The Making of God

(a short story)

 

            Once upon a time there was nothing but a Spirit - a Spirit of love and truth - and this Spirit interacted with itself saying, “We are one in the same though We are two distinct manifestations of the same, for love is the revelation of truth to those bound by falsehood, and truth is loving those bound by falsehood enough to lay down one’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness to ensure that they have the opportunity to receive truth should they themselves desire to receive it.  And the Truth became Light and separated Itself from darkness.  And Love became Warmth and separated Itself from the cold.  So, there was light and warmth and darkness and coldness, and the Spirit said that is as it should be.

            The Spirit of truth and love - of light and warmth - desired to light and to warm all that there was, but there was nothing but light and warmth and darkness and coldness. The Spirit knew that It could no more warm the coldness nor light the darkness than dryness could overcome wetness without destroying them both, for if a thing is neither wet nor dry, then it is damp or moist or soggy.  A perpetual sogginess and eternal grayness and a never-ending lukewarmness did not seem as if it were conducive to the Spirit of truth and love, so It laid forth a creation - a creation containing all the elements: light, dark, heat, cold, water, and dry ground, and It set forth to love this creation by giving it… It’s Spirit.

            It gave this creation a freewill and the freedom to choose either light or dark, warmth or cold, and dry or wet, and It then set this creation into motion to see how it would choose.  As part of this creation chose light, some other part of it would come between this part and the Source of the light that it had chosen, casting a shadow on it as it did so.  This light-loving part would then have to adjust... or choose to stay in the shadow of that which had come between it and the Source of the light.

            Similarly, some parts of the Spirit’s creation would choose warmth.  Other parts of it would come to stand between these warmth-loving parts and the Source of that warmth, causing them to have to choose to adjust or... to choose to remain in the cold and shadows that they had created.  Some of the creation would climb out onto dry ground and bask in the light and the warmth of the Source of these qualities, only to have some other part of the creation splash it with water.  It would then either have to move further away from the source of the cold, wet water or choose to remain... soggy.

            Creation abounded with choices... and the consequences of those choices.  It became clear that some parts of the creation loved the light and the warmth and the feel of dry ground.  It seemed that other parts of this creation loved to stand in the way of these parts that loved the light and the warmth and the feel of dry ground.  Therefore, the lovers of light and warmth and dry ground were constantly having to adjust, to grow, to evolve, or... suffer the consequences of not doing so.

            Had the Creator not set His creation into motion, but had allowed it to remain static, this war would not have developed, for there would not be this constant competition between the lovers of light and warmth and those that wished to steal light and warmth and cast cold shadows of darkness over their “victims”.  All would be perfect in a static creation, for the lovers of light and warmth could remain forever in the light and warmth that they loved so much without ever having to worry about something coming between them... and the Source of that which they loved.

            But... the freedom to be in the light without the freewill to choose to be in the light is no freedom at all, for such an arrangement is beneficial only to those who just happen, by chance, to be where they would choose to be if they had the chance to choose.  To all others, such a static creation is... a prison.  God, the Creator, the Spirit of light and warmth, is no warden.  He keeps no prisoners.  Without the chance to be in the cold and darkness, there is no choice to be in the warm light of His Spirit of truth and love.

            So the Spirit of truth and love, giving His Spirit to His creation that  it might know the light and feel the warmth of His love, also gave to His creation the ability to sense truth - to know when it was not in the brilliance of His light and the warmth of His glow.  He knew that this would be the only way that He could warm the cold and light the darkness without creating a prison whereby all His subjects were forced into a sphere surrounding Him from equal distance and enduring an eternity of unadulterated exposure to the brilliance of His light and warmth.

            This sphere - this perfectly round and flawless sphere oof subjects, evenly distributed around the Spirit who created them, becomes an inferno - a furnace - an eternal hell where all are the same, all have the same perspective, and there is no individuality whatsoever.  All can see the Spirit, but none can approach Him, and none can withdraw from Him.  All have the exact same vantage point.  All receive the same amount of light and warmth, and variety is the forbidden fruit of creation.

