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 the 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 at all, just as Jesus, they were able to devine 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 was 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 that 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.
Consequences– seems like a strange title for a blog post, or does it? Please allow me to explain. Knowing the ultimate implications of consequences is undoubtedly the ‘most important understanding’ we can possibly have. I can hear you now saying to yourself, ‘what is that simpleton talking about?’. And I answer by saying, ‘listen-up and I will explain post-haste’.
The word consequence means ‘the effect or result of an action or condition’. So, you may say, ‘what’s that got to do with anything?’—I would say, ‘everything’. The primary question, then, is ‘when did consequences begin?’. The obvious answer is, ‘with the beginning of time’—time, of course, is a measure of ‘change’. So how and when did ‘time begin?’.
Once upon a time, there was no time; only eternity. However there is that Perfect Rational Being who exists in eternity. With its ‘Perfect Intellect’ it perceived of converting (demonstrating) its perfect energy by the creation of Perfect Little Particles of itself, known as quanta (pleural for quantum). A quantum is the smallest particle of energy (matter) which can not be subdivided. That Perfect Intellect perceived of several varieties of those quanta to which we humans have given names such as leptons, bosons, quarks, etc. Each of those particles is identical and indistinguishable from its counterparts. Collectively, they represent all of the ‘bricks’ from/of which every material thing in this universe is made.
We human have dubbed that Perfect Rational Being (Prime Mover) by hundreds of different names—the most familiar in modern times likely are God, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha and Brahma. I know of no human dead or alive who recognized that Prime Mover as ‘A Perfect Rational Being’ except me and Jesus. And I can hear you again screaming, yelling, tearing your hair our at my extreme brashness. All I calmly ask is, ‘show me another’—you can’t. Now back to the subject at hand.
Having visualized those perfect quanta along with a ‘performance task’ for each class, that Perfect Intellect said ‘hmm, I love that’. So with its Perfect Will (the Will of God, The Holy Spirit), it said, ‘I will those quanta to be Perfect and stay Perfect—I “love them; I choose them; I put my ‘brand of Perfection’ on each. Instantly, they came into being and simultaneously ‘time began’. Immediately, those quanta ‘went to work’ doing perfectly what they were created and commissioned to do, and guess what, they’re still doing it.
Of course, as each performed its task, something happened—there was a consequence. They rapidly formed Hydrogen and Helium atoms. As those massive gas clouds gathered, their density increased and a ‘star was born’—-there was light—another consequence. Eventually, the universe was filled with celestial bodies of all sizes, shapes and descriptions as we know them today—each a direct consequence of what went (happened) before—always in prefect fashion—a perfect consequence.
Now, fast-forward a few billion years. The sequences and consequences had resulted in the generation of ‘living’ things—that is, things that could reproduce themselves, and that they did. Initially, those living organisms seemingly had no intelligence of their own—they could, and did, react to stimuli—always in ‘perfect fashion’—a perfect consequence.
Now, fast-forward again—intelligent beings were consequentially generated and in perfect fashion. Cumulatively, and individually, each and every one of those distinct rational beings progressed on its own path of ‘perfect consequential development’ to being the ultimate individual it became at its death. No two could possibly be the same because no two could possibly have experienced each and every identical stimulus.
Somewhere, sometime, along the way, those intelligent beings noticed considerable differences in each other. They didn’t/couldn’t agree on a ‘code of civil conduct’—the reason for that, of course was each had different ideas about what was proper—each was a different ‘consequence’. Eventually, as their numbers and differences increased, they split into diverse tribes/nations and did develop rules of conduct—a direct consequence of intelligent ‘common sense’. They established ‘leaders’ with names such as Pharos and Kings.
One such tribe was the Israelites who the Bible tells us were enslaved by the Egyptians. The Israelites were stricken with a famine, and consequently, were forced to purchase grain from the Egyptians. During their forty year enslavement, a new leader named Moses was born. Mind you, the Israelites has already ‘recognized’ a singular God. They knew that when bad things happened, it was the consequence of their misdeeds. Likewise, when things were going well, they had God’s favor—consequently, they best behave.
As luck would have it, Moses grew to manhood, murdered someone, and was forced to live in exile for many years. However, upon his return, somehow (the Bible never made that clear to me), he and his brother Aaron assumed control of the Israelite tribe. They petitioned the Pharos to release them from slavery so they could go to the ‘promised land’. Of course, the Pharos refused, so Moses petitioned his God to send plagues on the Egyptians. After the tenth plague, the Pharos relented and allowed the Israelites to depart—a direct consequence of torment from God and fear of more of the same.
The Israelites escaped with many sequential and consequential events occurring on their journey, Eventually, as they wandered aimlessly and helpless in the desert, many of the tribesmen lost faith in Moses leadership and even his God. As a consequence, they began worshiping idols, and doing all sorts of illicit things. Moses and Aaron scolded them to no avail. Moses was no dumb-bell (after all he has weaseled his way into being leader, so he sat down and wrote out what he considered to be good ‘rules of governance—the 10 Commandments. when Moses presented the commandments to them, the Israelites just laughed at him and went right on their merry way—Moses was not happy at all with that consequence. So, in disgust, he threw the tablets upon which the rules were written to the ground, breaking them—a physical consequence.
Up to the mountain he goes again. He re-writes them on new stone tablets. This time he presents them as ‘Gods Commandments’ with warnings of any breeches having ‘dire’ consequences. Officially, ‘sin’ was born.
So we fast-forward several thousand years to Jesus. By the time he came along, the Jews had utilized that ‘sin’ complex to make a triple fortune for the King, High Priest and Sanhedrin—the poor peasants were just ‘out of luck’. Jesus recognized the ‘hoax’ being perpetrated on his people as a consequence of that ‘sin complex’ abuse. Not only that, but for the first time in history, Jesus openly de-vowed the nature of the Jewish God and offered an entirely different understanding of God to his followers. Of, course he was convicted as a traitor and, as a consequence, he was killed.
