There are many gods spelled in lower case. They sound a bit like this:
“I am god; I can do whatever I want and you just have to deal with it.”
It’s our exposure to such gods that brings about the misconception that we have to appease the deity somehow to win him over. We have to crawl and cater to his whims and strange wishes. We think with this capricious god on our side we gain power and can dominate the world just like he already does.
This flawed god-perception has done a lot of harm to planet Earth in general and humankind in particular since it feeds the attitude of an abuser. We wreck a planet to cater to our needs, and we wreck relationships because we act like little gods.
This attitude, however, is foreign to the God spelled with a capital G. This God is often mistaken to be one of the gods in lower case. I call that a tragic misunderstanding, and it leads to a couple of problems:
There are people out there who feel extremely frustrated with the gods and they rightly say: “I’m done with gods. We’re better off without them.” Atheists have my vote, any time of day. I too am done with gods, and the older I get, it seems, the less patient I become with those unpredictable beings with the god-complex.
Then there are people that cling to the gods to various degrees in hopes to better cope with everyday living. I say to various degrees and mean Fahrenheit or Celsius for that matter. The hotter their god-pursuit, the more fanatical they become shedding a real awkward light on the real deal, the God with the capital G. God calls His competitors foreign gods, because they are foreign to His character.
Let’s turn to the real deal for a while and think of the situation this way: We’re caught right in the middle of gods competing with God, even though it’s ridiculous to think they stand a chance. They simply don’t compare to the real deal. However, that’s exactly the issue at hand: We’re so familiar with false gods that we have a hard time imagining there’s a real One.
It’s confusing, isn’t it?
In an attempt to better differentiate Him from the lower-case gods, going forward I’ll call God with a capital G “God Almighty”. So, where does God Almighty start to get our attention? Here is one thing I’ve noticed about Him and it’s a stark difference to the brazen and noisy gods around us:
God Almighty is subtle.
Here is another one, and I believe that must be difficult for Him at times:
God Almighty does not abuse His power.
We are so used to being manipulated by the false gods that this probably escapes us how the all-powerful almighty God could not use His capabilities to initiate His favorite outcome. Yes, He could do that in a heartbeat. He could get rid of all the false gods that way, but the outcome, true to His divine nature, would be highly unsatisfactory. Here it is:
God Almighty does not seek God-copycats.
God Almighty seeks face-to-face encounters with independent minds. God Almighty, the real deal, seeks the real deal with us. He wants a relationship unburdened with fear and manipulation. He wants honest opinions, raw feelings, and openness. The ensuing communication flow is more precious to Him than anything else.
So, what does God Almighty do to get our attention? He does everything: He reveals Himself, He saves and He proclaims. He has been doing these three things consistently, and personally, I’m glad He has, praise God! What a relief to get rid of all these wanna-be gods and meet the Original. I rest my case.
Granted, it’s sometimes not easy to get through to Him. Life on Earth is a bit convoluted, to say the least. And those gods really mean business. They hate being ignored. God Almighty doesn’t fight dirty. He lets those gods have their way with us, but then He doesn’t leave us hanging either. In all His subtlety, He is also very direct and straight forward. He will kick butts if He has to, but He will not overstep His boundaries when it comes to our free will. Does this blow your mind? Welcome to God’s mysterious heart. Dive deep and explore. He is awesome, that is all can say, the rest you have to find out for yourself.