Have you ever wondered why and how two of the oldest philosophies/religions in the world came to be? More importantly, have you ever considered the ultimate concepts contained in those philosophies ? While I do not know, with certainty, about their origin and development, it seems likely to me that they were a direct attempt to understand the basic meaning of life, and at the same time, discover the nature if its origin. While the Abrahamic religions were busy bargaining with their god, and offering sacrifices to him, the contemplative far-easterners were desperately trying to understand if such an entity actually existed, and, if so, in what environs.
My research tells me that the contemplatives were way ahead of the sacrificials who had dreamed up a scheme of power and control right out of their own playbook—that is to say, they manufactured a god patterned directly after their own possessive, egotistical selves. Their god was theirs alone and could not be shared with anyone.
In the meantime, the contemplatives, like many native Americans, were driven to see their god in everything (wind, sun, stars, waters etc.). Without benefit of any scientific knowledge, just as Jesus, they were able to grasp the existence of God in everything. Jesus could not explain the specifics, he just knew that the spirit of God existed in everything. He saw that everything in existence was evil by virtue of its selfishness, and by his knowing, he felt himself to be commissioned to die in atonement for the Father’s faults so the Father could be Perfect Love . So, he died that we may live in eternal bliss.
Can there be a greater thrill? I’d vouch to say that no one, who professes an Abrahamic religion, is any closer to God than any Hindu or Buddhist who ever lived. We, each, are loved equally by our Perfect Loving Creator, with no one possibly being more favored over another—there are no such things as higher places in heaven.
For full elucidation, please read my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality. Press releases and video trailers attached
I have been reading many posts the last few days about anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem etc. It should be noted that there is always a significant up-tick in these feelings during dark of winter, and especially near Christmas-time. There are two categories of anxiety; one type is generated by real circumstances such as concerns about where your next rent payment will come from. That is conscious anxiety and normal. The next type, which is universal, is subconscious anxiety which has a much different generator. It is instilled in us at an early age before we are rational. We are made to believe that we are bad by well-meaning parents, teachers, preachers and others. Those ideas and feelings are stored in our subconsciousness. We don’t remember the specific incidents which caused the ideas and feelings, but we have a general feeling of uneasiness and don’t know why. The more we have been poorly indoctrinated in our formative years, the greater feelings of guilt and anxiety we exhibit. Greater degrees and extremes of anxiety may, and frequently do, lead to depression, even to the point of taking ones own life. Depression is caused by our failed exhaustive attempts to ward off punishment generated by the guilt instilled in us. We see defensive reactions exhibited in many ways but two stand out. One is the overbearing hot head know-it-all who has to be right all the time; would argue a point “till hell freezes over”, and all the time likely being wrong. The other in the cowed, meek, person who exhibits no feelings of self esteem. Typically, that person is shy, backward, hates to meet new people, doesn’t like crowds, would panic if asked to speak to a public audience, and typically will cling to one or two people in their lives. Usually they live in constant fear but have no idea why. In my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry, I show how Ideologies and Religion are the two main culprits in causing those problems. Both of those entities impose on us ideas and demands totally contrary to our God-given nature. As infants, toddlers and small children, we are not capable of a rational analysis of these contrarian ideas; we simply are left with the built-in ideas that we are bad which generates guilt; guilt generates need for punishment; punishment generates anxiety which generates feelings of worthlessness and depression. I show in my book that religions and ideologies in general have ignored Jesus’ command for us to love one another as ourselves. If that were the norm in our society, our children would be inculcated in a framework of love and acceptance. The result would be dramatic. Universal peace would prevail, anxiety would be reduced to a minimum, and people would be God-loving and people-loving. It will likely never happen because of Power, Money and Control. Dictators and Church Hierarchy will never relinquish their Power. For an understanding of how to rid yourself of these anxious feelings and for a complete elucidation of many, many more concepts, you must read my book, Wilderness Cry- a Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Amazon and all on-line book retailers.
The word ‘believe’ is one of the most commonly used in everyday conversation—I believe this or that. In fact, it is so common as to control the thought processes of most people whom I have observed. It seems to be so ordinary as to dominate many people’s life patterns. A classic example is the widespread belief that the Covid-19 vaccine is intrinsically dangerous. So, lets examine the validity of beliefs.
The first thing that must be done is to define the word ‘belief’. A belief is accepting an idea or concept about something as being true without proof— scientific, philosophical, or otherwise. History has shown that, since the inception of record-keeping, beliefs without proofs have been the most destructive forces civilization has ever known . Likely, a book enumerating all the problems created by ‘false beliefs’ would be too heavy for any individual to lift—and those would just be beliefs imposed on their subjects by Kings, Rulers, Religious Hierarchy, and government agencies of all types.
The afore-mentioned address only large segments of society at any given time. What about personal beliefs? There’s a old, but very true, saying that ‘Perception is Reality’. What that means is that anything we ‘believe’ becomes ‘truth’ for us—factually, it may be, and frequently is, totally false. You may say; what difference does it make, and I would say, everything. Just look at some of the myriad of undesirable consequences—here, again, a book listing them all would be voluminous. Lets examine a few.
Interpersonal relationships are wrecked routinely by false beliefs and or/assumptions about someone else. Many of those false concepts may be based on a prejudicial, stereotypical attitude towards another person’s ‘looks’ or ‘peculiar habits’. A major spinoff of such expressed belief is the prejudicing of others such as friends, children, etc., about that person. In another vein, we see the terrible psychological consequences, particularly instilled into little children, by irrational ‘fear beliefs’—those, so afflicted, frequently become permanently disabled in a given sphere of life and have no understanding of why.
In our ever-day lives, on a moment to moment basis, we are required to make judgements based on ‘beliefs’, without knowing whether or not they are true. For instance, how often do you hear someone say ‘they took or didn’t take a certain road or street’ because of ‘such and such’—their reasoning is usually based on past experience and could be considered justified, but it may be false.
Needless to say, it behooves us to be ‘cautious’ in our beliefs. Past experience plus scientific knowledge are likely the two best supporters for ‘realistic belief’.
Historically, belief in a god (God) has caused more turmoil and strife in society than any other singular entity—the reason being, each person’s god was/is different from everyone’s else. How could that be? It is a known fact that every society in recorded history ‘believed’ in a higher power or god. The problem arose because no one could define the essence of that god. Everyone’s god was different—so, they fought, and fought, and fought. Guess what—they’re still fighting.
Just a reminder—there was a time in the foundation of so-called Christianity, the Catholic Church, that failure to accept a particular belief meant certain torture followed by death on a pile of burning wood. For example, the Church proclaimed the earth to be flat—deny that, and you get burned; sex on any elevated structure meant certain burning because the vibrations from such activity might cause the flat earth to topple off its five crocked, wobbly, legs into the netherworld below; failure to accept the earth as ‘the center of the universe’ meant certain incineration (Galileo story); belief that the ‘Holy Land’ belonged to the Church justified the Crusades and the ensuing slaughter of thousands. One of the most bizarre beliefs was in ‘witches’—even the Protestants partook of that one, and brought it to the New World with hanging of witches before the government stopped the practice.
So here we are today in a world filled with hostility generated by a belief in an unidentified god. However, by the ‘Grace of God’, I have been able to irrefutably identify and define the essence of our God once and for all—God is a Perfect Rational Being. That rationality pervades, and makes and keeps perfect, everything in this universe(s). One has to look into the ultimate limits of creation and existence to understand that Perfection—that is Quantum Mechanics (particle physics).
