Warning! Short theological essay ahead! Brain damage may ensue.
My mother said a very funny thing to me today.
“You know there’s only one God, right? I know you’re curious about all those other religions... but there’s only One True God.”
She points to the crucifix and extends her arms to mimic the death of Christ.
My mother is right. Unfortunately, she is only half-right and limited in her view.
There is only one God. But God takes on many forms for all sorts of people.
Not very long ago, I disliked using the very word ‘God’ (with a capital ‘G’) because it embodied the Catholic Christian upbringing that had always terrorized me and mutilated my view of the Divine. So I used other terms, ‘Spirit’, ‘The Creator’, etc., which are fine to use, but they were terms that seemed unfamiliar to me. What I failed to understand was that ‘God’ did not belong to Christians. ‘God’ was not their possession to throw about and justify their hatred. Realizing this, I became more comfortable with using ‘God’; because ‘God’ is not a vengeful old man who will send me to Hell because I don’t follow a religious path that a bunch of people claim to be the One (and Only) True Way to the Divine. God is so much more than that.
For me, God is not only the Lord and Lady, the Divine Union. God is also the wildfire, the earth, the vast oceans, and the wide expanse of the sky. God is much more than my mother’s God, a vengeful old man sitting somewhere on a cloud, telling those punks down there in Hell to turn down their death metal music or He’s going to send His Son down there to fuck some shit up. God exists not only as Odin, or Zeus, or Pan, but also as Ata Bey, as Kali, as Isis. God is everything, but God is also apart from everything. God is the nucleus, the heart, the center of all that is, but God is also everything that is, ever was, and will be. God is many things to me. Sometimes God is a woman, manifested in the Earth beneath my feet and the Moon in the night sky above my head. Sometimes God is a man, illuminating the world with the power of the Sun. Sometimes God is a man with an elephant’s head and many arms. God will take on whatever form is most comfortable for you, but at heart, God is the one staring you back in the mirror.
You are a part of God. God is a part of you. Don’t ever forget it.
There is only one God. God has many masks, many faces, is present everywhere, and is the heart of all things. God is present in you, in me, in your friends, your family, and in the strangers that pass you by. God is never far away. Simply look within, and you will find the Divine Essence, the One, the All. God is unknowable, yet familiar, like a best friend you can call upon at any time. That is what God is to me.
What is God to you?