What does it mean to be “a god”?

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  1. Bryce, I guess those who have become “gods” stand out because they are so few – because this understanding is so esoteric. We all hope intuitively that the day will come when this is NOT so rare, that “All men should be prophets”.
    Another observation. This understanding removes the “magic” from our religion. I’ve been trying also – though less eloquently than you – to remove the magic from the mysteries. Removing the magic will almost always be met with resistance, perhaps because it puts the accountability in our hands – not the hands of the cosmos. it’s up to us to seek that harmony (the knowledge of God) and live in that harmony (become one with God).

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts. Yes, they are “few” who realize this godhood, or as Jesus said, “few there be that find it (Life).” I think understanding these things is esoteric because they cannot be expressed perfectly in words. In their fullness they can only be experienced. So anything we say about it is likely to fall far short, and even sound contradictory, paradoxical, and incredible. I do believe all people can be prophets/gods, but not all will do what it takes, to live in the way that reveals it. Ego gets in the way, traps us.

      I agree that in many ways this removes the “magic” from religion, at least in terms of much of the supernaturalism. In my view, God is not supernatural, but rather radically natural, and nothing breaks natural law. God is in perfect harmony with Nature. However, because we cannot know all things intellectually, and because there are limits to our thoughts, concepts, ideas, there is still ample room for things that surpass our intellect, that go beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend, and this then becomes the new “magic.” What’s perhaps even more remarkable is that at some point in the process of relinquishing ego, “we” aren’t doing it anymore. Grace is still manifest. The Mysteries remain mysterious to the intellectual mind.

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      1. Yes – God is radically natural. I love that. Of course – that is totally logical. And God is totally logical – or the Holy Spirit is totally logical. The only thing is, the underlying assumptions to our logic are flawed / incomplete, whereas the underlying assumptions to His logic are perfectly complete.

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      2. Yes, our logic and assumptions are all part of the human ego, the analytical mind, and are flawed and imperfect. But God is Perfect, Whole, and Complete, nothing lacking, nothing wanting, at peace within itself. (Sometimes I use gender neutral pronouns for God, because I don’t think God is either male or female, but both and none (Gal. 3:28; 1 Cor. 11:11).)

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    1. I enjoyed reading your posts. The thought that kept coming to mind is this: as long as we think that God (Jesus/Christ) is separate from us, He will be. As long as we talk dualistically about them, we here and He there, the separation remains. We can only know God by becoming a god. We can only know Christ by becoming Christ. That is how we know the Divine.

      How do we become Christ? By surrendering ego, and loving. I like this quote by a 16th century Italian monk: “Lord, Thou art the love with which I love Thee.” By loving we may at some point come to realize that we do not truly love from our own selves (ego), but through and by God’s Love. And we know God by that Love in us (1 John 4).

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      1. Bryce, so, it is coming to me that, indeed, we cannot truly “know” God until we become Him. Now, I need to tell you a story. In 1997, I jogged most mornings. It was November in SLC, and I was jogging in the dark. I was also experimenting with prayer. Talking to God, really. One morning, after finishing my “prayer”, I saw a falling star. Likewise the next morning. Repeat the 3rd. On the fourth, as part of my prayer, I said, “So – this is pretty weird – are you trying to get my attention”. Boom – a falling star. But wait – it gets better. On day 5, I said, “OK – you’ve got my attention. If you show me a falling star right now, I PROMISE I will “Seek to know you”. Immediately, a falling star went shooting across the Wasatch Mtns. I stopped in my tracks, knowing that my life had changed forever. I had made a promise to God, and He said, “Game on”. I know this all sounds pretty fantastic, and I have no idea how the mechanics of all this might have worked. I’m also quite aware that November is often the time of the Leonids meteor showers – but still, 5 DAYS IN A ROW – at the exact time? Pretty hard to dismiss. So, the point is – for the past 21 years I have continued seeking to know Him. I have confirmed this covenant – this desire – repeatedly in prayer. It keeps evolving, and progressing, as I keep learning. So, how can I truly KNOW God? By BECOMING the love that He is. And Yes – I saw that quote about “Thou art the love with which I love thee”. I saw that you posted it last week, and I love it. Most people just aren’t ready to accept this yet, though. It’s too New Age, with not enough magic. Although, somehow, I was a first-hand, intimate witness, to that magical sequence of events that triggered this walk in life. My efforts are to explain this “magic” that we all cling to in words that are meaningful to me – and hopefully to everyone. First to understand, and then to share. I call this effort, “Love”. 🙂

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      2. Yes, and “become” is also a tricky word. I think we already are Christ, this already is our Divine nature, we *are* Love, but it has simply been covered over by our ego, obscured. We’ve been blinded by our own “self” as to who/what we really are. Our ego “self” is the veil that hides our true nature as One in God. If we knew our Self, truly, I think we would be in awe at the glory, the profundity, the majesty of our Being. This is what we can know, when we transcend ego, the self, the “natural man.”

        This is the Good News of the gospel, the “magic” that all the mystics try to convey in words but which can only be known through direct personal experience.

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