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.
We have just completed celebrating part of what I believe to be the greatest myth ever perpetrated on the human race. It begins with the myth of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth to a virgin and continues with an equally fabricated myth of his resurrection and culminates with a fairy tale of his ascension into heaven where he is seated at God the Father’s right hand.
And I can hear you now, screaming and tearing your garments and calling me every known unkind name, including blasphemer and heretic of the worst kind. Likely, if you were a giant cobra snake with twelve heads, you would bite me with all twelve of them incessantly until I was dead—such hatred for me. But I say, “wait a minute, you know all those fairy tales like ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Alice in wonderland’ are true also, don’t you?” And you would likely say “Of course, I know they aren’t. They’re just fairy tales for little children.” In retort, I would say, “yes, I know. They were taught to us as little children, but most of us didn’t believe them because we already knew better. They were told to us just to tickle our fantasy imagination.” So, I would ask, “why should we believe the fairy tales about Jesus?” And you might respond, “I was taught it in Catechism class or RCIA, or Sunday school, or at home, or my preacher said so because it’s in the Bible”. And I would say, “well, just who wrote the Bible and where did they get their information?”
Now, we’re getting somewhere—where did the biblical writers and rewriters and rewriters and rewriters ad infinitum get their information? That, my friends, is the sixty-four trillion-dollar question, and I say trillion advisedly, because that number would likely pale in the face of the total amount of money which organized religion has extracted from humanity. And, because it is so expensive, it deserves a thorough historical review.
One of the best references I have been able to discover is a super-educated student of ‘life and customs’ in Jesus’ time, Reza Aslan. In his through book, ZEALOT- The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Mr. Aslan explores the history of Jesus’ days in detail. He shows how the Jews had fallen under rule and control of the Roman Empire, how Rome agreed to allow the Jewish hierarchy to continue religious control of their people while, simultaneously, the poor Jewish peasantry were being oppressed by both Jerusalem and Rome. That oppression was so great that there were literally hundreds of insurgents going around Judea performing miracles (magic) in hopes of gaining a following for the express purpose of overthrowing both Jerusalem and Rome. Of course, they all met the same fate, which was reserved explicitly for traitors, crucifixion.
Jesus, however, had a different perspective which demanded a completely different goal. With his genius mind, he recognized the fallacy of the Jewish religion. He clearly saw that God did not exist in a ‘dualist’ state, that is, God is here, and his creation is over there. He readily saw how God must be present in all his creation including Jesus, himself, and all humanity. Not only that, but he also saw how God’s love is perfect and therefore, he cannot possibly reject anyone or anything. He knew how and why Moses created the concept of sin and made it ‘civil law’, for purposes of control, and how, later the established hierarchy created the very lucrative business of offering ‘perfect sacrifices’ to their God as a means of appeasement of ‘guilt’ for their misdeeds. Jesus only purpose was to remove that terrible, persecuting blanket of guilt by explaining to his people that they were guilty of nothing but being God’s most loved people.
Jesus knew he was teaching heresy and that he would be killed for teaching a concept of love—God and neighbor. The hierarchy wanted no part of that teaching. It would have destroyed their money machine—they killed him as a common traitor. But can you find in the bible exactly why the Jewish hierarchy wanted Jesus killed? I can’t. The writers of the bible we have knew better than to expose it directly. It would have betrayed them and their desire to stay in control—bedamned with Jesus. He was just a great ‘talking point’.
On the other hand, I can find no direct quote by Jesus, himself, in the Bible where he says explicitly that he came into this world to die for the direct forgiveness if all mankind’s sins. I am convinced that Jesus only purpose was to be our liberator from the oppressive Jewish religion.
Jesus’ teachings coincide exactly with my singular definition of our God’s essence: God is A Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality cannot possibly change nor be changed. That means virgin conceptions, resurrections, and ascensions into heaven are impossible. Furthermore, those concepts represented the collective imaginations of those in charge. In fact, it might not have been so much imagination as it was ‘determination’ to have all the myths which had been created before in the Old Testament come true. In the meantime, the money machines are thriving.
So determined were they to have their mythical fantasies come true, that almost three hundred years after his death, the Jewish Christians who formed the first official Christian religion at Nicaea, did so with utter disregard for Jesus and his teachings. In doing so they plagiarized his name—they crucified himagain in perpetuity.
Jesus only intent was to liberate us from the persecuting blanket of guilt imposed by the Jewish hierarchy. Sadly, like all other zealots of his day, he failed miserably. To this very day, there are over 33,000 religions worldwide plagiarizing Jesus’ name—Just like the Jewish hierarchy of Jesus’ day, all for power, control and, most importantly, money.
Does anyone on the face of this earth see what I see? Have we all been so deeply brainwashed that our eyes and minds are closed? Have we been so indoctrinated that we dare not ask a question for fear of reprisal or ridicule? Are we afraid to investigate, or are we like infants with open hungry mouths accepting whatever someone puts in them? I’m not. In fact, I have written three books regarding this vital subject, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. In Wilderness Cry, I describe the process of developing doubt, determination to resolve that doubt, and the miraculous discovery of God’s essence through an encounter with Quantum Mechanics through which we learn that in the particle world, everything is perfect, unchanging, and unchangeable—Perfect Rationality—God.
In Peace in Spirituality and Provocative Catholic, I explore many of God’s attributes—explicitly, an absolute certain pathway to worldwide peace. In that light, a few years ago I issued a call for The Worldwide Communion Of Spirituality which means the understanding and acceptance that the Will of God, The Holy Spirit, is imprinted onto every particle of energy in existence. Otherwise, none could be.
In addition, I have published a semi historical, semi autobiographic little book, Growing Up in Fancy farm Kentucky. I am aware that thousands of you, worldwide have read my books, but I mention them for sake of others. Amazon-Kindle
Likely, most of you may think of the word CHURN as a verb or action word indicating a wild, uncontrolled admixing of whatever—people, clouds, ocean swells and the likes. However, there is another type of churn which is a tool used mostly for making butter. I remember very well, as a kid growing up on a small farm, ‘churning’ cream for the purpose of extracting its butter.
For those of you who don’t know, a churn was a stone jar about eighteen inches tall and about nine inches in diameter. The neck rim was inset with a 3/4″ shoulder which accommodated a round wooden top with a 1″ hole in its center. It was fitted with a wooden paddle about 7″ in diameter to which was attached a wood stem that projected about 2′ through the hole in the top. It was used thusly: about I/2-1 gallon of cream was poured into churn, the top and paddle were installed, and the paddle was worked up and down until the butter began to congeal and adhere to the paddle. Once that process of congealing began, it was completed rather rapidly, usually 2-3 minutes. The butter was then scraped from the paddle and washed repeatedly to remove any residual milk (blue john), placed in a mold, cooled, and served.