Now, fast-forward again 300 years. During that hiatus, as a consequence of total lack of unanimity of understanding of who Jesus really was, what he really said, and, more importantly, what he ‘meant, literally every village had its own ‘bishop’. Not only that but, literally, each of them had different ideas about the ‘Jesus thing’. Consequently, instead of working and producing for the ruling Romans, they were bickering and fighting among themselves. As a consequence, the official Church which Constantine commissioned them to form, put themselves in total hierarchal control—the ‘Sin Police’ were recommissioned. We know the rest of the story, so lets get to the punch-line.
Sin is a manufactured process aimed at controlling the masses—since Moses’ time, it has been that way. What no one, seemingly, has understood is one, plain, simple fact—everything in this universe is perfect. Every murderer, rapist, thief, or social ‘undesirable’ of any kind is a ‘perfect consequence’ of all the consequences that went before in his/her life. God knows no ‘sin’. Everything (quanta) God created is perfect—everything in existence is the ‘perfect consequence’ of each and every stimulus applied to it from its inception. Therefore, we as rationale, civilized beings must re-orient our understanding of our Perfect Supreme Being. We must know that God, with his ‘Perfect Intelligence’ knew in advance exactly how each of us would eventuate—and through ‘no fault of our own’.
Yes, when we are hurt by someone, we consequently feel anger—a ‘normal’ human reaction. A more rational reaction would be a feeling of ‘sorrow ‘ for the offender. As a consequence of that ‘understanding’, we, as a rational society must come to grips with this reality—we, each are the direct consequence of every stimulus applied to us. Having said that, we as a society must have order and civility. Accordingly, people who breech our major societal rules ‘must be taken out of society’ until, and if, they can be ‘reprogrammed’, and made fit again. We have been, and still are, exerting our efforts in the wrong way—consequently, things are getting worse by the day.
The proper course of action stems as a consequence of proper understandings. 1-a proper understanding of the essence of our creator, and 2-a proper understanding of how our psyches are developed. The immediate consequence of lack of understanding of God’s essence is cultist religion which feigns appeasement of that God, but which, instead, creates feelings of guilt and hostility in people. All religions seem to be based on the ‘false narrative’ of that ‘humanistic God’. The direct consequence of religion is guilt and rebellion, both of which create havoc in society.
We must expend our resources in the training thousands of clinical psychologists specifically trained in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Most importantly, we must quit sending everyone on a ‘guilt-trip’ through ‘cultist religion’. We need ‘Spirituality’ which is the understanding that the ‘Spirit of God’ Is imprinted on everything and everyone. God is Perfect—God cannot possibly be hurt or pleased. God is Perfect Love (perfect acceptance). God loves everyone, criminals and all—he cannot possibly love one more than another. The consequences of that would be an ‘Imperfect God’—not possible.
I have elaborated those concepts endlessly in my two books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality. I implore you to read and study each for the consequences of ‘peace of mind’ and ‘peace in society’.
Due to a glitch in navigating WordPress yesterday, I had to cut short my comments—my apologies. Today, I will continue with my conversation about faith and how it relates to Religion.
To begin with, just what is ‘faith’? Strictly stated, faith is the acceptance of something as being true without concrete evidence of that truth. In addition, there are two basic kinds of faith, ‘implicit’ and ‘explicit’.
A common example of ‘explicit faith’ would be a warranty on a new automobile—from past experience and hearsay, we know that manufacturers typically stand good for their stated warranty. So, we are legitimate in having explicit faith that they will again.
A common example of ‘implicit’ faith is demonstrated in our willingness to believe that when we greet on an airplane, it will take us to our destination safely. We know from historical experience that commercial airline crashes in the US are rare. However, we are willing to ‘take that’ chance under the umbrella of ‘implied faith’ that all will be well.
Understandably, you may say ,’what’s that got to do with God and religion?’—and I would say ‘everything’, and here’s why. Those, among both the ancients and relative neophytes, who have concocted religions, have done so based on their version of ‘explicit faith’. In other words, God has ‘revealed’ to each of then a set of absolutes. So what then? Gradually those ‘absolutes’ demand interpretation and in that process of ‘implied faith’, a gazillion different religions have been formed (created). In truth, every human who ever existed has had a different faith and a different religion.
You may object, saying ‘I know twenty people who go to Saint ‘so and so’ Catholic church, and twenty more who go to ‘such and such’ Baptist Church, and so on and on and on. That may be absolutely true—-they go to a certain church, but no two of them have the same identical ‘faith or religion’
The reason for all that is very simple indeed—each of them knows (visualizes) a different God, because as I stated yesterday, no one before me has defined the ‘essence of God’. Therefore, not one of them knows the God about whom they think—each of those billions of gods are pure myths—they are like Santa—each similar but different, and all mythical.
It is impossible to know about any entity or concept without first defining its essence. Jesus didn’t know ‘particle physics’, but in his brilliance he recognized that the Spirit of God pervaded all existences—otherwise nothing could be. He set about to enlighten (Christ) the world about the universality and Perfect Love of God—that activity got him killed. He knew it would, but seeing himself as the ‘sacrificial lamb’, he willingly chose an ignominious death so that the world might be ‘enlightened’ (I am the light of the world) to the truth of God’s essence—Perfect Rationality.
It seems very doubtful if anyone either understood his message, or if they did understand, they were willing to accept it. Remember, The Jews killed him for treason—teaching anything contrary to the Jewish religion was treason. Guess what—the formation of so-called Christianity followed in the Jews footsteps. They set themselves up in hierarchal arrangement. I guess one might call it ‘trickle-down power. Regardless how one may perceive it, the result was/is the same—power, control, money.
So what are the implications of defining God’s essence as Perfect Rationality. Very simply, something perfect cannot be changed. Time is a measure of change. Since God is perfect he exists in eternity, a state of no change nor time. God cannot be hurt. God cannot be pleased. God cannot possibly ‘change his mind’ about anything. So all of this praying, sacrificial ritual, begging God to change his mind, etc.. could, in fact be considered blasphemous. However, God’s Perfect Love precludes any possibility of ‘retribution’ on his part.
In fact, out only justifiable prayer, while not expected by God, but to keep us humble and appreciative of his love, is a great big ‘Thank you God for your loving acceptance of me , a selfish sinner’.
