One of my favorite meditations is contemplating the Presence and how it has affected my life. I say “it” rather loosely there, as, to me, Hashem is above masculine and feminine, hearkening to the beginning before duality, yet, Hashem is very definitely a sentient being, full of life and love. Such contemplation helps me reach up when I am “down”, helps me return to gratitude when I forget that I am very blessed, and in general balances out my life. I am very much a monotheist, believing that there is one unifying force behind all life in this and other Universes.
I buy the idea that Y’shua taught that there was but one commandment from Hashem, that is to love. The reason I buy that that is not a tampered with teaching is that it goes so contrary to the practice of the modern church as a whole. This does not mean that there are not denominations that try for the most part to practice such, it is simply a statement of observation of a judgmental system by which those who “believe” take license to feel they are better than those who do not. I most heartily disagree with that position.
I have said before that I have observed much in other religious systems that would indicate that the Holy Spirit has been in communication with all peoples all over the world, and that that same presence cares without exception about the well-being of all the little sparks of life on this planet, because that spark in each of us is part of Hashem: part of the whole. Saying that Hashem only cares about Christians, or Jews, or Islamic, or Jain, or Buddhist, or Taoist believers is bunk! If your big toe declared itself an atheist, would you cease to care about your big toe? And, in order to walk in balance you need that toe. Don’t be foolish, Hashem does not care your race, color, creed or age! Hashem cares whether you live in compassionate fellowship with your fellow beings.
I personally believe that those atheists who live compassionately, will find themselves quite surprised at their fate once they are bodiless. And these are the people with whom I have the least connection. Where a person believes in Pantheism, or Paganism, there is often a sense of civility and caring missing in many who claim to know Rabbi Y’shua on a personal basis. (That’s not possible, BTW. He said you would know his people by the way they loved others, I believe him, not the modern pundits.) I have long since learned to look beyond a person’s outward declarations to their core behaviors. If they know how to care, really care about others, they have been touched by Spirit somewhere along the line. If there is no caring, well, read it for yourself, I John 4:7&8.
One thing more, I do believe in the God that watches us, but it is more watching over us, but even that does not go far enough. Hashem is not just a loving G-d, Hashem breathes with us, is here, between the cells, there, between the in and out breath, and everywhere, even Paul had this right, it is Spirit, through whom we live, and move and have our being. The Holy Spirit is literally the Holy Breath. Selah.