We like to think of God as this unmovable mountain surrounded by staleness and emptiness, this solitary fortress with all the lights off, this unbreakable king who stays inside the pearly gates of paradise; without emotion or bodily sensations.
But to me, God is a mystic presence that divided itself into a million pieces and each piece took refuge inside each one of us. I like to see His majesty as a big softy whose affections and sacrifices toward our kind are more often than not unrequited.
Regardless of us belonging to any given religious group, we could be hurting our one God every time we
1) Defile his infinite beauty by portraying the holy father as a mean boogeyman to control people,
2) Commit blasphemy by taking his words out of context to justify or legalize our wrongdoings,
3) Stab him in the heart by making a mother cry over the violated body of a son or a daughter,
4) Crucify him by committing manslaughter in the name of a divinity, killing a good Samaritan for money, or ending a life despite whose it is.
There’s no wonder one might come across this bumper sticker that says, “I’ve got nothing against God. It’s his Fan Club I can’t stand.”
Yet, also regardless of us belonging to any given religious group, we could be comforting our one God every time we
1) Take mercy on an enemy or treat the wounded or offer shelter to a lost soul because God is above us all and sees us all,
2) We turn the other cheek because we know and live by this belief. Violence only brings violence. Forgiveness sets the aggressed free and not the aggressor, for the latter is a slave to malevolence and we are the vessels of light,
3) Seek God’s advice by listening to our own guts while politicians and religious figures keep yapping and calling for war,
4) Try not to blame God for our misfortunes, try to remember him at all times; not only when we need help, and try to resist the misconception that says he has forsaken us because it’s always the other way around.
When we stop using God as a cover-up and decide to make his acquaintance, we start to understand what Saint Augustine of Hippo meant when he said, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
Here’s another piece of wisdom from Albert Pike, if you’re not receptive to religious teachings. This too makes perfect sense, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us, what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Yes, it’s possible for human affections and filial love to run cold, but now that we finally realize that once He falls, we fall, and that when we hurt, He hurts, things should be different with us all; God, ourselves, and our fellow humans.
Do you still think that God doesn’t feel our pain or any other pain? Do you still think that our decisions or actions remain inconsequential? Knowing how essential it is to fix our ways should and can make positive change possible.
After that, we need to proceed with making less damage and doing more good. Make way for joy, hope, clarity, compassion, and peace. Do everything we can, even if we have limited resources, so that God heals as we heal.
Our urgent action is needed; first, because we will not live forever. Second, because God will. Death will free us one day, but God’s ultimate cross is his immortality (and his soft heart, the way I personally see it.)
I leave you with this thought. If mother is god in the eyes of a child, how godly is Our Father in Heaven in the eyes of a mortal. How clement is He in the eyes of a sinner? And let’s not fool ourselves, we all have skeletons in the closet.
The end. Or should I say the beginning of a new life and a beautiful friendship? Let’s all hope for the best and head toward our divine father without the fear, the intimidation, the self-disdain, and all the things that keep us apart from Our Beloved God.
Posted in: Interior Life