The Napkin Writer
First of, it sounds to me as if a bunch of questions are being asked, more so than answered.
Why can't we I darsay directly call ourselves Gods? Why do we deny this, our own kind our own highest regard and many of these attributes?
The use of the word “Gods,” that is God with an “s” at the end could very well be referring to the first Commandment from the book of Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no others gods before me.” The word gods appears in this thread, also using an “s” at the end. To me it means one or two things; that there are, or were at one time or another, some lower forms of god-like beings; or God is speaking of “any god or gods” we may conceive in our minds, our literature, our hearts, or anything else. I have heard in many cases where some regard the mother Mary as the Devine one. So to me all those who may be so in cline to do so, just may be breaking Gods’ first Commandment! Wouldn’t believing such a thing make them atheist also, or would these people be exempt, because she is Jesus earthly mother?
I sometimes have a feeling that many of the Gods (with "Gods" I refer to Goddesses too) we read about, write about and talk about are really exaggerations and personifications that indirectly refer to our own wills and our own selves-- in various artful shapes the matter of us, that we created to create ourselves more, and sometimes fill in a blank space.
In other words, I see Essorant as saying, that we as mankind, in our quest to give a tangible substance to that which we do not see, and can barely explain, “God,” as an easier, recognizable, image!
We can get a pretty clear description of what Jesus looks like from the Bible, but nowhere in the Bible is a hint of Gods’ likeness, or any human “facial” likeness. Exodus 33:20 But He said, (speaking to Moses), “You cannot see my face; for no man shall see me and live.” In 33:22 God tells Moses that he is covering him with His hand as His Glory passes by. In 33:23 God tells Moses that once He takes away his hand, he will be able to see His back. So Moses did see God, but he never saw His face! It never says what Gods back looks like either. It could have been the back of a horse, a cow or a sheep, for all we know! Many, myself included, would love to think that God looks exactly like us, like men, but we don’t know that, so we as mankind, (and womenkind too), as writers, filmmakers, illustrators, or whomever, we cast this image of what we may believe God to look like, whether we do so openly or privately.
As when she says;
“Indirectly refer to our own wills and our own selves “
Like in the movie “Oh God,” where George Burns plays God, and in the back of your mind, you have this little picture of George Burns running around Heaven with this fat cigar in his mouth cracking jokes on people as he is sending to hell. But most of the time you see a movies’ portrayal of God as some form of celestial blob, at other times you will only heard a thundering voice, with all this rumbling in the background, and at other instances you will only see a bright casting of a light.
To me, this is not natural but rather supernatural. We should not dismiss the very possibility that we are the most sophisticated, powerful and concious beings of the universe. But rather I believe we should hold it more closely in our hearts and esteem. Look upon what we do, you might know from my previous post I don't think we're perfect, I don't think we ever can be or ever be all-knowing, and we are not we are not always better than the way we were and thought.
For one she speaks in terms of possibilities, and the thing that we should hold in our hearts is the fact that god made us in his image, and not in the image of frogs, goats, and monkeys, although if you believe some scientist, God looks like a monkey. She goes on to say that we are not “perfect”, that we are not “all-knowing” and that we are not, regardless to what we may believe, “better off today as far as our images are concerned, than we were, say four thousand years ago, when we were making idols.
On of the biggest issues in our country today is the “cloning of humanity.” I was watching the news this morning, and these scientists have taken out part the brain of a chicken’s embryo and replaced it with the identical section from a quail. Now the baby chicken is running around acting like, a quail! He has even taken on the likeness of a quail in color and spotting. Now if this isn’t playing God, then what is? We do try to act like we are gods, with all of our little petty creations and inventions, trying our best to elongate life, curve the balance of time, destroy the “nature” of this world and still live like we are not destroying the earth, and are going to live here forever, regardless to what God said our destiny is to be.
But I truly believe we ourselves and all creatures are divine, and that no matter how outlandish it may seem against so many beliefs, even aganst many of my own, there may exist no perfect Gods but we may be the closest shapes to these, and the very Gods that we indirectly refer to in our literatures and religion.
In here she is not just talking about man, but all living things being Devine, and that no matter what image or idol we may create, we our in Gods image.
I really had to work at this and read a lot in between the lines, to come to this conclusion. I really put my faith in some of the things you said in earlier threads, and decided for myself that you are not an atheist. But, the passage as a whole, can be confusing and misleading.