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Cultural God

Who are the cultural Gods? Cultural Gods originate from particular cultures. They came to lead, protect, teach, educate and to help the people. Before I share the characteristics of the Cultural Gods here is a story about the God of my people.

Once upon a time the Abalama people lived in “Elem Abalama” meaning old Abalama. They were a very hard working and successful people. Because of their success the neighboring villages became jealous and raided the town whenever the men left on business trips. This went on for some time and every raid devastated the town; properties were stolen, women were raped and children were abducted which always left the town grieving and heart-broken. The people of Abalama prayed to their God to come to their aid and he did in a big way. The Lord  went after the raiders with vengeance. He would turn into a whirlwind whenever the raiders came and make it difficult for them to take anything out of the town or to commit any more atrocities. His actions were so effective that the raiders nicknamed the God Owuala meaning God of the Land. After that encounter the people of Abalama lived in peace until they moved to the new settlement and started worshipping foreign Gods. Remember this story as I address the characteristics of the cultural Gods.

Characteristics of Cultural Gods

1.      Chosen People: Cultural Gods have chosen people. The Tanakh recounts instances in which the Israelites were the chosen people of the God

2.      Take Sides in Human Conflicts: Cultural Gods take the side of their chosen people in human conflicts. The Tanakh recounts instances in which the God took the side of his chosen people.

3.      Commitment: Cultural Gods require commitment from their chosen people: Usually the chosen people promise to do or not to do certain things in exchange for the blessings of the God. These agreements are known as covenants in the Tanakh.

4.      Sacred Texts: Cultural Gods have sacred texts that contain the experiences as well as words of the God.  For example the Bhagavad Gita has the words of Lord Krishna. The Tanakh has the commandments, decrees and pronouncements of Lord Yahweh

5.      Creation: Cultural Gods claim to have created the universe. Lord Yahweh created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. Many cultures also have creation stories so I reject the notion that the Universe was created by a cultural God.

Famous Cultural Gods

The following are some of the famous cultural Gods:  Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus, Lord Yahweh and Lord Allah. However Allah and Buddha are special cases.

Allah as a Cultural God
Allah is an Arabic word that translates into GOD and gives the impression that devotees worship the Almighty GOD but this is not entirely correct because Islam has a sacred text which is regarded as the word of GOD. By definition the Almighty GOD has no sacred text; instead the Universe is the sacred text.
Thus the sacred text can only be the text of a cultural God and not the GOD of the Universe because no text can contain the words of the GOD of the universe!

Buddha as a Cultural God:
Buddha is the founder of Buddhism. He is noted for advising his disciples to work out their salvation and never claimed to be a God.  I have included him as one of the cultural Gods because some of his devotees worship him as God.

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