Who is God? What is God? Where did God come
from? How did God invent Itself? Is God two-gendered? Is God
a gray-haired old man with a silver beard sitting on a throne? Is God a
beautiful woman in a flowing gown standing on a pedestal? Does God
think? Is God self-aware?
Why is God almost always referred to as a male? Since
God created male and female genders, does that illustrate God’s male and
femaleness? Should God be feared or worshipped? Why?
Does God rule the universe with kindness or cruelty?
Love or hate? Compassion or disdain? Does God care about every
individual life on this planet whether it be an animal or human being? Is
the Universe out of God’s control?
Why is God called “The Great Spirit” by some and “The
Father” by others and “Yahweh” by still others and “Allah” by 1.5 billion
others? Still others call it the great “I am!”
After a lifetime of searching around the planet and
investigating dozens of major religions, and reading the Bible, some parts of
the Koran, some of Buddha, Confucius, Hinduism and other religious tomes—I
submit a new definition of God for the 21st century. What have
I come up with in the 21st century about the definition of God?
At some point in the evolution of Homo sapiens, meaning
“clever apes”, we formed groups, that formed communities, that formed
cities. Unlike all the other animals that never thought about the concept
of a “God or Creator”, we humans evolved and transformed our minds into
cognitive thinking intellects. We arrived at “self-awareness” and
speech. We humans are animals that think, but we are still animals.
Once we gained speech and self-awareness, we discovered
fear, love and a myriad of emotions. We learned to fear the unknown such
as lightning, earthquakes, death, eclipses of the moon and other natural
From our fears, we followed leaders who led us to
safety. Somewhere along the evolutionary path, we created gods such as
the Greeks, Romans and Australian aborigines with their “Dreamland.”
Other primitive cultures like the Vikings created the Norse gods. We humans
created religions to deal with our futilities and our fear of the unknown.
In fact, over 100 major religions and gods dominate the
minds of 7.1 billion human beings on this planet. It’s my contention that
every single one of the 7.1 billion humans possesses a different “take” on the
definition of God.
Many religions teach their adherents to “fear” God such as
Christians and Muslims. Some religions condemn their adherents as
sinners from the day they burst into this life such as “Original sin” by Christians.
Other religions preach that God’s wrath may visit you on any day such as
Muslims. Their God is a male and he is wrathful, mean and vengeful.
Some religions sacrificed virgins to appease their gods. In ancient
texts, prophets like Jesus and Mohammed “spoke” to God or “listened” to him
speak to them. God spoke to Moses via the “burning bush.”
When something goes well, we say, “Thank God for saving my
little girl.” If something goes badly and thousands die, we say,
“God works in mysterious ways or the devil caused all those bad things to
We exculpate God from being the “bad guy.” In reality, if God
created everything, God features two faces, but we cannot bring ourselves to
deal with that reality. Example: 10 million human children starve
to death annually. If God showed compassion or concern, God could feed
them with one swish of God’s magic wand because God created the universe.
But since God fails to act, it becomes somebody else’s fault such as the devil
or bad people or a dozen other excuses.
In the end, no one really knows anything about God.
Essentially, we are the only animal to ever create a “god” to support our
God’s existence cannot be proven or disproven. It’s a
metaphysical question with an unknown answer. It’s pure speculation based
on myths, ancient conjectures and emotional bias. While books like the
Bible and Koran pretend to know what God means, their writers created those
books in a time of illiteracy, fear and ignorance of science, logic, biology,
math and enlightened thinking.
Today, we no longer fear eclipses, lightning, diseases or
other natural phenomena like the Northern Lights. We know what causes
them and how to deal with them.
Educated humans no longer “fear” God or any other creative
process. Today, we move toward greater understanding of ourselves and our
origins through anthropology, science and zoology.
Thus, I propose a more equitable, reasoned and enlightened
understanding of God in the 21st century. Buckle your
seatbelts for an amazing ride into the creative realm of the new definition of
God for all of modern times.
definition of God in the 21st century
Remember when Galileo defied the Pope by proving that the
sun did not revolve around the Earth, but the Earth revolved around the
sun? The Pope cried out, “That’s wrong! I am the final authority.
The Earth is the center of the universe and the sun revolves around the Earth.
I am the Pope and God’s mouthpiece on Earth.”
Today, we all know how that turned out!
In the 21st century, God might be seen as “The
emerging creative energy of the universe.” This energy moves
throughout the cosmos. It creates and destroys in a never ending cycle
throughout eternity. It may move slowly as in millions of years of
evolution to create one-celled animals all the way up to a whale. It may
continue with the intellect of human beings on a habitable planet for
carbon-based life-forms such as we see on Earth. Or, it can destroy an entire
galaxy when a star explodes or implodes.
The “emerging creative energy of the universe” aligns
with creative process to create life and non-life. Since we humans enjoy
“intelligence”, it is possible that “it” contains “intelligence” within itself
and expresses that intelligence through us humans. Or, it might express
its intelligence through other life-forms in the universe. You could call it
“The Great Spirit” or “God” or “Zelda” or “Divine Spirit” or another 1,000
names that we humans have given it. It offers the yin-yang of two sexes
of animals on this planet. Or, it offers no sexual orientation such as
rocks and water.
It runs through you and it runs through me. It runs
through plants and other creatures. It doesn’t feature evil or
righteousness or good or bad or fear. Heaven and hell do not exist in this
21st century understanding of “The Great Spirit.”
You are not guilty for living. Fear fades into the rear view mirror when
appreciating this 21st century definition of God.
This pure energy expresses itself in you and allows you to
express yourself through it. When you speak to “It”, it speaks
through “you” with equal creative process. If you want to make yourself
feel better by naming it “God” or “Divine Spirit”, well then, knock yourself
out. Yes, its energy thrives through you and not separate from you. It is
you and you are it.
It can be personal or non-personal as you choose to conceive
it within your being. Is it good, bad or indifferent? It depends on
your thinking, your creative ideas, your thrust within its energy field.
Actually, you make “God” into whatever thoughts you conceive “it” to warrant.
Once you finish with your body, do you go off to some
Does a whale, hummingbird or bug go off to some
place called “heaven”? We humans don’t think so! Do you
go to some special place? Just like other animals, you return to the
Earth. You live, you die, you’re done, you’re dust. The
“energy” that leaves your body and constituted your personality, I speculate,
does not enjoy a “toe-tag” as it re-enters the universe.
The key: while you’re still breathing, enjoy yourself.
Laugh, write, paint, run, walk, talk, eat, love and follow your heart’s desires
toward limitless creative process. Since God expresses through you, when
someone asks, “How are you doing today?” You might answer, “I am
showing God a great time by riding my bicycle, loving my children, going
camping, bowling or dancing….”
In the 21st century, we can forget “fearing” God
or worshipping “it” as something beyond us. We may express its energy
roaring through each cell in our bodies. At some point, this thesis may
evolve into an even more profound definition of God for the 22nd
century as we humans gain more knowledge.
In the end, Emerson said, “God laughs in flowers.”
If you’re laughing, God is laughing!
As for me, I discovered “The Great Spirit” in the burning
embers of a campfire. As I gaze into glowing cinders, I see God looking
back at me. She smiles at my face and I smile back. Together, we
watch the shooting stars overhead with a big smile on our faces. Vaya con
Live well, laugh often, celebrate daily and
enjoy the ride,
Continent world bicycle traveler