My understanding of The Divine goes back to my early Catholic education in grade school when one of my teachers read from 1 John 4: 16-21:
“God is Love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in them. There is no fear in love; perfect love casts out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment and not love.
We love because God first loved us. If anyone says they love God, but hates their fellows, such a one is a liar. For they can not love God, whom they have not seen, and hate their fellows, whom they have seen. The commandment that Christ has given to us is this: Whoever loves God must love their fellows also.”
From this I learned my most important lesson about The Divine very early in life: True religion and spirituality – by whatever name it may be called – always deals in matters of love rather than fear. Fear based religion to a God of Love would make about as much sense as a life of prostitution would make to a virgin. Those who deal in messages of fear are a great distance away from a God of Love. Love, emanating from The Divine, is the ultimate unifying factor. Those who seek to consciously live out a life of Love are one no matter what else may appear to separate them. Different religions, cultures, languages, races and nationalities are meaningless. Those who abide in Love abide in God and are One…period. All else is window dressing.
This is still how I perceive The Divine. To me The Divine – whom I normally choose to call God, if only out of habit – is Infinite; a Being who is the Root of all being. God is neither male nor female, yet is both Male and Female in the sense of being both the Mother and the Father of all Creation. I do not see The Divine as being a wrathful judge itching to cast the condemned into hell. Rather I see The Divine as a Teacher helping us to learn our lessons as best we choose how. Sometimes those lessons are easy; and sometimes we choose to make the lessons more difficult. This is where pain and suffering enter into the picture. It is done by our choice, and we can choose to let it go!
Since I have learned to see The Divine as our Heavenly Mother/Father, I also regard all Peoples and all beings as my sister and brother. There is nothing strong enough to divide us if we consciously choose the Way of Love. All wars are civil wars; all blood shed is a repetition of the slaying of Abel by Cain in the Garden of Eden. This we must learn to avoid wherever possible. All barriers of sex, race, nationality, religion, ethnicity and the like can and will be transcended in time. When Love centered awakening comes, all illusions of separation will be eliminated, passing away like the morning dew in the noon day sun. We were created in Love as One, and we shall return to the Oneness. Separation is the current dream we slumber in; Union is the Ultimate Reality.
The Divine, being Infinite in nature, can be seen in a vast multitude of ways to our – as yet – finite eyes. The Divine can been seen as God and Goddess; as Infinite Power and Life Force; as Wisdom and Ultimate Knowledge; and much, much more. All views of The Divine are valid, coming from differing and incomplete points of view. This view-point put forth here is my own. If it fits for you, feel free to accept it. Otherwise cast it away. Always learn from your own experiences. That is, after all, what we are here for!
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