God is not dead, just alienated!
We are all God having a human experience. With rare exceptions however, the closest we “mortals” come to that realization is to think that we are having experiences of God. When we do have one of these experiences of God, the representatives of organized religions are there to interpret its meaning for us. However, they do not lead us closer to our God identity, but rather further from it. Indeed they use their “God given” authority to convince us that our experiences are of their God. The effect of this switcheroo is that instead of embracing our Godness, along with the responsibility, sovereignty and power that accompanies it, we deny it and instead accept the authority of the church’s God. I call this process the alienation of God.
Nietzsche posited that God is dead, killed by rationalism, while Eli Weisel said of the Nazi’s that they killed the God in themselves. I believe that God is not dead, just alienated, and it is alienated not principally by rationalistic and scientific thought, but by the very institutions and individuals that have ostensibly been responsible for its promulgation, organized religion and its clergy!
It is not an accident that Jesus Christ was likened to a shepherd, and his followers to a flock of sheep. People who have been alienated from their God nature and instead accept and follow a deity are like sheep. Shorn of their own God nature, they have no center of authority and intention, no individuality. Fleeced, they need a leader and once having found one, they will follow him off a cliff. This transformation of people into sheeple is a consequence of this alienation from their God identity, the alienation of God.
By the same token, every inhuman thought, every inhuman act is the consequence of this alienation of God. Child soldiers and the men who would make them that way, polluters of the environment, priests that practice human sacrifice, the witch hunters of the Inquisition – all are people who kill in the name of God because they have been alienated from the God in themselves.