NO GOD UP OVER US?…is that what the prophets were leading up to?…that God has no desire to be on a pedestal for us? …that God would rather be WITH US than OVER US on any given day?
That God has no desire to be UP OVER us?
Do we even think to wonder what God desires in this regard?
…so busy are we guarding and defending those parts of holy scriptures which claim and insist that God has made “His” desires abundantly clear…
…as if God is no longer with us and all we have to go by is his last will and testament.
Our desire for a god-up-there is every bit as strong as the ancients’ belief in idols.
The ancients were not stupid; they knew the world to be an ever-changing place over which they had little control.
Idols were the ancient psychotherapeutic tools to keep existential anxiety in check. Otherwise, humanity might have frozen in panic and denial, unable to evolve in consciousness.
In our modern world of uncertainty principles and so-called security guards everywhere, which of us would choose to give up belief which keeps us calm and sane in the midst of seeming chaos?
YET THERE IS ABUNDANT REASON TODAY TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE ANCIENT NOTION OF A GOD UP OVER US…more than abundant reason…VITAL NECESSITY!
Belief in a GOD UP OVER US is inadvertently killing us and causing us to kill one another! No matter the god’s name, be it secular or religious…GOD UP OVER US is still a killing belief! Sometimes, a killing-us-slowly-and-softly belief, but still a killing belief!
More importantly to some among us, we NEED to wonder why God would desire to be UP OVER US because…
1. This belief does nothing for God or God’s image among us, unless God is a starving egomaniac deep into force and control masked as love.
2. Belief in a GOD UP OVER US does a great deal of damage to us and humanity at large today…almost as if the sedative to remain sane has turned into anesthesia preventing us from thinking clearly and acting decisively.
Most importantly, belief in a GOD UP OVER US allows us, encourages us to renege on our responsibility to ourselves, to each other and to all creation.
As long as there is a parent-god waiting in the wings, we shall never take full responsibility for our lives, our beliefs or our part in this world!
There is an alternative belief in God, a paradigm shift away from the ancient GOD UP OVER US concept which evolved from sun worship, faith in idols, and the need for some sense of order in the midst of chaos.
There is ample scriptural evidence of a GOD WITH US, both separate from, yet one WITH us.
We are in the middle of this religious paradigm shift with one leg in each camp
…as each leg, each image of God moves farther apart from the other
…and we are forced to choose one or the other
…for these two images of GOD UP OVER US and GOD WITH US can no longer co-exist, can they?
LET US CHOOSE LIFE!