Rabbi Wayne Dosick shares an extract from his book, Radical Loving: One God, One World, One People
By Rabbi Wayne Dosick, Ph.D
Dusk begins to fall as we sit on the bench with God, and the cool breeze begins to turn a bit chilly. Are we shivering because of the change in the weather, or because of what we are hearing from God?
We wait … and wait.
And then, slowly, God begins to speak again.
“In days of old, and surely, these days, your theme song seems to be, ‘My God’s better than your God.’
“But that is absolutely impossible!
“There is only One God.
“I am the Creator and Parent of each and every one of you.
I Am God. There is nothing else. I form light and create
darkness. I make peace and create evil. I, the Source and
Substance of All do this. (Isa. 45:6–7)
“I am the Everything of the Everything, the wholeness, the totality, the Oneness of the universe—male and female, father and mother, light and dark and shadow, us and other, justice and compassion, pain and comfort, sense and nonsense, good and evil, anger and tranquility, indifference and passion, joy and sorrow, tragedy and triumph, right and wrong, yes and no, conflict and harmony, war and peace, vengeance and incredible love, life and death, and life eternal.
“There is nothing that is not Me.
“And I know you intimately and intensely.
Before I created you in the womb, I selected you;
Before you were born, I consecrated you. (Jer. 1:5)
“So, I tell you:
“Your two different genders are just a practicality so that you can reproduce and populate the Earth. Otherwise, men and women are equally human, equally My children.
“Your sexuality is your choice. I am All, and All is of Me. Every one of you is created in My Image. I do not care how you express your Beingness.
“Your so-called ‘different’ physical traits and characteristics are trivial. Your differences of skin, or eye, or hair color mean nothing. Your science has taught you: more than 99 percent of the makeup—what you call DNA—of all people of Earth is exactly the same.1
“Your physicality, your inherent capabilities, your perceived strengths or weaknesses, are insignificant. The place where you came into this Earth, where you were born—with your ethnicity, family, religion, culture, economic situation, and politics—and surely can influence your life, but makes little difference in who you are at your core.
“How do I know all this?
“When I created you, I made each one of you a perfect human being. I do not make mistakes.
“I gave you the whole Earth as your collective home.
“It is you who have imposed any perceived differences on each other. When you needlessly, and incorrectly, place separations between you, you set up false boundaries and bitter confrontations.
“Know this, My children. Know it well:
“I love you all—fully and equally.
“You are all My children.
“I do not play favorites.
“I love you all.
“In each era, I gave you a collection of myths, legends, fables, stories, codes, ways of living, and—most of all—ways to love.
“To the Hebrews, I gave the Bible.
“To the Christians, I gave the New Testament.
“To the Muslims, I gave the Koran.
“To the people of the East, I gave sacred ideas.
“To the indigenous peoples of all places, I gave tribal tales.
“All of these holy texts came through sages who were My messengers.
“Wisdom is wisdom. It does not belong to any one faith or religious community. It belongs to the universe—to all times and all places and all peoples.
“Yet …,” says God, “you all misunderstood. You all perverted My intent.
“Historically, and for many today, My religious guidebooks are seen not as cumulative but as superseding the previous.
“You all think that the Hebrew Bible is superior to the codes of the ‘pagans’ who came before the Jews.
“Christians think that the New Testament is ‘replacement theology’ of the Hebrew Bible.
“Muslims think that the Koran is superior to and supersedes both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
“Your theory is that newer must be better, that newer revelation is better than older revelation, that I choose a new group to receive the newer, better teachings, and thus that new group must be superior to the older ones.
“Throughout your history, and now, for some who believe this way, it was/is not enough to claim theological supremacy over both the ideas and the people who proclaim them—but, because of your sincere belief that what you have is so much better than what has been, you want to force your beliefs on others.
“This has led to your theological, ideological, cultural, and political warfare—to crusades, nationalism, fundamentalism, radicalism, inquisitions, holy wars, pogroms, gas chambers, genocide, and worldwide terror—with the current threat of nuclear annihilation hovering.
“It has led to the disruption of the sacred relationship of human beings and Me as co-creative partners on this Earth. Our Earth cannot be healed, built up, and perfected while some are trying to tear it down through their own egoism and selfishness.
“Your sage so rightly said, ‘When you make your particular religion your God, you lose the God of your religion.’2
“Your sense of supremacy and triumphalism is poisoning the world.
“The absolute, universal truth is: No group’s book, no group’s interpretation of Me, is superior to any other.
“Surely, there can be wide differences in beliefs and practices; in geographic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and, some would even say, in characteristics that are passed through the generations.
“What you call religion came into being to be a vessel, a vehicle for people to join together to relate to Me—a power greater than you understood—and to attempt to find your place and purpose in the universe.
