Whether or not we accept God’s Name, all of us share it. So why does it feel so awkward to say “My Father” in public?
“Every Being In The Universe” – KPAX, 2001
What does it mean to accept God’s Name? Many faiths tell us the Name is ours by birthright. Why then does it seem odd to assert direct lineage to God—and much more proper to honor our human fathers?
“Because you offend those who don’t believe what you believe,” the human world explains. I see. So it’s better to please other humans and cast aside my real Father? By itself, belief in a creator is not “religion.” What’s more, a great many people view themselves as a “child of God.” But just imagine telling someone in the grocery store what your Father in heaven said to you last night. Once in a while I do this. My hope is that when I accept God’s Name as a normal, everyday thing for myself, so might others. Someone asked us to do this a while back. And he didn’t seem particularly concerned about offending people:
“Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”
Accept God’s Name—then watch what happens next.
Wonderful, miraculous things occurred when I embraced my true nature: I am one of God’s many sons and daughters. After that my world gradually changed. It lost its power to worry and frighten me. In its place, my true Father began to lovingly teach me. He did not, however, train me for business success, or how to be adored by others. Instead, God taught me how to feel happy, content, and FREE. For most of my life the human world had provided very little reason to feel that way. But when I accepted God’s Name and became my Father’s son, I knew that I was in the right hands.
For many who dutifully practice earthly wisdom, very little occurs that seems joyous or miraculous. To remedy the doldrums, taking our rightful place in God’s family is an essential first step. Next, we must remember to chat with Dad regularly. To share everything, including all of that embarrassing gook we’d never dare to tell anyone and can barely admit to ourselves. Whether or not we get answers from Upstairs, just knowing that our Father in heaven hears us will heal most of our troubles.
After a while, you’ll hear God. I can promise you this. Prepare to admit that most of what you were taught is false. Some teachings are toxic to life, love, and happiness.
My parents, teachers, my church… they all taught me wrongly?
Terribly so. Though they mean well, many Christian faiths lead us to divide God’s family; to judge others’ faith, sexual preferences, etc., then separate them according to how much they please or disturb us. Worse, the media coaxes us into original sin: to judge good and evil all by ourselves. In the end it seems that some parts of creation are God’s work, and some parts are not. Our “adult responsibility,” therefore, is to correctly identify good people and bad people. I confess that I do not have this skill, nor do I want it. Neither did Jesus.
“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher…and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.”
Accept God’s Name and live judgment-free.
Among the bad habits I dropped, judgment was, and still is, the toughest demon to beat. When I accepted God’s Name and rejoined my true Family, I was taught in a way that was just right for me. Father’s main message was: “Love first and ask questions later.” Now, after six years, I’m still working at it. But with my Father in charge of knowing what’s good for me and what isn’t, I feel safe. More, living without judgment brings true freedom. I just focus on my gifts. This is the life God intended all of us to live.
It is widely held that the Son of God, whom Christians call “divine,” presents to the world the image and Name of the Father. In case you wonder what that means, it’s not hard. Christ is born in the image of God. Jesus is also fully human. Thus, in naming us as his brothers and sisters, the eldest Son restores our divinity, which got lost somewhere along the road that led from Eden to…here. Sadly, I’ve yet to hear the term “divine” applied to a human being other than Christ and certain emperors. But in our Father’s eyes we are, you are, absolutely divine.
Mom and Dad = Your Sister and Brother
Christ states that each of us is a direct son or daughter of God. In the Gospels, for example, notice how Jesus honors no human father and mother. He addresses Mary as “woman,” and never mentions Joseph. Does Jesus break the Fifth Commandment? No. Jesus instead reveals that this well-known passage concerns our heavenly (nonhuman) parents:
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Whoever does not love his Father and his Mother in my way, shall not be able to become a Disciple to me. For my mother bore my body, yet my True Mother gave me the life.
Thus it is clear that Jesus accepted his divine role as God’s child. In that regard we are no different from our big brother. We share the same Father, and Mother spirit. And each of us is intended to live a divine life, just like our brother showed us.
— Andrew Michael