I believe in God--God as pure spirit--which means energy, not flesh.
I call God 'He' for convenience in communicating, but I don't see God as male or female, but both--as far as energy and creative force--I perceive
God as something really fundamental that we overlook as being anything but a scientific phenomenon:
God is Light. And that light is manifested in our lives as love and we honor God with truth.
All religions, for the most part, seem to worship a man as emissary of God--after the man in question is no longer physically present. Buddhism
doesn't promote a god (and surely there are others)--and although most say there is no God inherent in Buddhism--what would be more accurate would be
to say that it leaves God undefined, within, and individually discoverable. It avoids all pre-formed definitions of God. God-in-a-box, that's
But in Islam, there is Mohammed--although declared a prophet, the religion doesn't allow his name to be spoken against.
I've even read some theories that Brahmin is actually Abraham...very feasible...but I don't know enough about it to say, just an example.
Zoroaster was a man, long ago in what is now Iran.
Same with Christianity. Regardless of what came after the death on the cross--when Yehoshua was on earth, he was born as a human, lived a human life,
and died a mortal death. To say otherwise is to make nothing out of what he did and worship a man as a god and minimize brotherly love into some sort
of expected duty of God--what sacrifice is it to die as a human, when you're God already?
It is God who saves, not man--yet God saves man through man--what else can be done in a physical world by an absolute spiritual entity? But to
worship a man, instead of God, is not what we are to do.
Neither Christ or Buddha sought to start a new religion or be a god--or worshipped in any way.
In truth, God serves His creation. And creation is right to worship (meaning honor, love, and adore) the Creator. But God doesn't require anything
of man--man is the one lacking, not God.
And so religion, in the idea of this or that is what must be done to appease or please any god, is idolatry--and it is promoted not by God, but by
men! Even the bible will say this very thing--God doesn't need a house, or vain oblations and observances, God doesn't require monetary offerings
All God requires of man is for man to love man as God loves man. And if anything has corrupted that idea, it is religion. Any and all religions.
The ancient gods and goddesses that were considered idolatry were not idolatry for the primary reason of being later worshipped as wooden and metal
icons fashioned by men, but because they were actual people at one time--long long ago--and worshipping either them or their ghosts, fashioned into
icons or not, is idolatry because it worships a man or an angel as a god. And those gods didn't mind man serving them--demanded it, in fact. And
that isn't truth. It is what Paul spoke of in one of his letters. Nebuchadnezzar is a more tangible example--he made a statue of himself and
demanded fealty. The Pharoahs of Egypt were believed to be made into gods, after they died--and even though their beliefs were strange, their
enduring holy book was 'the book of the dead'--yet which of the 7 ancient wonders of the world still stands? All of them were of an 'idolatrous'
nature and earthquakes felled them all, and later waters engulfed them--I say that because there have been recent discoveries of the ruins off the
coastlines of ancient lands--except the great pyramid (which isn't a tomb, BTW)
Then there are those religions started by human beings, such as Mormonism and Scientology. No matter what is promoted about them--they were started
by men saying they knew god and that others should follow them for that reason. Even Paul is blamed for starting Christianity. Paul was Hebrew--his
words, hard to understand, were taken up by the Roman church and corrupted into nonsense, and he is blamed.