What does God want?
Are we judged by God after we die?
Is there an absolute right and wrong?
Why is there both good and evil in the world?
In 1993, Karen Armstrong published a book entitled A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A reviewer wrote: “ Is the Universe wholly apart from God, or is Creation in some sense, a part of God? Is God solely One in nature, or is there a Threeness, or a Manyness, or an Infinitude to God? Is God knowable or beyond knowledge? Is God personal or impersonal? Does God have feelings?”
Questions about the nature of God have been haunting humankind for far more than four thousand years. Various beliefs about the nature of God have shaped human history, and been the direct cause of repetitive cycles of individual violence, warfare between nations, hatred, genocide, and wholesale slaughter of entire cultures and civilizations. Even in this age of science and technology, ethnic and religious warfare continues unabated. Barbarism, exploitation, the suppression of women, the debasing of human dignity flourishes on the planet.
Because no one has ever been able to define God, most religions require faith, and have created over the millennia rituals and dogma which separate one from the other. All believe they have the right answers, the right explanations, the one truth. Leaders of nations have used religion to justify any actions they wish to justify, even to destroying the very planet that gives us all life.
It is time that the nature of God is examined beyond faith, and beyond reason.
It is the purpose of this documentary to first trace the origins of the concept of God, and how the various beliefs and doctrines have evolved to the present day. This includes the extraordinary wisdom in the series of books called Conversations with God. It is not our intention to suggest that there is only one way to the “truth,” but to present the many beliefs about the nature of God, and perhaps discover if there is a way for humans to understand God.
The questions that faith cannot answer will be asked . . . and perhaps answered. Questions that have plagued thinkers for many centuries: What is good and evil? Why does God answer some prayers and not others? Why does an omnipotent, all-powerful God allow holocausts and genocides to happen, and children to starve? Is there a devil? Is there really a heaven and a hell? We will talk with many of the world’s great religious and spiritual leaders in addressing these questions, and in looking at the varied points of view and beliefs about God.
We will examine the many beliefs about the nature of God. Perhaps it will change the way people look at their own beliefs. Because that is where it has to begin. With ordinary people. Institutions are the last to change. Long-entrenched theologies and dogmatic structures are the last to accept the notion that they may not have the whole truth. Heisenberg said that “science progresses one death at a time.” Unfortunately, most ideologies, most religious practices, most cultures and civilizations have only shifted at the point of a sword or a gun. The earth cannot afford that method any longer. The weapons are too powerful. We must at least try to understand who we really are, why we are here, what God really is, what God really wants. Before it’s too late for us all.
iGOD is a film that will be watched again and again, as we hope to engender an ongoing dialogue on God, and examine the possibility that humankind has misunderstood the nature of God. Perhaps it is time to explore those misunderstandings. Perhaps if God could say only one thing to the human race, he just might say, “You’ve got me all wrong!”