From the Upanishads (c. 600BC):
‘All is Brahman/God.’
‘You too are Brahman/God.’
‘Thou art that.’
If the word God (Greek theos) stands for the notion (or hypotheses) of the primary, meaning Universal (to wit, (Greek) pan) Creative Urge (or vital, i.e. life force, Sanskrit prana (≈ Brahman, so Badarayana), Greek pneuma, Hebrew ruach), then the gods (writ small) function as (secondary) basic operating system, or BOS, of creation initiating and/or actualization programs.*
All created, meaning actual phenomena happen as localised, meaning locally or niche (of selected rules) adapted and regulated elaborations of the (secondary**) BOS (as Universal Turing Machine). Therefore all phenomena, e.g. you and I and everyone else, are born with the full set of BOS programs. In other words, all BOS, therefore god programs (made user friendly with names such as ‘Christ’ or ‘Ganesh’ or ‘Virgin Mother’ or St. Christopher or Santa Claus) come with the survival equipment of all phenomena at birth. Consequently all gods are experienced as both personal and impersonal since they both determine and form life directly and, if not activated, stay aloof. For easier access the BOS programs, or gods, are projected outside as icons to be ‘clicked open’ when required.
How a phenomenon, for instance a biological unit, survives (i.e. as GOD and gods elaboration), hence the content (as dharma) and level of perfection of a phenomenon’s existence, depends*** on the extent (as range or degree of perfection) it can activate and apply one or more of its god programs, i.e. its BOS.
*… In the ancient Indian source of life speculations called the Upanishads (c. 600 BC), God (writ large), as virtual cause of creation, is named the nirguna Brahman (elsewhere named the Atman or Prajpati), to wit the not yet qualified by marks Creation Urge (or driver). The gods (writ small) that make up the BOS of actual creation was named the saguna Brahman.
**… Even more radical pantheism dispenses with the virtual God notion and postulates the (secondary) BOS creation system as primary. By so doing it assumes a Turing Machine (as abstract set of rules (or natural forces) notion of creation.
***… In Buddhism referred to as ‘dependent origination.’ The very late 12 stage elaboration of the Shakyamuni’s original one sentence notion of dependent origination (sic. ‘Things arise subject to conditions; they cease subject to conditions’) and created by Buddhist priests (i.e. politicians) was an almighty cock-up.