Now, I’m going to apply that concept of churn to our world condition. What we observe on a moment-to-moment basis is an entire world churning wildly with hostilities and uncertainties. The obvious reason for that discord is the gross differences in ideologies and religions. There are hostilities and wars, or threats thereof, on almost every inhabited continent. Observing that perpetual condition for seventy-five years of my life compelled me to seek a solution.
It took a while but finally it clicked with me. The problem lay in the fact that no one had defined the essence of their God (Allah, Buddha, Brahma, Yahweh, etc.). By defining our common Supreme Being as ‘A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING’, I was able to accomplish two very important things. One, I was able to remove all the mystery previously imposed on us by mythical religions, and two, I was able to establish a universal commonality among all people. I was able to show that each of us is a mirror image of our Creator, and as such, all are brothers and sisters. With that understanding, we can, should, and must quell that churning violence and discontent, and come to a sudden tranquility of love and peace. Therefore, I have called for recognition and acceptance of the “Worldwide Communion of Spirituality”. Has anyone taken note? Does anyone care? If you do care and are looking for a rationality to support such an idea, my little book, Wilderness Cry, explains all. I strongly urge each one of you to read and understand it. It’s our only hope for peace.
Since making this original post April 4, 2018, I have extrapolated and expanded many of God’s attributes (accidents). I was able to do so by applying the logical basis which that ‘essential definition’ demands. I believe most of you will find the truths you discover in my new book, Provocative Catholic, to be both amazing and, at times, shocking. Amazon, Kindle ET AL. I want to hear your comments and discussions. email@example.com
For the fun-living, curious of mind, you might like my little semi historical, semi autobiography, Growing Up, in Fancy Farm Kentucky. Amazon Kindle + handg@philosphyscienceofgodtheuniversehilarylhuntmd
From time to time, since its institution in 325 A D, the Catholic church has convened councils or synods in an effort to address perceived problems. Most councils involve only church hierarchy, but synods may involve both hierarchy and laity. Recently, Pope Francis called a worldwide synod to specifically address a major concern—dramatic loss of both membership and church attendance. He has asked each Bishop to gather information and suggestions from his constituents through meetings in each parish where suggestions are delivered. This two-year synod was prompted by the dramatic loss of church membership and church service attendance.
Once upon a time, Catholic Church affiliation and attendance was at its highest level in Europe and North America. However, since WW2, that designation has dramatically shifted to Africa and South America. The United States, specifically for the last seventy years, has seen a steady decline in attendance at services which translates into an alarming drop in income. The result has been almost a total wipeout of Catholic school (K-12) education. Many of the larger, more famous names still operate but, instead of being church owned and operated, they are now private institutions which charge a rather hefty tuition—rich people schools.
The problem with Catholic school education is multifaceted but the main culprit seems to be empty convents —cumulative salaries for qualified teachers is way too expensive. Too many people, recognizing that they are already supporting a public school system through taxes, are either unable, unwilling, or both, to pay a high tuition for private school education. The relative few remaining church supported schools have seen a dramatic decline in enrollment numbers just in the last forty years.
Mind you, not too long ago, parents would be excommunicated from the Catholic Church for sending their child to a public school. There are some of us still alive today who remember that. I have no quarrel with Catholic School education— I, myself, am the product of nineteen years of it. The teachers were highly educated and skilled. The problem was the teaching of Catholic Catechism as though it were mathematics—that dog simply won’t hunt anymore.
More and more, people are finding the Church’s mandates about anything sexual, particularly regarding marriage, birth control, and divorce, to be irrelevant. The Church has always used those ‘tools’ to control people. However, many have become disenchanted with such rules which are increasingly becoming meaningless in their lives. So, the obvious happens—they drop out of Church.
I perceive this synod as a desperation attempt by the Church to right its ship on the shoulders of its constituents—I’m skeptical. It likely is just another flavor added to the ‘castor oil’ to make it more palatable—it will still be the same ‘castor oil’ no matter how it’s camouflaged—just kicking the can a little farther down the road waiting for the inevitable—total collapse—all because of refusal to honor Jesus’ teaching—love of God and love of neighbor.
On another front, the Catholic Church in the USA continues to bolster its ranks by aiding and abetting the flow of illegal immigrants across out southern border—most of them identify as Catholic. That illegal activity is promoted and assisted by Catholic Charities which provides them with false documents—the Biden administration is complicit by its failure to control that border. Seems like I vaguely remember Mr. Biden visiting the Vatican shortly after taking office—I wonder why? —I think I know—make your guess.
It is not only the Catholic Church which is bleeding membership. My understanding from various sources is that all religions are seeing a drop in membership and service attendance. Without any slightest doubt, I think I know why. All, so called Christianity is based on mythology, astrology, superstition, ignorance, witchcraft, and unsupported imagination. All of them preach about a Supreme Being who they call God, but not one of them has defined their God’s essence.
In this modern day of scientific knowledge and understanding, it seems totally irrational that not one of them is able to define God’s essence. I am certain many can—they are afraid to. Proclaiming God’s essence as ‘A Perfect Rational Being’, as I have done, would instantly obviate any need for their existence in their current capacities.
Yes, we need God. Yes, we desperately need God. Every human needs a clear picture and understanding of the ‘real God’—the God who resides everywhere in everything in existence—the God who created everything to be perfect and to function perfectly at all times—the God who is Perfect Love—the God who cannot possibly change his own Perfect Nature—the God who cannot possibly be pleased or displeased—the God who cannot possibly be helped or hurt —the God who cannot possibly reject himself or any part of his creation—the God who encompasses all truth, and outside of whom, there is no truth—the God in whom all power exists through his Perfect Truth System.
Yes, we could then assemble to further explore and examine the endless ramifications of such a perfect, loving, powerful Being. That should be No1 in our public schools’ curriculum—it’s not religion—it’s science—it’s God—it’s knowledge—it’s truth.
Of course, none of that will happen because of one simple reason—loss of power and control over people, but, more importantly, loss of control of their pocketbooks. In the meantime, the ‘castor oil ’they dish out will be flavored somewhat differently in hopes of making it more palatable—we’ll see—I’m skeptical.
In the meantime, all I can do is wait, watch, hope, and write what I know to be the truth. There’s no place to go—certainly not to another denomination—they’re all drinking ‘castor oil’, albeit each flavored slightly differently.