            Creation, were it so, would be hell, and the Spirit of truth and love knew so.  So He exploded creation in a... “Big Bang”, sending it hurling through the cosmos, colliding with itself, racing away from itself, or racing along beside itself.  Parts revolved around other parts, and some cast shadows on others.  Now, there was not only the freedom to be in the light and warmth of His Spirit, but also the freewill to choose to be in it.  And the Spirit said that all was as it should be.

            As the creation coalesced around its Creator, growing in It’s Spirit as it did, it became clear that some parts of creation had coalesced, not around the Creator, but around other parts of the creation that were themselves coalescing around as yet other parts of it.  These... “idolizing” parts of the creation received light and warmth from the Spirit of truth and love, but it was... reflected light and intermittent warmth.  It was the light they saw reflecting off of other parts of creation or warmth felt as they came out of and into the shadows cast by those other parts.

            These parts of creation drew other parts unto themselves saying, “Behold yonder light!  Feel its warmth!”  All the while they moved in directions counter to the Source of the light and warmth, and, as the creation coalesced further, more and more parts of it were drawn into such relationships from the outer reaches and the dark recesses of itself.  Creation was warmed and lighted by the Spirit of truth and love, even if such lighting and warming were second or third hand in nature.

            Creation danced in circles around circles around circles, and these circles all centered around one thing - the Creator Himself - the Spirit of truth and love.  Yet... none of the circles around circles around circles were aware of this, for each of those who danced in circles thought that its circle was the center of all - was the center of all creation and... the center of its Spirit as well.

            As the centuries passed into millennia, and the circles around circles around circles continued their dances, some parts of this creation began to actually observe what was going on.  These parts took measurements, recorded observations, and, eventually, were able to make fairly accurate predictions about what would happen in the future, but... over the centuries and over the millennia, this too began to dance in circles around circles and began to revolve around themselves.

            The centuries whiled on.  The millennia began to run together, and some of those caught up in the dances around circles around circles around circles grew dizzy of dancing.  They began leaving their circles only to get caught up in other circles around circles around circles.  The dancing continued on, all the while the creation grew warmer and brighter as the circles around circles around circles all circled around… the Spirit of truth and love.  The Spirit smiled and said, “It is as it should be,” for It knew that eventually one of those who grew dizzy of dancing in circles around circles around circles would look up and notice that all the circles around circles around circles revolved around It - the Spirit of truth and love.

            The Spirit of love and truth knew that this one who saw that the circles around circles around circles all circled around It would get the attention of those around it and say, “Hey!  Look!  All the circles around circles around circles circle around one point - around one thing - around one... Spirit,” and that their eyes would then see the Source of the light and the warmth that lit all there was and warmed all that was lit.  The Spirit knew, because It shared It’s Spirit with creation, that these newly enlightened parts of creation would go forth, sharing the news of this revelation with other parts of creation as they went.

            It knew that, in each of these circles around circles around circles, there were some who were dizzy of dancing, and that some of these parts that were going forth to bear witness of the revelation that they had had of the Spirit would go back to their old circles of fellowship and share with them this... news - this Good News about the Spirit of truth and love.  The Spirit knew that these dizzy dancers would likewise go forth from their circles around circles around circles sharing this Good News with other dizzy dancers as they went, and that this would continue on until the Good News of the Spirit - the Source of truth and love - was spread to each and every circle around circles around circles, and the Spirit of truth and love said that all was as it should be.

            But there were skeptics in the circles around circles around circles who said, “But, this is not how we’ve been doing it!  This... is not in our tradition,” and they continued in their dancing around in circles around circles.  They continued to draw fledgling dancers into their fellowships, fledgling dancers continued to grow dizzy of their dancing, and the Good News of the Spirit of truth and love continued to be spread among the dizzy dancers and, by the dizzy dancers, and for the dizzy dancers.  And the Spirit of truth and love said, “All is as it should be, for I am lighting and warming all there is even as all there is is choosing to be lighted and warmed by Me.”

