Say my name with every prayer
Close your eyes and I am there
Remember me on your knees
I am the one you’re born to please
I am your God the one, the true
With all the vices I forbid in you
Know your place! Question not!
Give me the only life you’ve got
Put no other before me
Forsake the now for eternity
The Divine, especially in a religious context, is often portrayed as vengeful, jealous, greedy, and forbidding. In other words, with characteristics unbecoming of a holy person, let alone a supreme being. This, I believe, is mankind projecting its own flaws onto the universal parent figure, namely God.
The above poem was written from the perspective of such a God. It was not intended to offend (though it surly will) but to show how hypocritical such a view of the Divine is. For how can the divine expect of us what it itself is unable to achieve?
Some might argue that the Supreme Being is above its own laws. I am, however, willing to bet that they would also claim (though less vehemently) that we were created in the image and likeness of God. Does that mean that we are likewise above the laws of God? Or that we should strive to rise above our own often flawed nature? And, if so, should we not also hold our views of God to a higher standard?