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.
likely, all who profess some form of Christianity have been told the same thing about God—he exists in Trinity form. Many do not believe it—none understand it. All have ben told that the Trinity, while being factual, is not understandable for us mere mortals, and under the current perceptions of God, that is absolutely true. Notice, I use the term ‘current perceptions’ because God is perceived by each individual differently. Superficially, we all presume that God means the same to each of us—that is an absolute false perception for one simple but most important reason—no one before me has ever defined the ‘essence of their God’. Therefore, everyone’s God is different and, coincidentally, a pure myth. Nothing, including God, has concise meaning without an essential definition of its being.
Each of us could be likened to the ‘mythical Martian’ who suddenly appears on earth. When earthlings begin talking to him about a pencil, for instance, he, in turn, has not the foggiest idea what we are talking about. So, he does the obvious intelligent thing—he asks, “what is a pencil?” For him to understand, we must explain to him the basic essential function and purpose of a pencil—then, and only then will he be able to comprehend and communicate intelligently with us. It is no different with God—we all are Martians when the Bible, a preacher, teacher, or anyone starts talking to us about God. Before we can comprehend, they must define the essence or their God. No one before me has ever defined the ‘essence of God’ in simple, irrefutable terms, but my definition makes the Trinity perfectly clear and intelligible.
God is a Perfect Rational Being.
So. lets break that definition down and explore its attributes which make the Trinity clearly understandable. When we say ‘God’, we include any and all deities ever suggested—call it what you may, there can be only one Supreme being—a rose by any other name is still a rose. Therefore, we will use the name God to indicate our Supreme Being. Supreme means greater than all others.
When we say ‘is’, we men God is always in the present, eternal.
When we say ‘a’, we mean that God is singular—there is none other.
When we say ‘Perfect’ we mean complete—nothing missing—nothing can be added or subtracted—such implications are enormous—we will explore a few later.
When we say ‘Rational’ we refer to the two qualities or attributes of rationality—an intellect which perceives and a will which achieves—God’s basis for existing in Trinity—I will explain shortly.
When we say ‘Being”, we refer to God’s existence.
Now let’s turn to the Trinity. How does it come to be and why? We begin by considering God’s ‘Perfect Intellect’. We must ask what a prefect intellect would perceive—the obvious answer is ‘something perfect’, if it were available. Since God, himself, is the only Perfect existence, God reflects inward upon himself, and what he sees is a reflection of himself, Perfect and complete just as he is—since they each exist in eternity, each is a living being, perfect and complete in every respect. Now, we have two Perfect Beings perceiving each other. What choice do they have except to accept, love, choose, will each other?—none. Would it be possible for two Perfect Rational Beings, mirroring each other, to reject each other—not a chance—such an action would demonstrate total irrationality which we humans have dubbed ‘insanity’ and which means ‘total loss of contact with realty’. So, the Father and Son have no rational choice except to Love, Accept, Choose, Will each other. That perpetual Loving, Choosing, Accepting, Willing each other carries the image of its Generators—we call it the Holy Spirit—the Will of God—the Third Person of Trinity.
How then are we justified in speaking of and defining the essence of Trinity? The graphic description just presented of Trinity God becomes rational only in the understanding of our universe, how it came into being, and what it is made of. Lack of that knowledge is the reason no on before me was able to define God’s essence and ultimately, define Trinity God. I am astounded, that of all the brilliant particle physicists in the world, of which I am not one, as far as I can determine, not one if them has attempted such a definition.
We know from those brilliant scientist, that the universe had it temporal beginning nearly fourteen billion years ago—please note, I used the term ‘temporal beginning’. That was when ‘time’ began. Prior to that, everything existed in an unchanging state of eternity—scientists call that state ‘singularity’—I chose to call it God. At that moment, God chose to convert (release) his energy in the form of all the energy particles which make up all gravid existences in the universe. We know a lot about those particles. Some of their more salient features are these: there are several types of these particles to which we have given names such as electron, photon, quark, boson etc.; not a single particle, more or less, exists today that did not exist at the time of the ‘Big bang’ when God released them; no particle in any class is distinguishable from its counterparts; all are perfect in both form and function; none are changing or changeable.
