The Godfather

For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:3)

Gods tend to be impressive. Even the Greek and Hindu gods, as dysfunctional as gods can be, can still make a flashy entrance when they want to. The Greek pantheon listed Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Artemis, Dionysus, Athena, Demeter, Ares, Apollo, and Aphrodite, to name a few. (The Romans, who had little imagination, pretty much stole the Greek gods wholesale and repackaged them as their own—kind of like Microsoft does with Apple.) Egypt had a bunch of its own gods, including Amon-Ra, Osiris, Isis, Horus, Anubis, and Set. Then you’ve got those pesky Canaanite deities like Baal, Marduk, Chemosh, Moloch, Dagon, and Asherah. The Hindus win the prize for heavenly overpopulation with 330 million deities, among them Ganesha, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Hanuman, Krishna, Rama, and, my favorite, Awop-Bop-a-Loo-Bop Alop Bam Boom.

So get all these gods together in one room and you’ve got yourself some major mojo. (Catering for this crowd must be a complete nightmare.) You’ve got good gods, funny gods, strange gods, scary gods, arrogant gods, talented gods, grumpy gods, bipolar gods, lusty gods, chaste gods, elegant gods, brutish gods, and gods who don’t even look like gods. Some of them are terrifyingly powerful and tower above the others like Titans (some of them actually are Titans). Some of them are deviously clever and know how to pull strings. Others are so primal, so unutterably fundamental, they can’t really be told apart from the world itself. These are the badass gods of the world, the fearsome principalities who lord it over lowly mortals and every human system. All these deities make up the magnificent mafiosi of the heavenly realms, the least of whom can lead you to misplace your bowels.

But, as impressive as they are, these guys are Emos, divine diddlies compared to . . . well, you know: HIM. All these other jokers are mere gods; He, on the other hand, is GOD. We’re talking a different league of deity here. We’re talking ultimate, absolute entity; we’re talking BEING in italics and bold print. (I would underline it too if WordPress would let me.) Compared to HIM the other gods are mere dweebs, blowhards, origami bucketheads with inferiority complexes. Compared to HIM, the next in line is a picayune pipsqueak. Shoot. These other guys are so far down the chain of being they need permission slips to grovel.

There are lots of gods, but there is only one HIM. You can admire the rest if you want; they’re good for a laugh or two. (There’s nobody like Baal to host an orgy.) But it’s probably a good idea to be on friendly terms with HIM. Which means if He makes you an offer—any offer—it’s best not to refuse. Why make another horse suffer?

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