Archive for December, 2011
If one looks at the idea of “God” as being made up of the collective whole of all things, instead of as a “separately existing objective entity”, with each human life being one of the “Hands of God”, then it is much easier to imagine our bodies as a microcosm reflecting the larger macrocosm of the universe; an analogy can then be drawn to compare the two. With our mind and body working together in harmony, and our self determined actions coming from the desires of our minds (self-awareness) which we can carry out with our bodies, we can then look to the whole of the cosmos and see how it also works together in a balanced way.
The only way the universe as a whole can rise to a higher level of consciousness is by self-aware creatures (humans) carrying out self-determined actions, thus we are in a sense the “Hands of God” working together to carryout the will of the whole collective universe of which we are a integral part. As human consciousness steadily rises to a higher and higher level we can pass on the knowledge that’s acquired at each step of the way causing the whole to continually expand in an ever increasing inward and outward spiral.
Every act of compassion and empathy that we bestow upon another life, whether it be human or animal adds to the ever expanding level of consciousness of the universe. We as humans have the ability to change the structure of the cosmos by using the power of our empathic minds connecting to the whole. Each human life that acts empathically is a hand, carrying out an action, which elevates the consciousness level of the whole.
In reading through the Bible I have often noticed the abundance of “other” gods it contains, a good case in point is Psalm 86:8 “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.” where King David explicitly mentions “other gods”. Most of these gods were imported from Sumer, Babylonia and Egypt which were the ancestral home of the Hebrews. With that in mind it appears the Hebrew’s were not monotheistic in the most literal sense because they did believe other gods existed…it was just that Yahweh won the battle for supreme god, and because he was an extremely jealous and wrathful god he did not want the Hebrews to worship any others in the council of gods. Here are a few more examples from the hundreds of times “other gods” is cited in Scripture.
Exo. 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
Exo. 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.
Deut. 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
Deut.10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
The interesting point to note is that Yahweh outlasted all the other gods mentioned in the Old Testament. What was it that allowed Yahweh to outlast all the other gods? I propose that what allowed Yahweh to continue on into the New Testament was the transition from an anthropomorphic warrior god to a spiritual father god introduced by Jesus. Thus, Yahweh, chief amongst many gods, morphed from a wrathful god who meted out punishment and spoke from a pillar of smoke, and whose earthly abode was in the Holy of Holies, to a transcendent fatherly being residing full time in heaven and imparting his Holy Spirit to all who would ask.
Jesus had the foresight to know that if Yahweh did not change he would meet the fate of all the other mythological gods. It was a stroke of genius on his part to change god’s face at that crucial point in history, before the final blow that would come with the destruction of Jerusalem. After the fall of the Jewish temple, the warrior face of Yahweh began to fade in significance, being replaced by the more forgiving god of the Trinity, of whom Paul played a major role in shaping, molding and promoting. Without the dramatic facelift given to Yahweh by Jesus and then Paul there would be no “God” that Christians call “Father” today.