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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.
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
of Cultural Gods
Chosen People: Cultural Gods have chosen people. The Tanakh
recounts instances in which the Israelites were the chosen people of the
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.
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.
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
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.
following are some of the famous cultural Gods:
Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord
Jesus, Lord Yahweh and Lord Allah. However Allah and Buddha are
as a Cultural God
as a Cultural God:
Sometimes the truth hurts because it deflates our ego. On the other hand the truth also sets us free and in that freedom we can love without conditions.
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