All the problems exist because of the direct failure of the framers of Catholicism to heed Jesus’ advice. The Jews had Jesus Crucified because he openly told them they were worshiping a ‘false god’. Not only that, but he openly criticized them for dishonoring God by fleecing his children of their hard-earned money. Two hundred seventy-five years later, the framers of Roman Catholicism did exactly as the Jews had done. They threw that blanket of guilt over everyone. Jesus only effort was to liberate his brethren from the terrible persecuting blanket of guilt which the Jewish hierarchy had cast over them, all for power, control, and money. The bishops clandestinely using Jesus’ name, put into his mouth words which he never said, and built a kingdom for themselves just as the Jewish King, High Priest, and Sanhedrin had done before them. They have been ‘dancing’ all these years, sweeping scandal after scandal under the carpet while pretending to later generations that those scandals never happened— now they ‘must pay the fiddler’.
Sad to say, I made this prediction almost six years ago when I published my little masterpiece, Wilderness Cry—one to five hundred years before extinction of Christianity depending on wars, wars, and more wars. Recently I Published a sequel, Provocative Catholic, which, not only explains in detail the causes of our problems, but more importantly, offers a foolproof plan for permanent peace. Everything I have to say is based on irrefutable scientific and philosophical truth.
In addition, I noted the endeavors of the Hindu’s and Buddhists to understand the nature of their god—had they known science, I am convinced they would have succeeded.
Three years ago. I published a semi historical, semiautobiographical book, Growing Up in Fancy Farm Kentucky. A few months ago, I republished it with many enhancement photos pertinent to the subjects of their time. All are available Amazon-Kindle.
Many of you have heard the expression that someone or some thing ‘hates …. like the devil hated Holy Water’. I firmly suspect that nowhere in history has that dictum been more applicable than in the relationship between religion and science. So, we are free to apply it here—Religion hates science like the devil hates Holy Water.
From an historical perspective, we are aware that all religion was generated in the pseudoscience of astrology, combined with mythology, superstition, and imagination. That was all they had to rely on. It started for western-world religions fourteen-thousand years ago with the Egyptians recognizing the ‘Zodiac’ and assigning certain influences to it. From there, it evolved through a myriad of gods and goddesses who exerted specific controls and virtues. Eventually, the Hebrews recognized a singular God who created and controlled everything in their universe which amounted to what they could see—sun, moon, stars, comets, and planets. They had no idea about the real universe they lived in—trillions of galaxies containing trillions and trillions of stars and other celestial bodies.
Simultaneously, the Far-easterners, and inhabitants of the Western world recognized the presence of eternal being(s) which existed in everything as well as in some faraway places in the sky—whatever their collective imaginations dictated. In turn, each group developed its own set of understandings of their god(s) and, furthermore, most devised methods of honoring and/or appeasing their god(s).
As far as I can determine, the Hebrews were the only group who developed a God patterned exactly after their own nature—He could be loving or hateful, merciful or vengeful, accepting or rejecting. More importantly, He could be bargaining. Even though He was all-powerful, the Hebrews believed they were obliged to create contracts with their God and ‘hold his toes to the fire’. By their own admission, they ‘got their tail feathers singed’ when God reneged on the first contract. But they were persistent and ‘made God’ honor the second one—such was their imagination and audacity.
We are familiar with ‘the rest of the story—Jesus. The Jews had Jesus killed for teaching heresy—love of God and neighbor. In fact, I am convinced that the Jewish Christians who formed the Holy Roman Catholic Church in the year 325 AD, having already experienced the bonanza of power, control, and lucre, were not the least bit inclined to honor Jesus’ teachings of humility and love. Instead, in direct defiance of Jesus, they formulated a church patterned exactly after Jewish sacrificial ritual with them as the controller and dispenser of Divine graces. Mind you, at that point in time, there still was no scientific information available—the earth was flat; the earth was the center of the universe; the celestial bodies exerted supernatural powers over them, ala astrology; the earth was supported on five crooked, wobbly legs and was always in danger of falling into the netherworld below. They knew no truth, but they did know how to put and keep themselves in total control while milking the hard-earned resources of their subjects—the very thing which Jesus railed against that got him killed.
Things went well as long as Constantine and his son who followed him as Emperor of the Roman Empire were alive. However, with the fall of the Roman Empire, their powerbase was destroyed and, to put it mildly, all hell broke loose. There was a parade of bad Popes; priests and popes alike became sexual predators; squandering popes depleted the Vatican coffers prompting the sale of indulgences to rich people who aspired to have a glimmer of hope of getting to heaven. Not all popes were bad, but many turned to ascetics such as Jerome and Augustine for answers to philosophical questions such as original sin and the role and/or value of women in the church. Women became so deprecated that it was determined that women represented sin—were it not for women, men wouldn’t sin.
In the meantime, because of power struggles between Rome and the Eastern Church generated mainly by disagreements about married priests and sexual matters in general, plus a lingering argument about the Holy Spirit, a complete split occurred beginning in 1054. In 1095, the Pope instigated the Crusades to win back the Holy Land which had been conquered and occupied by the Mohammedans. The Crusades lasted intermittently until 1396.
Two hundred years earlier, the inquisitions were instituted to eliminate witches and to protect the earth from falling into the netherworld by unlawful sexual activity—sexual intercourse was prohibited on any elevated structure and violators were burned at the stake. The Church seemed to be in near-total shambles. There still was no science.
In the year 1497 Vasco da Gama sailed to the Far East and back proving the earth was round but three years passed before the Pope ceased burning people at the stake for denying it was flat. Then, in the early 1600’s, Galileo discovered the sun to be the center of our solar system. He escaped burning at the stake by making a public recantation of his findings before the Inquisition. However, he spent the last nine years of his life under house arrest.
Science was beginning. The word science comes from the Latin word Scientia which means knowledge. Knowledge, of course, is truth. Prior to Vasco da Gama and Galileo there was little if any pure truth known. The great Greek and Roman philosophers based all their premises on mythology. Therefore, all their conclusions were false. Thomas Aquinas, whose philosophy the Catholic Church adopted, also based his methodology on Aristotelian philosophy. Aquinas, for purposes of staying in line with biblical and Church teaching, developed a dualistic philosophy which puts God in one place and his creation in another–not only two different places but also two different natures.
Many great thinkers, among whom I disclaim membership, throughout the centuries, have recognized the presence of God ‘in’ all his creation. That is, in fact, what Jesus taught us— ‘split a piece of wood, and I’ll be there; lift a rock and find me there’ (paraphrased).