So where does religion fit in? My belief; it is the most major deterrent to tranquility and peace that the world has ever known. It is also the most ‘monstrous’ money machine the world has ever known.
I mentioned my two books about these subjects yesterday. I will attempt to insert info about them.
Do you have faith?—-do you have religion, or better said, do you practice some organized religious exercise? I suspect an honest answer would be ‘yes’ on both counts from the majority of people. Why do you suppose that is? I would suggest to you that you have been (to use a common term) ‘brainwashed’ by either your parents or your preacher or both. So, the obvious question to be asked is, ‘what do you believe and why do you believe it’.
The majority of people in the USA profess some sort of “Christian” faith. Then the obvious question is. ‘just what does that mean?’ What does it mean to be a ‘Christian’? And how is it possible that of the 200,000,000 or so ‘Christians’ in this county alone, no two have an identical faith. So what does it mean to me Christian? Most immediate answers would be something like this—well. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
And I would say, ‘wait just one minute; who or what is Christ?’ Your answer likely would be fluttering, stuttering, and possibly unintelligible. Could you explain to a common simpleton, what it means to be ‘Christ?. If you could, you’d be one extremely much more talented than Jesus the Nazreen. As best I can determine, Jesus spent his entire public life attempting desperately to explain who the ‘Christ’ was to his apostles—literally 99.9999% of all written accounts show that he failed miserably.
Jesus spent his entire public life in the shadows preaching the singularity of God—that is to say he kept telling them that God was/is Perfect Love—they certainly didn’t want to hear that—that was unbounded heresy and demanded death by the most ‘cruel’ means—crucifixions—he was a traitor to the Jewish religion .
Now, Just what is religion? Plainly stated, religion is a cultist practice, overtly aimed at appeasing a vengeful God, but subtly aimed at power, money , control. Just check a little history—who were the reapers of benefits from the Jewish ‘religion’?—The King and the High Priest. Has anything changed in 4000 years—if so, its imperceptible.
So what was Jesus telling them that was so bad? Very simply, that ‘God is in everything and everything is in God’—God loves you in spite of your wicked self. Even his apostles didn’t understand that (they had been brainwashed, just as you).
Jesus was telling them what the Christ was/is. Christ is the ‘Light of the World’—Jesus was the ‘explainer’ of our Heavenly, all loving, Creator. Jesus was a liberator who steadfastly looked the ‘scoundrels’ in the eye—he called them hypocrites, as indeed, they were. He knew his fate, but he courageously forged on. His apostles didn’t understand—maybe John a little. In his letter, John wrote, ‘brothers, what we are now, we know we are children of God. What we are to become is yet to be determined. But. we know that when we get to heaven, we will ‘be like him, because we will see him as he truly is’ (paraphrased).—how beautiful. It took me seventy five years of observing religion while exploring the meaning of faith to realize what was ‘missing’—-the essence of God had never explicitly been define—thousands had tried—all failed.
By pure happenstance, I stumbled onto a monumental scientific course in Quantum Mechanics (Particle Physics)—it was like a miracle—Christ, the ‘Light of the World’ was plainly visible to me. Finally, God’s essence could be defined in ‘no uncertain terms’. Furthermore, that ‘essential definition’ not only defined our Creator conclusively, but more importantly, it ‘negated completely’ the practice of ‘cultist religion. That definition ‘opened doors’ never before opened except by Jesus the Christ. Seemingly, he was totally ignored—we’ll never know for sure, so distorted and ‘corrupted’ is the written word we have.
So once again for you, the uninitiated—
God Is A Perfect Rational Being.
Absolutely nothing can be added nor subtracted from that essential definition—if you think so, I dare you to try.
I have outlined my complete philosophy, based on that essential definition in my two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality. I encourage you to ‘liberate’ yourselves in their reading.
DERELICT—In common usage, this word typically refers to a vagabond-type person. Dereliction of duty typically refers to failure to shoulder one’s obligations and/or responsibilities. I think yours truly may fit into the latter category as of late, because, as a regular philosophical blogger, my followers were likely expecting to hear from me before now. However, as the old saying goes, ‘I’ve had other fish to fry’.
Since late January of this year, weather permitting, every spare moment of mine has been spent in my gardens, clearing, fencing, tilling, planting, feeding, watering and finally harvesting. All of the above effort has been directed at fresh vegetable production for our local Community Kitchen which feeds free meals to hundreds of indigents daily. With the dutiful help of my dear wife Ginny and a friend, Carol Cain, we recently finished the harvest of roughly 1000 pounds of fresh cabbage.
With all other crops and projects under reasonable control, I decided to ‘rationalize’ my way onto the golf course this past week. With a worn out back and two arthritic hips, walking any distance is impossible. So if we can’t drive our golf cars on the fairways, I have to refrain from playing golf. It finally quit raining two weeks ago which allowed car traffic on fairways, so I took advantage of that. Now back to the business at hand.
During the last several weeks we have witnessed episode after episode of apparent dereliction of duty which were, again, rationalized as justification for episode after episode of looting and violence of all sorts.
So what are the causes of such derelictions. If one can believe any so-called news casts at all, it seems much of it was done by ‘hired guns’ for both political and social reasons. The leftists would use any excuse to blame President Trump for any and every untoward event of any kind in an attempt to sway public opinion against him. Then there are the genuine ‘lawless’ who seemingly want to take over chunks of entire cities so they can ‘have their way’ undeterred.
People who wished to protest peacefully had no chance—their voices and activities were drowned out completely. Thankfully, in our smaller cities and towns, civility pertained.
I am convinced that the breakdown of family life among black Americans is the prime culprit. Where there is no father-figure disciplinarian and role model, what can one expect? On the other hand, when black Americans were emancipated, what choice did they have but to migrate to the cities—and once there, what chance did they have?—slim and none. They were still enslaved in an economic system completely untenable—they had no money, they owned no land, they were forced to live in slum conditions. More importantly, they were neither positioned nor conditioned to obtain the one vital thing they needed for prosperity—-education. So the inevitable happens—unwanted pregnancies with no father figure, and a mother with no visible means for support of her child(ren)—a welfare state was created.
