My 250 words' worth

A Bug on its Back

This is my favorite line in the Old Testament:

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.

How human. How very, very human.

Human? But this is God. Or is it?

Despite the assertion in Genesis that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them," it is just as likely that man created God in his own image.

Like the gods on Olympus, the God of the Old Testament is a very flawed, very human being, just like us but writ large.

Consider this:

You walk into your kitchen and find a bug on its back, frantically waving its legs in the air.

Supposing the bug is sentient, he may be praying to the bug god to flip him over.

You flip him over.

From his point of view, it is a prayer answered, a miracle. From yours, it is almost meaningless. And yet your random act of kindness has made you a god.

The bug cannot see you as you are (any more than a cell in your body can), so he sees you as an all-powerful bug.

Likewise, you can't visualize God as he/she/it really is, so you visualize an all-powerful human.

Does that mean that God doesn't exist?

The short answer is yes and no.

The long answer comes from Voltaire: "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."

Bill Sternman (1935)

Tags: Eden, Genesis, God, Voltaire, bug, kindness, miracle, prayer, unjiverse, unknown

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