Polytheism or Monotheism?

From time to time, as a Unity minister I have heard Unity accused of being polytheistic, a belief in many gods, based on our belief that God is present everywhere; as much as in the sky as in the earth, as much in the sun as in the moon, and as much in the transcendent realm as within each and every one of us.

This is not polytheism. Rather, it is the epitome of monotheism to recognize that God is indeed everywhere; the one Power, one Presence active in my life, in the world, in the universe and in the heavenly realm into which the universe continually expands. Unity’s belief in one power, one presence, God the good, expels even a belief in a power opposed to God. Belief in a power opposed to God is in fact a form of dualism or dual theism.

Although it is feasible for the human consciousness to believe itself separate from God, this is in fact not possible. There is only one Power active in every cell of our being. God is the one Power, one Presence in which our individualized consciousness lives, moves and has being. We have, however, been gifted with free will, an ability to see, hear and experience the world in a way which blocks this presence of God from our view. Dispelling the belief in separation is at the very core of Unity’s work in the world.  

© Rev. Eileen Patra