June 11, 2013 – God The Almighty Power Over All?
This is for a few friends that seem to question how all is and nothing is. But, my views especially at my age of 67 is just that how and why I think as I do. After all as many know I have been around just about every country as well as all fifty states, even if just passing though. I at lease stopped in small towns of those states for one reason or another. Like countries, I also stopped at certain places as not nor the time to visit each village or city of every country. I also experienced many different religions of all these places from whoshippers of snakes to idols and wind, rain, air and so on.
Over these years I have made my mind up after knowing as well as being led to my life as how I live it now with those spirits, angels which we all have bad as well as good. Takes a lot of time to rid of the bad, but it can be done as I am proof of this. Maybe not liked as well by others as I like them. Maybe not as trusting as I am with all. No matter who it is I will be truthful and honest and will always speak my mind as to what I know to be the truth.
All that is good is also what I believe about Jesus Christ or as I like to say in my life as the Almighty One being God and Jesus as the onlym true son of God or the Almighty One.. Being good, I do not believe that with him in charge anyone will suffer in hell for an eternity. He is perfectly loving and perfectly capable of bringing all to redemption. No matter if accepance of what your beliefs may be that your not saved unless you are forgiven for past sins. Wrong! Here we go again my own beliefs from the spirits of my soul and protector of my human body today. Many people have fullfilled their works sooner and some even after birth. Is this the Almighty’s way of giving and taking at the same moment. Who is to say. As many state mother nature has fury at times and will uproot 300-500 year old tress and is this the Almight’s wish? In my way of talking with the Almighty as well as thought my guides or spirits or angels yes it is the almightys or God’s way to say age does not matter as when it is time then I will bring you home and you will learn more when you arrive.
I have been close to death many times in my life time, I have seen many friends as well as family go on when there seemed to be no reason. But, mine is not to question but to do as I am asked. As I said I am placing this up for a few friends that I have met and have seen a lot of suffering and why I have been brought to some around the world is still in question and I hope to have the answer one day. Meanwhile I can only say that all must believe and never ever give up if you feel it is not time. The Almighty one has that power. No one can say three days or a week or two. That is fear and if wish to convince them as to days or weeks then so be it. If they live longer then their will as well as beliefs and that of the Almighty will only say when it is time. juat something to think about after all what does an old man know anyways. lol
While far from unanimous, the Western world has largely settled on the idea of Monotheism, or at least that is what the majority would currently profess to, if you asked them. Most of the people on Earth, the world’s Christians, Jews, Muslims, and followers of many other religions with fewer believers, are monotheists in dogma and doctrine.
The trick to monotheism is the idea that there is one creator, who oversaw, designed, or even hand-crafted the universe according to a plan. There is much disagreement about the intent, and whether this being remains “hands on” in the operation of the universe is certainly up for debate. The essence, though, is in the creation and the idea of a design or plan for the universe. As we try to understand this force of creation, our main focus and most valuable tool is our ability to understand what was created.
Thus, there are, even within monotheistic religions, many different views of what this creator wanted for creation and why there is a creation at all, and most importantly how we are supposed to react to the creator and the rest of the creation. Each person, even in hearing the same words, even those who internalize the same stories and doctrines, must shape their perception of God around their experience with creation.
For many of us, our understanding of God is, at the most basic level, the idea that God is almighty and powerful. After all, isn’t the creation of the universe enough to indicate the absolute power over the universe? We shape our idea of God based on our idea of power. The things we see as “Powerful” and “Capable” become the things we ascribe to God.
This is why many depictions of God give the creator a masculine body, and generally one that is elderly, with white hair and a beard, but also physically fit and imposing. God, of course, would have none of these traits, inherently. If the creator of the Universe is still in existence, then our concept of age clearly does not apply, and even if, as Genesis tells us, man and woman are both created in the image of God, then God must not conform to our gender roles or sexual characteristics.
What we are left with, then, in my opinion, is an image of God that mimics our image of power. The people in power in the Middle East and in Europe were mainly older men, and that became intertwined with the idea of power and authority. Being the ultimate in both power and authority, God, in those cultures, took that form in their collective consciousness. Whether this was God’s intent, or just the only way that certain people or groups could relate to the idea of The Almighty, we may never know.
Many ancient peoples and pantheons held that the creation of the universe was the act of a primordial mother, or a primordial “couple” forming Earth and Sky. The primary Greek creation myth was one of the Feminine Primordial Gaia, who created her own mate and birthed the Titans, who gave birth to the Gods, who created the world as it was known to the Ancient Greek people, who understood on some level that the planet was much older than their civilization, and incorporated that into their mythology. Ultimately, though, the world of the Greeks was ruled by men and by Gods who took the power for themselves, making it theirs by right of strength. In a way, this mirrors the progression of theology through most of the world: masculine figures taking prominence, and eventually displacing any divine feminine figures more or less completely.
Clearly, then, our image of the divine is shaped by our perception of potency and the essence of what makes something powerful. Many people see power in strength. Many see it in some form of magic or in the promise of technology. In reflection, some deities are strong, some wise, and some clever, but the monotheistic God is usually all three. Gods are born of ideas, and powerful ideas become powerful deities. Likewise, the attributes that you ascribe to God say a lot about what you value in leadership, in relationships, and in your life.
It is important, then, to consider what you really think about God, and not just what you have been taught, or what you say in front of others. Is your true concept of the divine as loving as you say? If so, then how is that love manifested in the world? How do you emulate it? Is your vision of God vengeful? Does that make you vengeful, too? Does that improve your relationships? Is your God forgiving? Does that help you to forgive? Has that been healthy for you?
Another common and important factor in monotheism is that God is “good” and that the intent of creation was to give rise to life, and ultimately to intelligence, and that intelligent life was meant to have a relationship with God. We are meant to be “good”, helping to bring about what God wants in the Universe. Being like God is being good.
By really examining your view of God, and thus your perception of what makes one “good”, you can shape your whole being. If you know that God is vengeful, and live in fear, then you are likely to resent those who see God as loving, and live at peace with their place in the world. If you know God in absolute terms, then you will be distrustful of science, revelation, and even your own senses. If you know there to be no God at all, then it is possible to fall into arrogance and conceit, looking only at the world around you for your sense of purpose and power. Your image of God both often both dictates and mirrors your best and worst traits.
Robert Ingersoll once said that “There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.” This is the essence of what I am trying to say: As long as we value anger, discrimination, and vengeance as divine traits, it will be impossible to remove them as cultural institutions. We must examine our concept of God, and decide, objectively, if it matches our understanding of what is good in the world. If you wouldn’t respect your God as a neighbor, then you have to understand that your image is too small and too personal. We need a universal God, who is good without resorting to divine dispensation. We need a God willing to give us our curiosity and senses in order to use them, rather than one seen to tempt us with knowledge we are forbidden to seek. We need a God who loves all humanity, rather than picking and choosing based on situation of birth. We need to see God for what God must be, rather than for what our tribal ancestors had hoped was a champion for their way of life.’
It is said that most people have some instinct for good, and that this “conscience” is an echo of the voice of God in our lives. Whatever the origin, we know what good is. Our understanding of the Universe, both of what is true and of what feels right, must be applied to our understanding of the creator. What is wrong to do to one another in any other cause is also wrong to do in the name of God, or the name of God isn’t worthy of our worship and reverence.
June 11, 2013 – God The Almighty Power Over All?