Since I have irrefutably defined the Essence of God as; God is A Perfect Rational Being, and since the understanding of Quantum Mechanics (particle physics) clearly demonstrates that everything in this universe is ‘perfect’ in both form and function, it is not only logical, but I believe mandatory, to accept the premise that nothing in existence can be unless the Holy Spirit (Will of God) resides within it. That understanding brings God and science into ‘perfect unity’. God is science. God is Perfect Truth. There can be no truth outside God’s Perfect Truth System.
So, where does that leave us? I do not know about you, but I do know about me— it left me ‘crying out for truth’ from a wilderness of mythology, astrology, witchcraft, superstition, ignorance and deceit.
What I have observed during the last seventy years is a continuous ‘squirming’ by the Church to gradually bringing itself into some scientific alignment without losing credibility. Its plan is a subtle long-term acceptance of scientific principles and an equally subtle ‘sweeping under the carpet’ of archaic and erroneous ideas as the generations go by, knowing that those who remember will soon be gone, and those remaining have little or no interest in studying history. So, the Church pretends — ‘it’s always been this way’.
It truly breaks my heart to say this, but I know of no religion, now or ever, which teaches anything remotely similar to God’s truth.
I have elucidated these findings and many, many more in my books, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. In addition, I have published a semi-autobiography, Growing Up in fancy Farm Kentucky. All are available Amazon-Kindle.
Today, I will attempt to explain to you and to show you why and how each of us is a specific individual, one of a kind, unlike any other who has been or ever will be in existence—it all has to do with choices. So, what is a choice? It may seem elementary, but a choice is a decision of acceptance each of us makes between the possibility of two options—our intellect always tells our will which the better of those two possibilities and our will is duty-bound to accept that ‘better’.
It all began for each of us with the ‘choice’ our parents made to mate and produce us. Together, they imparted our genetic makeup which in itself imparted the framework for much of our choosing—physique, temperament, IQ, sex. From that point on, our choices are based on learning experiences, many of which seem to be gained before birth. However, most of our learning experiences occur after birth. In fact, most of our subconscious programming occurs before we become rational—age seven—and sets the stage for most of our prejudicial decision-making for the rest of our lives. Many of those experiences are real and generate real logical choices such as ‘touch a hot object and get painfully burned, close a door on your finger and it hurts really badly, etc.’ We may not remember the painful experience, but we instinctively know to avoid it in the future. That same principle applies to prejudicial experiences heaped upon us by well-meaning but severely biased parents, teachers, playmates, babysitters, etc. Those biases, likewise, are stored in our subconscious and form the basis for our decision making (choices) the rest of our lives, and we don’t know why—seldom de we have memory of the events which prejudiced us.
As we enter the realm of rational thinking at about age seven, each of us is already molded into a specific individual, similar to, but vastly different from, all others of all times. At that early age each of us is already afflicted with our own individual set of fears, biases, guilt complexes, anxieties, and delights. From that moment on, each rational choice we make is flavored (prejudiced) by that myriad of subconscious influences of which we are totally unaware. Present fifty children with the same set of possible choices, and even though many will make one choice while the remainder choose the other, no two of them choose for identical reasons. Furthermore, none of them are aware of the ultimate dictators of their own choice.
Nowhere is our prejudicial thinking and acting more overt than in our choice of friends, political parties, and/or religion. There’s an old saying that ‘birds of a feather flock together’, and that saying is absolutely true. Certain people fall into our ‘comfort zone’—we feel ‘at ease’, not threatened around them. Oftentimes, we subconsciously, avoid certain personality types, places, and things, and we do not know why—we are simply not comfortable with them.
With that understanding, it is easy to see, as we go through life, how and why our choices are influence by our ‘built-in’ and ‘developed’ subconscious personality biases. A truer statement could never be made than this; each of ourpersonalities is the sum-total of all our life’s experiences and the related choices made therefrom.
The great poet, Robert Frost, may not have been an educated psychologist, but he obviously had a keen insight into animal behavior and personality development. Please Google his little poem, The Road Not Taken, and you will understand.
Likely, the person with the greatest insight into human personality development was none other than Jesus of Nazareth. As best we can determine, Jesus had no formal education of any kind, and, if he had, it would have been false, because all presumed knowledge was based on error— the earth was flat and the center of the universe, the sun, moon, and stars exerted controlling influences on everything, God was sitting in some mythical cloud overlording his creation, etc. However, Jesus’ insight told him that God was in everything, including each of us. Furthermore, his insight showed him that each of us was a unique individual with its own set of differences from all others. He could clearly see that peace could be achieved only through our acceptance of each other’s differences. Hence, he gave us two commandments; Love (accept) our God with our all, and Love (accept) our neighbor as ourselves. He knew we could not possibly do one without the other. He never once suggested we must ‘like’ (be sensually pleased by) each other, but he commanded us to ‘love (accept) each other.
Jesus aimed those two commandments at everyone, but, specifically, at the Jewish hierarchy whom he observed to be bilking their constituents, in the name of God, for their own personal gain. Jesus was brave beyond ill imagination. The Jewish Hierarchy killed him for that.
With that understanding, I ask you one simple question; “Has anything changed since Jesus’ day? Has any religion heeded Jesus’ admonition?” If so, I have been unable to discover it. As far as I can determine, Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves has been totally ignored. In my eighty-eight years of attending Roman Catholic services, I have heard only one such sermon, and it was delivered by a friend at my personal behest.
The reason for ignoring Jesus’ command is clear—there is ‘no money’ in love. There is much money, power, and control in the ‘social commands’ Moses used to impale the Israelites. Those who framed Christianity in 325 AD, at the behest of Emperor Constantine, totally ignored Jesus Commands, but rather, reverted to the demonizing, controlling, empire building structure of Judaism. Consequently, nothing has changed since then except the so-called Christianity they created has fragmented into 33,000 money-grubbing branches and sects.
The bishops who formed the Roman Catholic Church made the deliberate choice to ignore Jesus’ command. Those who followed, made similar choices to the tune of 33,000. Now, look what those choices have wrought—war and more war, threats and fears of even greater wars, human suffering beyond imagination—people feeling empowered to bring their will onto others without regard for their neighbors’ suffering.
When all is said and done, remember this; Jesus made the conscious choice to die so that we might beliberated. Collectively, we rejected Jesus—our choice. Is it our pride, our greed, our lack of love (acceptance)? I’d suggest, ‘all the above’.
