Why do we put God in a Box? 

I recall that as a little girl I used to feel a great sense of wonder, joy and magic in nature – in the sound of dry leaves under foot, the sound of the waves, the perfume of flowers, the beauty of a butterfly, the birds singing in the morning, the feeling of a gentle breeze on my skin and much more. In nature I could feel a connection to a grandness, to something more than just the physical world and more than just me. What I also recall as a little girl was that no one else, or at least the adults around me, seemed to experience the same level of wonder or sense of magic – or this was not expressed.

I did not know it then but this was me feeling and connecting to God through the magic of God that surrounds us all, and to this day I still feel a very strong connection to God through the reflections of nature. I’ve come to know that the grandness I felt and continue to feel so powerfully in nature, is simply and powerfully a reflection of the grandness of God within me. But as a child, I was presented with another picture of God.

As a young child, I don’t recall having any particular picture of God beyond that of an older bearded man with light all around him. I wasn’t raised within a religion and neither of my parents had strong religious backgrounds. I recall having conversations about ‘Christian’ values such as ‘treat others as you would treat yourself,’ and that the way you live every day and your relationships with others was more important than reading the Bible or attending Church every week. I seem to remember talking about the story of Jesus, and about religion in terms of the different faiths and the Church, but I don’t recall any conversations about God; who or what He actually was.

At the age of five or six I went to the occasional Sunday school session and so became more aware of religion and the teachings of the Church and while I was curious, they made no sense to me. What was presented was a very particular picture of God, along with ways of connecting to him, of earning his love, and of course how to return to him in heaven. All of a sudden I was being taught rules about ways to behave and it seemed you could only be connected to God if you read the Bible and/or went to Church to listen to someone else talk about God. None of this felt true to me, even then. There was no sense of wonder or joy in these experiences. God was reduced to a study in words – and I felt no magic.

I didn’t give God or religion any thought for many years and was strongly against any form of organised religion. Then I met Serge Benhayon who presents the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom, and based on these has introduced The Way of The Livingness, a true religion based on the simple principle that religion is about living in connection with your inner-most heart, with the divine part of ourselves, with our essence. It is this simple principle that has reignited my connection with God and the ongoing development of my own personal relationship with God. I can see how my opposition to organised religion kept me from questioning the role it plays in defining God and our relationship with God, which I now know is also our relationship with ourselves.

From what I can see, organised religion puts God in a box, and us along with him, shaping the way we see and relate to God, to other people and to other religions. Strong moral codes and beliefs within organised religion shape our behaviour and tend to focus our efforts in life on what happens when we die and bringing about a constant striving to be good enough to enter heaven. At the same time, wars have been fought in the name of religion for centuries, and groups or individuals who practise religion ‘outside of the box’ have been vilified, cast as deviant and evil and even wiped out by the dominant religion of the day. The Cathars and the later European witch hunts stand out as examples.

Our relationship to God has been complicated by organised religion as it offers a bastardised version of God and our relationship to Him. For some, as it was with myself, the reaction to religion keeps their backs turned to God. One could easily conclude that organised religion is a form of control, a formalised system that keeps us from knowing the truth about God.

I’ve come to know through The Way of The Livingness that true religion connects us back to the truth that “the Kingdom of God is within you,” reminding us that we are all equal Sons of God, and in that, God is not someone separate from us, or mightier than us, but the very essence of who we are. True religion is simply about our personal and ever evolving connection and relationship with God, with our own divinity and with humanity. In true religion there are no pictures or rules.

I am of God, as we all are, and in our hearts we know this to be true, but in the minds of mankind everything must have its place and so God has been put in a box. In our hearts there are no boxes, only the offering of an ever deepening connection with our essence, and therefore with God.

By Michelle, Social Science Researcher, Brisbane

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The Magic of God in Nature
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What is true religion?

617 thoughts on “Why do we put God in a Box? 

  1. It is true, we have been brought up to believe everything has its place, we compartmentalise our behaviour in different places and around different people. Yet, if we start to consider that we all live within a body of Love, then we cannot compartmentalise that, we have to know we are part of it and it runs through us. Time to start dating that relationship with Love.

  2. There’s a freedom that comes with knowing God lives within and in the space around us and accessible to all whenever we’re ready to connect with him.

  3. We could equally ask put people in a box, because this is what we do. To separate ourselves from God separates us from our fellow human beings and prevents us from seeing them as equal brothers.

  4. God and Love is within and all around us and our calling is to deeply feel the love we innately are. Much of life is designed to pull us away from stopping and feeling who we truly are from our inner heart and we must step outside of our addiction to worldliness to do so.

  5. That is a very good question – ‘why do we put God in a box?’ It’s around us from the time we are born and the baton is passed on to us. Deep down all of us know that this is untrue, but will we sway from what has become the norm for many of us? For when we find our truth that is taking us out of box, then some people become uncomfortable with it.

