posted on May, 13 2015 @ 09:40 AM
The God of Tom, Betty, and Susan
I view myself as a fairly friendly sort of guy, in that I usually don't have much trouble making friends. Friendships can get pretty intimate, so
intimate that there is a freedom to start talking about gods.
So Tom begins to tell me about his God. He's the vastness of the whole universe, He didn't create it, because He is it. Of course there is only one
God. Why yes, I can understand that God.
For some reason Betty decides that I should know about her God too. "My God created the world in six days, and rested on the seventh day, that's why
I rest on the Sabbath, the Ten Commandment says that's the sign and seal of the Creator. And He's the only God. Betty's God isn't all that
difficult to visualize.
I'm eating lunch with Susan and she tells me about her God. "My God is the Father of Jesus. He revealed a loving God, not like that horrible Old
Testament guy who demanded death to all first born, and all Midianites, Hivites, Amalekites, idolaters, witches, and so many others that I can't even
name them all. The One real God is the Father and that Old Testament guy is the devil. Okay, I can understand what Susan's God is all about.
So now, since I'm a nice guy, then I must also be nice to the God of Tom, the God of Betty, and the God of Susan. But they are not three gods,
because there is only one God.
One day the God of Tom, Betty, and Susan, gets to arguing with each other in my head, and I end up having a psychotic break.
Tom is worried about me, so he comes to offer some help. Since I'm psychotic at this point, it takes a long time for me to explain what happened, and
a long time for him to offer the solution. There is only One God and the others are metaphors, that help people understand the One. Thanks Tom, that
helps. One God, two metaphors.
Good thing my psychosis is under control. Betty doesn't have as hard of a time explaining to me that there is One True God, and the others are
delusions from the devil.
Before I have a chance to think about that much Susan helps me see the light. There's One God, and there's Satan, and there's delusion.
So I've got it: Three One and Only Gods, two metaphors, three delusions, and Satan. That equals 9, but they are One.
I'm sorry Tom but you have to leave me alone.
Goodbye Betty. I've got some stuff to work out.
Susan, it's been nice, but I really need some alone time.
Good, I'm alone now with Three One and Only God, two metaphors, three delusions, and Satan.
Will the real One God now please cast out the false gods.
So my head explodes, and out comes Athena, fully formed.
"Look, I've got some friends who can help you out. And here's the good part. Not a damn one of them claims to be the one and only god."
Praise Athena! You are indeed wise!