            As the dizzy dancers fled the fellowship of the circles around circles around circles to search for and fellowship with the Source of the light and the warmth - the Source of the truth and the love - the centers of the circles around which they once danced began to condemn them.  In order to keep more of the dizzy dancers from fleeing their fellowships, these circles began to take a consensus of those in their circles to see what it would take to keep them... happily dancing on and blissfully going on in circles around the center of their fellowship.  Thus agenda was born and the created began fashioning God in their image and according to their fancy.

            The circle was now complete.  The created became the creator, “creating” their Creator (if but only in their minds).  It was now time to walk among them Himself - to teach the dizzy dancers the Way, and to the send them on their way unaffected by agenda or the consensus of the circles around circles around circles.  Yet the circles around circles around circles were hard to stop.  Their momentum carried forward and continued to bring in cold and weary strangers from afar, for they did bear the light and the warmth of the Spirit of truth and love, even if they weren’t the Source of it.

            The Spirit of truth and love said to Its disciples, “Worry not.  Go forth and do as you know to do - as you’ve been convicted in your heart of hearts to do.  Continue to look to Me and continue also to point to Me as you so look by remaining obedient to the Spirit of truth and love.  I have shown you the Way.  Follow it.  Reveal truth to those bound by falsehood (show the Source of all light to those cast in shadows).  Love those bound by falsehood enough that you would lay down your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness to ensure that they have the opportunity to receive truth should they themselves desire to receive it (share the warmth of My love with them).”

            The Spirit went on to say, “Remember as well that creation is dynamic.  There shall be times when even those who know of My light and warmth will fall into the shadow cast by another.  Rest in the peace of knowing the Way.  Follow it and rise above that which casts shadows upon you.  Be humble and know that you do not do this of your own power, but because of the Way that I have given to you.  The tree grows tall, not of its own accord, but because of the sun that coaxes it to do so.  You are no different.  Were I not the light and warmth of creation, you’d not even have shadows to rise above.  Share this truth with those who are dizzy of dancing and weary of coming into and out of the shadows found within the circles around circles around circles.

            “But be mindful of this: the dizzy dancers and, indeed, all who cease their dancing to receive My truth and My love must do what they do - they must choose what they choose - on their own accord - due to a conviction within their own heart of hearts.  To do otherwise is merely to engage in yet another circle of dancers.  While My disciples can point the way to those who dance or who have grown weary of dancing, the Way is personal, intimate, and can only be seen by receiving My truth and My love - My light and My warmth.  You, My disciples, are but a reflection of Me.  Shine bright and true, but do not be deceived.  Do not seek to glorify yourselves, for you have no light apart from Me.  Be humble and give glory to Him to whom it is due that you yourselves may bask in His glory as it is reflected in you.

            “Live, love, work, and be thankful.  Do not take on the entirety of creation’s salvation.  That... is My job!  Do your part by being obedient - by being a clear and true reflection of Me.  Do this, and I will save My creation through you, the created.  Take the moments as I give them to you.  Do not miss the opportunity to help your neighbor because your mind is stuck in some grand scheme to save the thousands - no - the millions of lost souls in some exotic locale.  Start your ministry within your own heart.  Let Me work through you and through that.

            “Remember that I can only work through surrendered hearts.  Though many are warmed and given light by that which is reflected off you, should you intentionally draw others to yourself rather than to lead them to Me, the light that they receive will be diminished as they fall into the shadow that you cast upon them as you come between Me and them.  Cast no shadow.  Be luminous, but be also translucent that others may see My light through you.  I am God, Creator of all there is.  I am the Spirit of truth and love.  I am the Source of all light and the Emitter of all warmth.  Behold Me as I am!  Make Me nothing, but allow Me... to make of you all that your hearts desire.  Look to Me.  See the light.  Feel the warmth.  Know the truth and be... loved, for I... am God.  I am... the Spirit of truth and love, and you are My creation.

 

The End

August 2006

 

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