Definitions: (1) filled with love for God; pious; devout; religious; (2) aspiring to conform to God’s design or will
• Why indeed must “God” be a noun? Why not a verb . . . The most active and dynamic of all? — Mary Daly (1928-2010) American Theologian
• God is Love, and whenever you reach out in loving kindness, you are expressing God. God is Truth, and whenever you seek truth, you are seeking God. God is Beauty, and whenever you touch the beauty of a flower or sunset, you are touching God. — Peace Pilgrim [born Mildred Lisette Norman] (1908-1981) Steps Toward Inner Peace
• Man has always thought of God in the terms of the best he knew, his deepest ideas and highest ideals. Even historic religion has always created its God conceptions out of its highest recognized values. Every intelligent creature gives the name of God to the best and highest thing he knows.” — The Urantia Book (102:8.4)
• A lot of people believe in a big-daddy-God or a big-cop-God or a big-king-God. They believe in a kind of super-person. A few believe God is another word for nature. … Some say God is a spirit, a force, an ultimate reality. Ask seven people what all of that means and you’ll get seven different answers. So, what is God? Just another name for whatever makes you feel special and protected. — Octavia e. Butler (1947-2006) Parable of the Sower
• God can only do for you what God can do through you by means of your thoughts and ideas. — Catherine Ponder (1927 -) The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
Note: And your persistent decisions to yield to your higher ideals
Tip: Since everyone has God within, treat everyone like God.
Comment: There is always someone who is stronger or smarter or wiser than you are. Many times it is only your perception of them in relation to your perception of yourself.
If they truly are godly, they will not flaunt their superiority. Any superiority is most probably specific to one area or is a superficial difference. They may be older, or more experienced, or female while you are male, or Polynesian while you are Inuit. But even though you may admire, or even envy, those strengths and differences, you need not push yourself down while elevating them.
Remember you are also growing and are better in some respects than many others. There are also people who are better than those you admire.
Why is it differences are often a justification to either deify or to demonize the other?