The biblical character Jesus was reported to have said, “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” Thus, he immediately refuted the notion of a separate God.
Now, given the way things go on this lovely rock, a number of folks came along later, professing nominal resonance with Jesus Christ — even calling themselves “Christians” — who nevertheless persisted in clinging to the infantile model of a parent deity.
Such attitudes are not unusual in this realm, even today. Folks across the spectrum often behave like emotional infants in their relationship to life, regardless of their chronological age. Conversely, in some fundamentalist theistic religions, claiming the thrilling recognition “I am God” has gotten people put to death . . . yikes!
I remember trying to find a place to sleep in some town between Bali and Yogyakarta in Indonesia one night in the summer of ’81, and apparently my efforts coincided with a Muslim Holy Time. Thousands of very excited people were running through the streets with torches, screaming out some kind of repetitive slogan.
I inquired of my guide about the meaning, and he said, “They’re shouting ‘There is only God!’” The ecstatic enthusiasm they exhibited for such a pertinent and succinct observation seemed quite remarkable to me, as did the hostel we finally settled at, having been assured by the guide that it was “the last vacancy left in town”, but that’s another story.
At any rate, he noted that westerners should be indoors during this time,since it would be dangerous for them to be seen.
“Why” I asked, “if there is only God?”
He replied, “It’s not the same God.”