“Even though they may seem so different, each religion that you invented as your pathway to Me is nothing more than a reflection of the time, place, culture, politics, and social circumstances in which a particular religion was born and began to develop.
“In their purest form, your organized religions can be enlightening, embracing, sweet, uplifting, and inspiring.
“Yet, perversely, organized religion can be rigidly fundamental, confining, stifling, and punishing.
“Belief in Me—a relationship with Me—is a spiritual connection, a journey into My World of Spirit, the pathway to a personal, intimate loving relationship between you and Me.
“Every belief and faith community and the rites and rituals and ceremonies you form are right for you. Come with words; come with chant; come with dance; come with silence. You are all on the same journey—from Me to Me. Actually, there is great beauty in the different ways you walk the pathway, build the bridges, and make the journey. I appreciate them all.
“I do not care what you call Me. In a family, one child may call the male parent, Dad; another may say, Pop; still another, Father. One may say, Mother; another, Mommy; another, Mama. It does not matter, for each is referring to and addressing the same one parent.
“It is the same with Me. Call Me God; call Me Adonai; call Me Jesus; call Me Allah; call Me Vishnu or Shiva; call Me the Buddha; call Me by any of the hundreds and hundreds of names you have given Me.
“Call me what you will, but know that there is only One Me—the One God who is your One and Only Parent.
“You are all My children. I love you all.
“And I hope that you will love Me.
“Most of all, I hope that you will learn to love each other.
“There is much more that unites you as My children than divides you.
“Bigotry, racism, misogyny, nationalism, and xenophobia have gotten you nowhere. Hatred, violence, terror, genocide, and warfare have torn apart your Earth.
“The pathway to supporting the Earth is healing her wounds and affirming your places as My co-creative partners; to be in full consciousness of the Divinity of all.
“Your shared humanness means that you are all united in origin, purpose, and destiny. What happens to One happens to All.
“I am the One God.
“There is this One World in which we exist.
“You are One—children of Me—the One God.
“All is One. One is All.
“Understand: Oneness—human unity—does not mean ‘sameness.’ Our world’s richness comes from the dazzling tapestry of the ways that you live and become. There is so much to celebrate in your unique world-views and experiences.
“As I do, you, too, can see the worth and beauty in diversity, and at the same time celebrate the unity of humankind as children of the One God. You can cherish your magnificent uniqueness, and you can respect and honor the wondrous significance of all humankind.
“True Oneness is the shared journey of unity and harmony, peace and love.
“Love is all there is.
“All is Love. Love is All.
“Do you understand, My precious children? Do you understand?”
With hearts overflowing and eyes filled with grateful tears, we nod, “Yes. We understand. And we will embrace Your sweet and loving teachings.”
And right there—on that park bench—God leaned over and hugged us.
“Reprinted with kind permission from Radical Loving: One God, One World, One People by Rabbi Wayne Dosick, Ph.D, published by Monkfish Book Publishing Company, Rhinebeck, NY.”
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RABBI WAYNE DOSICK, Ph.D., D.D., is an educator, writer, and spiritual guide who teaches and counsels about faith, ethical values, life transformations, and evolving human consciousness.
Well-known for his quality scholarship and sacred spirit, he is the rabbi of The Elijah Minyan, a retired visiting professor at the University of San Diego, and the host of the monthly Internet radio program, SpiritTalk Live! heard on HealthyLife.net.
He is the best-selling award-winning author of nine critically acclaimed books, including the now-classic Living Judaism, Golden Rules, The Business Bible, When Life Hurts, 20 Minute Kabbalah, Soul Judaism, The Best is Yet To Be, Empowering Your Indigo Child, and, most recently, The Real Name of God: Embracing the Full Essence of the Divine.
As a Contributing Editor of the (late) San Diego Jewish Times, he has written more than 400 articles of religious, political, and social commentary.
He has spoken and conducted seminars, workshops, and has been scholar-in-residence at more than 200 bookstores, synagogues, churches, schools, universities and seminaries, hospitals and health care facilities, businesses and corporations, and community organizations throughout the country.
Articles about Dr. Dosick and his books have appeared in more than 100 newspapers and periodicals, and he has been interviewed on more than 300 radio and television shows, including “Good Morning America,” the Larry King Show, CNN, and NPR.
Rabbi Dosick has been awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both the Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary in recognition of his many years of innovative, creative, and sacred service. He has been called a “rational intellect with the soul of a mystic, a “prophet for modern times,” and a “gentle master of the human heart.” He has been described as “one of the most gifted teachers of our generation, who understands the mindset, needs, and yearnings of people, and responds to this intellectual and inner searching in peerless fashion,” and has been proclaimed “a spiritual master of our time.”
Dr. Dosick lives in north suburban San Diego, with his wife, Ellen Kaufman Dosick, MSW, where their home is a center of prayer, learning, and healing, and is a gathering place for spiritual seekers.