Today, someone on facebook posted a lovely photograph with a sweet refrain that ended with “all gods are one god.” Now, I like this person and the picture was charming, but really, I am tired of reading that “all gods are one god.” They are not.
How can you conflate, for example, Gaia with Lucifer or Pele with Hel or Ogun with Jesus? I’m not judging any of the divine beings, and I do not want to discuss whether one is better than another one. I am stating, for the record, stop trying to make my god the same as yours. Stop merging the deities in the name of harmony. Stop trying to tell me that Odin and Brahman are really the same as the Christian Father God. Truly, even if there are similarities, they are not the same thing. (And no, I’m not talking about historically provable times when different names were used for the same divine being.) How can we compare Yahweh, the god of the Old Testament who demanded that the Hebrews decimate their enemies, killing them to the last person, with Kwan Yin, bodhisattva of compassion who chose not to enter Nirvana until every person on Earth would be released from suffering?
Frankly, if the gods were cookies, no one would say that Oreos were the same as Tollhouse. Sure, they are both cookies, and tasty ones at that, and they might have some of the same ingredients, but that’s about all they have in common. No one who has tasted both types of cookies would ever confuse them.
I understand the desire for peace and good will — we do need a lot more of that on this planet. However, peace and good will cannot be achieved by making each of us fit into the same mold. Rather than trying to get rid of differences, let’s learn how to accept each other’s differences. If we truly want harmony, peace and good will, we need to learn to acknowledge that people have the right to choose their own god or to choose to have no god. Let’s recognize and appreciate the awesome diversity of beings that exist on this planet and stop trying to force them to be alike.