Do You Believe in God? by John Cali

posted in: Blog, channeling | 10

I don’t know how many times my family and friends have asked me that question. Ever since they discovered I talk to angels and dead folks they’ve been wondering about my sanity.

Most of the people asking the question belong to a traditional religion, and often have a hard time with my spiritual path.

When I first started getting the question I would hesitate, usually managing only a half-baked answer.

That was then.

Now I realize the real question they’re asking is “Do you believe in my definition of God?” Of course, my answer now is, simply, “No.”

That sometimes leads to all kinds of convoluted conversations, often with the questioner trying to convince me I’m destined for hell. I’ve learned over the years to simply not participate in those conversations.

Spirit often talks about a definition of God they gave me many years ago. In my opinion, if we all accepted that definition we would travel far on the path to peace on earth.

Here’s Spirit

“People sometimes ask us ‘Who Is God?’

“God is you. God is your family. God is your friends. God is your enemies. God is your pets. God is the animals of the world. God is the plants growing in your garden. God is the food you eat. God is the clothes you wear. God is the country you live in. God is the countries you are at war with. God is the mountains, the hills, the valleys, the deserts, the oceans. God is the sun, the moon, the stars.

“God is all that is.

“You are all children of God, literally part of God. If you accept that, then how can you deny the birthright of other children of God to live the lives and follow the paths they have chosen?

“You are God. God is you. God is all that is. That’s who God is.”


Who or what is God to you? What is your reaction when people say your beliefs are wrong and theirs are right? Please comment below.

10 Responses

  1. anny

    I love Spirit’s definition of God and agree wholeheartedly. My own special definition of God is God is Love. So I asked myself, what if we would change the word ‘is’ in Spirit’s definition to ‘loves’. Then we would get: God loves you, God loves your family, God loves your friends BUT also God loves your enemies.

    Could this possibly be a bridge for people who cannot yet accept the definitions Spirit gave?

    If people could accept that, maybe after a while their own definition of God would become less absolute. And that would be a good thing because then they might become less judgmental.

    I must say that nobody in our family or circle of friends have ever said to us that we would be condemned to hell for no longer being members of the church or not believing in God the way they do. That is not such an issue in the church we left and we could even discuss matters quite openly with the minister when we were still members. It is more a matter of evading the subject altogether and not asking questions, because they do not really know what to say about it and they are not interested (yet?) in hearing more about it. For some it seems to be kind of a threat to their security if there should be something in what we have to say.


  2. Micki

    I believe we are all part of everything and what a way to be, I believe this is what gives us a conscience, the knowledge of knowing whats right and wrong and to live in harmony with all that is.Merry Christmas John.

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Micki. Merry Christmas to you too!

  3. Judith Anderson

    When I saw the title my instant reaction was NO, as when I read or hear the term GOD, I always think of the Christian definition.

    Then, I had to smile as I read John’s answer, because that has also been my experience, that what I mean by GOD damns me to hell in so many eyes.

    Just last week a neighbor commented that I had finally seen the light because I was listening to Christmas Carols.

    I am actually a Universalist minister and consider myself Christian only in trying to follow the teachings of Jesus as a master teacher. If pressed, I define myself as a Buddhist.

    Of course, this does not sit well with those who are absolutist in their own faith.

    I believe that GOD is the Universe – everything seen and unseen that exists, and I am a spark of God expressing – not at all separate.

    I am currently in trouble with my grandson’s mother for telling him that he is God and she no longer wants him to spend time with me and my odd ideas. But, he understood me and believes, and that is what matters.

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Judith. Glad I’m not the only one in trouble with my family. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth

    I see so many good people, hugely Christian focussed, in bondage to the rules of ‘thou shouldest and thou should not’, living their lives under biblical and pulpit preached fear of divine wrath, retribution and even hell, with self-righteous judgement of those who dare to think differently and who have the courage to voice their beliefs when asked to, that sadness overtakes me. Until I remind myself that we are all on our individual journeys, at different stages of evolution, wisdom and experience and that eternal life means just that – eternity to grow into the perfection of oneness and Divine Love which we will all achieve eventually.

    A friend of mine, a guest for lunch, on hearing my response to her question, “Well, what do you believe?” expressed her sorrow that she would not see me in heaven. I replied rather naughtily, well I’m just going to put the soup on. Would you like yours hot or cold?” Amazingly, we remain friends, but on her terms. I think she still prays for my deliverance from evil thinking. I send her love and light. All is perfect. 🙂

    • John Cali

      Thank you, Elizabeth. I love your answer to your friend. 🙂 My family’s still praying for me too. They’re very doubtful they will see me in heaven. 🙂

  5. Shirl

    It is always an interesting question. For those of us on this particular version of our spiritual path, perhaps a more metaphysical version, it does sometimes make us pause before we answer in hopes that we can give a response that will illuminate what we “believe” and yet not invalidate what others believe.

    I have considered myself very fortunate because I have always KNOWN GOD/SOURCE in this lifetime, even from my earliest years. I never lost that connection when I came in. It seemed to take me a rather long time to fully understand what it is that I have always known, but there was never any doubt in my mind that I KNEW.

    Being raised in the times and places that I was, I was certainly exposed to the common wisdom of what “God” was or is to those around me. Most certainly I was strongly pushed towards the beliefs and preferences of my family group. It didn’t seem to have the desired effect on me. I knew what I knew and what I knew was much more encompassing, much more ecumenical, much more allowing and very much more loving than what and how others wished me to view God. At three I knew God was LOVE and that Love was all there is. No one was ever able to dissuade me of that.

    I began an extensive study of the religion I was raised in at age 11 or 12 and then expanded that to a deeply intensive study of all other major religions up through my early 30’s. I came to a very clear understanding that at the basic levels we all believed in the same “God” and totally muddled those beliefs with endless human iterations of just how one must believe.

    Certainly there were elements of truth in all religions, societies, belief systems, etc. But none of it was the “my way or the highway” insistence of every such group of believers.

    Yes indeed we are God, God is us. God is all there is. And All There IS is ALL THERE IS.

    I do not actually say I believe in God. I do say that I KNOW God/source and I always have. All is within There is nothing outside of us that is not who we are. I prefer to call that creative energy others refer to as God, Source or creator Source, but it is no problem for me to allow everyone to call that energy whatever they are comfortable with. It does not change who or what it is one bit.

    Many Hugs, Great Blessings of Love, peace and Joy,
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season everyone


    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Shirl! You gave us much “food for thought.”

      Have a bright and beautiful holiday season, and a Merry Christmas!


    • anny

      I agree with you one hundred percent.

      Even though I was raised in a different church, my experiences were similar. I also knew that God is Love at a very young age and anything else people tried to teach me I just shrugged off. I knew that God is Love but for a long time I was not aware of that knowledge, simply because it had not dawned on me that anyone could possibly believe anything else. Only when I was into my teens I became aware of the concept of a wrathful God, which fortunately was not taught in our particular church.

      Of course also our church was the only one which was completely right, I think we shared that with about every other church in the world. However I did not buy into that and I also started studying other religions, though not academically.

      I did not search for the true religion so much as for the truth in religion, any and every religion, and I searched for what we all had in common which is quite a lot.

      So I loved reading how you in a country on the other side of the world and having been raised in a totally different church could so exactly give words to my feelings!

      I wish you a very happy Christmas, even though your memories of it are not so good.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.