Most people are educated in the basic understanding of chemistry and classical physics— most understand the basic laws of gravity. That is the visible, palpable, world we live in. Those laws are predicable and trustworthy—we have put a human on the moon as an example. Moreover, there are millions, maybe billions, of examples right in our everyday lives which we take for granted—none of that science was known five hundred years ago—peoples lives were regulated by ‘beliefs’, almost all of which were erroneous and based on the pseudo-science of astrology.
So how is it that I can proclaim the essence of God when I can’t even prove God’s existence. Admittedly, I am required to say ‘I believe” there is God, but here is why I’m justified in saying it. In chemistry, we learn the make-up of basic gravid material. We know that atoms are composed of protons, neutron and electrons—we know that atoms react with each other in various ways to form molecules—we know that molecules act and react with each other in various ways to form basic materials—we know that basic materials can be formulated to assist in the creation of all sorts of objects which we may use in various ways in our daily lives. However, what most people don’t know is what the protons and neutrons are made of—therein lies the basis for my, not only believing (accepting) a concept of God , but , more importantly, being able and mandated to define God’s essence. That field of endeavor is known as Quantum mechanics.
We learn in Quantum Mechanics that protons and neutrons are sub-divisible. They are composed of multiple, indivisible, indistinguishable from each of its kind, particles which are perfect in both form and function. Collectively, they are the smallest particles of energy of which everything is made. Since not a single one of them can be created nor destroyed, and since each is perfect in both form and function (meaning it cannot possibly change), each and all exist in eternity. Each is doing, always has done, and always will do exactly what it was designed to do, and do it perfectly. These particles have names such as electron, quark, boson, photon, to name a few. The knowledge of that universal perfection allowed me to see the ‘Real God’—I had/have a realistic scientific basis for my belief.
Not only do I have a realistic basis for my understanding of God’s essence, but I have a clear picture of the Trinity God. I’ll try to paint that picture for you. Before there was time, God existed in what is known as ‘The Singularity’. With his Perfect Intellect, he reflected upon himself and thereby created a perfect mirror image of himself (the Son). Since both exist in eternity, both are living beings. So what choice would two perfect intellects viewing each other have but to love (chose, accept, will) each other. That perpetual loving, accepting, choosing, willing of each other carries the image of its generators—we call that the Holy Spirit—the Will of God.
God visualized the conversion of his energy into all of those tiny particles which make up everything in our vast universe, and they became his reflection, and he says ‘hum’, I love that, I will that. Therefore, in my assessment, I have proclaimed that the Will of God (The Holy Spirit) is indelibly stamped onto every one of those tiny particles—thereby, they are perfect always. The moment God said, “I will that”, time began. Time is a measure of change. The little particles, themselves, never change, but the stuff they make up is constantly changing and in a perfectly ordered fashion. Everything that has ever happened or that ever will happen is the perfect consequence of all the consequences that went before beginning with the Big Bang—the moment God said ‘I Will that”.
You may say, as I did, “where does Jesus fit into that picture?”. It became instantly obvious to me that Jesus, just as we and everything in existence, are mirror images of God. With his super-human intellect, Jesus saw through the psychology of human, animal, plant, and inanimate existences—he recognized the singular evil of selfishness in all—he saw himself as, not only God’s mirror image, but as a ‘sacrificial lamb’ who must die in atonement for that evil. He knew that love (acceptance) by us, not only of God, but of all creation was necessary for peace and happiness. They killed him for that assessment.
Furthermore, and sadly, no one, to date, has listened to Jesus. Each, in turn, has made a mockery of his teaching. They have ignored his only meaningful words, while, at the same time, distorting his other words. Consequently, we have perpetual turmoil—will we ever learn?—seems, likely, not. My two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality spell out that philosophy precisely. You will obtain ‘objective reasons’ for your beliefs in their reading. However, you must read with an open mind which demands that this problem’s solution, and all problem’s solutions, must begin with the source—in this case with a definition of the essence of God. If you cannot define your God’s essence, your god is a myth.
Just what is selfishness anyway? In my little book, Wilderness Cry, I define selfishness as anything directed at self. That is a very general, and, necessarily all inclusive, definition. I daresay that most people who have been disciplined in almost any ‘religion’ would automatically associate selfishness with their inculcated concept of sin. Certainly, there are degrees of selfishness, just as there are of most things—those extremes have been labeled as ‘sin’.
Also, in my little book, I make, what may seem to many, to be a rather ‘bold’ statement by proclaiming that everything in the universe is evil by virtue of its selfishness. That, of course, brings us to another ‘curve in the road’—just what is ‘evil’? Here again, we have been imbued with the idea that evil must be equilibrated with sin. In truth, those who have led and instructed us have designated anything and everything which seems ‘distasteful’ to us/them as sin. It all started with the chief sin policeman, himself, Moses. That gentleman started the fire with just ten ‘pieces of kindling’. However, the three Abrahamic religions that followed kept ‘loading the wagon’ with sin logs so that even as I speak, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is constituted of nine hundred, 6″x9″, rather small print, pages of ‘sin kindling’—and the Jews thought they had it bad with a measly 640, or so, laws.
You might ask, what’s the point of all this rambling? I would likely amaze you and possibly even scandalize you by saying “God made it to be that way” for a very specific purpose. Allow me to explain one more time. All gravid creation exists in a time and motion framework. Time, of course in an incremental measure of change. Every living thing is required to do basically the same things—come into existence, stay in existence for a period of time , reproduce, and die—all of that requires change. When any entity dies, it begins the immediate decomposition process. When that process is completed, its basic elemental residue will be assimilated into other objects. That process will occur repeatedly until all return to the unchanging and unchangeable ‘singularity’ which I/we call God, Allah, Buddha, Brahma, Yahweh, etc.—the one and only true God which I have defined as A Perfect Rational Being.
Minus selfishness, which demands change, the universe would stand still—it would exist in eternity. So, in order to function, everything must, by its very natural order, be continually and continuously changing. Furthermore, literally all change involves selfishness—meaning that all change is directed at the appetite of self. Again, in Wilderness Cry, the universality of that selfishness is well elucidated.
In light of the foregoing understanding, it seems imperative that we alter our attitude about the ‘sin’ in selfishness. In a general sense, everything needs food and water, shelter, protection, reproduction, etc. It is the extremes of those fundamental activities that have been decried as ‘sin—that was Moses’ method of dealing with his wayward subjects. I vouch to say that God ‘cares naught’.
God gave all living things instincts and intellects with which to deal with adversity of all kinds—no individual nor group has developed a fool-proof plan yet—I dare say they never will. Everything belongs in the ‘food chain’—sooner or later everything, including us, will become food for something (bacteria, mice, rats, bears, who knows what)—God made it to be that way. In essence, God feeds offhimself.
The founding fathers of our nation, having experienced the tyranny found in other forms of government, recognized that selfishness, bridled by regulatory controls, was the only way humans could govern themselves successfully. So, they devised a constitutional form of government which incentivized each person to become industrious for himself (selfishness), while, at the same time, helping support the ‘common good’ projects such as schools, roads, infrastructure of all kinds, military for defense etc.—they called it Democratic Capitalism. In addition, their system not only allowed for, but encouraged charitable support for the less fortunate. Unfortunately, their record was terribly marred by the blight of slavery. In their defense, they inherited a fourteen thousand year legacy of slavery. Furthermore that legacy was fostered and supported by religion. The world seems for the most part to have come to grips with its ‘wicked ways’, but the remaining scars are wide and deep, and continue to linger, creating smoldering hostilities.