I grew up a total pauper. But I had two very distinct advantages that the average black child in the ghettoes and slums cannot possibly have— we owned a little 30 acre farm from which we produce literally everything we ate, and we had extremely dedicated, hard-working parents who taught us hard work, determination and perseverance. With that paradigm as a model, success was possible and it did, in fact, come to fruition—would that every black child had that same opportunity.
Oh there have been, and are now, thousands of successful, honorable black Americans—-they were the fortunate ones. I have no statistics to back my statement, but I’ll bet most came from stable homes, or at least had trusted guardians and advisors.
I know many very successful black people in West Kentucky. Our educational system here encourages all to strive for excellence. Yet there are many, many who seemingly can’t help themselves. Much needs to be done yet.
This is Father’s Day. Isn’t it a crime that so many black and white children are fatherless—they obviously had a sire—a father?—no.
But who is the biggest culprit in this charade? Without any doubt in my mind, it is so-called Christian Churches. I recall vividly about fifteen years ago, when I was formulating ideas for my first book, Wilderness Cry, my wife and I were having dinner with three other couples one night when I made that indictment of the ‘silent Churches’ regarding race. All but one of my friends bolted in ‘righteous indignation’ at the mere suggestion. I had just noted that, in general, not a single word was ever heard coming from any pulpit regarding slavery, or its aftermath, ‘implied slavery’. I was well aware by then that the almighty dollar was what concerned churches the most. Obviously, if churches were to point out the plight of blacks, then they were most obviously mandated to do something about it—that means spend their ‘almighty dollars’.
Furthermore, the mere mention of such an undertaking would alienate many parishioners, further reducing the coffers. Oh, if pressed, they might pay ‘lip service’—nothing more.
I believe without doubt, if there is lingering ‘systemic racism’, it comes straight from the ‘coward’ pulpits.
I recently watched a video interview of Cassius Clay shortly after he had won the Olympic Gold medal in boxing in 1960. He related how proud he had been to stand on that box, have that medal put around his neck, and listen to the playing of our National Anthe. He was so excited to get back to his home town of Louisville, KY, and celebrate with his friends and family. They went to a nice restaurant, and promptly were told that ‘blacks would not be served there’. He had been raised a Christian, but at that very moment, he determined that the Jesus he had been taught about was no friend of his—Allah became his God—Mohammed Ali became his name.
Where were the Christian Churches then—where are they now—where were they 400 years ago? You got it—blind, deaf, mutes.
Where do you suppose all that blindness comes from? Is not the Old testament rife with stories of slavery. Were not both Ishmael and Esau the products of slave girl impregnation by their Jewish owners? Were not the Jews enslaved for forty years by the Egyptians? I don’t recall Jesus addressing the slave situation in the Bible we have. I may sound cynical, but I’ll bet he did—we’ll never know—how many ‘versions’ of the Bible have there been?—you don’t suppose Jesus’ possible words about slavery could have been a ‘convenient’ omission, do you? Knowing Jesus the way I do, my suspicion is very strong.. As best I can tell, all those monstrous church buildings in Europe and elsewhere were built with ‘slave labor’. God must ‘love slaves’ because they built all those beautiful churches to ‘please him’—guess whom they really pleased—I’ll give you three guesses—Popes, Cardinals, Bishops.
Derelicts in dereliction.
If you care for a real education, read my two little books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality. As an adjunct, read G. Rattray Taylor’s book (out of print but available used), Sex in History—you’ll get an ear full.
PICTURE OF GOD–Do you know what God looks like? Have you ever seen pictures of God? If someone ask you to draw a picture of God for him/her, would you be able to do so? If you were to draw a picture either on paper or in your mind, where did that picture come from? How did you come to know what God looks like?
At first glance, you may consider all of these questions to be ‘simpleminded’ in nature. However, I suspect that, if you were to be truly introspective and honest with yourself, you’d have to admit that any and all images of God that you may have were imprinted on your mind by pictures of God presented to you as ‘real’ during your earliest Christian indoctrination period—-I know mine are/were. Consequently, it is literally impossible to think ‘God’ without conjuring up one of those images.
Now lets examine the legitimacy of such images. In my experience, God is frequently pictured as a grizzled old man floating in semi-bust form in the clouds. Another usual presentation is that same grizzled old man in gala attire wearing a stunning crown sitting in the clouds on a brilliantly adorned throne with Jesus, in diminutive form, sitting by his right side. These are the two that stand out in my imagery. Logic demands that we, as intelligent beings, must ask ourselves the obvious question—who concoctedthose ideas and presented them to as a real, and for what purpose?
The Old Testament tells us that the Jews recognized God—they could talk to him and even bargain with him. In addition, they carried him around on their shoulders in The Arc Of The Covenant. I don’t recall the Old Testament describing what God looks like. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember any verbal description of God’s appearance in the New Testament or any later Christian writings—maybe there were some I missed. So, how did we become indoctrinated with those images of God?
My common sense tells me the following: the Jews imagined a God patterned exactly after their own demeanor, only much more knowing and powerful—after all, he did create the entire universe. He could be loving, helpful, pleased and forgiving. Just like them, he could be displeased, hurt, angry, hateful and vengeful. So why not imagine him as a human-like person—he had all the ‘human-like’ characteristics.
It seems to me that both that identical image and understanding of God has been perpetuated by the ‘Christian’ Church, and likely for a definite reason—they were determined to have a humanistic relationship with God—their God could not possibly be elusive or intangible—he had to be ‘real’ in their minds. That mandate eventually became very ‘profitable’. As time went on, many paintings depicting Jesus, Mary, Joseph and many saints came to be—God had to be depicted somehow. So he was, and is, and is, and is……….
Jesus never described his Father in any way except eternal and loving. Nowhere, that I am aware of did Jesus describe God in ‘humanistic terms. Throughout the ages, great philosophers and theologians alike, recognizing the miniscule depiction of God in the Bible, determined that a ‘true’ understanding of God must be ascertained. Each, in turn, determined that the ‘essence’ of Godmust be defined before we could know the real God. Each made a desperate effort at defining God’s essence—some came close—all systematically failed.
