by Owen K Waters
Beliefs change over time. Back in the day when the world was flat, life was much simpler.
Let’s face it, who could have imagined that the world would be anything but flat? If someone came up with the idea that the world was round, then obviously those on the underside of the world would be upside down and they’d fall off!
Back in those days, the population was much smaller. Farmhands and fishermen couldn’t read or write, but they could haggle over price at the street market and the merchants knew enough to be able to make the right change when presented with a large coin for a small purchase.
Today, government schooling produces kids who may not be able to make change, but they can read, write, and be trained to believe that their lives will be protected and governed from cradle to grave by kind and loving bureaucrats.
Back in the simple days when the earth was flat, priests and rulers decided what the people should be taught. Being a patriarchal world, God the Creator was presented as a father figure, human-like, yet all powerful. He was even given a human-like bad temper so that people would fear straying from under the priests’ control.
When a gathering of bishops came together in the year 325 AD to argue over what should be the unified philosophy of the new and expanding Christian church, they agreed to include the Trinity concept of the Creator, but with modifications. They wanted Jesus firmly established as the one and only son of God. After all, they had to. They were in competition with the same claim coming from a succession of Roman emperors.
To insert Jesus into the Creative Trinity, he’d have to take position number three as positions one and two would be, as in all religious philosophies, the male and female aspects of the Creator. But wait, the patriarchs didn’t want equal rights for a female, even if She is the Mother God, so She got bumped over into third place. That made room for Jesus right next to the Father.
Furthermore, that Mother aspect of God – the spirit of love that pervades the universe – was confusingly renamed as the Holy Spirit and then hardly ever mentioned just to make sure no one ever asked after Her.
That worked for many centuries while the majority of people were uneducated, unthinking laborer-types. Until now. The whole God the Father bias is open to question.
Will we shift to a Creator that is equal parts Father God and Mother God, or will we ditch the whole parental paradigm and move forward to a more realistic Universal Spirit?
After all, the Creator has to be larger than its creation, and the universe is beginning to look awfully big.
Or, we could even go beyond the beyond and wonder What Created the Creator?
Tell a friend…