What if we have the idea of God all wrong? What if our very labeling of the term God has limited our perception and understanding of the immensity of this subject or object? Should we call this object everything? How about ALL? Whatever word we use our minds will still be limited by the potential.
Christianity, through Biblical interpretation, teaches us that God is in the sky, above us. God is separated from us by miles of sky and possibly space. But why and how could a being outside and above our four dimensions of space and time be so far from us unless we accept Jesus into our lives? Why is God there and not here?
I purpose a different idea. I propose we more than have our definitions wrong about God, we have our understanding about God’s place in our lives incorrect. I am beginning to believe that that the thing we call consciousness is like an enormous tree, from which we each, like a branch, are connected to each other and all things. We are each, and every time, quantum aspect of us, connected and interconnected to each other. Consciousness is our small and possibly evolved or developed ability to tap into this connection and be a aware of the immensity of it all.
I believe God isn’t out there, it is inside of us. The Vedic Hindus put it tat tvam asi, thou art that! When you bow to someone you bow in that culture you were bowing to the God-piece inside them. In a mystical sense you bowed to everything and all. God, in this sense, is not in the clouds but makes up a part of our very fabric of being.
In the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Jesus states it this way:
"If those who lead you say to you, ‘look, the Kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds will get there first. If they say ‘it’s in the ocean,’ then the fish will get there first. But the Kingdom of God is within you and outside of you. Once you come to know yourselves, you will become known. And you will know that it is you who are the children of the living father."
When Moses spoke with God and was told to tell his people of their God, Moses asked for a name. God said “tell them I AM”. As Rob Bell taught in his Everything is Spiritual series, I AM was understood by some Rabbis as Pure Being. God is above and beyond any and all boxes we might have. God is Pure Being.
How would we treat our lives if we were consciously aware of I Am, of Pure Being racing through our very atoms?