Why do you suppose the all failed. I think two main reasons—number one, they couldn’t abolish that image of a human-like God, and number two, they had absolutely no scientific understanding of anything in God’s creation. Had any one of them known the scientific facts of our existence, a true definition of God’s essence would very likely have been forthcoming.
The only ‘meaningful’ record we have of Jesus’ teachings about God is the Bible, and as a matter of absolute fact, we will never know exactly what Jesus said and did—so distorted and corrupted is the Bible. The earliest copy of the original writings is a copy of a copy, of a copy made 200 or more years after the original. Since that time, dozens of different versions of the bible have appeared, each with a different twist. Why do you suppose that is?
I believe, without doubt, there are several reasons. The original Christian (Catholic) church which emerged from the first Nicene council was fashioned by people who put ‘power’ over love. They lorded over their constituents in the most virulent and terrifying way. In the beginning, of course, they had the absolute protection of the Roman Army—their wish was the Roman Army’s command. After the fall of the Roman Empire, that protection ceased. The debauchery and simultaneous abuse by the hierarchy following Rome’s fall is well documented.
Based on this ‘humanistic’ image of God, well meaning mystics and ascetics alike began rationalizing the meaning of Jesus’ words. It has been shown by Prof. Bart Ehrman, that as Jerome translated the Bible into Latin, because of his extreme ascetism, he deliberately eliminated or change the meaning of almost every reference to anything good about women—after all, women were the ‘root of all evil’—women were evil. With the advent of the Protestant Reformation, Bibles began ‘sprouting up’ everywhere. Each ‘version’ was another man’s attempt to place Jesus’ words into a picture of his own God.
The ultimate result from all that confusing imagery is a Christian world fragmented into 33,000 or more denominations and sects, and each professing a God based on their own individual ‘imaginations’—not a single one of them knows the basic nature of God—Gods essence.
God cannot possibly be depicted rationally with a paint brush—God is supernatural and eternal. God has no body—God has no physical appearance. Teaching little children a depiction of God in humanistic terms is ‘criminal’ in my opinion, because it leaves an indelible false image about the most important consideration of their lives. Little children soon learn that Santa is a myth. His image will harmlessly persist in their minds forever. On the other hand, God is no myth—-he should not be presented to little children with a mythical image.
Neither I, nor anyone else can ‘paint you a picture’ of God—the invisible cannot be painted.
I can, however, and already have, irrefutably, defined for you God’s Essence— God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality translates into ‘Perfect Love’. Therefore, God cannot possibly have any human characteristics—he cannot be hurt—he cannot hate—he cannot be vengeful. He can only ‘know all’ with his perfect intellect and ‘love that all’ (will, accept, choose) with his Perfect Will. Therefore Hell, Purgatory, Limbo, Higher Places in Heaven, etc. are all myths dreamed up (imagined) by various people trying to know and understand God from a humanistic standpoint—and likely for purposes of maintaining power and control which translates into owning your pocket book.
All of that imagination has engendered the biggest money-making racket the world has ever known under the guise of keeping your soul out of Hell—that racket is known as Religion.
My two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality say it all. You might want to investigate.
RATIONAL vs. RATIONALIZATION- A strange and unusual topic eh? Maybe so, but I suspect most people get caught in the trap of either not understanding the difference , or not honoring that difference. Rational refers to objective truth whereas rationalization refers to using objective truth in an illegitimate or unrelated context in order to justify a position of some kind, either attitude or action.
In his famous Gettysburg address, Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “We hold these Truths to be self evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. The objective truths of which he spoke were to be found in the Declaration of Independence. Reasoning and reasonable men, after observing and enduring centuries of oppression by tyrannical governments of one kind or another, were able to glean those basic truths. Furthermore, they had the stalwart courage to express and promote those basic truths with their lives, if necessary.
So, rational or rationality refers to the intellectual ability to discern truth, and the willful mandate to accept, choose, love that truth.
One might ask how it is possible to know the truth. Truth is established in various ways and by using various techniques. In the world of science, truth is established by the ‘scientific process’—postulation, experimentation, observation. If the same identical result is obtained with each identical experiment, then that result becomes a scientific truth (fact-law). A similar formula may be applied in the field of philosophy—however it may be a bit more ‘tricky’ and always involves subjectivity. As in Lincoln’s proclamation, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident’ , meaning, of course, that after centuries of observation and experimentation with human beings lives, the basic truth of human dignity became obvious.
Another form of ‘truth establishment’ is Logic, which deals with premises leading to a conclusion. In its simplest form one, might use the following example: Premise 1—all houses are white Premise 2—that building is a house Conclusion—that building is white. Nothing more, nor less can be added to that proposal because no other factual information is available, However, in the ‘real world of speculation and rationalization, the average ‘Jack or Jill’ may be caught expounding endlessly about the additional qualities of that structure. So, in such a case, one rationalization leads to a pseudo-truth which may be expounded upon and expanded to the point that, in very short order, that basic house could not be recognized using verbal communication.
Here we are, at this very moment, embroiled in a national revolt because the ‘truth’ of Lincoln’s observation has been ignored—likely by rationalizing individuals. At the same time, decent, respectable, citizens are attempting to stage ‘peaceful objection’ to such rationalized activity. Their voices, however, have been drowned out for the most part by ‘insurgents’ who have a different agenda—that seems to be overthrow of our government which was founded on a precious concept of equality of all and prospects of happiness for all. Their subversive agenda no doubt sprang from hatred and deceit and is justified in their minds by the ‘rationalization process’.
Now, lets turn to our Creator which President Lincoln recognized. Just who is that Creator? How do we know that there is such an entity and if there is, what is it like?
Simple observation of world history will demonstrate rather clearly that our Creator has been denoted with at least a thousand different titles, understandings, qualities, abilities, attitudes, demeanors, locations and intentions. How is that possible when literally each person speaks rather authoritatively about ‘his/her Creator’? The answer to that question lies in a very simple framework called ‘Rationalization’.
Throughout the eons, each king, society and person, aided by the process of rationalization, has created an ‘image’ of their Creator. Their god/ being, of course, was fashioned nearly always for self-serving purposes. In more ‘modern times (6,000 years), those Gods served a wonderful purpose—-to keep the troops in line.
