Religious scholars haveÂ long noted that when people worship a god, they say the god is much like themselves.Â Those of us who are skeptical suspect that all gods are made up in people’s minds.Â Therefore, it is stands to reason that anyone’s favorite god will be a lot like himself/herself.Â We see this in the many images of Jesus who is white in this country,Â black inÂ others and brown skinned where that is the norm.
The 11/29/10Â New Yorker has an article aboutÂ the god,Â Maitreya.Â He is the uniting god which will bring together all the disparate gods we humans worship.
Â About 30 years ago, a prophet predicted that Maitreya would leave his secret location high in the Hemalayas toÂ walk among us.Â The prophet has heard the voice of Maitreya andÂ says Maitreya is now living here in disguise, awaiting the “Day of Declaration”.Â Â
The prophetÂ describedÂ what Maitreya looks like and what he does to maintain his disguise.Â Devoted followers have sifted through theÂ prophet’s clues, trying to find Maitreya in human form.Â And, now they are certainÂ they have found Him.Â
He is Raj Patel who lives in California.Â The reason he seems like my kind of god is that he is, like me, an economist. If I were to conjure up a god in my mind, it would be an economist for certain.
The problem is that Professor Patel, who gets tons of emailÂ pleading that he reveal himself as the true Maitreya, insists he is not.Â HeÂ is an atheist.
Alas, my search for a god that reflects me seems to be in vain.