Why then would God create such a selfish universe? I pondered that question long and hard before I came to realize the rather obvious answer. God, actually had a need. He needed to demonstrate his Perfect Love to the world and himself. In the abstract, love is just a concept. Active love requires a lover and a lovee—what greater lovee could God possibly have than an entire universe(s) of evil (selfishness) which he, himself created, and, in which he resides?—enter his son and our brother Jesus. Jesus saw the ‘big picture’—he witnessed the unbridled greed of the king and ‘upper crusts’ of religion. He taught us that love (acceptance) of God and our neighbor was the only way to peace and happiness. So, he graciously accepted the yoke of torment and death so that God and his creation, including you, I , and Jesus, himself, might be exonerated. Could we ever thank him enough? I don’t for one second believe he ‘expects’ any thanks—that would be selfish of him. However, I do believe it would do us some soul-searching good to pause occasionally and say to ourselves; “thank you Jesus”.
So, what’s all the hullaballoo about? Basically, its about religion using our God-instilled instincts to demean and control us all for money, and ’empire building’. We have a system of laws which were enacted for purposes of dealing with extremes of selfishness. We don’t need religion teaching us that we must ‘appease’ an angry God. God is Perfect—there’s no way that any or all, collectively, could please or displease him.
Have you noticed how we are continually shifting the blame onto God—we are perpetually admonished by our priests and preachers to beg God to change something. I’d suggest to you right now, God will not and cannot change anything he has loved (created)—everything will play out to its intended completion. We are the ones who must change our attitude, our way of thinking, and our understanding. We must come to the full realization that the Spirit (WILL) of God exists in every particle of energy of which everything is made—I defined that as spirituality. It is only through the acceptance of that singular, like-minded, concept that peace can ever be achieved.
Yes, we are selfish—God made us that way so that we could live and function in his selfish, ever-changing, ever-evolving universe. That is the method God used/uses to demonstrate his Prefect Love through the death of his mirror image, Jesus.
My call for The World-Wide Communion of Spirituality continues—it is our only hope for peace.
It is very likely that many, maybe most, of you have never heard of The Gospel Of Thomas. In truth, neither had I until about thirty years ago. In my research, I accidently discovered a reference to it, and being inquisitive, I purchase a book, edited by Ron Cameron, titled, The Other Gospels. What I discovered was a rather ‘eye-opening’ history of which I was unaware. It represents part of a cache of Coptic Christian writings found in a cave in 1945 at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Furthermore, it seems, clearly to predate the Canonical Gospels for two reasons. It appears to be Jesus talking directly to his disciples, with Thomas as the transcriptionist, and more importantly, it contains no mention of Jesus’ Pasion, Crucifixion, Resurrection, etc., as do the four Canonical Gospels. That, of course, implies it was written while Jesus was alive
While first reading it, I was taken aback by some of Jesus’ statements and proclamations. His apparent description of God as being in all things, and being the ‘soul’ of everything, seemed to me to be in stark contrast to the ‘dualistic’ nature of the God which I had been taught in my Roman Catholic upbringing and education. I had always been taught that God was separate from his creation. He resided in Heaven, a ‘place’ somewhere in the sky where he was able to observe everything that went on in his universe. In fact, in the Old Testament, God is described as being very ‘vengeful’ and ‘hostile’ at times. However, he could show ‘mercy’, but one had to beg incessantly, and even ‘bargain’ with God to get it.
Well, also, there was a time when rich people could actually buy God’s mercy’. You know, that seems like a paradox to me because, in one of the Canonical Gospels, Jesus is quoted as saying, “it would be easier for a camel to go through the needle’s eye than for a rich man to get to heaven”. Think about that for a second—the very thing that separates man from God, money, could be used by that same man to buy a ticket into God’s Heaven—hmm. Well, we know, of course, what he really was buying was a clear conscience, while, at the same time, enriching the Vatican coffers which had been depleted by squandering Popes. By the way, for the uninitiated in Roman Catholicism, that ticket was known as an ‘indulgence’. Later on, those tickets (indulgences) were attached to prayers—every prayer in my thick daily missal granted so many days indulgence (reduced time in purgatory) by its reciting.
Certainly, there was never any notion taught to me that God lived in me, or a rat, or a grain of sand, or a flower etc.. It is possible, however, that God, once upon a time, might have lived in snakes, because snakes could actually talk to humans way back when—of course, they can’t now—well, maybe they do, and we just cant understand them. Anyhow, years later, after Jesus’ death, the Apostle, Paul asserted that we are ‘temples of the Holy Spirit’—don’t you just wonder what his understanding of that statement was?—I do. It seems clear to me that likely no one, including Paul, understood what he was saying. I am allowed to say that because roughly three hundred years later, the squabbling Bishops who met in Nicaea, at Emperor Constantine’s request, to form an ‘official Christian (catholic ) Church, certainly didn’t know, and still don’t—they have yet to define the essence of God or the Trinity—I have done both.
It was several years later, while studying particle physics (Quantum Mechanics), that the Gospel of Thomas (Jesus’ direct words), began to ring true. Jesus was instructing them, unequivocally, that everything resided in God, and that God resided in everything. The Gospel of Thomas gave me the ‘Philosophical basis’, and Quantum Mechanics gave me the ‘Scientific basis’ for defining unequivocally, and irrefutably, the essence of God—God Is A Perfect Rational Being. That definition not only allows for, but demands Trinity, and, furthermore, makes a visual understanding of Trinity God possible.
The Gospel Of Thomas clearly shows Jesus’ genius mind at work, disparaging organized religion as being, not only, of no practical value, but rather a major detergent to peace. Instead of being a uniting force, religion sets people against each other—witness the constant turmoil existing among Christians, Muslims and Atheistic Communism. Rather than worshiping and attempting to appease a mythical god, sitting in some ‘ethereal palace’, Jesus commands us to see God in everything in order to find inner peace and communion with Godand his creation.
We have to understand that every creature is ‘our friend’ in God. You might object by observing that snakes, ticks, spiders, mosquitos, chiggers etc. bite us—so would bears, wolves, alligators, lions, tigers, etc. kill and eat us. However, we, in turn, do the same to them. The reality is that they, as well as we, have to eat in order to survive. Just as we, they are doing what God designed them to do. When we come to recognize God’s presence in everything, we see clearly that, in reality, all of God’s creatures are feeding off him—we exist in a massive, self-contained and self-sustaining system of perfect rationality, which is God . Simply stated, homo sapiens just happened to be the latest creature to appear in Gods evolutionary plan—wouldn’t you love to know what comes next—I certainly would. However, I might not like being here— very likely, I would be the hunted rather than the hunter. Since the earth is predicted to exist another five billion years or so, that creature , and, maybe, many more are in God’s evolutionary plan.
Jesus ‘exhortations, found in the Gospel of Thomas, continue to be ignored, as they have been since his death—they actually killed him because of them. He was a traitor—his philosophy would have destroyed their power base and eliminated their ‘money-grubbing’ control over their subjects.