Of course, most of those ‘gods’ were fashioned with human qualities—selfishness, ire, revenge, mercy—a little bit of occasional love—but don’t get too snuggly—you’ll get burned.
Quite obviously, that god had to be appeased, and, usually, with sacrifice—RELIGION WAS BORN.
That form of rationalization possibly began with concepts of god/s and , of course has pervaded the human ‘thought process’ ever since—rather dramatically negatively, I might add. Just look at our streets this very minute.
How did all this confusion about God come about? Remarkably, everyone, including ‘Honest Abe’, talked/talks about god, but not a single one knows God—none were able to define the essence of their god.
With God’s help, I did.
Without an essential definition, absolutely nothing nor any one, especially God, has any meaning at all.
My definition: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality means that with its Perfect Intellect, it perceived ‘all’, and with its Perfect Will, it loves (accepts, chooses, wills ) ‘all’. Furthermore and most importantly, there is not the slightest possibility of ‘any rationalization’ coming from that Perfect Intellect’.
If you choose rationality over Rationalization, please read my two little books, Wilderness Cry, and Peace in Spirituality.
AFFLICTED: as a young child and young adult, it was rather commonplace to hear someone being spoken of as ‘a poor afflicted child or person’. I learned rather quickly the implication of that word ‘afflicted’. It meant that the person being spoken of generally had experienced the misfortune of being befallen with a painful and/or crippling disease or disorder.
In those days prenatal care had not yet reached the summit of excellence it enjoys today. Consequently, many babies were born with crippling birth defects. In addition, many had the extreme misfortune of experiencing a brain injury during the birthing event. As a result many children experienced various forms of cerebral palsy, most of which caused varying degrees of structural and/or developmental deformities. In addition, essentially all experienced difficulties in ambulatory mobility as well as dexterity of upper extremity function.
Many were so afflicted that ambulation was never a possibility—confinement to a wheel chair or bed was mandatory. In addition, IQ was often compromised.
There were/are many other hereditary and or congenital deformities which inflicted extreme disability on children—some were never correctable even by the most expert medical attention.
One of the most dreaded and dreadful affliction was poliomyelitis. That viral infection of the spinal chord inflicted varying degrees of permanent disability. The degree and the level of involvement of the spinal cord determined the degree of residual deformity and disability. Usually, the higher up the chord, the greater the residual involvement and deformity.bulbar polio (involvement of brain stem) usual meant total body involvement from neck down—death was not an unusual outcome.
When I entered the Campbell Clinic in Memphis to begin my orthopedic specialty training in 1962, fully fifty percent of our patient load was for the treatment of residual deformities from cerebral palsy, birth defects , and polio. Even though polio vaccine became available in 1957, the world was full of afflicted individuals who were severely incapacitated. We spent most of out time and energy doing surgical procedures designed to make them ambulatory and self-sufficient.
The Campbell Clinic managed two major hospitals for the afflicted. The Hospital For Crippled Children was funded by the Firestone Corporation. The Hospital For Crippled Adults was funded by the Rotary Clubs of West KY, West TN, North MS, and East AR.
No one could explain the startling pang of horror I experienced at the sight of a beautiful sixteen year old girl who came walking into my clinic wearing a man’s #12 shoe on her left foot with the toe pointing backwards—she was the victim of an untreated club foot. Her forefoot was pointing backward. The treatment plan was to cut a rather sizeable bone wedge out of the middle of her foot so her forefoot could be swung around and fixed in a foreword pointing direction.
It makes my throat swell with joyful emotion even now as I remember the excitement and joy in those big beautiful eyes of hers when she saw her foot straight for the first time ever as I removed her cast—there’s nothing like knowing you have made a major difference in someone’s life.
One cannot imagine the thrill of witnessing a thirteen year old girl, who had been hospitalized for years and had undergone countless operations, take her first steps ever—she cried with excitement—the entire staff cried with joy—I’m crying now at age 86 from that memory—I was 30 then.
So afflictions come in all sorts and ‘shades of gray’—not all afflictions are physical. Likely, the most terrible afflictions are mental (emotional). Almost everyone can deal with their physical affliction—many, many, many cannot possibly cope emotionally.
For the most part, physical afflictions, are/have been a part of a person’s life all their life—they see other people doing things they can’t do but because they, themselves, have never done those things, they really can’t fully relate. They truly don’t know what they’re missing.
Emotional affliction is a different story. The enemy is inside them but they cant find it. They know it’s there—it’s going to attack any minute, but how and from where? The anxiety thus created is/can be exhausting—frequently, it reaches the stage of ‘total exhaustion’ (extreme depression)—I can’t run any longer—I give up—find me a gun—I’ve got to escape.
We all know of and/or have seen that scenario play out—without doubt it is the worst affliction imaginable. What causes it?
Without wincing or doubt, my assertion is that the greatest affliction ever to befall the human race is organized religion. In a nut shell, organized religion does two dreadful things—it demonizes each individual, and it pits each against the other. Those two factors create an atmosphere of guilt and/or hostility, both of which severely affect the subconscious of our developing psyches—the deformities thus created are curable but there are few ‘psychic surgeons’.
It is very likely that each of you reading this right now profess some religious affiliation. If I were to look you squarely in the face and ask you if you thought your neighbor’s religion was as good as yours, if you were truthful, you would say ‘not only no, but hell no’. Yet, in the same breath you would declare that you love, admire and respect him/her.
Now, I ask you to go look in the mirror—look yourself squarely in the face and answer that question, and then ask yourself ‘why is my religion better?’ I would suggest the usual answer would be that you were ‘raised a Catholic, a Methodist, a Baptist etc. In other words, each of us has been brainwashed from the time we were little kids on with that kind of thinking—Joe is OK but he goes to the Baptist Church; we’re Methodists. It goes without saying that If one Church were as ‘good as the next’, there’d be only one church.
So why have we been afflicted with over 33,000 so-called Christian churches alone?—to say nothing of the thousands of other religions in the world. Have you ever seriously considered that question. Do you ever wonder why the world is in constant turmoil, and always has been? Well, I have and do constantly.
