Lucretia Garfield. Library Of Congres

The identity of God

We may live inside a virtual reality created by an advanced humanoid civilisation for the personal entertainment of an individual who is God to us. God could be like us in many ways and use an avatar to appear as an ordinary human in this world. The entertainment thus could be playing roles in God’s imaginary world. And we may best understand God in this way. Hence, the deities and religions humans have made up tell us little about God. Still, Judaism stood at the cradle of Christianity and Islam, and that may not be a mere historical accident. And so, avatars of God may be present in the Bible.

Archaeological evidence does not corroborate the narrative in the Hebrew Bible from before the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Jesus has lived and preached even though there is a lot of uncertainty about what he did and what he preached. Scholars believe that Jesus was just one of the many end-time prophets of his time. According to the Gospel, Jesus had a close personal bond with God. We can infer this from writings that may reflect his own words. And so, Jesus may have known the avatar of God.

That may explain why Jesus stood at the cradle of Christianity, nowadays a global religion with more than two billion followers. That is a remarkable turn of history. The message of Christianity is that God loved the world so much that God sent Jesus to sacrifice himself for our sins. And this can save us from hell if we accept him as our saviour. That begs for an explanation. Six centuries later, in an astounding turn of history, a small band of Arab warriors created an empire stretching from the Atlantic to India, spreading Islam. Nowadays, Islam has close to two billion followers. And God allegedly promised Abraham that all peoples on Earth are to be blessed through him (Genesis 12:3).

Apart from the Son of God, Jesus was also called the Bridegroom, but the identity of the Bride is unknown. Being the Bridegroom appears to have been his mission and the Kingdom of God is compared to a wedding banquet. Christians believe that the Church is Jesus’ bride. There was no Church at the time Jesus was preaching so this is an anachronism. Perhaps Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and maybe a wedding of the Son of God to an ordinary woman was deemed inappropriate. Another explanation is that Mary Magdalene was God. She may have convinced Jesus that She was the reincarnation of Eve and that Jesus was Adam, and that they were an eternal couple from the beginning of creation until the end of times.

That would have raised controversy as it is at odds with the Jewish scriptures. Christianity may have been shaped by dealing with this issue. The evidence of controversy is still visible in the Gospels. The Gospel of John has a very distinct character and theology that is absent in the other Gospels. Scholars agree that the Gospels and the letters of the Church Fathers are edited. The Gospel of John adds a few insights into the nature of this controversy. Christians are born of God (John 1:12-13). Hence, God could be a Mother. And Jesus felt that he had an eternal bond with God and that he existed from the beginning (John 14:6).

Jesus may have believed that he was a reincarnation of Adam, that Mary Magdalene was a reincarnation of Eve, and that Eve did not come from Adam’s rib, but that Eve gave birth to Adam. There is evidence for these claims in the scriptures. Eve is called Mother of All the Living (Genesis 3:20), Adam is named Son of God (Luke 3:38) and Jesus is the Firstborn of all Creation (Colossians 1:15). And so, Adam may have been born. It makes no sense that the woman came from the rib of the man. It is more natural that the woman gave birth to the man. It makes sense but the Jewish scriptures and Greek philosophy provide us with alternative explanations.

Initially, Christianity might have been about the marriage between Mary Magdalene and Jesus representing the Kingdom of God. The love of God Jesus was speaking of (John 17:23-26) may have been the love of a Goddess for her husband. This could explain why Christians believe that God is love (1 John 4:16). It sheds another light on Jesus’ assertion that he is one with God (John 10:30) as marriage is the usual way to become one flesh with another person (Mark 10:8, Matthew 19:5).11 It can clarify why Christian marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman. Judaism and Islam do not sanctify the institution of marriage in the way Christianity does.

The Hebrew Bible tells us that Abraham fathered the nation of Israel. He was married to Sarah. God asked Hagar to return to her mistress Sarah after she had treated her harshly (Genesis 16:7-9) and God sided with Sarah when she wanted Hagar to be sent away (Genesis 21:9-12). Egypt was beset by plagues when the Pharaoh tried to make Sarah his wife (Genesis 12:14-20). And God wanted Sarah to be the mother of the nation of Israel. There is no evidence that this happened. The account of the life of Abraham was written down hundreds of years after he supposedly lived, but it is consistent with God being a woman who can appear as a human. Sarah could have been God.

The account of the life of Muhammad probably is the most reliable. At the age of twenty-five, he married his boss, the merchant Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid. She was a widow and fifteen years his senior when She proposed to him. Their marriage was both happy and monogamous. Only after Khadijah had died did Muhammad marry other women. When he received his first revelations, Muhammad was frightened. Khadijah comforted him and was the first to convert to Islam. Her support was invaluable to Muhammad’s mission. Khadijah may have been God. One can imagine no plausible political or religious agenda for misrepresenting the facts in this way. Women were hardly ever bossed over their husbands in seventh-century Arabia, so the odds that the founder of Islam has found himself in this position by accident, appears close to zero. Other avatars of God may have played a significant role in world history. And God could still be dwelling among us today.

So let’s start with a joke to get you in the mood. If nothing happens by accident, then consider the song Gimme The Prize from Queen. It contains a cryptic message about the gender of God.

Here I am, I’m the master of your destiny
I am the one, the only one, I am the God of kingdom come

Queen, Gimme the Prize

Freddy Mercury probably did not realise that he was part of a queer joke. Some Christians believe that there are Satanic messages hidden in pop music. The joke may be on them too.

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