Two years ago, I issued a plea for the recognition and acceptance of The World-Wide Communion of Spirituality. That plea is for the recognition and acceptance that the Spirit (Will) of God is imprinted onto every particle of energy of which everything in existence is made. Therefore we, and everything in existence represent a ‘mirror image’ of God—should God be fighting himself? I think not—what do you think?
I have outlined my philosophy, as found in The Gospel Of Thomas, in my two books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace In Spirituality. You could enrich your New Year by their reading with an ‘open mind’.
COMING OF CHRIST-Christmas is rapidly approaching. Of course, it represents Christianity’s selected date for celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is not his actual birthday—rather a day chosen in opposition to a pagan celebration. Jesus real birthday has been suggested by historical ‘experts’ to likely be in April or September. Be that as it may, we know the eventuating story of his birth, childhood, public ministry, crucifixion and ascension, and the prediction of his ‘second coming. However, before we can address the ‘second coming of Christ’ we must understand the ‘first coming’. I can see the quizzical expressions on your faces right now—what on earth does he mean?—we know all about the ‘first coming’—we have the Bible. And I would say to you, “not so fast. Maybe a quick historical brush-up would help”.
As you will recall, somewhere along the line, the Hebrews discovered the ‘one true God’. That God was theirs and theirs alone. Because of the disobedience of the first man, Adam, God had banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (Paradise) and committed them to a life of toil by the ‘sweat of their brow’. Later on, the Hebrews entered into pacts with God—they actually had conversations with him. In the last pact, (covenant), God swore that never again would he abandon them. Furthermore he would send them the Messiah who would ‘restore the kingdom’ just for them alone—such was their collective imagination.
By the time Jesus appeared, the Jews had already developed a very corrupt, and self serving, scheme of government, which rewarded those in power, and kept the rest at bay, poor, and basically enslaved. Consequently, the masses longed for the Messiah whom they had been promised.
Jesus possessed a genius mind, dramatically superior to all others. He recognized the universal evil of selfishness, but, more importantly, he saw how the dualistic idea, of God being ‘over here’, and his creation being ‘over there‘, was being used to control the peasant masses— all for power and money. He knew instinctively that nothing in existence could be unless the Spirit of God was present within it. Therefore, the concept of a dualistic God, as envisioned by the Israelites, was dramatically incorrect.
Now, lets address the issue of Jesus’ name. His name is Jesus—not Jesus Christ. The word Christ is derived from Latin and Greek, and is interpreted as King, just as is the word messiah. Remember, in the Old Testament, the Hebrews ‘were promised’ a Messiah (King) who would rule over their entire world in a ‘new paradise’.
When Jesus began his public ministry by proclaiming himself to be ‘the Messiah’, and preaching an heretical gospel (good news) of love, it was a ‘tough gristle’ for many to chew and swallow —they were so imbued with the philosophy of ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’, both in their societal government, and in their understandings about God. In fact, the King and High Priest couldn’t, and wouldn’t, even try to chew it—it would have poisoned them, and destroyed their ‘power base’ over society. So, they killed him.
After Jesus’ death, his bewildered followers seemed not to know what to think. There seems to be nothing recorded for fifteen years after Jesus’ death, until Paul began writing letters to his followers. As I have expressed in previous writings, I believe Paul got his understanding about Jesus from the very people he was persecuting. By his own admission, he had some sort of emotional reaction while he was riding to persecute them. Once upon a time, such a reaction might/would have been labeled hysteria , but, today, it is known as somatic symptom disorder. In some of his writings he referred to Jesus as Christ Jesus, which means that he recognized Jesus as a Spiritual King. Therefore, the word Christ is a titular reference, just as King David, or as M.D. following my name. I can find no writing as to when Jesus was first referenced as Jesus Christ, rather than Christ Jesus, as Paul did.
If you have not read the Coptic Gospel of Thomas, I highly recommend it. In that gospel, Jesus keeps saying, over and over and over, the exact same thing while using using different words— it was his desperate attempt to get his apostles to understand his teaching. In the clearest statement of all, when his disciples asked him, “when will the Kingdom come?”, he said to them; “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying, ‘Here it is’, or ‘There it is.’ Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.” That statement indicates clearly that Jesus recognized the presence of God’s spirit in everything, including him.
In that same text Jesus told them, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. From me did the All come forth, and unto me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift up the stone and you will find me there.”
In proclaiming that he was ‘the light of the world’, Jesus was attempting to dissuade them from their understanding that God was sitting in some palatial heaven in some mysterious whereabouts, while overseeing and over-lording his creation—rather, God is in all creation. That creation, of course, included Jesus, as well as everyone and everything.
Jesus spoke the only ‘truth’— love is all that matters. Jesus certainly had not the foggiest idea of/about Quantum Mechanics (particle physics), which, in my opinion, defines the essence of God, but his genius told him that the Holy Spirit (Will of God, Love of God, Acceptance of God) had to be present in everything or it could not exist.
Jesus readily understood the malicious and cultist nature of religion. He observed how religion was being used by High Priests to bilk the poor peasants of their hard-earned meager existences, under the pretense of ‘appeasing’ an angry God—they were, in fact, appeasing their greed.
Jesus readily recognized that the light of that knowledge must be spread out over the entire world through his apostles. He knew he would be killed for his philosophy, and was hopeful of having them be the ‘spreaders’ of his message. Were they?—not yet, that I can determine. Those who wrote, and re-wrote, and re-wrote, and re-wrote, ad nauseum, the so-called canonical literature we have, the Bible, were not to be dissuaded one bit by Jesus’ heretical teachings. They were, in fact, shocked to learn that Jesus was going to ‘die for them’.
Of, course, as matter of historical fact, the Jews did kill him. The narrative should have ended there, but it didn’t. Those writers were so determined to ‘have it their way’ that they created another narrative—a resurrection, ascension and, above all, a second coming. That wish became so strong that many taught and believed Jesus’s return to be imminent—such was their wishful thinking. It has been only two thousand years or so, and still no coming—so,what’s a few billion years to an eternal God?
Do you think Paul would be surprised to know that?—I suspect he would be flabbergasted. Also, I suspect John Mark, Paul’s side-kick, who wrote the first Gospel would be dismayed also—remember, he quoted Jesus as saying that the end of the world would happen before the current generation (40 years) passed. We will never know what their ‘real’ ideas and understandings were, nor where they came from. Quite obviously, if they came from Jesus’ mouth, he would have to be considered an imposter—I don’t believe that for one second.
If we accept Jesus as real, and I certainly do, then we are forced to accept that his post crucifixion narratives were fabricated by writers biased in their predetermined belief—they simply had to make their longsuffering come to an end. I don’t have the foggiest idea about who the culprits were, and I sincerely doubt that anyone does. It is possible that the answer lies buried in Vatican archives—I have no expectation of us ever being privy to that information.
Seemingly, no one, except possibly John, a little understood and accepted what Jesus told them. It would, in fact, be The Greatest Story Ever Told if we could only hear it straight from Jesus’ mouth.
Based on my definition of the essence of God as ‘a Perfect Rational Being’, coupled with my basic understanding of Particle Physics, the Jesus story as told in the Gospel of Thomas makes perfect sense—it adds absolute clarity to the subject. It also prompted me to write my basic philosophy Book, Wilderness Cry-A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe. Another book I have written and published is Peace in Spirituality. It represents only one of a myriad of possible extrapolations of that definition. More importantly, it presents an absolute, indisputable, meaning of The Second Coming.