If you have not done so, please read my little books Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. Your eyes will be opened. For kicks, you might like Growing Up in Fancy Farm Kentucky.
An expectation is a firm belief and/or anticipation that something will happen or be the case in the future. Wittingly or unwittingly, consciously, or even subconsciously, we all have hundreds or thousands of expectations daily—most are habitual. Without thinking, we flip a light switch on—we expect light to appear. It doesn’t always but, if it doesn’t, there is a scientific reason why—we either fix it or have it fixed—our expectation will be valid again—at least for a while.
Likely, most of our expectations are based on past experiences which have yielded such anticipated result. For instance, due to past learning experiences, we have all sorts of expectations such as: touch a hot stove and get burned every time; open a door in frigid winter and cold air rushes in; drive an automobile over the tolerated speed limit in view of a policeman and get a speeding ticket; hit your thumbnail with a hammer and it hurts. Those and thousands similar would be classified as conscious expectations.
What about unconscious expectations— the tricky part for most of us. Believe it or not, they also are based on learned experiences but, almost always, the learning has been done with an immature mind which yielded a false impression. For instance, many people go through life burdened by many different phobias such as fear of the dark, fear of heights, claustrophobia, etc. Those fears are based on a false narrative presented to their immature minds which then made erroneous conclusions—however, always real for a lifetime to the individual involved unless appropriate psychiatric treatment is rendered.
One of the most devastating expectations is the overwhelming subconscious expectation of punishment generated in immature minds by well-meaning parents and guardians. Immature children are frequently made to believe they are bad (evil) and deserve punishment—an indwelling feeling of guilt. That perpetual feeling of guilt creates an expectation of impending punishment which generates indwelling anxiety—hurt is coming—don’t know when nor where. Sadly, way too often, that anxiety leads to deep feelings of worthlessness and helplessness leading to deep depression with no visible ‘escape hatch’ except suicide.
Obviously, then, some expectations are good—others terrible.
Then, there are failed expectations as common as house flies based on politicians’ rhetoric. Too frequently, they tell us one thing to garner our vote and do exactly the opposite. Sometimes, those promises were made in honesty but, later, were found to be impossible to keep—I believe, more often, deliberate deceit. What they really want is our vote so they can control us and, ultimately, extract our money.
Without doubt, I believe the most common failed expectation comes from God’s refusal to answer our prayers, and the most aggrandized expectation is the false belief that he has answered them. Most of us have grown up in some sort of so-called Christian tradition and have been taught that God will answer our prayers if we beg him enough. Many of us get caught in the trap of viewing, as a ‘miracle’, the most miniscule and menial event which eventuates according to our wishes and expectations. That kind of thought process and reasoning is tantamount to saying medical, physical, chemical, and biological science has no foundation in fact. For instance, on literally a daily basis, I hear people beg for prayers because they are about to have a simple medical procedure performed by a known expert, and then thank everyone profusely for all their prayers when the procedure goes well. What do you suppose their expectations were—if no one had prayed, the procedure would have failed? Of course, as would be expected, the procedure went well—was it because we prayed, or because medical science has developed to make that outcome to be expected? Without doubt, I think the latter.
The purveyors of religion, however, have convinced us from day one that God answers our prayers—have you ever heard a suitable explanation for ‘why your/our prayer weren’t answered?’— I did. When I was twelve years old, I observed that, despite our entire community repeatedly coming together in earnest prayer, urgently begging God to ‘make it rain’ when our crops were drying up from drought, and such like-petitions, not a single time were our prayers answered—at no time, for anything. I was an acolyte (altar boy) at Saint Jerome Church in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, living on a farm and witnessing the devastation of our meager crops by droughts and floods alike—that question had super-serious significance for me. Why would God not make it rain for his most favored group? The answer my priest gave me was momentous in more ways than one. He said, “It is God’s will”—what a staggering blow— a knife in my heart. From that moment on, I knew that prayer of any kind except thanksgiving was a total waste of time and, moreover, a total misappropriation of God’s nature. I didn’t know the ‘why’ at that time, but I determined right that moment to find out. It took me another sixty to sixty-five years to do so but, finally, I did. I discovered who God is. I learned that God is not the string-pulling puppeteer whom we had been taught about just to entrap us in a snare of false expectations. I learned that God is A Perfect Rational Being.
That knowledge and understanding made it perfectly clear that God cannot possibly change anything about his own Perfect Nature. He cannot possibly be hurt or pleased. He cannot possibly be influenced in any way. Any such change would totally nullify his Perfection and make him an imposter—not a chance. Physical miracles are an absolute impossibility—period.
So, what then should be our expectation when we talk to God? Without doubt, we should do exactly as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane— ‘Father. If it be possible, let this chalice pass from me but, not my will but thine be done’. Jesus knew what his fate would be for attempting to liberate us from the horrible oppressive blanket of guilt imposed on us by the Jewish religion, but I seriously doubt he expected it to be as bad as it was. When we pray as Jesus did with humility and thanksgiving then, and only then, will we be exhibiting submission to God’s will, rather than the arrogance associated with expecting God to submit his will to ours. Do not let the purveyors of irrational religion create ‘false expectations’ in you as politicians often do to only let you down.
I could write on this and similar aspects of God’s Perfect Rationality forever. I have, in fact, published three books about it—please read them so you may live a much happier, less delusional, God-understanding life. Also, I have published about my childhood—you might be interested.
What a simple word—time. We use that word endlessly throughout the ‘run of a day’ and, likely, never once consider just what we are saying nor what it means. Some examples: what time is it?’ I’ve got time to make it, if I hurry; he annoys me all the time; do you have time to help me for a minute to move this table, my heart is beating only 45 times a minute—need a pacemaker; I’ve got time for one more hand, if we hurry; what time are we leaving in the morning? —just to mention a few examples.
I’d venture a small wager that the average person would stammer, hesitate, and, while making several loquacious attempts, would fail miserably to succinctly define time. Sure, everybody knows what ‘time’ is—or do they? Test yourself and see if you really know.
Time is one of those words we ‘grow up’ with, use repeatedly, assume we know its meaning, but then are baffled when ask to specifically define it. And I am no different from you. Had I not taken a special interest in attempting to understanding and explain, both philosophically and scientifically, the basic nature of our universe and its creator, if any, I likely would be stammering also.
As best I can determine, the simplest, most straightforward, scientific definition of time is this: Time is a‘measure of change’. You might ask, “what is changing?”, and I would answer, “everything in our universe”. You also might ask, “why is everything changing, and when did time begin?”—unwittingly, two of the most fundamental questions of our existence.
