Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Who or What is God?


“God, then, is not, as many of us have been taught to believe, a big personage or man residing somewhere in a beautiful region in the sky, called "heaven," where good people go when they die, and see Him clothed in ineffable glory; nor is He a stern, angry judge only awaiting opportunity somewhere to punish bad people who have failed to live a perfect life here.”

- H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth

Continuing with my series on the things I believe Christians misunderstand about life, Christ and the Bible, I think it’s time to discuss a major challenge to many when it comes to religion.

GOD

This name or title is where much confusion begins.  I think getting to a clearer understanding of this person, power or force can do a lot to relieve our tensions about so many things. 

These things I am sharing have come from a personal seeking and discovery in my life, and I pray that those who read this open their minds to receive what I am presenting and will test, taste and see for themselves.  I am not asking you to believe me just because I am sharing, I am asking you to take it in, meditate on it and discover the truth for yourself.  

This is how we, especially those of us who have been apart of the Christian Church, have come to think of God.  First of all, God is a HE who sits on this thrown, determining who will and won’t get into heaven, based on our ability to abide by a set of rules and regulations that have been passed down through the ages.  He is both loving Father and angry judge. 

Someone on Facebook recently asked if it were possible for a person to be gay and saved.  And this perception of God colored the way many of those who answered presented Bible verses that basically said the answer was no.  That in the end, following our innate, authentic desire to live as we are, being attracted to who we are, means that we are damned to spend eternity in some Lake of Fire.

I spent years afraid of this God and trying to be on His good side.  I tried what was said to me was righteous living and endeavored to do the right thing, but I often failed miserably or was miserable in the attempt.  I wondered how a God could love me unconditionally and yet set conditions for me to benefit from that love.  That just didn’t seem logical, yet I was one and know many others who live with this dichotomy without questioning it.  

Well I questioned.  And thank God I did.

1. God is Spirit 

- John 4:24 reads “God is Spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” I think that it is essential to understand that God is the ineffable, infinite, intangible, invisible, non-corporeal essence of all that is.  God is not a HE or a SHE. God is the first cause and creative energy that makes existence possible.  God is not a person with qualities that governs the cosmos.  God is the intelligence that sets Universal Law that acts of its own accord and is accessible to all.  God is the life force, or consciousness, that activates these bodies we live in. Science calls this underlying force energy, and if one were to break a substance down to its most basic aspect, all that is there is light/energy.  God as Spirit is our creator.

2. God is Love 

Most of us only know glimpses of love, moments of pure, unadulterated appreciation of someone or something.  That moment when you look into your lover’s eyes and nothing else matters but them and that moment.  That moment when you appreciate their person and presence and you feel blessed that they favored you with their presence.  Think about that moment.  Now imagine that moment lasting forever and nothing being able to shake or change that feeling.  This is probably the only way I can think of to give you a glimpse of what God is always.  God can’t judge: that would defy love.  For God to judge, God would have to experience unappreciation and that is not something God can do.  God set the laws of the Universe into place and allows us to utilize them (consciously or not) to our benefit or detriment - that is our choice.  God loves us no matter what choice we make and still offers us the opportunities to make different choices.

3. God is Universal Law

This makes God seem a bit impersonal, but it’s important to understand that God is the principle that keeps everything in the universe in order and alignment.  God is the force that renews our bodies and makes it so that science has been able to classify elements. God is the principle that makes it possible for more creation to come into manifestation. And God as Universal Law means that if you can LEARN what the Law is/these Laws are, you can consciously use them to create the more abundant life that Jesus spoke of and exemplified.

4. God is All There Is and Everywhere Present

As Spirit/Energy, there is nothing manifested that is not an expression of God.  That is where everything emanates from, and that is what allows existence to be maintained.  God is present in all that is around you right now.  God is present in every person you see and interact with.  Everything proves the existence of an intelligent, creative force that is ever-present and maintains all that has been created. This would also mean that for there to be a literal hell, God would also have to be the creator and maintainer of hell as well as being present in hell with, in and as anyone who would end up there.  (Just food for thought - there will be a blog in this series on Heaven and Hell)

5. God is All Knowledge, All Wisdom

God is the solution to every problem and the answer to every question.  God isn’t an entity that has answers, God IS the answer that manifests specifically for the situation at hand. And there is no time in eternity, so God always answers now. 

6. God is All Power

God doesn’t just have power. God is not just all-powerful.  God is Power.  This means that there is no Power other than God.  There is not an evil power and a good power; there is only one Power and that is God. This is why the Psalmist wrote “The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)  As we come to know this we can stand in the face of anything.

And in all of this God is still “Abba”, our Father.  Present with us in all things and at all times.  God is ever-ready and desiring to give us what will cause our lives to expand in abundance. The problem is that as long as we have a false impression of who or what God is, the more we block the realization of the manifestation of blessings in our lives.  Our misunderstanding keeps us from recognizing the fullness of who we are as individuals - as well as the extent of our capabilities.  Jesus said that he was one with the Father - one with God as described above (partially - there is no way to put the fullness of God into words).  And this was what allowed him to do what we call the miraculous.  We have the access and ability to do the same and walk in that same relationship and anointing.



DULANI S. MOORE
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