Even God is not safe from identity theft.
Of course, there is no way to dumpster dive into God’s cosmic trash bin, or get hold of God’s pin number or identification cards. Yet, one can steal God’s identity simply by claiming that one’s self importance trumps God’s importance.
This is spiritual theft and involves stealing what rightfully belongs to God. Such theft involves taking the worship of God and turning it into self-worship.
Self-worship involves idolatry. We don’t usually see idolatry as self-worship because it takes on two forms – external and internal.
External idolatry is worshipping golden calves, movie stars, athletes, money—worshipping physical things. External worship involves love of the world and love of physical pleasure.
Internal idolatry is the underlying principle of this false worship. It is the worship of that which solely promotes one’s self-interests from a principle of self-love. In this form of worship an individual merely seeks one’s own good – at the expense of exalting the common good.
This kind of theft involves twisting what God desires to give to all humankind—happiness—merely for oneself, as if the entire world existed for him or her alone. This cosmic theft is a profanation of what is holy.
When a person steals from God in this way, that person only robs him or herself of true, lasting happiness. Instead, one only gains temporary happiness and is forced to gain more property, wealth, and power over others, to sustain the feeling of euphoria.
To the extent one serves and loves oneself, he or she harbors hatred to others, including God. Gaining greatness from the principle of self-importance, which is a sanctum of hatred, creates suspicions and troublesome thoughts, which keeps one in constant fear of losing one’s position and what one has accumulated.
Besides watching your behind, this forces you to be deceitful to others and live a double life. This is misdirected life-energy.
With true spiritual love we wish to transfer our happiness to others. This allows God to remove our troubling thoughts and instantly affect our hearts and minds with thoughts that give us true delight and deep happiness.
The soul is never happy when we try to obtain paradise by any other means.