I grew up with a very limited definition of who God is. I grew up with my religion’s definition of who God is as the prevailing definition of his character in the majority of the West. So much so that the word “God” in itself holds an enormous emotional backlash or stigma–this can either be good or bad, but it is often associated with behavior and the approval or disapproval of it.
Many people parade themselves under the banner of this definition of God, but what these people — while good intentions might be their motivation overall, please don’t misunderstand me — are actually doing is limiting God. They are saying that “God” only fits within “this context” and by “this context”, it usually means within their doctrine, in their denomination, and of course in their version of a bible.
By misunderstanding so many core principles, they have missed entire avenues for enlightenment and epiphany, and in doing so have unintentionally bound themselves, when the whole point Jesus was trying to make was the simplicity and freedom of spirituality, and the application of insight in terms of who or what God is/was in regards to the nature of his spirit and how God is universal and not subject to the confines of a “religion”, “opinion”, “prayer”, or “sophistication”.
Jesus simplified everything when he bypassed the Church and Pastor Avenue once and for all upon saying, “The Kingdom of God is within you.”
Think about this– if the Kingdom of God is within us, it can never be stolen, can never rot, can never rust, can never be destroyed or exploited or controlled. It can never be sold, bought, monopolized, illegal, subject to religious dogma, or various interpretations, because it would be
Universal, Accessible, Undivided, Whole, Nonjudgmental (in the sense that, gravity is nonjudgmental–it does not care who you are, it will not be active for some, but not others: it is always the same within the laws of its order), Non-preferential (the same as Nonjudgmental; it would not prefer you to be of certain criteria in order to interact with it, except that you are within the laws of its realm in order that it may operate according to its function), Unbiased, Fully Operative, Simplistic, Untouched, Uninhibited, Unfashioned, Unfashionable, Basic, Innate, Inherent, Pertinent, Unrestricted, Intrinsic, Unfathomable, Communicative, and best of all, not subject to people’s fluctuating opinions of it.
So if, for some reason, you are being told that you cannot or will not access the kingdom of God because of limitations someone else believes are characteristic of God, just remember:
their limitations are not your limitations and are also not God’s limitations.
Here’s the Criteria: Is it Love? Because if it’s Love, then it’s God.
And God is not Personal/Human Love, which is based on personal judgment, conditions, emotions, feelings, circumstances, fluctuations, etc.
Divine Love just Is. Divine Love operates the same as any other force in the Universe, and that is within the boundaries of its nature: when you drop a ball, within the frame of gravity, it falls. Within the context of Divine Love, it is the Energy that heals, protects, builds, nourishes, grows, fastens, strengthens, helps, stimulates, energizes, raises, etc. If whatever you are assigning to God is not within the realm of these characteristics (unbiased? nonjudgmental? the same today and tomorrow and forever?), it is not God.
But just to throw something else out there: There is absolutely nothing that God does not already encompass.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Cor. 13:4-8
Scrub your mind clean of the limitations you’ve learned to place upon God. He is not limited in his ability to love you unconditionally; he is not limited in his ability to appreciate you for who he created you to be; and he certainly is not limited in his reception to anyone trying to know him. There is no secret formula, hidden passcode, or VIP status that you should test; there is no specific religion, certain book, or secret handshake for you to learn: your ability to know him is as simple as sitting down, quietening your mind, and letting go.
Be still and know that He is God. And he’ll end up showing you that he’s also not limited to any specific gender either.