Trick question.

There may be as many as 5,000 religions and at least 5,000 correct names for God extant in the world today.

And, to make matters more interesting, there is only one God.

The good news is that all paths, for all people, at all times, in all places, by whatever name, religion or tradition one chooses, lead to God. There is only one Power and not one being has even been created by anything other than this one God.

God does not hide. This universal search for the One True God is not a jigsaw puzzle or a computer game.

Recognized or not, all souls, in each life they live, (and contrary to modern Christian belief, we all have many, many reincarnations) are seeking a closer relationship to and understanding of, this One God.

But here is a test. Fully 60 percent of the world’s worshippers and seekers have no problem understanding that God is a Goddess, a female being with all the attendant characteristics of God. Simply no problem.

But, having tested this concept on my readership in my last two articles, I can assure you that seeing God as anything other than an Old Testament ‘Old Man on a Throne in Heaven’ draws fire.

The Judeo-Christian 5,000-year-old tradition has little or no place for women at all, in heaven or on earth. The one notable and brilliant exception to that is the inclusion, in the Catholic Church only, of Mary as a Divine Being. This allows the Catholic church to include women at least at the main table in heaven, but, of course, not on earth.

In our traditions in the West, it is a man’s world and a man’s heaven.

But just ask yourself this one question: Could God be a loving, creative, forgiving, nurturing and merciful brilliant woman?

Your answer to this question has a major bearing on the speed at which your spiritual growth will progress.

— Chuck and Karen Robison broadcast a live interview show locally and internationally at The Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin TX 78750 at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Their work can also be found at  Chuck is a former Protestant Chaplain at the UN in New York.