that if God is loving, accepting and forgiving that death-bed repentance or perhaps even afterlife repentance can earn God’s forgiveness. Of course, I prefer not to push my luck too far on that count but to each his own.