Nearly three years ago, I had an article published on Witchvox; My Gods and Yours Are Not The Same. For me, it budded out of a frustration with what I felt as the inability to recognize and honor the individuality of deities and demigods. I feel that many people want to take a famous name, and redefine it to fit their needs. And I’m not cool with changing things to fit your agenda, you either take others as they are or you find someone else. And obviously, this article was written when I was still identifying as a polytheist (a believer in many Gods).
Since that article was written and now, I’ve done some major soul-searching, and now I am a monotheist. Another confession, I go to a Christian church from time to time (no, I’m not interested in becoming Christian, I just like spiritual fellowship). Now I’ve known these people for five or six years, and whenever I mention that I am monotheistic, I see the light in their eyes, I know they think I am coming to their Jesus. And you may be thinking the same as well.
STOP! While I may be monotheistic, I am not Christian, or Muslim, or Jewish. I view God as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Not all-loving, not all-good, not human-elitist. God is just so beyond our scope of comprehension, that love/hate, good/evil, man/everything else just don’t apply. And the idea of Gods that are humanized, that die, that love/cry/rage/etc. don’t fit with my concept of God. If one accepts my definition of God, then they must not be Gods (which DOES NOT translate to unimportant, powerless, non-spiritual beings). If you haven’t read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, you should. I believe the author is an atheist. But reading his books, I came to a realization: Most religions and religious groups (Christian, Muslim, Pagan, etc.) view their God or Gods as being similar to Metatron (basically, the first Angel that claimed he was God, and everyone believed), but to me, God is more like Dust. Dust is everywhere, in everything, connecting all of existence, and just IS. While I am not a book-based religious person, there is a verse in the King James Bible that I really feel is great for coming to grips with God. “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM…” (Exodus 3:14). God just IS, that’s it, and honestly, for me, that’s all I need. I don’t need a God that picks sides in war, chooses one aspect of creation over another, or lays down ridiculous dogma so only a few can be deemed worthy.
I love that the Dalai Lama isn’t a vegetarian; the leader of the religion that truly embraces the concept of compassionate existence eats meat. As humans, we genetically are programmed to eat meat, and have sex, and a gamut of other things. Religion seeks to take all of our human urges, and demonize them as a form of control. Now while I think we shouldn’t feel guilty or ashamed (to/because of others) of our personal choices, I do feel there are healthy, wholesome ways to go about things. But remember, God just IS. And I do believe God wants us to be whole, and when we are whole, we are happy. But when we do things that cause division in ourselves, we are unhappy. And religion steps in, with its strict dogma and control measures, and creates wholesomeness rules. But they lose track of God along the way.
So where do we go from here? Here’s a few topics that I feel come out of this discussion:
- If you’re not a “book-believer”, what do you base your spiritual beliefs on? Other than a children’s book series written by an atheist?
- Eternal battle of Good vs. Evil, where does that fit in?
- What happened to the Gods you used to believe in? Do you just not believe they exist anymore?
- Heaven and Hell, your thoughts?
- How do you go to church if you don’t believe the same as them?
- How do you evangelize and get others to come to your way of thinking?
I really do want to start answering these questions, and any others that arise from them, but if anyone else has any questions for me, please just leave a comment, and I’ll answer!