The word “God” has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. (Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now)
Eckhart Tolle continues, “By ‘misuse’ I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the real of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction—as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions such as ‘my’ or ‘our God’ is the only true God and ‘your God’ is false.”
Use of a misused word isn’t all that helpful. “Love” is another badly misused word and wonderful books have been written attempting to redefine it correctly. This has been the learning obstacle throughout history: people who don’t understand the essential truth behind a concept begin using and defining the word in a way that has nothing to do with the original meaning.
The truth is never found in a word or in a set of words arranged in some perfect order. Words are only symbols; sounds our vocal cords and mouths make. At best, words can point to the truth—but they never exactly are the truth. Therefore, it is helpful to explore multiple teachings and traditions which may point to the same truth while using different concepts.
Atheists like to mock believers by laughing at the concept of their “man in the sky”. Yet, those who know God would also laugh at this concept. That’s not what we are talking about. God is being, love, consciousness, freedom, the force of life, the Tao, source energy, truth, perfect knowing, power, oneness, and the unobservable, eternal nothingness that surrounds all material form within and without. There is only one God, though many words point to the same concept.
Through a practice of quieting the mind, remaining still and present, wanting only honesty and truth, and acting only in love, we can allow the source energy within to guide us. Whatever language is helpful to get us there makes no difference at all, but the most important thing we can do in life is to undo whatever is blocking us from knowing.