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.
301 thoughts on “God Doesn’t Add Up”
Counting is senseless in the immensity of Love
Making it about Love … which is fathomless and an ageless wisdom felt within the body far beyond anything the mind can comprehend ✨
“Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.” I love this. What would our world look like if we all did this? it would be transformed. An inspiration for my living today. It starts with one.
Adding to the conversation Alan, we would be wise to also take head of what you have underlying shared that we should not Judge just get on with being responsible for our own level of L’ove. Brooking, the level of LOVE available from God is up to us all, and at our own pace, thus we appreciate the level of Loving Godly-ness in our-selves and others.
I love the simplicity and humour with which you share Alan, ‘Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.’
A brilliant reminder of the nature of unconditional love, something we can also re-connect to within ourselves and offer to others.
Love is immeasurable and probably travels faster than the speed of light if that counts.
Thank you Alan, and may I add as a calculated response? When we add all the stars into the calculation who would even want to start that mathematical nightmare? Is it possible when we consider God as our father and the stars as our mother then we are part of a continually expanding All-Loving-Universe that is nothing but brotherhood so lets stop and understand all that counts is the harmonies way we can all live in one-ness!!
Is love still love when it’s measured? Like there is more/lesss in volume. I thought it was, but now I am beginning to think probably it’s not.
Alan, I must say that I love your sense of humour – to say that God most likely did not even finish primary school is the most gorgeous way to show how stuck we are in how intelligence is seen from a reduced human perspective.
I love the simplicity of this Alan blog – thank you! Thank you for the reminder that it is not about perfection, that it is about brotherhood and that we are all here held in His love.
No counting, just being, being Love.
And Love is all that counts!
Haha, love is all that counts, too true.
And you can count on God Loving us all equally!
What a beautiful, lighthearted description of the unconditional-ness of God.
Really appreciating the space offered here to know and connect to the expansiveness that is God, and the reminder that the love we are held in, and which is our nature also, is in no shape or form limited by the myriad of impositions and restrictions we have introduced into life.
An unmeasurable form of love – how beautiful. It seems it is us human beings that choose to measure or limit how much of this love we allow on our planet.
Love the reminder Alan – God is not interested in the maths or the mind, His is an experience felt in the body, never judging, and simply asking us to be. Just that. To be ourselves, fully, openly, unashamedly… and take that into our every relationship.
Love without measure. I like that. It does feel expansive, and totally joyous. I measure so much all the time, I like the invitation to love without measure.
The immeasurability of Love would provide a great dinner conversation and be the most Joy-full experience. We can then take that most joyous-love into our lives as a reflection..
Yes – so true Henrietta. What kind of intelligence do we truly want/ need in our world? Not the academic kind or the kind that has led us to where we are at today. Loving intelligence that leads to wisdom – that takes in multi-dimensionality is the one I prefer.
We have made life about everything it isn’t and then projected that onto God. A sobering and yet greatly loving blog like yours Alan brings us back to what life is truly about.
We are the ones who are harsh on ourselves and God holds us all as equal. Maybe it’s time for us to be more God-like and do the same.
It only takes one moment of observation to invite the next one.. From here we will grow and develop a grander awareness of who we are and what we are meant to live from. A movement that comes from our body and holds us in the love that we are: choosing to be unaware or aware, we are love.
There is a greatness here you talk about Alan . . and no number can define it even though it is made up of a numerical equation. Do numbers represent the parts, and a cycle that each time it goes round it is an opportunity to be greater?
God holds us equal. Equally divine, equally grand, equally Godly and yet we constantly measure and reinterpret this because we are not prepared to live equal to that. I ask myself why and I work through the fact that question is even there in the first place! I can feel God and I know what that quality feels like, that is truth and that is love.
Beautifully said Samantha, our return to who we are is by seeing ourselves as God does, by knowing we are equal to him and as divine and powerful. Yet we like the game of being the human too much to simply give it up for what we know truth and love to be, and instead hold on to our own created version of that.
Yes, we expose ourselves in the honesty of saying we know, how beautiful that we are honest, it is a game to deny the truth of our origin. That knowing of our Godliness and the nurturing and acceptance of it has been a key for me, to allowing the knowing to be lived more. It kind of does it itself, I gently lean in to truth and love and it holds me. It has to come from a surrender, this is a process of return, that takes understanding. Surrender still I measure but the universe constellates to support us all with that return.
beautiful Samantha “I gently lean into the truth and it holds me” It shows how little we need to do for it to be there, in fact the surrender is understanding that we need to stop trying and doing and let what is already there come into expression.
May be he doesn’t add up based on the perception we hold of what he should be like, perhaps if we open up to the possibility that we may have a skewed perception, we’ll be able to see the truth of what God is.
The truth that numbers represent has no self in it. Yet, we can use numbers for self.
What is God? So many of us have ideas, beliefs, pictures etc. but who has truly connected to what God may be? Who has felt the connection, and if you have what is it that you have felt?
All the adding up are just subtle or less subtle human ways to compare and to judge how we are doing. Instead of loving ourselves and let ourselves be held in the love of God.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The need for counting might evaporate when we understand the numerology of Life and the Love that this brings.
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.
Yes, the need to count can disappear. If you just know, then counting isn’t necessary.
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.
And within counting is the mechanism for so much comparison… definitely not something that helps us in our relationship with ourselves or others.
We can not quantify or measure the enormous love that God is.
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.
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.
No amount of numbers imaginable can account for the amount God loves us. Now trying adding those figures up 😉
Thank you for making me smile and reminding me of the limitlessness of God’s love.
” Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all – just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions. ”
So wonderful Alan .
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.
We even have made up stories about being judged and measured when we enter the pearly gates! That is really just coming home from a long trip away for ourselves with out luggage.
God counts in every way even if we count Him out.
☺️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.
This is very true.
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.
Beautifully highlighted, God’s love to the very detail.
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.
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.
‘Love without measure, no counting, no comparison, no competition at all’ – love it Alan.
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.
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.
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.”
Love is boundless and uncountable.
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.
‘just a natural, glorious equalness that brooks no distinctions.’ This is what makes God, God. Not the capacity for forgiveness, not might, not punishment.
We can have a lot of fun exposing the pictures
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Lightening up instead of measuring up – awesome distinction Elizabeth.
God may not be able to count but he offers us the science of numbers, esoteric numerology, to support us on our way back home.
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.
So we have made life pretty much about all the things that God is not.
And it’s very cleverly put together to sustain a way of life that is based on individuality.
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.
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.”