With that description of God’s particles of energy, what can we say? They are perfect in form and function, they are indistinguishable from their counterparts, they are unhanging and unchangeable, none are absent, none have been added, each can be in billions and billions of places simultaneously—are we not describing both God and eternity? But still they comprise the entire universe which is constantly changing—a living, in- perpetual-selfish-need, organism. With that knowledge and understanding, we must conclude that it is God’s Will, the Holy Spirit which keeps each of them Perfect. It was Gods Perfect Intellect which perceived them—collectively, they, in turn, represent a mirror image of God. Therefore all creation is the Son of God—the second person of the Trinity. With that knowledge and understanding, we can comfortably say that all creation is included in God. Contrarily, we are not allowed to say or suggest that God is the sum total of this universe, because we know not whether there other universes or existences beyond our scope of understanding.
God made only one creation in our universe— all those aforementioned energy particles which immediately began doing perfectly what they were commissioned to do—they immediately formed protons and neutrons which together with electrons formed the atoms of all the basic elements in our universe. Those atoms then began reacting with each other to form molecules and compounds— perpetual change, ‘time’ began. Many call that continuing process ‘evolution’—I prefer to call it ‘Gods continuing creation’.
Many people have recognized God’s presence in all things. The three people, most notable to me, are Jesus of Nazareth, Francis of Assisi, and Meister Eckhart. Each knew that God was all love—he could not possibly reject anything he had created. Each rejected the religion of the Jews which purported to wordship a god through appeasement—all for control and financial gain.
Jesus’ only message was ‘love’—love of God and neighbor. His only intention was to ‘liberate’ us from the terrible, persecuting, blanket of guilt imposed by the Hebrew religion—they had him killed for his treason. The Christian Church which was commissioned by Emperor Constantine some 325 years later, completely ignored Jesus teachings and patterned itself exactly after the Jewish religion—all for power, control, and money. To date, nothing has significantly changed.
Meister Eckhart recognized the miniscule concept of God presented by the Jews and perpetuated by the Catholic Church and all so-called Christian churches. He spent his entire life attempting to define God’s essence, but because he knew no science, he failed. However, his heretical writings and preachings caught the eye and ear of the Inquisition—thankfully, he died before they could burn him to death.
Francis of Assisi also recognized the presence of God in all things. Like Jesus and Meister Eckhart, he knew no science and, therefore, could not define God’s essence, but his instincts led him to see God in all things. His simple life and philosophy caught the eye and ear of the Catholic Church. Grudgingly, they tolerated him because he had many followers—Franciscans have always lived on the edge of Catholicism.
Now, let’s turn our attention to God’s Perfection. By its very nature, something perfect is whole and complete, and cannot be changed. Therefore God cannot possibly be either pleased or hurt—if that were possible, he would be grossly imperfect. Therefore, it should be perfectly obvious that begging God to perform a miracle or make something unnatural happen is tantamount to blasphemy. We are the ones who must bend our will to God rather than his bending to us. In that light, our only justifiable prayer is a great big ‘Thank you God for my life, my sustenance, and my eternal home with you.
There are a gazillion implications stemming from Gods Perfect Rationality—I have highlighted only a few in explaining The Trinity.
For those who are not aware, I have catalogued many of the obvious implications of God’s perfection, and they all demonstrate clearly the false nature and invalidity of all known religion. Those books are Wilderness Cry, Provocative Catholic, and Peace in Spirituality. In addition, I have published a little book, Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky, which will give you keen insight into the author’s background. All are available at Amazon-Kindle.
A belief could be simply defined as the acceptance of something as being fact without certain knowledge or proof. Of course, a belief is one person’s or many people’s perception of any circumstance and, to those people, their perception becomes fact. For instance, for thousands of years, the entire civilized world labored under the false belief that the earth was flat—anyone who sailed out too far would simply fall off the edge into oblivion. Later, the early church taught that the earth was supported on five wobbly legs which suspended it above the netherworld below, the home base residence of the devil. People were prohibited from having sex on any elevated structure because the shaking might cause the earth to fall into the netherworld—the penalty for violation of that prohibition was death by fire. In addition, that same church taught, to the point of execution by fire for any dissident, that the earth was the center of the universe—the only universe they could see was the sun, moon, and stars of our Milky Way galaxy. Galileo’s invention of the telescope in 1609 proved them wrong, but they were not dissuade. So certain were they from their interpretation of the bible that the earth was indeed the center, they were hell-bent on burning him to death for his overt heresy—only his friendship with the pope and his public recantation of his scientific discovery saved his hide—he spent the last nine years of his life under house arrest. Then, there was the absolute certain belief in witches—thousands of people were burned to death by the Inquisition because of the certainty they were witches. That process was even continued in the United States by the Protestants—the only difference being here thy were hanged rather than burned.
