Every religion has a way to worship. Some worship God through their music and some abstain from using any musical instruments. Some prefer to worship on Saturday, the Sabbath, and some on Sunday, the first day of the week.
Church attendance is reported to have declined; yet for the few faithful who still attend every week are reporting little to no change in their lives. What is it people are seeking? Each religion has an idea of God, perceived or conceived by their founders and predecessors; yet, the services and worship have become, for lack of a better word, somewhat stale.
In the age of technology where we have become more connected, it seems we have become even more disconnected from the source of life. For every group that exists, there is a god that meets with them. The idea of worshipping a God you cannot see seems antiquated for many people. This idea of faith seems foolish to the elite and sophisticated crowd.
God, in Judaea Christianity means Deity, representing the creator and supreme being.
Regardless of one’s religious or non-religious beliefs; there is a god somewhere. There is an object of their worship, love and affection. It could be another person, their house, their car, their business or money; the list is endless. Anything and anyone can be a god.
There are many gods in the earth and many worshippers of them. The more connected the world becomes, the more we see other gods appearing. How can we know which god is the real God, or is there such a thing as the “Real God?” If there is a “Real God” where is He, and what is He doing?
If you grew up in the bible belt like I did, whether you wanted it or nor; you were confronted with religion. Have you ever heard the phrase “Do you have good religion?” Well, we did not get religion, religion got us. It got us in our way of thinking, which manifested in our way of living. I grew up thinking I had to be good enough for God to love me. I had to be perfect and make perfect grades to be accepted by Him.
Our attitude toward God is based on how He was introduced to us. My religious beliefs were highly influenced by my mother and grandmother. I saw God through their eyes.
I remember hearing Tony Robbins share this story about his wife, Sage. Tony tells the story of them going out on a date and Sage, not being a vegan, wanted a hamburger. She realized that the burger she was eating was not her hamburger but her mother’s hamburger. Sometimes we are living off someone else’s hamburger.
Did your parents force you to go to church? Many parents think if they force church the child will stay there. Forced religion is like a forced relationship, neither will work. You end up resenting everything about that person or place. What I loved most about going to church was getting dressed up, visiting my friends, and taking a good nap. To this day, I really cannot recall what the pastor preached or what was in the Sunday school book. This was a god that really did not seem to care what we did in church, as long we were there. I loved my family, but their god was far too confusing.
How about your god? What ideas and images do you have in your mind? What were your experiences that developed your belief system(s)? When I hear people say they are angry with God; I wonder to which one they are referring.
In an environment of political crisis and unrest all over the world, we find people are doing what has always been done; they are looking for answers. Who will be the next Guru, the Prophet, Preacher or Coach who will bring us into our Canaan? Who will show us the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Is there an answer or are we the hamster on the wheel, going nowhere fast?
Have we become like the Disciples of Jesus who fished all night long and caught nothing? They were toiling and working, but seeing no results. It was not until Jesus told them to let down their net on the other side that things changed. They caught so many fish until their nets began to break. They had to call for backup from another boat.
Did you notice how their net worth and network were increased when they included Jesus? Although these guys could not see it, the answer was right in front of them. I sometimes wonder, had a woman been on board the boat in the first place; not only would the fish be caught and cleaned; by the time Jesus saw them out there it would have been fried.
I like the movie “The Secret” however, it was not a real secret. The movie raised awareness and created a place in history for us to reboot our thinking, but the answers we needed were written thousands of years ago. They were hidden in plain sight, right there within our reach.
Before I share who, God is, allow me to share with you who He is not.
God is not church or doctrine. God is not your pastor or the pulpit. God is not a theory or an idea of faith. God is not a cruel judge waiting to destroy you for your next sinful act. He is not Sunday morning religion nor is He absent from your life.
When you ask most Christians who God is, the most popular answer is “The creator of Heaven and Earth.” God is Love, the source of all life. God is the answer to every problem; He is the solution master.
In my research, there is just as much confusion as to whether God is a title or an attribute for a Deity. For people of faith, the word “God” identifies the source of all life. He is the one who formed the worlds and created humanity. God also represents the object of your worship, love and affection.
When in a relationship, there are many names by which you may use to show love and affection. You spend time with them and there are names you use to describe how they make you feel and how you feel about them. God is called by many names.
Being neither male nor female God is:
- El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
- El Elyon (The Most High God)
- Adonai (Lord, Master)
- Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
- Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
- Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
- Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
- Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
- Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
- Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
- El Olam (The Everlasting God)
- Elohim (God)
- Qanna (Jealous)
- Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
- Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
- Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
This is not a complete list; however, it does give you an idea of what we mean. God has many names, and many attributes and no one has a patent on how those names are manifested in the lives of people.
Bible History reveals other gods or idols as objects of worship. The people of ancient Egypt worshipped many gods. They had never seen or heard of any other god but their own.
Even though these idols were useless to take care of the needs of the people; they were the object of their praise and adoration. They were lifeless and loveless.
In those days, men had gotten so far from the Creator, they decided they had to pour love and affection into something, even if that “something” could not reciprocate. This reminds me of the new craze for sexual robots. An object of love that has no way of ever reciprocating.
These ancients spent time sacrificing to their gods who could not hear them. They danced before gods that could not see, and worshipped gods that could not receive their worship. When Moses was called to go back to Egypt to deliver God’s people, he trembled. For the first time, he was hearing the voice of the Creator. He was conversing with the One who started it all and was awed in His presence.
When Moses received the word to go back to Egypt, he asked the question “Whom shall I say sent me?” The voice from the burning bush spoke, “Tell them that I AM-that I AM has sent you.” I AM is understood to mean I BE. I exist as the living God! I AM the God who walks among men. I AM the God who speaks and hears. I am the ONE who can love you back.
The search for God is a search for significance and identity. It is our path by which we discover our reason for being alive. Without this, we feel disconnected from the rest of the world. We have no meaning without this innate desire to know who is behind every created thing.
Are you still searching? Are you looking for significance and meaning? Your worth is so much more than robots and machines. Your worth is matchless. You stand as one who has no competitor for you are fearfully and wonderfully made. There is no one like you.
The Search For God is the search for yourself and all of the beauty you are.