The Many Faces Of God By Henry Dennis

By Ikenga Chronicles August 11, 2016

The Many Faces Of God By Henry Dennis

A man stands at a crossroads, a bottle of locally brewed gin in his left hand and a half filled glass cup on the right. He raises the glass cup to the sky and empties its contents to the earth, muttering some incantations.

He prays.

A farmer climbs a hill to watch for signs of a cloud that will usher in the rains. He knows that without the rains, the crops are ruined. The harvest is life for his family.

He prays.

A desperate mother holds the near-lifeless body of her child. This is her only child and she will do anything to prevent the cold hands of death from snatching her child from her. She grasps the holy book in the other hand and starts muttering words.

She prays

A free man enters his most sacred room, his chamber of reflection. Before him are symbols to remind him of his mortality. He goes on his knees, facing the direction of the true light, in deep reverence to the Grand Architect.

He prays.

A believer harkens to the call of the Adhan. He quickly performs the ritual of purification and joins other believers to perform one of the five pillars of his faith.

He prays.

From the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, from the plains of Northern India to St. Peter’s square in the Vatican, men have gathered to pray all forms of prayers.

From the Buddhist’s Refuge Prayer, the Lord ’s Prayer of Christians, the Fatiha of Muslims, the Hindu’s Gayatri Mantra, the Shema Yisreal prayer of Judaism, there are as many forms of prayer as there are men to pray.

But to whom do they pray? The world has many answers as there are men to answer. The headhunters in the jungles of Borneo, the Aztecs of South America, the Eskimos in the frozen arctic, the nomads in the Sahara desert, the urban dwellers in the great metropolises of the world, every people and every nation on earth has its own religion (man’s interpretation of who God is) and its way of worship.

But irrespective of your faith or religion, tribe or ethnicity, you will find only one God, worshipped in so many different ways.

In the Christian faith, He’s the God who loves man so much that he sent his son to die on man’s behalf, to atone for man’s sins.

In Islam, He is the One that can only be found through total and complete submission. He is the most Beneficent, the most compassionate, the most gracious, and the most merciful.

In Judaism, He is called Elohim or Jehovah or Yahweh (represented by the Tetragrammaton YHWH). He is the absolute one, indivisible and incomparable Being who is the ultimate cause of all existence.

In Hinduism, He is the one who guides men from this life to the next.

Men worship as they will, traveling far and wide to know Him and seek His favour. But at the end of the road, you will find, One God, revealed in so many  different ways.

  • Henry Dennis is on Twitter as @henrydennis25


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