The most simplistic of statements. I would probably want to go on to say, Credo ergo sum… this has been an influence from both Hans Kung – minus his mathematical language which I am at a loss to even fathom the grammatical structure! and an influence of a phrase which cropped up in a lecture this past term: 'Humanity at full stretch before God.'
If I believe, truly believe, i.e. believe in God, not just of God, but in God; this believing draws one into the essence of God which for me is in everything. It is I guess like breathing in God. I breathe in God and God dwells within my soul. I am at full stretch, my whole humanity is defined by the one who dwells within. If I breathe more deeply I become immersed in God, in the stuff of life so completely that it takes over the life of the outward body and transforms it beyond this world into the realm of God.
This can sound like spiritual drug taking and in a way it is like that experience, using a drug to induce a euphoric state, but of course this does not last and the user comes 'down'. Breathing on, believing in God, truly believing induces no euphoric state, yet heightens the senses to the outer world so that we care more, see more injustices and live fuller in the knowledge that God is with and beyond. A statement of faith much like a creed from the Iona Community begins: "I believe in a with us God" This is it, for me this is everything. Forget the tradition, the Church, even the Bible. Humanity stretched out before God breathing in the stuff of life, believing in God.