The Second Coming will occur only through the universal awakening of the human consciousness to the presence of the Will Of God, the Holy Spirit, in everything in existence. Then, and only then, will Jesus’ truth, light of the world, shine over all creation—please don’t hold your breath—religion has the human consciousnesspinned to the ground.
I continue my call for the recognition and acceptance of, The World-wide Communion of Spirituality, which means that all must understand and accept the concept that the Spirit (Will) of God is necessarily imprinted onto every particle of energy of which everything in existence is made.
REMISS–this word implies lack of care or concern for duty; negligent. We often hear people make excuses for their seeming ‘lack of concern’, such as, ‘well, I didn’t know it was that important, or I’d have———‘, or ‘she didn’t do her job well because she’s just lazy’. There are at least a million ways someone may be ‘remiss’, but I believe one of the most common is failure to ‘share meaningful’ information with others.
From a personal standpoint, a few years back, I made a startling discovery, and I felt compelled to share it with you in my little book Wilderness Cry. That title belies the book’s contents—it refers to ‘my voice crying out for truth from a wilderness of , mythology, superstition, astrology, ignorance, arrogance, and deceit.
I was born and raised in a one hundred per cent Catholic community, deep in the heart of the ‘Bible belt’, in far western Kentucky. The first eighteen years of my education were in Catholic institutions—I was very indoctrinated in Catholic Dogma and theology. At a very early age I began to quandary some of those doctrines, and as time progressed, so did my list of questions grow—no suitable answers were to be found.
The most fundamental question of all concerned the very nature of God, himself—just who is this biblical God? During sixty five years of intense research and study, I learned that many, many, great thinkers and theologians had asked the same question. Each, in turn, realizing the rather miniscule image painted of the biblical God, had attempted to ‘define the essence’ of the ‘real God’—all failed.
At age seventy, I took a course in Quantum Mechanics (particle physics)—there I made startling discoveries. Every gravid object in existence is made up of tiny particles of energy with various identities. Each of its kind is identical to its counterparts. Furthermore, each is perfect in both form and function. Not any one of them can be further subdivided, nor can any one of them change or be changed. Therefore, they exist in eternity. Even though they make up all of the finite material objects in existence, they, themselves, are infinite and eternal. Wow!!! Are we not speaking of God? Did the lights not just come on? Do we not now know who God is? I do.
God is a Perfect Rational Being. That ‘essential definition’ solves all mysteries. More importantly, it refutes all religion and all myths associated with religion.
I would have been terribly remiss by not sharing that information with you. All your open-minded questions are answered there.
REMORSE vs GUILT–I sincerely doubt the validity of the interchangeability of these two words. However, I oftentimes hear them applied in actual or inferred reversed circumstances. I believe ‘remorse’ implies a personal inner sorrow and/or regret for having done or said something that hurts someone else. ‘Guilt’, on the other hand, implies a need for punishment or retribution for some action or statement. You might ask what difference does it make, and I would say that in most circumstances, ‘none’, except for proper understanding and communication.
There is a big difference, though, when it comes to the fields of psychology and morality. As a Catholic Christian child, I was taught two types of ‘Act of Contrition’ prayers. The ‘Act of Perfect Contrition’ tells God that we are are sorry (remorseful) for our sins because they offend him ‘who art all good and deserving of all our love’. The ‘Act of Imperfect Contrition’, on the other hand, tells God that we are sorry for our sins, ‘because we dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell’. In other words, one Act expresses pure sadness, sorrow, and remorse, while the other expresses guilt with fear of ‘impending punishment’.
From a psychological standpoint, I believe the so-called act of Perfect Contrition is a sham if one has ever been indoctrinated in the other—it would be impossible to express ‘perfect remorse and sorrow’ if one knew that ‘retribution’ was a possibility—you would be attempting to ‘lie’ to yourself and to God. So what does that do—it creates a sense of greater guilt—the dog keeps chasing his tail. So, what’s the point?
Clearly, the point is the severe psychological damage inflicted by such schizoid moral teachings. Ultimately, it instills in us a permanent sense of guilt with resultant impending punishment. When done in pre-rational age children, their subconscious minds are contaminated forever. When that contamination reaches a certain point, anxiety of unknown origin besets them. The typical initial defense to that anxiety is ‘an air of perfection’—work the hardest, excel the most, be perfect in/at everything. That attitude, which is subconscious, demands effort above and beyond ‘normal’—as the demand grows, so does the energy expenditure, both physical and mental (emotional). If and when it reaches extreme levels, a subconscious feeling of ‘helplessness’ sets in—we cant keep up the pace—we become depressed. Way too often, that depression reaches extreme levels—we no longer can cope—we give up—it’s over—we’re gone from this life forever.
That exact scenario prevailed in Medieval Europe. People were being, first tortured, and then burned to death, by the Inquisition for being normal—such was the idiocy of the Church. People were being declared ‘witches’. Anyone accused of being a witch was automatically convicted, and anyone who attempted a defense for a suspected witch was automatically convicted also. An official inquisition manual, created by Heinrich Cramer and Jacob Springer, The Malleus Maleficarium, carries the official imprimatur of Pope Innocent V111, and is divided into three sections—1 defines the existence of witches: 2- how they operate, and: 3- their remedy. The net result was an entire society so ‘guilt ridden’ as to prompt G. Rattray Taylor, in his very astute book, Sex in History, to describe Medieval Europe as “One Giant Cesspool of Psychosis”.
Rational beings, most likely, should experience feelings of remorse/sorrow for offending someone. Many times, our legal system, which was developed and sustained by Judeo-Christianity, would ascribe guilt, and demand punishment for such offenses.
I would suggest to you that the entire system from which Judaism, all Christianity, as well as Islam was derived is based one hundred percent on false premises. All of that stems from a very ‘false notion’ of God. Not one of, those religions, nor any other, has ever been willing or able to define their God’s essence. I have, and my definition soundly refutes all religions known to me. In my book Wilderness Cry, I define God as ‘A Perfect Rational Being’—an irrefutable definition. In addition, I carry that definition to the point of refutation of anything and everything pertaining to the Abrahamic religions. A complete explanation is included. In Peace in Spirituality, I carry just one of a myriad of ramifications of that definition to its ‘logical conclusion’.
I might add that I am happy to announce that Wilderness Cry has been chosen by Online Book Club as Book Of The Day for 12-1-20, and Book of the Month for the entire month of December, 2020.
The point of this presentation today is to make clear how subtle differences can, and oftentimes do, have major implications. We must always be careful of ‘what we say’ and ‘how we say it’.
In the natural world of irrationality, there exists an ‘inborn’ understanding—survival of the fittest—the biggest, strongest, always win and are in charge. There is a ‘natural hierarchy’ established usually by strength alone. Sadly, in the ‘rational world’ of humans, that hierarchy, frequently, seems to be established by ‘cunning and deceit’.—should they feel ‘remorse’ or ‘guilt’, or possibly both? I have observed that most feel nothing unless they get caught—then they become very ‘remorseful, not because they feel sorrow for their victims, but, rather, because they got caught, and they know they are ‘guilty’—that’s when postured remorse can and should be acclaimed as ‘sham’. What do you think?
