What do you feel the concept of God actually encompasses? Is God goodness? Many would say so. So if He’s the God of goodness, then He’s not the God of everything, only the good parts, right? So who’s in charge of all the rest? Another God? – well no! So if God is not Goodness, so what is He/She? Why don’t we just admit that our view of God / the Universal Life Force has just been too limited.
God is not just good. God IS. God is isness. God is everything that is, the good, the bad and the ugly. God is you. God is me. God is all of us together. That’s what the Hindus state when they meet and clasp their hands together and bow to each other, saying “Namaste!”: “the God in me bows to the God in you”.
Whenever we specify the God-Force as having certain qualities – we immediately restrict it’s applicability. The Lord God is mostly thought of as male – thereby immediately identifying it with the male side of the population, implying dominance, more power to rule, more intelligence, more rights.
Historically all our Divine images were female. This actually makes a lot more sense that a female energy would have birthed the Universe.
Interestingly enough the Pope some years ago, referred to God on the occasion of an important Camp David meeting of leaders, as a woman. He declared that God was even more Mother than Father – and made front page news all over the world. Not surprisingly he enjoyed one of the shortest reigns in Papal history.
Perfection is another trait Christians have attributed to God. “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect”. Now there’s an assignment! How to make everyone feel like a failure right out of the gate – sinful, guilty, ashamed. Christian philosophy has been particularly useful in promoting fear, guilt, eternal punishment, powerless, unworthiness, smallness.
Our image of God has a lot to do with how we live our lives. So pick yours well.