Did we invent Him or did He create us?
“Magnified be Thy name, O Lord my God! Thou art He Whom all things worship and Who worshipeth no one, Who is the Lord of all things and is the vassal of none, Who knoweth all things and is known of none. Thou didst wish to make Thyself known unto men; therefore, Thou didst, through a word of Thy mouth, bring creation into being and fashion the universe.”
And who can blame them for questioning? Is God a Zeus-like figure sitting on a thrown, glaring down in judgement of us all? Or is He an impersonal force that created the universe and then left it, and us, to fend for ourselves?
Each religion has its own take on these very serious and very fundamental questions. Their answers color the world we live in. These answers weave a rich and complicated tapestry, the development of which can be traced through history. But are these beliefs stitched together over time by people trying to explain the crazy world we live in, or are they revelation, set in stone and sent down by God to education us?
The former has its roots in myth, the later in religion. One tries to explain life in story form, the other in the canons and rituals or religion. One is fluid and personal, the other is relatively static and unchanging. The myths of the world would have us believe in a reality in which each individual has a place and a purpose. The religions would have believe in a world