Once upon a time, there was no time—the universe did not exist— a void of total nothingness. At a moment, roughly 13.8 billion years ago, A Perfect Rational Being whom we call God released his energy in the form of perfect particles, collectively known as quanta (pleural of quantum)—the smallest particle in existence which cannot be further subdivided. At that instant, those particles set about the business for which they were designed, and change (time) began. There are many different types of quanta but each of its type is identical to its counterparts, each is perfect in both form and function, each is unchanging and unchangeable, and not one, more nor less exists today that did not exist at the moment of their release—the Big Bang. Therefore, like God, they exist in eternity—they are God. Yet, they make up everything in our universe which is constantly changing. We humans, in our need to get in sync with that change, developed systems for calibrating that observable change and called that calibrated change ‘time’. That calibration enables us to better order our lives and plan and act accordingly—schedule.
The next, most fundamental question one might ask is, ‘why did God create a universe which is constantly changing’ and, more fundamental yet, ‘how’.
The ‘how’ is easy to explain—the ‘why’, not so easy.
To the ‘how’: knowledgeable scientists have known for a long time that an energy imbalance exists in our universe—they call it entropy. That imbalance demands change as each system attempts to balance itself and come to equilibrium. We are now 13.8 billion years into that imbalanced timeframe. Again, some scientists have suggested it will require another 75 to 100 billion years before that equilibrium is achieved—and time ceases.
Now, to the ‘why’—a genuine sixty-four-thousand-dollar question. Throughout recorded history, people have pondered that question and, furthermore, have come to rather similar conclusions. Almost all have attributed the changes they have observed, both good and bad, to a higher power to which they have attached numerous designations—God, Allah, Yahweh, Brama, Buddha, and dozens of others. Invariably, they have understood their ‘higher power’ to be responsible for both the good things and the bad things in their lives. Most have interpreted the bad things to be the result of vengefulness of their god and have developed schemes of ‘appeasement’ in hopes of restoring themselves into a more favorable position with that being. Such attempts at appeasement are known as religion. Seemingly, not one of them has ever recognized the Perfect Nature of their Supreme Being because most, if not all, are perpetually attempting to appease him and, worse yet, begging him to change his perfect nature and revert to the imperfect nature of ours—they want him to change—come out of eternity and share our misery. You might say: “Oh no, I don’t want that. I just want God to perform a miracle for me. That’s what I pray for”. Do you not see that, in all reality, that is blasphemous? You are begging God to break his own rules of Perfection and become imperfect like us.
God’s Nature is exhibited in every changing entity in this universe. When you pray and ask God to do something ‘unnatural’, you are asking God to destroy his Perfection just for your selfish desires. Consider this: God’s Perfect Nature demands that when the elements Chlorine and Sodium are introduced to each other, they immediately form ‘table salt’—every time. They represent God’s Perfection, God’s Will, God’s perfect Nature. And you would dare beg God to change his perfect Nature just to ‘satisfy your whim’?
I understand perfectly well why you may feel justified in such prayers. Just like I, you have been brainwashed by religion into such thinking. But those who perpetuate such ideation do not know God. They do not know the one and only Perfect Rational Being. Therefore, they cannot possibly know that such a Perfect Rationality cannot possibly change or be changed.
I would suggest to anyone who cares to listen, you will be very happy if you simply ‘get in line’ with God’s Will. Instead of begging God to change, thank God for your existence, for your sustenance, and for your salvation as exhibited through Jesus the Christ. Rather than begging God to bend his will to ours, we should be humbly bending our will to his—then, and only then, will we be happy—I’ll guarantee it. Sooner or later, everybody’s life hits a ‘major snag’—incurable disease, major trauma, etc. We must humble ourselves to that reality and accept that inevitable ‘change’—God’s Perfect Rationality demands it. Such humility will not change anything except our attitude—a most beneficial change. Whatever the misery, the fear, the pain, it will be more tolerable knowing it is God’s Perfection, God’s Will at work.
Eventually, our time of ‘conscious change’ on this earth will cease, but the endless change of location of the particles of energy which make up our bodies will never cease until time ceases and all return to the Singularity. The particles which God’s Perfect Nature ‘loaned’ to our bodies will eventually be assimilated into millions, maybe billions of other entities before perfect equilibrium is reached and time ceases.
What we do not know is what happens to our spirit, our existence giving principle, when our time of conscious change on this earth ceases. We believe and hope that it is God and that, in some mode, we will have an ‘identity’ in God.
Thousands of years ago, those purveyors of religion learned it could be a grand ‘tool’ for, not only controlling the masses,’ but, more importantly, for extracting their hard-earned money. Preachers have become our mediators—for a ‘pretty penny’.
Go ahead— the next tine you speak to your preacher or minister of any kind, ask him/her to define the ‘essence’ of the God of whom they speak. If they do not respond that God is A Perfect Rational Being, their god is a myth. If the response is as I said, then the question is: why are we asking a Perfect Rationality to change? Are we not blaspheming? Should we not be showering our God with incantations of love, praise, and thanksgiving. Isn’t that what Jesus commanded is to do? The answers will be very interesting, indeed—give it a try.
Most of you know I have written extensively about this subject and many akin considerations in my little books, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. If you have not read them, I strongly encourage you to do so for your peace of mind—time’s a ‘wasting—be gone before you know it. For a little diversionary fun you might consider reading my Growing Up in Fancy Farm Kentucky. All are available from Amazon-Kindle and from me, handg@philosphyscienceofgodtheuniversehilarylhuntmd
Greed, or one of its derivatives, is a term we hear used often, and most people seem to know generally what it means. Specifically, it refers to an intense selfish desire for something—usually power and riches. Of course, like some other traits of animal behavior, it seems to be an inborn tendency. For instance, when an animal kill is made by a pride of lions, it is the larger and stronger male that fills his belly, seemingly to the point of nausea, before the females get a bite. In the human race, greediness seems to be a common trait among toddlers and younger children—they want ‘all the toys’.
So, how do we humans become less greedy? Like so many other things in life, we must be taugh a sense of caring and sharing with others. When that lack of teaching, by both verbal instruction and example, falls short of adequate, the inborn trait of greed becomes magnified. In those situations, it is likely that many or most all other desirable aspects of personality development will be lacking also—a potential criminal in the making.
I suspect that very few ‘greedy people’ are aware of their insatiable need to own more and more. They see it as normal because that is the way they developed. In other words, their greed has become a subconscious personality disorder of which they are unaware. In fact, by proper psychoanalytic psychotherapy, most could be cured. A cure requires two elements—1-the greedy one must recognize his condition and want cure and, 2-a competent psychoanalytic psychotherapist must be available. Sadly, it seems neither of those conditions prevail very often in most locations.
