This is what I believe. There is a maker, an above, a presence, a God. Everything else, principles, proofs, theories, wisdom, science, theology, religion, humanities, common sense, the practical, tradition, the new age, the classical, the historical, the here and now, all have some validity but have to be taken with a grain of salt. None can be fully trusted. These two statements are the essence of existence.
It is not always obvious that there is a maker. Indeed with time it often becomes a faint memory, even a bitter acknowledgment given what one sees inside and outside of one’s self. The ugly aspects of existence can easily negate this recognition, but even if faint and tentative and distant, it is a thread, a memory, a hint to that something more that cannot be denied.
Principles, theories, wisdom and so on can all be useful. They can be discussed and played with, refined and tested, thought about and written about, but all are not 100% true and don’t stand the test of time. They exist in time and therefore might be true for a time, but that is all. They are meant to disappear and self-contradict and we are left with nothing but the first statement, there is a maker.
Not much can be discussed as to there being a God. Either God is or isn’t. As far as the second statement, much can be discussed because it deals with living, the millions of variables and variations of doing so. They are the principles of getting through life, observing life, learning from life, but all of these tools fall short, no matter how brilliant and useful. Still, they are worth considering and wrestling with since they are the matter of life. Their failures and successes can lay the groundwork to thoughtfully consider the truth of the first statement.
There is a God, a maker, an above, a presence. Everything else falls short. This is the essence of all existence.