If you truly want to get a glimpse into the nature of God, you need look no further than Exodus 3:14. Once you understand what this verse implies, it should become one of the most profound statements in the entire Bible to you, perhaps even changing the way you view life.
But first I want us to understand something: while it is true that human thought cannot comprehend God, human thought can at least tell you what God is not. This is very important because many people have the wrong concept of God; they have been so saturated in religion that their belief-system hinders them from ever arriving at the door of the divine. Instead, they sacrifice God-experience for doctrine and dogma—namely, religion. Jesus taught that it is possible to experience God in the stillness of the present moment. The present moment, or the eternal now, is the doorway to the divine. Exodus 3:14 makes this crystal clear. It is so simple a child could understand it, and yet, our egos mask this simple truth so well.
Let’s get to the scripture at hand. In the literal story, Moses was chosen by God to deliver the Israelites from Egypt. Moses is reluctant to go. He uses every excuse in the book to opt out of the mission. He then asks God what to say if the Israelites wanted to know who God was. In other words, what should Moses call God? And how does God reply?
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me to you.”
What an answer! On the surface it would seem that God didn’t tell Moses much of anything. But this verse contains the very nature of God. The phrase “I AM THAT I AM” is meant to be understood metaphysically; it means God is BEING. And what is BEING? BEING is that which is both the un-manifested (spirit) and that which is manifested (physical matter) at the same time. God is the sum total of both—the unborn infinite potential and the creation. God is truly ONE!
Consider the second commandment. It states:
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
Why? Because an image gives the false impression of the infinite; God cannot be represented by any form (things). And contrary to popular belief, God does not have a body separate from his creation. He is the sum total of it all. Again, he is ONE!
The world desperately needs to understand that everything in creation is a manifestation of God, and is therefore sacred. It is all God’s body, including you and me. And since God is ONE, so are we ONE with God and creation! BEING, which resides in everything, is this ONENESS that is God. This esoteric idea is also found in Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.
Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth
So how do we truly worship? When Jesus states that God must be worshiped in spirit and truth, he was actually teaching us that God must be experienced as BEING! And how can we do that? Inside of you, behind your form—body, mind, emotions, and personality—you are BEING. And this BEINGNESS is God! If you completely stripped away your ego and lived in the present moment, you are left with BEING (God). That is why Satan (ego) tempted Jesus in the wilderness; the ego wants to be in charge, so it rises to the forefront of consciousness instead of the spirit (BEING) that we truly are. We therefore must learn to live in the present moment and return to God. As Jesus said:
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us…”
Once the realization of the divine within happens, Christ consciousness is ignited. You will then see that there is no point in judging and condemning others, because they are an extension of you, and you of them. To judge them is to judge your very own self. As Jesus stated:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
This also works in reverse:
“Judge yourself, and you will not be judged.”
Since we are all ONE, whatever you do to someone else you are really doing to yourself. So if you judge another, you are automatically receiving the same judgment you give out.
God is Also Love
What about love? Why does the New Testament state that love and God are interchangeable? It is because LOVE is the ongoing manifestation of BEING itself! It is nothing less than the eternal manifestation and expression of BEING. And in this love, there is no judgment. Now you may understand why Jesus brought a radically different concept of God when he stated that the father gives rain to the just and the unjust. The religious Pharisees were teaching that God was an individual that was looking down on the people with fiery wrath whenever they did something contrary to their teachings. But Jesus didn’t teach us to obey a set of man-made rules (religion). He taught us to discover the divine BEING within! This is why Jesus said the kingdom is within you! When you realize the divine within, your mind is renewed. You are transformed into a new creature. And the divine law which Paul spoke of us is fulfilled automatically from this inner place.
You might be asking, if LOVE is the ongoing manifestation of BEING, then why is there so much in this world that seems to be the opposite of love?
The LOVE that is the ongoing manifestation of Being itself is distorted through an individual consciousness who becomes self-centered by the illusion of separation from the eternal “I AM” nature. Fear, sickness, war, crime, and all the other maladies of society are the result. Fear is the opposite of LOVE.
The True Beauty of Life
So what is the real beauty of life? It is that we are never going to arrive. Some may think heaven is the end destination. But the end destination is a figment of the imagination. Life is about the journey, not the end destination. The journey is where the experience of BEING has the opportunity to manifest. The journey is where the I AM-NESS of God gives expression to all that IS. This journey is eternal. So enjoy the journey. Enjoy the present moment. Enjoy BEING. Realize the “I AM” in every moment.
This article was not written so much to show you what God is. Human intellect cannot understand or grasp God. But knowing what God is NOT can help free you from your ego. Some people reading this article may feel I am against organized religion. On the contrary, organized religion can be a wonderful experience. Ritual has its place. Just like the ego has its place. However, when organized religion gives us a false impression of God, it becomes part of the illusion, part of the problem.
I hope this article has helped you to realize that BEING is what YOU are. You ARE the “I AM THAT I AM” at your core. And this core is ONE!
So what do you think? What is your idea of God?