Where does God Live?

Where does God Live?
As a child, I always had this question which I used to ask my
Mom, “Where does God live?”. She would smile, point towards the sky, caress my
hair and say, “God lives in heaven”.

Every weekend, as she used to walk me across to the temple, I
used to wonder, if God lives in heaven, why is she taking me here. As I grew up
to respect all faiths, because my mother insisted that I go to the Church, the
Mosques, this question still remained unanswered for me.
As I started reading all the scriptures, I came across what the Apostle
Paul had written, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the
Spirit of God dwells in you?”. It was then that I realized that God does not
live in heaven; he lives inside his people, in our bodies, in our minds, in our
souls.
When I imagine God, no picture comes to my mind. I can’t see him
as Krishna with the Sudarshan Chakra in his hand, or as Jesus hanging on the
cross. I see God as the Creator, a tiny structure, the infinite, who has chosen
to make his home in our hearts. I cannot imagine my Creator to be contained in
a physical building. He lives in me.
I would share a dialog between two believers. I came across this
somewhere and it really touched me to the core of my heart.
 “Where do you go to church?”
“Faith Community, down on the corner.”
“Oh, the little white one? I love the gardens out front.”
“Yeah, it could really use a new paint job, though.”

As we read the dialogue, we can understand that the first person
is asking the second person, where he goes to Church, to which the second
replies and the conversation shifts to the details of the building referred to.
As I read the dialogue again and again, I am compelled to think
whether the building which became the point of discussion, was the real meaning
of church. The Greek word, “Ekklesia” from which the English word “Church” has
been derived, does not mean a building at all. It just means an assembly,
i.e. it would mean the assembly of the believers and not the building.  
Let us understand the true meaning of the terms used for these
places of worship and not get unduly carried away by the insensible acts of a
few miscreants, who vandalize a church, or desecrate the idol of a goddess, or
bring down a mosque. I strongly believe that the misguided few who do this, are not the “church”
or the “temple” or the “mosque”.
We just need to understand that the true church (house of God) is
the believers who gather.

I share the words of Solomon from the 1 Kings 8:27 commentaries of the Bible, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold
heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you. How much less this temple
which I have built!”. Let us read it again and again and be amazed.
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