    I didn’t understand that God was all around us and most of all that he/she is within us all until I met Serge Benhayon. Now it is my truth, my belief, it is that simple. He is the one that lead me to it. What we do with it is our choice.

    1. Me too Shushila, until I met Serge Benhayon and reconnected to the Ancient Wisdom teachings, I thought God was outside of me, I had the whole concept of God and Religion in a box – in the recycling box to be honest. To me it was all rubbish because I very rarely saw people who lived what they preached. Now I have a deep knowing of something inside of me, that I can feel inside all others that I meet. This, for me is Love, it is God, and I am developing my relationship with that one-ness every moment of every day.

  6. I agree with you. The more we deepen our own connection with ourselves, the clearer it becomes how so-called organized religions are the very thing that have been standing in the way of our connection to God from day one.

  7. From childhood we are ‘groomed’ by the church and family to believe in a false God separate from ourselves and then spend the rest of our lives in search of that inner essence that gives us a true sense of place and purpose. If the Kingdom of God resides within, we don’t have to search for it, simply connect to it.

  8. To put God in a box prevents us from feeling his true magnificence and love. This is manipulation and control of the highest order, in other words evil. Instead of supporting people to directly access God, return to their own love within and heal, the Church stands in the way as gatekeeper, judge and executioner.

  9. The grown ups I remember with fondness from my childhood, are the ones that held that sense of wonder and magic and shared with me their joy, and likewise gave me the space to express my own.

  10. It always comes back to the simple truth that we can not begin to fathom God and the love He is and in fact we all equally are unless we are living that love first ourselves.

  11. It feels that by putting “God in a box” we prevent him from being accessible to all; if you don’t have the key to the box he obviously isn’t your God. As far as I am concerned there is no box big enough to hold God. But why would you even consider confining such a magnificent being, as God to me is here for us all, no matter what religion, race, nationality, gender or age, he is everyone’s God equally so; definitely time to burn all the boxes!

  12. There’s a lot of theatrics and manipulation in evangelical Christian Church services. I remember once where the congregation, especially new members, in emotionally charged sermons were enticed and willed to submit to the Lord, by walking up to the alter and falling down to their knees. As a teenager, I didn’t know what to make of this. I was never moved to make the walk of submission and yet felt guilty because I stayed rooted to my seat. At the heart of this performance was the belief we were less, sinners who had to be saved, but all was in the hands of the preacher. Even as a young adult I couldn’t buy into this, because it felt false.

    1. How cool is it that we inherently know, we can actually never be fooled if we honour that about ourselves. It is when we need to fit in, to not stand out that we are at risk of being manipulated.

  13. “In our hearts there are no boxes, only the offering of an ever deepening connection with our essence, and therefore with God.” Hear hear!! Remaining in your heart can give you a great sense of surrender to just be with and observe what is going on around and in you. When you do this you can look out at everything and read and nominate it for what it truly is.

  14. Endless love and fathomless space is not so easy for the human mind to grasp if it is not fully surrendered to the pulsing of the inner heart and the love that breathes us forth. Hence why we put a measure on that which cannot ever be measured – the undying flame of God’s eternal love that lives deep within us all.

  15. ‘In true religion there are no pictures or rules.’ To have pictures and rules can give us the feeling of security but we end up like being in quicksand. Who we are more or less disappears and nothing is left of what we know is true.

  16. We tend to want to blame God for things that go wrong in our life. Blaming God or anyone else for that matter has never been something that will heal our hurts.

  17. It is very interesting to consider how God has been defined by organised religions for thousands of years, and yet, God is ancient.

  18. We put ourselves in a box to give us identity, from there it is normal to put anyone else in a box as well including God, or said differently, we are identified by ideals and beliefs. And so God is laced with pictures, stories, expectations, hopes, judgements…, a box of personal and collective interests and needs that blinds us from naturally knowing God from within.

    1. Yes Alex,to put ourselves in a box limits us. People are often compelled to place you by race, religion nationality or country of birth and if asked I will give them facts, but inside what I feel is my universality.

  19. ‘God in a box’ is an illusion we can invest in to feel safe from feeling the God within, the godliness that we are. The moment we let ‘God’ out of the box we no longer can honestly pretend that we are less than divine and are ‘forced’ to take responsibility to let go of the falseness we have created and to embrace the truth we have abandoned.

  20. Thanks to Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine, presenting the Ancient Wisdom Teachings, my innermost connection with God has been re-ignited and this relationship continues to deepen in my everyday life. This joy of re-union with God is also very evident in the Universal Medicine Student Community
    “Then I met Serge Benhayon who presents the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom, and based on these has introduced The Way of The Livingness, a true religion based on the simple principle that religion is about living in connection with your inner-most heart, with the divine part of ourselves, with our essence”.

