Do you ever feel that God has abandoned you? Do your prayers ever seem fruitless? Do you ever long to find a renewed sense of the presence of God?
An absolute understanding of the nature of God as “incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love” (P 465, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy) reveals the impossibility of separation from our Creator at any moment. An admission of God’s characteristics as the permanent and omnipotent Principle of Love which governs the entire universe is necessary to follow the analysis to be presented here. To think of God as a man-like entity, subject to changeableness and emotion, would render the following logic seemingly invalid. But if God is not comprised of unchanging and uninterruptable Principle and law, what is it that is governing the universe? If physical law exists independently of the law of God, then what is the meaning of God’s so-called “omnipotence”? A truly omnipotent God must be the source of ALL science and law, and not only of select portions of it.
This introduction is a necessary preface to picturing the answer to be presented to the hypothetical question in the title, “Can God ever leave us alone?” Let’s address this question through a short series of logical statements about God, humans, and thought.
We consider ourselves, as humans, to possess a consciousness, or an awareness of ourselves. As a human being, I am aware that I exist. I know that the awareness of where I am and who I am is the proof that I exist. So let us ask ourselves a question with an obvious answer: Do I have the ability to take my sense of being of who and where I am, and allowing it to wander away from me and to live a life of its own, or to go and assume its own identity? Of course not! My consciousness of myself is not free to go away from me and live its own life. If I am insane or under the effects of a hallucinogenic drug, or delusional, I might believe this to be possible, but my consciousness is an inherent part of me. It is what comprises my own identity as a human being.
Now, let us consider God in a possibly new way. Think of God being aware of Himself. It does not matter in what form you perceive of God, as long as in your perception you remember that His primary characteristic must be His permanent nature as the source of all harmonious principle and law – law which holds man and the universe together. What is the primary task of God? Is it not to govern? God must govern all of His ideas in harmony, including man and the universe. He governs your thought. If God ceased to exist, you would cease to exist, because you are made up of His thoughts about you. So, God’s reign can never be interrupted. If it were interrupted from time to time, you would also vanish from time to time and cease to be during those periods, and we all know that this is a ridiculous idea. God, governing your thoughts at all times is also aware of your thought at all times. It’s exactly parallel to the case we discussed above about your own self. You as a human are aware of your own thoughts, and you call that your human consciousness. In like fashion, God is aware of His thoughts. His awareness of your thoughts is His divine consciousness, His awareness of Himself. And among the infinity of thoughts he continuously knows, is YOU. God NEEDS you in order to BE God. And you need God in order to BE you.
God is aware of Himself, and that awareness happens through the process of Him knowing your thoughts. This makes you His effect, the actual consciousness of God! You are the expression of His continual awareness of Himself!
So, let’s address the claim that God has left you. Let us say that you feel alone, and that you believe that God is not present. How can we escape this feeling? Begin by again asking yourself this question as a human being: “Can I, a mortal human being, leave my consciousness somewhere on its own, to live its own life or to be someone else?” We have already concluded the impossibility of such a condition barring insanity or the illusory influence of drugs. I cannot leave my own consciousness behind because it is permanently attached to me. It is what comprises my human identity!
In the same exact sense, let us consider how God must feel. We just determined that God’s own consciousness is comprised of His thoughts of you (and of every man, woman, and child). Let’s put ourselves in God’s shoes and imagine God asking Himself the same question “Can I, God, the supreme ruler, leave my consciousness behind, and allow it to do what it wants to, and to live its own life and have its own thoughts? “ No!, not any more that we as a human being could do the same with our own human thoughts! You are permanently attached to Him! In the same sense that your own human consciousness is a permanent part of you, God’s own consciousness expressed by Him as YOU, is a permanent part of HIM!
Whence then this sense of separation? If you mistakenly think God has gone away, if He really has not left you, what is it that has convinced you that He has gone? It can only be a mistaken thought of assumption of belief on your part as human. This sense of separation vanishes as we begin to comprehend its impossibility. A sense of separation from God can exist only in a mistaken and illusory sense of understanding of God and our relationship to Him.