Gods Are People Too!

You read that correctly. Gods are people too.

They might not be human, and in some schema, they are not mortal. But they are people, and treating them as if they weren’t is frankly not just a matter of disrespect (or impiety, as some would have it). It’s a matter of expecting that fish to climb a tree.

The gods make mistakes. They have feelings. They get hurt. They hurt each other. They hurt us. They are people, only on a much grander scale. They may be vast, ancient entities (many of them, anyway) but they are still people. They have favorite foods, best friends, and they don’t understand everything that happens to them.

They are people.

So, why worship them?

Well, you don’t have to. If you feel a particular deity or deities have done nothing for you and will do nothing for you (and you’re fine with that) by all means, don’t honor them. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to worship a god you don’t want a relationship with. BECAUSE THAT IS CREEPY.

Likewise, don’t believe anyone who tells you that you can have a relationship with any god you want. THAT IS ALSO CREEPY. Not every god will want to be your patron, or want a relationship with you, and that’s fine. It’s not a failure on your part if Deity X turns you down. (Take it from someone who knows)

Remember that the gods are people, and like people, they are all different. Some of them are douchebags. Many others are also douchebags but are good at hiding it.* Then there are the gods who filled with compassion and benevolence, and who would never hurt anyone or anything, no matter what. There are people like that too, you know. Perhaps in this case, we should say that humans can be like gods?

4 thoughts on “Gods Are People Too!

  1. Well…I think relational positioning also plays a role in this. I think the “Gods are people” position isn’t mutually exclusive with “Gods are all-loving, all-knowing” position. Different people are going to get different aspects of Deity, either because of their expectations or, sometimes, in a way that’s out of their control.

    I’ve certainly experienced the Gods on a human-like scale, but mostly I experience them on the Beyond Personality, Beyond Prejudices, Beyond Anything But Eternal, Unconditional, Endless Love scale. I recently had this exact experience with Kali Ma and it led me to return to some Vedantic philosophical roots that I had been drifting away from, so that was interesting.

    Anyway. I just wanted to mention that, but I don’t mean at all that “this is wrong, this is right” because I think all experiences of the Gods – with Personality, and Beyond Personality – are valid, correct, and real. But it would be misleading, I think, to neglect their Beyond Personality aspects.

  2. Yay a comment!

    I think you should bear in mind that I am writing from a Buddhist point of view and not a Hindu one. In the Buddhist perspective, the gods are indeed people. In fact, the more people-y they are, the more likely they are to want to help us. As for being “beyond personality”, there is the teaching of Buddha-nature, which we ALL have, gods and mortals included. ❤

  3. Oh, of course! I actually thought you meant it more in a general “hard polytheist only” viewpoint, which is why I mentioned the beyond personality thing, but if you were talking about Buddhism then that doesn’t apply 🙂

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