IDENTITY–Do you have ‘identity’? Of course you do. But if someone asked you to explain your identity, what would you tell them? Likely there would be a hesitant stammering with an eventual ‘well, it’s my looks, or my name, or even what I stand for’. And those would be suitable answers for everyday conversation, But, just what is ‘identity’? The word, itself, comes from the Latin word ‘idem’ which means ‘same’. So, we may legitimately define the essence of identity as ‘sameness’.
That sameness may be applied in various ways as just indicated—a photo appearance of our basic features—by name—by attitude, political philosophy, etc., etc. However, if we choose, each of those identifying characteristics can be changed. The ‘identity’ I want to address today is our eternal (spiritual) identity.
The eternal identity ascribed to each of us in the Bible would be essentially the same as we are here on earth with one major exception—we would be, either eternally blissful in a New Paradise, or eternally anguished and tormented in the unquenchable fire of hell. It all started, of course, in the Garden of Eden with a ‘talking snake’ enticing Eve to disobey God, and she, in turn, coaxed Adam to do likewise—that’s when ‘all hell broke loose’. God booted them out of Paradise to the condemnation of earning their living by ‘the sweat of their brow’.
Somewhere along the line, God repented from his harshness, and made a deal with them (the Israelites)—if they would be ‘good little boys and girls’, he would send a messiah who would ‘restore Paradise just for them’. Well, in fact, a messiah did appear after several thousand years—his name (identity) was Jesus of Nazareth. Now Jesus wasn’t exactly what they were looking for—he preached a heretical message of ‘universal love- of both God and neighbor. They killed him for that .
During the course of his teaching (preaching), they asked him ‘when was he going to restore the Kingdom’, and he told them that ‘the kingdom of God is spread out all over the earth around them, and they didn’t see it. They didn’t seem to like that answer very much—they either didn’t understand or didn’t want to understand it. However, in their determination to ‘have it their way’, they changed Jesus’ identity somewhat—he was the ‘messiah in waiting’—he had to die first—then he would come back. He would separate the ‘sheep from the goats’.
You know the story—the sheep had an identity of ‘goodness’. They would inherit the ‘New Paradise’—they’d all be running around gleefully slapping grandpa on the back, and giving grandma a great big smacker on the cheek and a big hug—the ‘poker gang’ would be back together drinking beer, smoking big cigars and telling jokes. In short, it would be just ‘one hellava’ infinite party. In the meantime, the poor goats, whos identity was synonymous with bad (evil), would be cast into the ‘eternal fires of hell’—they would be begging Lazarus for just ‘one drop of water’ on their tongues— they won’t get it.
Strangely, after Jesus death, one Saul of Tarsus, who later changed his ‘name identity’ to Paul, decided that it was logical and appropriate to change the identity of Jesus—Jesus would no longer be the ‘messiah of just the Jews’—he would be known as the messiah of all. That ‘identity change’ didn’t set too well at first with Peter, James and John, but they eventually accepted it. However, Paul’s identity changed dramatically in the eyes of the Romans—he became identified with ‘insurrection’ just as Jesus was—so, the Romans killed Paul. In fact, they killed Peter and, eventually, thousands who identified with Jesus of Nazareth.
So, where does that leave us? I can’t speak ‘for you’ but I can speak ‘to you’. I know where it left me—I lost my identity in the ‘fairytale’ of the bible. I would give anything if we could know exactly what Jesus said and did—just as importantly, if we could know exactly what the early writers had to say. Sadly, neither is possible and here’s why. Many of you, maybe most, are unaware of the origin of current bibles. The original writings were not neatly catalogued in a bound volume (book)—there was no such thing at the time. Each writing was made on a papyrus scroll or dried animal skins. As Christianity spread, there was need for many, many copies—each community needed a copy. Each copy had to be made by hand, and that’s where the ‘rub’ comes in. It is quite obvious that Jesus’ identity changed from one community to another—that is born out by the ‘climate’ of near total discord among Christian Bishops and their communities in the year 325 AD when Emperor Constantine called the first council at Nicaea. The sole purpose of that council was to settle those disputes once and for all, and establish Christianity and the official religion of the entire Roman Empire.
There was need for literally thousands of hand-made copies of the known writings. Quite obviously, Jesus’ identity changed from one community to the next because of the resultant disagreements. The copiers, either made legitimate mistakes in their transcription process or, very likely, they deliberately changed the wording to suit their own whims. The final result is this—the oldest known complete one of those copies was made some two hundred years after Jesus’ death. During the first Nicaean Council, many scriptures were accepted as legitimate and many were rejected—it seems logical that the scriptures which were accepted identified the Jesus which the majority liked, while those which were rejected carried a different ‘Jesus identity’. Needless to say, there is absolutely no ‘logic’ to assuming that the majority were correct—winning a war doesn’t prove whose right; just who’s in charge.
All of that background knowledge forced me to define the identity of God—the God presented to me as a child and thereafter, just didn’t exist. From that standpoint, it is quite easy to see why there are so many atheists—the God presented to them by religion is an irrational ‘fairytale’.
I did, in fact, discover God’s identity: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That discovery changed Jesus’ identity—it also changed your identity just as it did mine. God’s ‘Perfect Rationality’ pervades all—nothing can be without it. That perfect Rationality translates into ‘Perfect Love’. Perfect Love knows no conditions—it is total acceptance without any pay-back. And, why should it not be that way—after all, God, with his Perfect Intellect, envisioned it all and, with his Holy Will he chose it all—would it be possible for a perfect God to ‘reject himself’?—that would be total illogicity and impossible.
So, what is the ‘net effect’? Simply this—we all are God’s children—we all are Jesus’ brothers and sisters. Jesus told us that, but the ‘framers’ of Christianity just couldn’t let go of power and control, and the money therefrom forthcoming. So, they ignored Jesus’ teaching of ‘love’—they had to have a God identified with ‘vengeance’—they had to have the tool of ‘guilt’ in order to exercise that power and control—they needed to impose a ‘blanket of guilt’ on everyone just for being ordinary normal human beings—they had to ‘brand us’ with a new identity; shameful, guilty sinners who, not only deserved punishment of the harshest type, but most likely would attain it. They knew exactly how to make a world full of ‘jabbering idiots’—burn them to death on a pile of wood just for being God’s normal creature—a new identity was created for all.
Jesus, in his brilliance, recognized the invalid identity of God which was being presented to us by the Jews. He could plainly see the universal evil of ‘selfishness’ exhibited by everything in existence. Knowing that he, we, and everything in existence were ‘mirror images’ of our creator, led him to understand that God’s Perfect Love must be demonstrated—God’s children must be liberated—his Love must be exhibited, understood and accepted. So, Jesus assumed a ‘new identity’—savior of the world—and, what a wonderful identity it was/is.
In light of that understanding, what should our response be—a great big “Thank you Lord God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit (Will of God) for my life, for my sustenance, and for my eternal salvation. Amen, Amen, Amen. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the USA—every day should be a day of thanksgiving; don’t you think? Eucharist means ‘thanksgiving’.
What about our eternal identity. The contemplative Hindus saw this life on earth as one phase in eternal existence. If I understand them correctly, assuming your life here has been exemplary and filled with love, joy and happiness, you stand a good chance of passing directly back to your creator. However, if less than perfect, you will likely reincarnate as some other being or entity and get ‘tried’ over and over until you ‘make the grade’.
