God’s Nature & Human Character

God’s Nature
and
Human Character


God is.
Simply.
Universally.
Forever.

Timeless and ageless.

Good.
Just.
Merciful.
Compassionate.

Perfect and perfectly loving.

Or so many believe.
Others think
that there have been
changes.

God with modifications.

They see
increased wisdom,
understanding,
and compassion;

God 2.0: new and improved.

The violence
has been eliminated,
the jealous rages
are over once and for all.

God after Anger Management.

Has our Creator
cleaned up His act;
settled down,
and settled in?

Does God still have some flaws?

Has the Eternal Mind
changed —
or our human
self-perception?

Do we make God in our own image,

or is this refined
and polished Designer
a reflection of
the way we wish we were?

Hidden, behind our own egos,

we may be more polite,
sophisticated, and civilized,
or maybe just
slyer than before …

Better able to hide the truth.

Wishing
death upon our enemies
isn’t socially acceptable
anymore

at least not in public.

But in our heart
of hearts,
there is still rage,
frustration and fear;

those impulses still exist:

the very same desires,
attitudes and conduct
we’ve purged from
the divine nature.

God, domesticated.

Then we must seek
the cause,
and one who understands
our hidden ugliness.

Satan, of course.

Ascribing to
the dark side
our own
repressed impulses,

we have someone else to blame.

The strength
of those desires;
ignored, denied,
pushed down, compacted …

the pressure builds.

One day
there is an explosion,
an eruption
of anger, hatred, violence:

The devil made me do it.

But what if
everything —
all that is —
is within God:

the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What if
it isn’t a question
of whether —
but of how and how much?

Then all that is, is truly holy.

If vengeance
is justice
unchecked
and merciless;

if jealousy
is love
devoid of trust
and soiled with greed;

if violence
is the Will to Act,
twisted
by rage and envy;

if hatred
is passion
poisoned
by fear;

if contempt
is compassion
turned
inside out;

then all that is, is truly holy.

There is no need
for God to change,
the Divine
is perfect, good, and true.

What needs to change — is us.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© January 16, 2010

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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