I Believe The Biggest Stumbling Block to Religion Is God

Apr 10, 2011   //   by Rabbi Jamie Korngold   //   God Upgrade Updates  //  Comments Off


As an ordained Rabbi, I believe that the biggest stumbling block to religion is God.

There. I said it. Any lightening strikes? Okay. Let me explain.

Over the centuries there have been numerous upgrades to the concept of God.

But for whatever reason, the concept of an intervening God - who makes things happen in our lives – is still taught to our kids in religious school and discussed in the media after every natural disaster.

If religion is not going to go the way of the dinosaurs, we have to get the God upgrades.

Since the early times of the Bible, we have been struggling to understand God in a way that reflects what we see in the world. Innocent people suffering. Terrible people being rewarded.

If you’re like me, you struggle with these questions. Why does evil exist? Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why did that young person die? Was God angry at him? Was it because he didn’t keep Kosher? Because he didn’t say the right prayers before and after each meal?

24% of Americans believe in a distant God, who might have gotten the world going, but has been hands off ever since. But we don’t hear from this group. Sometimes it feels like there is no room for rational thinkers.

That’s about to change.

In my new book, The God Upgrade, I explore how the concept of God has changed through the centuries, and how these changes have shaped every aspect of Judaism.

I know what I’m saying is controversial.

You may not agree with me.

(Many people very strongly do not.)

But I invite you to join me in this conversation.

Get a free chapter of The God Upgrade – visit www.GodUpgrade.com

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Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Adventure Rabbi

P.S. Do you agree with this quote?

When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.

Written by Martin Buber, it’s one of the "upgrades" to God.

The God Upgrade- Book by Rabbi Jamie Korngold

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Sample Chapter >>

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About Rabbi Jamie Korngold

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Rabbi Korngold is an ordained Reform rabbi and the founder and executive director
of the Adventure Rabbi Program, based in Boulder, Colorado. She is nationally
recognized for her innovative work combining religion and nature, as well as
for her cutting-edge use of technology.

A favorite of the media, she has been featured by Good Morning America,
National Geographic, NPR, the New York Times, Wall Street
Journal, Ski as well as many other outlets.

Rabbi Korngold is an athlete and a scholar. She completed the Leadville Trail
100, a hundred-mile running race, in less than thirty hours and was ranked fourth
in the nation for telemark mogul skiing. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s
natural resources program and received her masters and ordination from Hebrew
Union College.

Rabbi Korngold is best known for her ability to make Judaism relevant, meaningful,
and accessible and therefore opening the doors back to Judaism for thousands
of disenfranchised Jews. Through her nature-based approach to religion, she
is able to bridge the gap between scientific thought and religion, healing a
fissure that often disrupts spiritual paths.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters.

Find her at:

Adventure Rabbi

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