What, then, would/will be our identity at death? My philosophy, based on Jesus’ teaching of Love, my definition of God as Perfect Rationality, and my understanding of particle physics, plus my observations tell me one thing for certain—every particle of energy which make up my body will, in time, be incorporated into another physical existence; be it water. sand, air, a tree, a dog, or whatever. Whether or not, I will have a specific rational identity is only a matter of faith and hope in God’s love—Jesus reportedly told us, ‘eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, nor hath it entered into the mind of man, the glories that await us (paraphrased). I believe, without doubt, that I would be extremely happy with that identity—wouldn’t you?
If anyone is interested in further investigation, please read Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality. My book, Wilderness Cry will be features as On-line Book Club’s Book of The Month starting December 1, 2020.
QUESTION–Everybody knows what a ‘question’ is; right? Yes, I suspect literally one hundred percent of ‘rational’ people do. Most people seem to be full of questions of all kinds. In fact, I daresay that, in any single twenty four hour period, there are billions of questions asked. The ‘real question’, however, is, ‘how many of those questions justify and/or receive a sound scientific and/or philosophically sound logical answer—the likelihood is, very few.
If your experience has been similar to mine, you have heard and observed questions of every sort and description being asked, but, more importantly, being answered in the most inane way—people call that ‘conversation’. I suppose it could logically be classified as conversation, but to me it’s senseless ‘chatter’.
What we frequently find emanating from such ‘conversations’ is misinformation (disinformation) spreading through society like ‘wild-fire’—one person says it ‘dogmatically’, and the next repeats it dutifully, or maybe with a little ‘flavor’ added just for emphasis. The consequence is that, in a very short time, the original ‘version’ is hardly recognizable . In fact, it gets so bad at times so as to give the ‘fact checkers’ a headache trying to follow the story-line. Why do you suppose that is?
I think it is a ‘personality trait’ engendered by an ignorant society and fostered by a ‘fear’ of not knowing. Somehow, we are ‘scared to death’ of saying, “I don’t know”—we are ‘deathly afraid of appearing ignorant amongst our peers. But where does that ‘ignorance’ come from? Plainly, ignorance exists when truth is not known. So, the mighty question arises, ‘how do we know truth?’
Quite obviously, if we want to know truth, we must learn it from two possible sources—by education in ‘known truths’, and by the ‘scientific process’. Known truths ‘came to be’ by way of the scientific process (method), and just what is that? It always involves ‘asking a question’ followed by proposing a possible answer with eventual experimentation to determine if the proposal was correct. If it proves to be correct, we must get the same result with multiple repeats of an identical experiment—if we do, we have a scientific law—if we don’t, we must propose a different solution and continue the repeating process until we ‘find’ the correct answer. Until and unless we do that, everything we propose is ‘pure speculation’ and likely meaningless. Now to education—
I am totally convinced that our education system is a ‘monumental failure’. I am allowed to say that for two main reasons. Number one in my eighty seven years, I have observed the near total demise of the meaningful education in the history of the human race. I might interject an old saying—‘those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it’. Number two, children are not being taught ‘how to think’. By that, I mean they are not being taught how to think ‘logically’. Logic demands that we must accept the consequences of factual observations. We simply cannot go about ‘willy-nilly’ saying what we please with no factual back-up and expect people to accept it.
If I were in charge of our educational system I would put into place two mandatory educational standards—‘Logic’ which would teach children ‘how they are allowed to think’ and ‘Psychology’ which would teach them ‘what they are allowed to think’. Psychology would teach them how each personality develops due to each persons different life experiences—therefore, each person has individual feelings and biases about any subject. Ultimately, each child would learn that ‘known truths ‘ exist and must be honored—‘unknown truths’ must be uncovered by the scientific process—question, propose, experiment, observe, repeat, honor results. Children need to understand this process at an early age—at least by fourth or fifth grade of elementary school.
I have written about ‘rationalization’ before—that is, using one known or presumed truth and applying it in an illogical manner to draw erroneous conclusions. Even semi-astute observers see that scenario play out on so-called national news programs, repeatedly, each day. Of course, the purpose of such chicanery is to influence the minds of the ill-advised and/or unlearned—ultimately, power and control over you and your pocket-book.
That exact ‘plan of attack’ has underscored the ‘playbook’ of organized religion from day one. In ancient Egypt, Kings and, later on, Pharos were considered to be ‘earth gods’—they owned all the land, collected taxes and waged wars to protect their land. In addition, they built monstrous edifices celebrating their own achievements, and conditioning themselves for death and a new life existence. Similar activities played-out in most of the ‘civilized world’—there were Kings and High priests who owned everything and the rest were basically peasants—same plan as Judaism.
Fast forward to Jesus and Christianity—see any difference?—I don’t. The peculiar thing about all of that ‘religion and reign’ is this—no one but no one was allowed to ask a question. During the ‘Inquisition’ people were routinely burned to death for even suggesting that the earth was round. In fact, it was three years after Vasco da Gama sailed to India proving the earth was round, before the Pope lifted the prohibition. You will recall that Galileo saved his hide from the fire by recanting his scientific discovery that the sun was the center of the universe and not the earth which was mandated under penalty of ‘death by fire’. The great Greek philosopher, Socrates, was executed by the Greek elite because of his insistence that everyone be able to explain (defend) any statement they make—on his death mat, he advised his acolytes to ‘question everything’. His demand meant that if one cannot explain the exact meaning (essence) of a statement, the statement, in fact, has no meaning.
As a child, at a very young age, I began questioning certain tenets of my religion, Roman Catholicism. I was taught religion (Catholic catechism) with the same identical certainty as arithmetic and algebra. I was readily able to see the logic in all sciences. However, the ‘factual religion’ I was mandated to learn and the demands it imposed upon me seemed ‘illogical’ and ‘unreasonable’ in many areas. When I dared ask a question, I was told to ‘basically shut up’—don’t be asking questions. When I was twelve years old or so, after observing for several years that absolutely nothing which we, individually, or even as an entire parish collectively, prayed for ever came to fruition, I did ask my parish priest why that was—why wouldn’t God ‘answer our prayers? To my surprise, he did answer me—he said ‘it was God’s will’. So, even at that tender age, I determined ‘a logic’ there—if it were God’s will that he ‘never answered our prayers’, two things pertained—God’s will could not be changed and we were wasting our time and effort in begging him to do so.
That startling realization was frightening—it prompted many, many questions for which there were no obvious answers. I was bewildered—a feeling of ‘helplessness’. However, I became determined to not let it ‘get me down’—I would find the answers to all my questions ‘on my own’—the Church certainly was not going to help—later on, I realized that the Church couldn’t help—it was hopelessly mired in a system of mythology—it still is.
As a matter of fact, I have sensed a ‘slight inclination’ of a Church being forced to accept ‘scientific facts and gradually crawl out of its shell of mythology. However, I am certain that many generations will pass before any significant ‘morphing’ is achieved—there are simply too many people in any given generation who ‘remember’. My proclamation—‘it will change or it will die’.
After sixty plus years of determined investigation into the essence of God , I had the good fortune of ‘stumbling’ onto a course in Quantum Mechanics (particle physics). As I worked my way through that course, a ‘startling revelation’ came to light—bingo!—the answer to my eternal question was right before my eyes—Suddenly, I knew who God is. No longer did I have to quander over the meaning off a human-like God—a grizzled old man sitting in some mythical cloud in some mysterious place. Suddenly, my God was real—it was everywhere—in everything including me and you—in every grain of sand—in every leaf. Jesus had told us that already, but the church ignored him—“split a piece of wood and I’ll be there; lift a rock and find me there”(paraphrased).