From the earliest days of recorded history, worldwide, there have been certain beliefs in higher powers or gods. Each god was given a name and each had a certain specialized purpose—some were more powerful than others, Centuries later, the Hebrews began to recognize a singular God—a God who was in control of everything. They could bargain with him but he was always in control. He seemed to be very moody, and at times even morose and vengeful. They believed he needed to be and could be appeased with sacrificial offerings. I never knew how they came to that conclusion because I have been unable to find that demand from God in the Hebrew bible except the story of Abraham willing to sacrifice his son Isaac on God’s orders—I concluded they just dreamed up or imagined that idea. I have often wondered what Abraham or the concocter of that story was chewing, smoking or eating to cause such a psychic aberration. Regardless, the sacrificial rituals which evolved did become a very lucrative tool for the high priest, and a very useful tool of control for the King—they still continue in Christianity.
So with those few examples, it should become clear that we must be very careful about what and whom we believe. As individuals, we cannot possibly know ever thing about everything—we must make decisions about what and whom to believe based on our best evidence or perceptions.. For instance, look at the current rage about the safety and effectiveness of immunization for Covid-19 and its delta variant. Here is where belief becomes entangled with trust. Many people seem to not trust the vaccine for one reason or another which leads them to believe it is not safe. As medical science has developed over the last two hundred years, we have learned to put our trust in its applications. However, each person usually believes that one practitioner or institution is preferable over others. Those preferential beliefs usually are based on hearsay from others or on personal experience or prejudice. Generally speaking, that grants some justification for a belief, but not certainty. We have learned by years of experience to trust or not to trust. Similarly, when we board a commercial airliner, we have sufficient reason to believe we will reach our destination safely because of the known safety record of air travel.
Now, when we consider religion, what do we find?—literally thousands and thousands of different religions professing different beliefs without one iota of certain information or documentation to justify their claim. Each of those religions claim thousands, millions, and even billions of constituents—and no two of any religion’s constituents believe identically—but each declares vehemently that his is the correct set of beliefs. So, basically, we are no better off now than when the earth was not only flat but was also the center of the universe—at least, most were firm in that belief—there was unanimity. Today, the earth is in vicious turmoil mainly because of differences in religious belief. Sounds silly and stupid, and in fact it is, but understandable because not a single person dead or alive has ever definitively described the essence of their God—but I have and I did.
In my little masterpiece, Wilderness Cry, I define God’s essence thus: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition says it all—it is irrefutable—nothing can be added or deleted. That definition, when explored, shows concisely how and why all known religion is false and unreliable, because the basic premises of all known religion are false—all are based on a false god—therefore, all must be false. However, they do have many things in common—controlling their constituents with threats from their god—extorting money from their members for their growth—expansion by converting (stealing) other religion’s members—in general, scorning all others—in some cases, overt wars.
By expanding and describing some of God’s attributes, I prove, conclusively, both scientifically and philosophically, how all religion is, not only false, but is the prime cause of most hostility and emotional illness in the entire world.
My most recent book, Provocative Catholic, elaborates on many of the abuses of religion and its adverse effects on society. It describes exactly who Jesus was and what his intentions were. It shows how those intentions were and continue to be distorted and ignored to the detriment of mankind—mainly for power, control and money. In recognizing the magnificent attribute of God’s Perfect Love, it offers an absolute pathway for perfect and permanent peace. Wilderness Cry is a must read—you will then want to read Provocative Catholic. After reading those two books, you may have a curiosity for insights about their author. I believe you will find plenty in my little book. Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky. All are available Amazon-Kindle.
One last reminder—be very careful about what you believe.
Likely, each of us has been inculcated with certain images and description of Jesus, his activities, and his teachings which differ from the rest of us. Why do you suppose that is? I believe there are multiple reasons which pertain. The most basic reason for the differences is each of us, in some way or another, had different teachers who, themselves, were taught by different people with differing ideas and slants about Jesus. Of course, most of those differences stem from the differences in so-called Christian religions, of which there are over thirty-three thousand. Can you imagine—thirty-three thousand ‘basics’ claiming absolute certainty about anything. And they all call themselves Christians. I seriously doubt that many even know what Christian means. They are supposed to by following a religion established by Jesus—shouldn’t they be called Jesusians?