I use the word ‘so-called Christian’ because, even though Jesus is the teacher about ‘the Christ’, he teaches from a ‘different book’ in each different religion. Therefore, both Jesus and The Christ are different people and/or ideas in each church. Ask yourself one simple question; can there possibly be more than one ‘truth’ about the same thing?—can 2+2 possibly be 6?—not in my world. So here we have 30,000+ attempting to make 2+2 something other than 4.
There is only one valid reason for the perpetual turmoil. Everyone has a different God. Everyone proclaims their God to be the creator and controller of everything. So what happens next—we have god-wars. My god is better than yours and so on—so we fight incessantly.
In the so-called Christian community, we are constantly attempting to ‘steal in broad daylight’ other denomination’s constituents. Why do you think that is? Can you be honest with yourself for one second? I’ll tell you why—Power, Money, Control.
My plea is for unanimity of understanding about the essence of God. Plain and simple—God is a Perfect Rational Being. When the money-grubbers disappear, we can have like-mindedness—we all can make 2+2=4—we can have peace.
My plea is for The World-wide Communion of Spirituality—that is for each and every person in existence to recognize and accept that the Spirit (will ) of God is imprinted onto each and every particle OF ENERGY WHICH MAKES UP ALL OF CREATION, including, of course, each of us. Therefore, we are all God’s children—we are God—God cannot possibly hate or dislike himself. We desperately need to rid ourselves of the terrible affliction of Organized Religion and put on the ‘cloak of Spirituality’. Then, and only then, will the true Christ (light of the world) within us shine. Then and only then will true Peace prevail—the Peace of Christ.
I have written extensively on these subjects. My two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality spell it out in completeness.
COST-When we think of ‘cost’, likely the first thing that comes to mind is how much money we have to pay for something—how much does it cost. However, costs come in many forms and fashions—some overt and obvious—others obscure and/or hidden.
When gasoline was $4.00/gal, a frugal person might ‘think twice’ before jumping into a big gas-guzzling car or truck and making a frivolous trip somewhere. On the other hand, with gas at $1.22/gal, that same person might say, ‘it doesn’t cost that much, so let’s go.
For the savvy, financial costs are always a legitimate consideration. There are, lamentably, many , many other costs not always so obvious. For instance, a cigarette smoker may, unwittingly, be perfectly willing to bear the increasing dollar and cents cost of a pack of cigarettes, while ignoring the ultimate hidden costs of smoking—chronic lung disease, heart disease, renal disease, all of which are associated with chronic disability and frequent premature death—a real cost. That is to say nothing of the momentous medical costs and family distress associated with such a habit.
Look at the cost of alcoholism and drunk driving—alcoholic beverages themselves are not ‘cheap’, but their dollar cost pales in the face of the frequent anguish, injury , disease and death incurred by reckless drinking.
How about the costs of a hostile or slothful attitude—getting fired from a good job—loss of friendships. More importantly, what about the influential psychological costs imparted to your children by an absolute determined attitude of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.
One could go on and on about the various consequential costs of our attitudes and activities. Seemingly, most of those consequences are either not recognized or , for what ever reason, ignored.
To me, the most discouraging consequential cost of life and living is the lack of unity among people. I can say with certainty that no two people ever have been ‘like-minded’ about an understanding of their Supreme Being (God, Buddha, Brahma, Yahweh, Allah etc.). Each person seems to have a ‘vague’ idea about their SB, but no two ideas are the same—they can’t possibly be.
And why is that, you may say. Plainly and simply, its because no one has ever defined the essence of their deity—that is no one before me. Having no essential definition of our deity makes it %100 impossible for any two people who ever lived or who ever will live to have identical essential knowledge and understanding of their ‘God’.
So what does that have to do with ‘cost’?—everything. What that means is that each person, in turn, while earnest in his/her desire to know and understand their God, is being led down ‘the primrose path’ of religion. Religion, of course, is a cultist practice intended to ‘appease’ a hostile god who lords it over us. That is definitely a ‘trumped up’ attitude devised originally by divining the celestial bodies and elements fourteen thousand years ago.
Eventually, the Jews determined that it could be ‘profitable’ for a few—the King and the High Priest. That knowledge was not ‘wasted’ on Christianity. Strangely, while Jesus ‘despised’ religion, people used his name to make billions and billions, and billions—they still are. The ‘costs’ of religion are staggering. Furthermore, the financial costs pale in the face of the psychological costs of guilt, anxiety and depression caused by religion.
They learned centuries ago that the ‘sure-fire’ way of getting your pocketbook was to shame you into ‘buying your way into heaven’—neither have they ever forgotten that trick. It certainly didn’t start with ‘the widows might’—neither did it stop there. They would, in fact, take your very last copper cent under the ‘guise’ of pleasing God.
So how do we ever correct that evil and ‘eliminate that terrible oppressive cost’? I can assure you, there is only one absolute and mandatory method—we must all become like-minded in our understanding of God’s essence. We must abandon the mythology and superstition thrown at us for ages and ages.
I have defined God’s essence once and for all— God is a Prefect Rational Being. That perfection translates into ‘Perfect Love”— perfect Love means God accepts us the way we are—there is absolutely nothing we can do to enhance that love of God for us.
God’s Love costs us absolutely nothing—it is an unbelievable ‘gift‘.
All is spelled out succinctly and precisely in my two little books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality.
PUZZLE- Now here’s one for you—are you ever puzzled about anything? Just what is a puzzle anyway? I suspect we all have been exposed to crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Additionally. I suspect we all have been ‘puzzled’ by many events, ideas and/or philosophies we’ve encountered in our lives.
Strictly speaking, a puzzle is a game or problem that tests our ingenuity, brainpower and knowledge. Some puzzles are a ‘fun’ challenge to solve—many create consternation—others seem unsolvable. We may frequently experience confusion and/or frustration at our ineptness.
Likely, nowhere is that confusion and frustration more obvious than that experienced by the average ‘joe’ in attempting to solve the puzzle of irrational ‘religion’ and/or philosophy/ideology. In my particular case, it began at a very early age, seven. It grew by ‘leaps and bounds’ and by age thirteen, I was convinced that I had been presented with a puzzle of ‘monumental proportions’ which demanded solution. That ‘solution’ tested both my knowledge and determination for years. Finally, after roughly sixty years, and by the most unlikely circumstances, the solution to my puzzlement became clear.
