By Richard Kent Matthews - eBook Author | Career Coach | Speaker
Here’s something you may not know.
The word “God” is not found in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin Bibles.
It’s uncertain but it may derive from old Indo-European languages, particularly Persian and might possibly be from Pagan sources.
The name of God, biblically speaking, has been a source of disagreement for centuries. The word God is not really a proper noun; rather, it's a title. For the most part, that symbol has been applied to an enigma: a loving, caring Father, as well as a vengeful, jealous and seemingly power hungry dictator. To name is to define, and hence, limit by the definition. Christ, Buddha. Prophet—all titles, not names.
Should I stop using the word God?
It’s not necessary to give up the word. But it is important to remember to see it as a symbol, not a name. In my life, I now use the word God to represent Mystery, the Source of All That Is, the Ultimate Unnameable, Undefined, Unlimited, and Everywhere Present.
- God is Relationship. I recognize not only the Presence of God in the world, but the immanent presence of God in my life. God is not a unique and separate entity.
- God is the very essence of my being. I not only stand in the Presence of God, I am the Presence of God, standing. I am a single point of consciousness in the Infinite Consciousness. My experience is the way God experiences this small portion of the universe.
- God is LOVE, in action in the world, in the cosmos. We have a tendency to think of love as an emotion. In fact, love is action. How you walk through the world, how you touch it, how you share, bring your best and do your best--that's love. As Meister Eckhart said, "It's no use walking anywhere to preach unless your walking is your preaching." Yeah, he got it.
The most reviled claim of all (by some, not everyone):
I am the Mystery, I am the Experience, I am God in Expression. And so are you. There is no separation between the Creator and the Created.
Deny it, reject it, believe as you choose. Still, God as described by the religions is probably weak at best, delusional at worst.
One Power, One Presence, One Energy, One Reality, One Life, and that Life is your life, my life. Right Now.
(Please feel free to share, whether you agree or disagree. Thanks.)