The communion host of which we and many Christians partake, suddenly took on a different meaning. The word ‘communion’ means a ‘commonality with something or someone’. My question about Trinity God was suddenly answered—the Spirit (will) of God was in everything or it could not be. That ‘communion bread’ means that we have a ‘commonality’ with ‘everything in existence’.
God’s essence suddenly became obvious. For the first time in human existence, God’s essence could be defined—the eternal question finally could be answered—not only answered but answered irrefutably.
God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition answers any and all questions about our existence, both temporal and eternal.
In light of that knowledge, two years ago, I called for the recognition and acceptance of ‘The World–wide Communion of Spirituality, which simply means that we are in communion with everything in existence through the Spirit of God. That Spirit (Will) of God in necessarily ‘branded’ onto every quantum of energy of which every gravid object in existence is made, or nothing could exist.
Now, do you have ‘questions’? If so, I’ll guarantee that you will find the straightforward answers in my two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality.
WRONG JESUS–You may be wondering , already, ‘what on earth does he mean by ‘wrong Jesus?’. Well, I’ll tell you, but it won’t, necessarily, be a short answer.
To begin with, let’s take a look at the so-called Christian world—as of the year 2014, there were 33,000 listed, different Christian religions and/or sects on this planet. Any reasonable person would ask in wonderment, ‘how can that be?’ Again my explanation will not be a short ‘one-sentence-er’.
To begin with, we must look at the book of Genesis—therein lies the framework for all of our division and consternation. The scientific information we have today, in my opinion, proves the ‘Creation story’ to be pure mythology which was based on someone’s imaginary attempt at explaining the universes’ existence. That singular ‘false premise’ set the stage for everything following to be false—any conclusion which is based on false premises is, by its very logical nature, certain to be false.
So, given that original false narrative, the plot thickened and expanded from there—a continual and continuing ‘string of incorrect conclusions’ right up until the time of Jesus. The myth goes like this—
Mankind and, indeed, all animal life had been created into a state of ‘perfect harmony’—a paradise where all animals loved each other and snakes could talk. Genesis doesn’t tell us about any other animals talking—it makes sense that they all could and did—I would loved to have eavesdropped on their conversations.
Genesis does tell us that Eve and Adam disobeyed their Creator (God), and he, in turn, cast them, along with all the animals, out of Paradise and condemned then to a life of toil. No longer were the animals lovey-dovey with each other—can’t you just imagine how ‘all hell broke lose among them’? It’s a wonder that any of them survived—maybe the ‘sly weasel’. Ill bet that snake wished he’d kept his mouth shut.
By the way, how’s come Genesis doesn’t tell us how it came to be that all of a sudden the snake decided to ‘turn against God’ and tempt (lie) to Eve—maybe that was an ‘incidental triviality’ not worth mentioning. My take—I suspect that the mythology writer thought his story was convincing enough with no further explanations necessary—just let you ‘fill in the blanks’.
And, fill in the blanks, they did. They started with ‘frequent conversations’ with their God—their ‘bargaining sessions’ became often and sometimes lengthy.
Ultimately, their fantasy and ‘wishful thinking’ had to be satisfied. In one of their most famous bargaining sessions, they convinced God to send them a Messiah who would immediately ‘recreate paradise’ just for them—to hell with everyone else. So, they waited in ‘long suffering’ for that day. When it finally came, guess what?—they discovered that their period of waiting wasn’t over, after all. To their chagrin, Jesus told them that he first must die and then come back before their Kingdom of Paradise would be restored—what a disappointing ‘slap in the face’—2000 years now, and still waiting.
Well, we know the historical story—the Jews, themselves, killed Jesus because he was ‘teaching hearsay’ to their religion. Jesus followers, however, believed in his teaching—but what was his teaching? That’s the ‘sixty four thousand dollar question—that’s where the ‘rub’ comes in.
Remember, literally all of Jesus early followers were Jews—they were well aware of the Jewish religion. Consequently, from day one on, there was no consensus about what Jesus teaching really was. More importantly, there was no consensus about what his teaching meant. And there, my friends, is where all the trouble started.
Paul was the first known person to write a single word about Jesus some fifteen years after Jesus’ death. He freely admits that he has no idea of how he came by knowledge of Jesus’ teaching—in previous communication, I have opined that I am certain he got his information from those he was persecuting. When he suddenly realized that he may be/was persecuting God, himself, he had an overwhelming emotional (hysterical) reaction which prompted him to proclaim he did not know ‘whether he was in the body or out of the body (paraphrased)’. Be that as it may, Paul never agreed with Peter, James and John about the requirements of salvation. Paul preached a salvation by faith in Jesus whilst the others insisted on, not only faith but ‘works’ as requirement for salvation.
After three hundred years, the Christian community world wide was so divided as to prompt the Roman Emperor, Constantine, to call a general council of the worlds ‘bishops’ at Nicaea, and demanded that they formulate a singular religion of their liking—that, they did, and Roman Catholicism was born. That religion created a ‘high and mighty’ hierarchy, which eventually exhibited so much corruption as to prompt the ‘Protestant Reformation. That ‘break-up’ began a well-spring of Protestant religions. The Catholic Church, itself, had already split in to Roman and Eastern Churches by the mid-one-thousands.
So, why all the break-ups? They had to do with many factors, but two were outstanding—power struggles on the one hand, and theological on the other. The Roman Church was so bestraught with corrupt leaders and tainted practices—selling indulgences for profit, the ‘Inquisitions”, etc., as to prompt the Reformation. Once the Reformation began, the ‘cat was out of the bag’. Different “versions’ of the Bible were appearing often, and each version represented the theological whims of each writer.
Consequently, the mythology story of Genesis began, in earnest, to ‘play out on the giant, world stage’—Star Wars isn’t even ‘in the running’. Splinter sects of Christian religions sprang up like weeds, everywhere—they seem still to be. Why? None of them, of which I am aware, ‘knows Jesus‘. They each, in turn ‘paint him with a little different brush’—that brush gives them an ‘identity’—it destroys Jesus’ identity. Not a single, solitary one of them is willing or seemingly able to accept Jesus as he was /is. Not a single one is able or willing to accept the Jesus I know—Pure Love and nothing more. He gave his life that we may have life—can there be greater love? He commanded us, explicitly, to love—‘love our God and love our neighbor’. That’s the only, real Jesus I know.
Every preacher I have ever seen or heard has to ‘flavor’ Jesus’ teaching—they are compelled to ‘put words in his mouth’, and why?—I think I know—power, money, control.
So. I ask you, truthfully, ‘Which Jesus do you know?’ I know the Jesus who recognized and understood that the Spirit (Will) of God was in everything in existence. He knew that God was not separated from his creation—God was/is in all of his creation simultaneously. He knew that God was ‘Perfect Love’—therefore he could reject nothing—God is ‘all loving, all accepting.
In light of that understanding, two years ago I called for the recognition and acceptance of The World-wide Communion of Spirituality. That insight recognizes the presence (Spirit [Will]) of God in each and every particle of energy of which everything in physical existence is composed.
Please consult my two book’s, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality, for full understanding.