Over time, God’s biblical names have turned to ashes –
And begun drifting down –
Each ancient name a wasted universe.
Even though the names are “pretty dead” by now –
God doesn’t miss them – at all.
People don’t want an original God anymore – it’s just too much reality to bear –
Instead, they’ve substituted smaller, ersatz Gods – stuffed animals, really –
In order to get themselves to sleep – while still being awake.
Since most people will never be privileged to see, hear, or experience God themselves –
They’ve authorized the construction of large stone structures –
Each topped by a white arrow that points straight up –
Symbolizing that something’s up there!
But actually nothing’s there.
So, when people decide they no longer want a real God any longer –
And begin worshipping their own fabulous human productions instead –
They begin feeling an increasing spiritual hunger –
That is, a strong desire to eat everything in the world –
Whether money, fashion, wearable computers,
New ideas, exotic food, foreign vacations, and much much more –
As a result, it’s getting pretty hot – and heating up even more –
In a sort of reverse Vesuvius effect –
Each person an upside-down volcano – pulling “hot” materials back inside themselves.
God is appalled at this, but can do nothing
Because these people no longer exist as ordinary human beings –
Having become primarily appetites.
It is natural to eat – so long as it’s in suitable proportions –
It only becomes unnatural when it’s gotten completely out of control –
For example, when one tries to “eat” enough to fill the gap left by a missing real God.
Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed all warned us against this –
When our appetites become more important than other human beings, or even God –
When appetites take over and start devouring our human spirit.
The strongest materialistic forces in the world have been steadily pushing this –
With global capitalism out in front –
The advertising and public relations campaign runs as follows:
“Become appetites, little ones –
Don’t even think about God –
After all, you can’t “eat” God,
An interesting take on what gospel of John records in chapter 6. I was reading that last night and letting it rumble around in my head as stories tend to do. Peace to you.