God Doesn’t Add Up

by Alan Johnston, Pottsville

I was feeling the contraction of self-measuring, a downward spiral staircase of small self judgments – when it came to me – God can’t count, stairs or the like.

Probably he didn’t even finish primary school. I’ve since discovered that rumours of him being numerically challenged are rife in certain out-of-the-way sections of the blogosphere.

God can’t count. OK, so the number of zeroes in my bank balance doesn’t matter. Nor does my hat size. But what about the millions of noisy minah birds, thousands of bandicoots, potoroos, numbats and all the other pre and post-ark species? It’s a stock-take nightmare.

Think of a number, you know, the one most important to you: age, salary package, years of working on yourself, weight, tally of friends, alimony, number of degrees, client base, overdraft – well he doesn’t.

Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.

274 thoughts on “God Doesn’t Add Up

  1. He sees the essence in each and every one of us, no matter the outside trappings. That essence is equal, always, unchangeable and always with in reach…. we simply have to make a single step towards it and he will do the rest.

  2. Makes me laugh to think God ‘can not’ count. I know he can do every single thing we can do right now and more. Yet – Alan’s observation is so true: God DOESN’T count, he doesn’t judge, he doesn’t measure how good or how bad we are and he certainly does not hold us to ransom by withholding his love because of what we have or have not done. What a great reflection to sit with. Such is the way every one of us, could equally be living.

  3. Beautiful Alan. That breaks that I have to be or have to do anything to deserve God’s love. He just loves me, as he does all of us. What ever we do, who ever we are. Constantly.

  4. The most crippling thing about self judgement is the fact you think it’s you judging you when it is never truly you as you don’t truly judge. So the key place to start is removing the “self” out of the judgement and feeling the fact that you are much grander than that.

  5. Self-judgment is a momentum that we need to break in order to reclaim the glory of our divine origins. And as you say, God doesn’t count. He knows who and what we are, even if we have chosen to forget and ignore it.

    1. It does disappear – as you say, it is just a knowing that drops in. And it is immediate and for a purpose, never to show off or for entertainment.

  6. What I find fascinating about this poetic blog of Alan’s is that even though ‘God can’t count’, He has the most amazing sense of precision in everything that is under His creation because exactly what is needed is felt and unfolds from God’s Will to help our evolution and that of all of Nature.

  7. Adding or calculating is not part of the universe, so in truth not part of any aspect of the universe, including God and us. Wow this brings in a new understanding of the vastness of love that we are all part of.

  8. God, I love Alan Johnston, I love that you ‘Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.’ God I adore you, you live Love and you brought us Serge Benhayon – thank you from all of me.

  9. ” Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions. ”
    So wonderful Alan .

  10. Light, lovely, playful and true. I am inspired by the ease and flow in this writing, concerning God. I know God and I am of God and inside I know this in full. This writing inspires me to express it further.

  11. ☺️For God the part is complete as it contains the whole just as it is contained by the whole, so no reason to divide or add up anything.

  12. God loves is extraordinary it goes on and on – all the details – the number of petals on a flower the number of thorns on a rose, the amount of atoms in our galaxy – all divinely designed to remind us of who we are.

  13. It’s very true Alan, we are the ones that limit and measure. Everything about God is infinite and we are from this infiniteness. So what are we doing by continuously counting, measure and reducing? Exactly that.

    1. God does not need to compare the number of this with the number of that… for him it is all expression, all divine, all to be evolved and expanded in line with the laws of this Universe that he has created.

  14. I too used to think numbers were about counting and measuring, and how much/little it came to mattered a lot, and no matter how much/little I had, it was always either too much or too little, it never was right. I am now in a process of understanding there being only one number, just repeating itself. My relationship and appreciation of numbers are changing dramatically.

  15. God’s ways brought to a point. Simple and straight forward. And the best thing is we are god’s sons thus this is our natural way too.

  16. Thank you Alan for lovely, lighthearted expression of the unconditional love of God captured in, “Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.”

  17. Thank you Alan, this was perfect timing for me to read today as I was chatting to a friend about being hard on myself and holding things against myself, and as a result not letting love in. That feeling of having made mistakes, however God is not measuring, tallying or counting – love is absolute and always there but it’s up to us to let it in, and also recognise love is our essence.

  18. ‘just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.’ This is what makes God, God. Not the capacity for forgiveness, not might, not punishment.

  19. This blog made me smile Alan as we have so many notions of what God is and if he can’t count then how can we measure up as measuring up is surely our relationship with him. I want to write a great big NOT. I remember learning at school that I needed to be forgiven by God, that his love was mighty and time and time again we just let him down and didn’t measure up. A very clever way to make people give up on love, themselves and each other.

  20. The way that I have been living would suggest that God lives in a room full of measuring apparatus-measuring tapes, rulers, barometers, anything with a measuring function to it. And he sits spending his time measuring us all day long. I guess God might not have time for that. But it is only us who self-measure and it is very ungodly to do so. The more that I become aware of the abuse that this self-measuring is, the more that I become aware and let go (in full awaresness of the rediculousness too)

    1. It’s a very religious concept that there is good and bad, right and wrong, and that God counts up all the sins. Instead we could say there is being love and a Son of God, and not being that love, and that love (as God) is there to support us in every moment, and that we are solely responsible for all those moments we are not love. The point is, God is there to unconditionally support us to return to that love, and it’s up to us to restore every imprint of energy we have left that is not of love, and that is a loving responsibility we have to the all.

  21. If God doesn’t count how much we have or how much we do, why do we? We seem to use how much we have and how much we do as a yardstick against the similar achievements of others, often something to make us feel better about ourselves. But how exhausting and futile that is when in truth we are all equal in God’s eyes with how much and how many counting for absolutely nothing when faced with the truth.

  22. The matter of if God can count or not to the side, it is very sure that God does not measure us or his love for us by the amount of things we do, degrees we have or money we own. He loves without conditions because he knows who we are inside which is absolutely divine.

    1. Absolutely numerology offers us the truth of numbers and they are not meant to be adding and calculating, they offer energetic support on our way back to who we truly are.

  23. A great reminder that when we measure ourselves against another we are not living in accordance with God, as his love is ummeasurable as ours should equally be.

    1. What a beautiful comment Sally thank you “when we measure ourselves against another we are not living in accordance with God, as his love is immeasurable as ours should equally be.”

  24. Every time I read this passage my body surrenders a little more knowing how loved I am and how simple life can be if we connect to who we truly are.

  25. The freedom of living with no comparison, competition or calculation just being aware of the equal love in the inner-heart of all.

  26. It’s quite ironic really that we measure ourselves in order to gauge our value or worth, when who we already are within is exquisite and priceless beyond compare. We are God’s love and as such in essence we are everything that is great in this world, so in trying to compare or measure ourselves with the standards of this worlds existence, we only diminish all that we truly are in essence.

  27. Reading this today has been a timely reminder for me to lighten up instead of measuring up, which is a fruitless activity within God’s sphere of love.

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