What is “G~O~D”? May 9, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, People.
One reason I prefer to speak of Spirit, rather than God, is due to the vastly different interpretations placed on the word G~O~D by different religions and denominations.
To some, the word God conjures up the image of a personified God looking down on us from heaven . . . in flowing robes with a long white beard.
That God is a father figure to pray to and obey . . . a God with a bit too much testosterone for my taste.
God created Man in his own image and Man returned the favor.
For Wiccans, Pagans, Heathens, and Native Americans, God is the Planet Earth, Mother Nature, and all the flora and fauna which surrounds us. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
For New Agers, God is the Loving Source of All ~ an energy field far too vast to be encapsulated in a flowing robe . . . or epitomized in a single word.
For followers of the Jewish faith, God (or Yahweh) is the ultimate cause of all existence. From Wikipedia:
Jewish tradition teaches that the true aspect of God is incomprehensible and unknowable, and that it is only God’s revealed aspect that brought the universe into existence, and interacts with mankind and the world.
I see the God of the Old Testament as a vengeful, vindictive figure . . . waiting to smite us down for Eve’s failure to obey his commandments.
I also see more than a hint of that Old Testament God in the words of the New Testament. As a child, that caused me to see God as someone to fear ~ a retributive figure waiting to cast me into the fiery furnaces of Hell for all eternity unless I embraced the late J.C. as my lord and savior.
What loving “parent” would create us only to condemn us for being us?
What artist would paint a Daisy then punish it for not being a Rose?
I no longer pray to the personified Christian God of my youth.
That God (introduced to me in Sunday School before I was old enough to think for myself) seems a bit like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny ~ an archaic fable grounded in fiction, not fact, for adults who have not learned to connect with the Spirit Within.
God dwells within me . . . as me. ~ Eat, Pray, Love
God is the breath within the breath. ~ Kabir
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What about you? What do you see or sense when you hear the word God?
A benevolent and loving being? A vindictive father figure? Mother Nature? The Loving Source of All? A Universal energy field? A Spiritual Being? A Higher Power? The Spirit Within? Jesus Christ attired in sandals and flowing robe?
Has your view of God changed over time? Did God change . . . or did you?
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