A friend posted a link to this article on her Facebook, and I found it to be very compelling, especially this quote towards the end of the article:
Many of us perhaps need to have our notion of God deepened and expanded. It is often said, half in jest, that God created man in his own image and man has returned the compliment, saddling God with his own narrow prejudices and exclusivity, foibles and temperamental quirks.
via Desmond Tutu: God Is Not a Christian.
I think it’s pretty clear that the Abrahamic faiths are worshiping the One as explained by Neo-Platonism, with a heavy dose of the Sky-Fathers from indigenous European religions (Zeus, Odin, Jupiter, etc) mixed in for visualization. This is one reason that I, unlike many within the greater “pagan community” (a term I use VERY loosely), get these faiths, to some degree at least, and can understand where adherents find validity in their god.
I find that, as I study religion more, I come to see more and more that the One is understood (read: worshiped, recognized, sought-after) in some way by all religions. However, it’s often misunderstood as something we can actually connect with. I will not speak of religions I am not very familiar with, but look at Christianity–Christ is the deity that one is actually connecting with (unless you’re a Catholic, then there’s a multitude of “demi-gods” in the form of Saints to connect with). Humans, although we have a spark of the divine, cannot commune directly with something that is everything and nothing, which is why I think polytheists, no matter how simplistic the pantheon may be, tend to have fewer issues with people following different faiths than those taught that the only truth is the ‘TRUTH” of the religion they happened to be born into.
God isn’t a Christian, just as he is not Muslim, Hellenic, Buddhist, Taoist or any other “ism” out there. He (for lack of a better pronoun) just is. It is us that puts a face (or faces) on him.
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