Yahweh. Jehovah. Buddha. Mohammad. God. The world’s mix of cultures and beliefs have each decided on a name for their version of a “Higher Power.” But, does God really exist? Or better yet, does God exist in the way we think??
For centuries, the mental image of “God” has been an old white man with a long white beard, sitting on a throne in the sky, granting and denying wishes, while keeping a scorecard of if we’ve been naughty or nice — so as to determine if we are worthy of entering the kingdom of heaven on the TBD day he judges us. However, is an old white man on a throne in the sky really an accurate depiction or a bushel of bullshit?
Additionally, if God is real, then God is not human, nor male or female. So, the concept of referring to God as “He” or “Father” is a man-made gimmick. Creating a tangible image of God as a man on a throne makes more sense to our limited human brains and emotional hearts than (for example) an image of God as an invisible poof of smoke. Humans often need something they can easily comprehend and make rational sense of. God as a man fulfills that need. So, if God is not human, male, or female, then what is God?
Some say God is the love that lives inside all of us. Others believe God and the angels are “aliens” and that heaven is life on some other planet in some other galaxy. Still another school of thought suggests that God is an invisible energy force that we can all call upon at will via the mystical powers of the universe. For example, no one can see electricity, yet we all know we can plug a lamp into the wall and electricity will empower the lamp to turn on. So then can we put a positive thought into the universe and “God” will provide it. As Carl Sagan once said, although the concept of God as a universal energy force is a lot more realistic, it is emotionally unsatisfying.
Detractors of Christianity laugh by suggesting that God was replaced with a new and improved “God” named Jesus, who was born to a virgin impregnated through divine order. The theory is that God of the Old Testament was vengeful and full of wrath, insisting on an eye for an eye while killing animals and people in sacrifice to him. However, God of the New Testament (Jesus) was a more peaceful and loving image who couldn’t actually replace the original God, but was considered to be one in the same as God. Although this makes perfect sense to Christians, others have laughed at the belief that Jesus and God magically morphed into one and that anyone who actually believes such a concept is gullible and naive. Could it be possible that despite our years of Catholic school, God and Jesus are actually 2 separate entities??
We’ve all been taught various theories of God. Some have convinced themselves that God wanted them to marry or divorce someone, to kill, to hate other races, to reject homosexuals or the homeless, or to look down on other faiths and religions as false. Most everyone has been conditioned to believe one theory of God and to NEVER EVER question or rationalize it. But is this genuine, or mere mind control designed to maintain order?
What is God? Is God real? Is God Jesus? Does God really exist but not at ALL in the way we’ve been conditioned to believe? Has everything we’ve read and been told about God been totally 100% accurate, or could our stories of God be the myth of “Santa Claus” all over again?
Is God real?
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