  21. You can feel how through organised religion, the world has narrowed the grandness and vastness of God into a forced and controlled way of being to be good, that prevents us from connecting to the truth within us, and naturally expressing the wisdom of God from our essence.

  22. I loved what you have shared Michelle and totally agree that ‘our relationship to God has been complicated by organised religion as it offers a bastardised version of God and our relationship to Him’ and an ‘organised religion is a form of control’.

    If we are truly religious and love they neighbours, then why does one caste turn away a child from another caste? A family member took a good friend of her’s to our local Indian community hall, and she was asked who her lovely friend was. When they were informed, they homed onto the surname, their reaction was embarrassing and their whole body language clearly stated they were not happy for her to have entered their community hall.

    She was Indian but her surname identified she was from a different caste system and automatically judged. This is not true religion. Far as I’m concerned if we are are all Sons of God then we are from the one source – it is that simple.

    1. There is no caste system in the Kingdom of God. And in the secular world we still have caste systems: school, class, accent, race, colour, nationality, gender. Anything that separates one from another is not true religion.

  23. In our heart there are no boxes, and so when we are looking to put anything in a box, it’s telling of how we’re being, the drive we’re in and how in fact we’ve left our connection to ourselves; for with that connection we are naturally connected to all around us, and God is there in all of that, naturally so and our relationship with this lays the foundation for our relationship with ourselves and all all others … it’s that connection to ourselves, it connects us to God and the all.

  24. Many organised religions place God in a box and sell us a lie about the magnificence and truth about God. To know we are Sons of God changes everything and allows for a deeper and more true connection with God.

  25. “sense of wonder” When we ponder on the magnificence of the Universe, Heaven and God it is impossible to contain the constant expansion in a box.

  26. “God put in a box” is to put it mildly: many institutionalized religions teach us a version of God, and how to relate to Him, which makes it actually impossible to connect to him, to experience him. That is the bastardization of the word religion in action, people trust these institutions, because they claim to know the way to God, know what religion is about.

  27. Our relationship with God is always and ever present. Our Souls are the sparks of His light in which we are held by His atmic love. It is only our willingness to surrender to our connection to Soul or resistance to it that governs the quality in which this relationship is embodied and lived. When we live in connection to our Soul, love is lived without compromise as such true religion is naturally lived.

  28. Even as a child in church I wondered why we had taken God and essentially made him human, by giving him such low human traits such as judgement. It seemed crazy to belittle something so divine and something so grand and so incredible that our human intelligence can’t quite grasp it yet.

    1. The wonder of God reduced to rubble and base metal, is how I see it. The teachings of Sunday school and church killed the grandeur, beauty and glory of God’s (and our own) true essence and drove us away, not towards it.

      1. Very well said – if God was truly taught about we would be left with our sense of awe and wonder in tact, rather than feeling repelled as many of the current teachings provide.

  29. Like everything, we can have an intellectual relationship with God or one based on what we feel and know, the later being much more nourishing.

  30. Organised religion is putting God in a box -and us with it.
    And knowing God cannot be put in a box, as he is the beholder of all, we can see how we can get fooled by pictures made out of impressing and manipulating people with mis-use of power.

  31. How can we have let our absolute knowing of God in our hearts be put in a box far away? For we are here, on this plane of life, going around in circles, where we know we don’t go anywhere until we come back to Power, Soul, God.

  32. Rather than putting God in the box we tend to have this perception that we will end up in a box at the end of life and that is our lot. With the understanding that comes from being connected to our essence the box theory flies out the window and a deep understanding that our passing-over is simply another part of a cycle that we all live in. God has blessed these human vessels with the ability to reincarnate and that gives us all the opportunity to be responsible for all we do which takes all the boxing out of the ring.

  33. Through The Way of the Livingness, and Ageless Wisdom teachings we learn all there is to know about true religion and feel again the wonder and magic of life.

  34. Our relationship with God is our relationship with Self. How simple and true this is and yet formal religions have overlaid this with complication, dogma, threats and control. Once we know truth we can never return to the lies and distortions perpetuated by conventional religions.

  35. I can totally relate to the staid version of God and religion that was presented through Sunday school.. totally devoid of all joy (and not the happy-clappy joy-joy fake kind of joy, but deep contentment and feeling completely at ease and settled kind of joy) and magic. Re-connecting to religion now, I feel it not as something to strive for and be (no ‘being good’ to be worthy of being loved), but as a deepening connection to who I am, and through that, more deeply connected with everyone else, more understanding of how interconnected we all are with the universe, the bigger picture.

  36. “earning his love” – This is interesting. If God is love, why would we think that we need to earn his love and how would we go about it, if we did? Maybe God loves us so much that he is patiently waiting for us to see that we are made of that very same love that He is.

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