I am consistently amazed at the creativity people apply to thoughts of spirituality. Apparently, even before visiting this site, there are folks with visions of 12 step meetings that start with a ritual prayer to “The Great Doorknob In The Sky.”
For those in doubt, I can attest that I have never witnessed this, nor do I have personal experience with icons or other sacred images of door knobs. If such activity happens, it’s not something I’ve ever seen. When the “DoorKnob Concept of God” works, it is a way of perceiving God which creates the space needed for individual thought. It is, in part, about spiritual boundaries.
Religious conviction and enthusiasm and good things. So is ice cream. Receiving information about God from a enthusiastic person with great conviction is too often like eating a diet of nothing but ice cream. It’s all good stuff, but there isn’t much room for personal interaction with food if you have no room for individual taste. There isn’t much room for relationship with a Higher Power if you have no room for individual private thoughts.
Sometimes religious fervor turns into dominance. This leads to submission to God rather than relationship with God. It’s a fine line, but a line which makes a great deal of difference. Love has room to breathe, to relate and to ask questions. Dominance simply rules, and there is little room for love. What I know of God includes freely choosing God. It includes not liking what God has to say and taking time to accept what I hear. Most importantly, it includes an alternative to punishment for transgression. That alternative is forgiveness and love.
One reason the doorknob concept works is the room to get to know God and have a relationship rather than submit to dominance and control. I believe this is a stage in a process of spiritual healing. It requires willingness, genuine desire and the radical choice to act as if God is real. Even if I call God a door knob.