Without doubt, I believe Jesus had a similar understanding about greed, as well as all other human (animal) conditions. He recognized that each person was different from all others, and, more importantly, he understood the only way peace could be achieved was through ‘acceptance’ of each other. Therefore, he suggested two commandments for us—love your God with your all and love your neighbor as yourself (paraphrased).
During my rational lifetime of eighty-one years, I have attended Roman Catholic mass a minimum of forty-six hundred times. Only once in all those times have I ever heard a homily address Jesus’s commandments, and that was due to my coercion. I think I know the reason for that obvious omission. Churches see Jesus’ commands of love to be too simplistic—not nearly demeaning and humiliating enough. If churches accepted Jesus’ commands of love as sufficient, there would be little if any need for them or their preachers—maybe an occasional reminder. There would be no need for religion which demeans us and keeps us feeling guilty for being God’s normal creatures. It was exactly the greedy king, high priest, and the rest of Jewish hierarchy whom Jesus observed to be oppressing their people. Jesus’ purpose was to liberate his people and all people from the oppression of guilt imposed upon them for being normal human beings–the Jews had him killed for that heresy.
But Jesus’ words have gone totally unheeded. The greedy bishops who formed the first official Christian religion 325 years after Jesus’ death totally ignored his teaching of love. They put themselves in the greedy position of power, control, and money. That rotten foundation was inevitably bound to fall—and fall it did. Likely, most people would be shocked to learn that, as of the year 2014, there were 33,000 so-called Christian religions and sects on this earth. What a staggering number and why?
I believe with reasonable certainty it has to do with a combination of greed, pride,and ignorance. I am allowed to say that from the simple observation of today’s situation. What we have is a perpetual attempt by the Roman Catholic Church and most of the major Protestant denominations to ‘steal’ each other’s constituents. Each, in turn, does so under the guise of ‘orthodoxy’. Each professes a ’more perfect’ pathway to heaven, whilst, frequently, openly decrying the hollowness if all others. Each is sending missionaries all over the world in an overt attempt to convert other’s members. Do you honestly believe they give ‘two hoots in hell’ about your soul? —I don’t. Clearly, I believe their actions demonstrate overt greed which sometimes sems like avarice— extreme greed.
I’ll guarantee you, if churches and preachers did as Jesus commanded the apostles to do: ‘Go into the world and spread the good news. Take no provisions, not even a second cloak. Live off what is offered you. If you are not well received, shake the dust from your sandals and move on’ (paraphrased), there would be very, very few preachers, and likely fewer churches.
Rather, as are most things related to human nature and behavior, ultimately, it is always about the same greedy things, power, control, and money.
I am aware that many of you have read my books regarding this and many, many more such considerations. For those of you who haven’t, they are all available Amazon-Kindle and me, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, Provocative Catholic. For fun and humor, try Growing Up in Fancy Farm Kentucky.
Do you know what a conundrum is? Sure, you do. You may not know it by name but, very likely, you know it from personal experience, possibly many times, in your lifetime—certainly, I know I have. A ‘conundrum’ is a confusing, and oftentimes difficult problem, frequently offering two or more contradictory solutions—in other words, ‘bedamned if you do, and bedamned if you don’t ‘—seemingly no way to win.
A classic example of a conundrum is playing out on the world stage, right before our eyes, even as I write. The US and its allies are faced with a major conundrum regarding Russia and Ukraine. If they back Ukraine to the limit, they risk another world war and, possibly worse yet, a nuclear war at that. If they stand idly by, Ukraine will fall to Russia, and a potential NATO ally will be lost for the foreseeable future, possibly forever.
On a personal basis, which may apply to many from time to time, would be the conundrum a single parent faces with the sudden illness of a child. The parent needs to work its minimum wage job, but a babysitter arranged for at the last moment would cost as much or more than what the parent would make that day. As the old saying goes, ‘if you want to dance, you got to pay the fiddler’—no easy way out of a conundrum.
The conundrum I wish to address is that which organized Christianity finds itself in today. Just yesterday, I noted a twitter remark, made by a pastor, lamenting the fact that after six years, he and his wife and children were packing up and leaving. He related how when they moved to this place six years before, they envisioned their entire life there, raising their children and ‘tending the flock’. The implication of the twit was that ‘the flock’ had withered away—he couldn’t support his family there. I sense that exact scenario is playing out in so-called Christian religions everywhere. It has gotten so bad in the Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a member, that Pope Francis has called a two-year synod presumably to address the concerns of the membership and, possibly, institute some of their wishes—smooth their feathers–stop the bleeding.
The Church conundrum lies in this situation: on the one hand, the Church risks losing iron-clad control; on the other, it risks losing membership. Percentagewise, there are very few of us ‘old dudes’ around who remember the days of absolute dictatorship in the HRCC—I do. For the first thirty-five to forty of my eighty-eight years, that was the attitude of the church: In a nutshell, the church claimed its authority straight from the Apostles; it professed the Ten Commandments of Moses and, just as importantly, it professed and mandated the six commandments of the church (attend mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of obligation, confess at least once a year, receive Holy Communion during the Easter Time, observe all church laws regarding marriage, observe all days of fast and abstinence, and tithe in a general sense). A deliberate breech of any one of those sixteen commandments would be a mortal sin and would send one directly to hell if you died before confessing it—no questions asked. I can’t recall hearing a single mention of any of those sixteen commandments during my last forty years, and I have attended mass regularly. I think I know why. The Church, in its attempt to solve its conundrum, knows that we old dudes will be gone soon, and the young, having never heard of those ‘church commandments’, allows the Church to conveniently ‘swept them under the carpet’ as though they never existed.
However, a conundrum of loss of membership persists for the church to solve. If the church attempts to rear its ugly head of authority and dictatorship over our souls, young people will fall away at a greater rate than now. On the other hand, if the church loosens it iron-clad grip, it fears an even greater loss—so it punts with a synod. I strongly suspect this synod is designed to deceive people into thinking they are in control.
It has never been a policy of the church to admit its mistakes, such as the bad popes, the Crusades and their implications, the Inquisition, and the selling of indulgences—just to name a few. The church knows those of us who care will soon be gone and the young don’t know and do not care enough to investigate church history. I would be terribly surprised if, upon polling a thousand thirty-year-old and younger Catholics, even fifty of them would be familiar with any of that diabolical history.
