The evolution of God is one of THE biggest ideas of all. The way people have experienced God has always changed. One of the biggest changes was the move from pagan (fancy word for “earth based”) deities to transcendent (fancy word for “beyond the earth”) deity(ies).
Think about the history of God using the analogy of a company. In short, God has evolved from regional (tribal) manager to chair of the board to the life blood of the company.
In primitive cultures, they believed in many gods (polytheism). Each God was like a VERY active regional manager, with an active hand in all day to day activity. If you had a problem, you looked to your regional manager for guidance.
Hebrew culture introduced the idea of one God above all others (monotheism). This God, Yahweh, was more like a chair of the board, a non playing coach, able to intervene if necessary but not generally involved in day to day activity.
Meanwhile back in India, Hinduism was developing the idea that each of the multiple gods and goddesses were different expressions of a single unity, also known as Brahman or Ultimate Reality.
Okay, so let me wrap this whirlwind history up.
Once you take God out of an active management role, and once the chair has changed hands multiple times, God becomes a figure head (an archetype). Legends about the origin and history of the company are told around water coolers. God becomes a rallying cry that draws people together, an inner inspiration to do right by the company. Some even doubt that there was ever ONE founder of the company, but the idea of God keeps people curious.
By any name, the seed of divinity exists in all things; all people, all species, all moments. The Source, or inspiration, that lies beneath all of the diversity is known by many names and experienced in multiple ways. Generations of water cooler conversations are a certainty.
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