And you might ask just what my puzzlement was about—and I would answer, ‘multiple considerations’ all, of which stem from lack of understanding of the nature (essence) of our God (Supreme Being, Yahweh, Allah, Buddha, Brahma etc.) Most of those puzzlements concerned my relationship with God, eternity, heaven, hell, purgatory, my soul, Trinity, prayer and mysteries—putting all of those considerations in a basket and shaking them up created one grant puzzle for me while at the same time creating unbelievable confusion, frustration and consternation.
However, no matter how impossible the task seemed to be, my determination persisted. Luckily, my knowledge base expanded exponentially when I had the good fortune to ‘stumble onto’ the science of Quantum Mechanics (particle physics). That subject involves an evolutionary process of discerning, discovering , defining and observing the nature of the tiniest particles of energy which make up everything in existence—God.
For those who may not know, a quantum is the smallest particle of energy in existence which cannot be farther subdivided. There are, in fact, several varieties of these particles. Each has been given a name such as photon, electron, boson, etc. It is of particular interest to note that each is identical to and indistinguishable from its counterparts. Furthermore, each is ‘perfect in both form and function’—never changing nor changeable.
So, what are the implications of something that is perfect and both never changing nor changeable? Is that not exactly what eternity is—a state of being with no beginning nor end in which change (time) of any kind is impossible? Wow!!!!—the ‘lights came on’—my puzzle was solved.
Suddenly, I ‘knew’ who God is. I could and did actually ‘define God’s essence’. God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality means that with its Perfect Intellect, It envisioned each and every particle of energy, all of which ‘mirror’ him. Of course, he loves himself and his own image—he cannot possibly reject something perfect. So, with his Perfect Will, he chooses, loves, accepts his image in perpetuity. Bingo—the ‘mystery’ of the Trinity solved—-one major piece of the puzzle conquered.
Suddenly, a completely new philosophy and understanding of everything was at hand. All organized religion was fallacious, since all were based on ‘false premises’.
God is Perfect, so his love is perfect. Therefore he cannot possibly reject himself. Since his image is imprinted onto each particle that makes up our being, we are him—as is every other gravid object in existence.
So, what are the implications? There are many, and each refutes concepts of humanistic religions. God’s Perfect love precludes any possibility of Hell, Purgatory, Limbo. Heaven (eternity) is a state of being of perfect happiness and Joy in God, not a place where everyone in running around meeting and greeting each other (a human concept). Therefore, there are no ‘higher places’ in heaven (a human concept). God is our ‘soul’—without God we have no soul—we have no existence. Prayer is a total waste (misplacement) of understanding of God—Begging God to change his nature and perform ‘miracles’ for us is really blasphemous—our only ‘justifiable’ prayer is ‘thank you God’. Thanksgiving is the meaning of the word Eucharist. Miracles are an impossibility—God cannot possibly ‘change’ his Perfect Nature—God can be neither ‘pleased’ nor ‘displeased’—God is all Love.
You may ask about Jesus—how does he fit into the picture? And, as I have explained many times before, I accept that Jesus was a true genius who saw exactly what I see—he didn’t have benefit of Quantum Mechanics. He recognized that God had created a 100% evil (selfish) world. He reasoned that since God had created an evil universe, he must make retribution by dying—thereby showing his ‘Perfect Love’. Jesus knew that God resided in him—he and everything in existence were ‘mirror images’ of God. Since he was the only one to know that, he saw himself as the ‘sacrificial lamb of God’. Willingly, but with great fear and trepidation, he accepted the fate—God’s Perfect Love was exposed.
So what about the ‘Last Supper’—what was Jesus saying to his apostles for the forty millionth and last time? He was attempting to instill an understanding that God is in all things including him and them as well as that bread and wine they were eating—we’ll never know whether or not he was successful—so distorted and corrupted is the bible. We have an inkling that maybe John did. In his letter he states ‘brothers, what we are now, we know we are children of God; what we are to become is to be determined. We do know that when we get to heaven we will be like God because we will see him as he truly is’ (paraphrased). Quite obviously, no one could see God as he ‘truly is’ except God himself—so, John seemed to recognize and understand what Jesus had been telling them.
So what about the word communion—some religions speak of Holy Communion. Yes it is communion and yes it is Holy Communion because it represents the commonality we all share—we all are imbued with the Holy Commonality of God’s presence in us—and everything else, I might add.
Now here is a concept which is somewhat staggering to me. Just for one moment consider this. We and every gravid object in existence are continually changing and evil (selfish). Therefore, we exist in a temporal (finite) world—we ,as everything else, will cease to exist some day. However, everything that makes our being is the prefect, unchanging particles of God’s energy which already exist in eternity—isn’t that amazing? Does that tickle your brain about your soul? God is your soul—he cannot possibly reject himself.
Most religion of any kind or fashion of which I am aware, while maybe in some instances well intentioned, is man-made, fashioned after human values of selfish control and greed, and more importantly based on false premises and ignorance. Buddhism and Hinduism seem, for the most part, to be different in that they are more contemplative—they are still trying to discern the exact nature of their Supreme Being. It would be helpful for them to study Quantum Mechanics.
I could go on and on about these subjects but I suspect you’d get bored. However I have developed this philosophy and carried it to its ultimate conclusion of a certain pathway to permanent ‘loving peace’. My two books, Wilderness Cry and Peace in Spirituality say it all in clear, concise terms. I sincerely trust that you will avail yourself of them—-Amazon et.al.
If you give me an option to choose either Science or Religion, I would blindly choose science on any day. However ironic that may sound, I would still pick Science over everything else.
In very simple terms, if you take every religious book and scripture ever written and burn them all with, no trace left, they won’t be written the same again as they are right now.
But if you do the same thing with science, and then start all over from Zero, Gravity will still exist and will still be 9.8 m/s2.
Religion is based on a myth said by someone, to someone, and then to someone else, and then written by someone, all of them living in different times. Religious books are more of a person’s point of view, rather than being something substantial we can rely upon.