The absolute only way the conundrums of religion can be solved is for all to recognize and admit to the essence of God as ‘A Perfect Rational being’. That would require the abolition of all known religion and start anew with a recognition and acceptance of The Worldwide Communion of Spirituality which means the recognition and acceptance that the image of God is imprinted onto each particle of energy of which everything in this universe is made–each particle is a mirror image of its generator, creator. Each particle is perfect in both form and function, each is indistinguishable from its counterparts, each is unchanging and unchangeable. Therefore, they exit in eternity. Collectively they are a mirror image of God–they are God.
Now, do you see that happening? Neither do I. After all, it has always been about power, control, and money—it still is. Such ideation would obliterate religion’s power-base and would immediately negate its need for existence.
If you will read my book, Wilderness Cry-a scientific and philosophical approach to understanding God and the universe, and its sequels, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic, you will gain insights you never dreamed of. To learn more about me, you may like my semi historical and humorous little book, Growing Up in Fancy Farm Kentucky. They are available hardcopy and e-book, Amazon-Kindle and from me, email@example.com
How often we hear priests and preachers mention God’s love, but more importantly, how do we react to, or understand, what they mean. I suspect each person has a different understanding. In fact, I suspect each priest and preacher has a different understanding. Why do you suppose that is? It seems to me that their presentation of God’s love is sort of schizophrenic—they tell us in one breath that God loves us, but in the next breath they say God hates us and will send us to hell in a flash.
Have you ever heard a preacher speak of God’s Perfect Love? Neither have I. There is a very specific reason for that—none of them knows who God is. The God they all speak of is the mythical God of the Old Testament—the God manufactured in the mirror image of man—no man has perfect love.
So, just what is perfect love? It is acceptance without condition. That love certainly does not fit the mold of the biblical God—that God’s love was always conditional. And why should his love not be conditional? —he was patterned exactly after man who always has conditions attached to his love.
My God is Perfect Love which means his love is completely unconditional. That Perfect Love stems from the fact that God is a Perfect Rational Being, and that Perfect Rationality mandates Perfectlove. More importantly, his Perfect Rationality mandates God to be residing in everything in existence, unlike the God of Abraham who was sitting on a throne somewhere in the clouds totally separated from his creation, but always overlording—a dualist God. My God is everything—nothing can be without God being in it, or better said, without it being in God. So, no preacher knows my God—the real God. No preacher understands perfect love because none knows the science of God’s Love. Once upon a time, they had an opportunity to know God’s Perfect Love, but they rejected Jesus’ telling them about it. In fact, they killed him for preaching it. Later, the framers of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, in the show of total hypocrisy, completely ignored Jesus’ teaching and reverted to the God of the Jews. They claimed their newfound church represented Jesus’—it most certainly did not—neither does it still.
At the same time the Hebrews were manufacturing their man-like God, the more contemplative Far Easterners were creating gods like Brahma and Buddha. Later, Allah appeared in the minds of the Muslims.
Jesus knew no science because none was known at his time, but his rationality told him that the Love of God pervaded everything, or it could not be. He told his apostles that ‘the kingdom of God was spread out all over the world around them, and they didn’t see it’ (paraphrased). The framers of the new religion ignored Jesus’ teaching, but they capitalized on his name.
Now to the ‘science’ of God’s love and to the ‘why’ of its perfection. Once upon a time, prior to roughly 13.8 billion tears ago, the universe we live in was void—only God existed in eternity, a state of being in which no change or time exists. With his Perfect Rational Intellect God reflected upon himself and visualized his energy in the form of Perfect particles of different varieties and duties. With his Perfect Will he said, ‘I love that, I will that, I choose that’, and immediately, all the particles of energy, which constitute everything in existence, were released into that void universe in an event which scientists have dubbed ‘The Big Bang’. Each particle is known as a quantum, which is the smallest particle that cannot be further subdivided. There are many different varieties of particles, but each of its kind is indistinguishable from its counterparts, each is perfect in form and function, and each is unchanging and unchangeable. Therefore, they exist in eternity—they are God. Immediately upon release, they began performing their commissioned task. Their first task was to assimilate into the protons and neutrons, which along with electrons, make up all the atoms in the universe—the first consequence. The atoms of hydrogen formed massive gas clouds which became so dense as to form ‘star nurseries’ and eventually stars(suns) were born and light was released in the form of photons, one of the several forms of quanta (pleural for quantum). As suns were born, some were so dense internally as to cause fusion reactions which caused the formation of all other atoms in existence. As suns burned out and exploded, they released all the heavy metal atoms in the universe. Each and all those events were perfect consequences of all the consequences which went before. Over the 13.8 billion years those perfect consequences have continued and will continue until the end of time—scientists have predicted that will be another 75 billion years.
One of the trillions and trillions of perfect consequences was the evolutionary development of man. Each homo sapiens is a consequence of its own—therefore, each is different. Based on its different experiences and resultant consequences, each has a different personality which dictates different values. In fact, every living entity of any kind has a different personality based on its different life experiences and consequences. Mind you, each of those personalities are perfect for their individual set of perfect consequential events—each dictated by the Perfect Rationality residing in them, God.
Fast-forwards to the time when humans became ‘legalistic’. Moses was the first to proclaim the first laws in God’s name so he might be able to control his tribe and coerce them into submissive cooperation with his wishes. Now fast-forward till today. We see and hear of every conceivable evil being perpetrated on and by our fellow man—we wonder why. The ‘why’ is easy to understand. Those criminals were not born criminals—they developed that way due to an infinitely different set of perfect consequences from the conformists in society. Yet God is inthem—God is they. Had they been exposed to a different regimen of events and consequences in their developing years, they would not be criminals at all—they are to be pitied. They are destined to be incarcerated with all its associated indignities and torment. As a rational human race, we have decided that those unfortunate individuals must be removed from society until and if they can be reprogrammed and made fit for society. We certainly do not like what they do to us, but we cannot legitimately hate them—after all, God’s Perfect Love is in them. God loves, accepts, wills them just as allothers—can God reject himself? I don’t think so—do you?
If we can ever come to The Worldwide Communion of Spirituality that I called for several years ago, which means we recognize and accept the fact that everything in existence is comprised of God’s Perfect Rational particles of energy, we can have peace. Until then, sadly, we will have to listen to priests and preachers alike tell us about the schizophrenic, mythical god of the Jews—sadder yet, all for power, control,money, and endless worldwide strife.
If you have not done so, please read my little philosophy books, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. In addition, Growing Up in Fancy Farm Kentucky might be a fun and nostalgic read for you.