With all the misunderstandings, confusion and violence centered on the single word “God” perhaps the word itself is the problem. This word has baggage. It is confusing. It’s easy to misuse and assume that everyone knows what we’re talking about when we use it, but we don’t. And we suffer from this.
With just one additional letter, the word God becomes Good. This makes it much clearer. If we are talking about the Universal Substance, Presence, Principle, or Force that is the underlying intention of life – then Good makes it very clear.
Instead of imaging God as a powerful being who decides who suffers and who prospers, the “Good” would be understood as the dynamic principle of all life. Who could misunderstand that? Would we kill in the name of Good? There might be disagreements about personal good versus collective good but we won’t kill each other over it. Good is good and it can be defined so that there is no mistake.
Instead of worshipping “God’ praying that one day God might hear our prayers, we could seek to express Good – to be Good and see Good and live in a way that allowed Good to unfold.
Let’s correct the typo in a few places to see the difference**: “And God Said, let there be light.” This would now read: “And Good expressed itself as light.” That makes sense. Light is good, who could argue with that?
Instead of: “I believe in God. . . “ it would read “I believe in Good. “ it seems so much clearer. Good is something we don’t have to merely “believe” in, it can be understood. Everything we see and experience in life is either an expression of good, a symbol of good or an absence of good.
Even atheists can appreciate the value of what’s good. There is nothing to believe in, hope for or strive after, as Good is already possible. We don’t need to wait for a super-person to get it and bring it to us, as it is already available. Everyone can understand what’s good and what isn’t.
What is Good?
Good is self-evident. Good is the context of life that allows life to flourish. Good is intelligent, loving, uplifting, transparent, non-conditional, and benevolent. If something is truly good, it is good for all, otherwise it is not really good.
So with one Universal Spell check program – “God” will become “Good.” It will be understood. The universal tension between conflicting beliefs about God will disappear and we can all know that life is good, individuals are seeking good, and it’s good to be good.
** Please translate your own favorite phrases that have “God” and change it to “Good,” for all to share.