The most obvious reason for all the confusion, differences, and resultant hostilities is the Bible from which Jesus’ words and activities have been extrapolated. Biblical scholars have shown clearly that over one third of the bible was written by someone other than the stated author. Furthermore, all current versions of the New Testament Bible stem from one single copy made from copy after copy after copy made by who knows whom. It is known that in the year 325 AD, when the Roman Emperor, Constantine convened the first Nicene Council, there were over eighteen hundred so-called bishops in the world squabbling over who Jesus was and what he said and did. At times, their in-fighting resulted in outright hostilities which had the negative effect of lost productivity on the empire at a time when the Empire’s resources had been stretched thin by endless wars in Persia. The official Empire religion at the time was Mithraism which had been brought to the Empire by soldiers returning from Persia about 60 BC. Many have claimed that Roman Catholicism was patterned after Mithraism—the Church vehemently denies it—not sure how convincingly for sincere investigators. At any rate, Constantine reasoned that it would be less expensive in both money and manpower to make Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire rather than attempting to forcing the Christians into an acceptable work ethic. So, he called a council of all the Christian bishops to Nicaea. Of the eighteen hundred bishops at the time, only one hundred eighty or so attended. They squabbled, excommunicated some dissidents, had a couple beheaded, and finally came to a consensus—The Holy Roman Catholic Church was born. And guess what—ignoring Jesus’ teaching of love completely, they patterned it exactly after Judaism, the religion which Jesus not only despised, but died in an attempt to liberate us from its shackles.
The identical template used by the Jewish hierarchy to bilk subordinates of their meager hard-earned livelihood was employed by those bishops, knowing that their edicts would be enforced to the death by the army of the Roman Empire, no questions asked—they put themselves in total control of all lives and their souls—an unbelievable bonanza.
Now, fast-forward a few centuries; Constantine and his benevolent son died—The Holy Roman Empire fell. The Church had no protection—worse yet, it had no power. What was it to do?—how was it to survive? Cunningly, it resorted to the same old trick used by the Jews which Jesus scorned, sex. Women and sex once again became the scourge of the earth. Jesus and Mary Magdalen, and the Samaritan woman at the well fell by the wayside—suddenly, that teaching of Jesus became irrelevant—ascetism took over. Debauchery of one kind and another plagued the papacy. Eventually, the Church resorted to the unthinkable in order to regain and maintain control—the Inquisitions. Women and girls, especially, were burned alive at the stake under the pretense of their being witches, There was a manual about witches called the Malleus Maleficarium written by Kramer and Springer and carrying the Imprimatur of the pope, which was use as a guide for declaring witches and prescribing their punishment. During that period, Martin Luther and others, recognizing the total failure of the HRC, bolted the Church and began preaching and teaching their own version of Christianity—the cat was out of the box with no way of catching him.
So, here we are today with a ‘Christian’ (whatever that means) world fragmented into shreds, and becoming more so daily, bewildering people with their their feigned authority at interpreting Jesús’ words, attempting to unite and fight what seems to be greater foes than themselves—Radical Islam and Communism. The modern-day Christians are ‘strange bedfellows’ indeed. They all are playing the same game just as a bunch of rattlesnakes in a pen—I wont bite you if you wont bite me, but just wait till we get out of this pen…
It seems strange to me for a near eighty-eight year old, who was indoctrinated to the hilt with nineteen years of Catholicism which concentrated exclusively on the Laws of the Church and the sixth and ninth commandments, to never hear any of them mentioned in an entire year from any pulpit. I think I know why and so does Pope Francis—three years or so ago, he was quoted as saying, “None of the rules have changed. We just got to stop talking about them.” And why do you suppose he said that? I can tell you in a flash—young and old alike were finding those archaic rules of control to be irrelevant in their lives—rather than listen to that constant torment, they just quit going to church—it was all about control and money—the Church was/is losing both. And it’s not just about Catholic churches—its about all. Hellfire and brimstone sermons fall mostly on deaf ears no matter where they are preached nowadays.
Now, lets get back to the subject of ‘Christianity’. Where did that term come from? The word Christ means king. Remember, in no version of any Bible I have ever seen, did Jesus call himself ‘king’. Pontius Pilot supposedly ask Jesus if he was a king, and Jesus supposedly answered, “You say I am a king but my kingdom is not of this world”(paraphrased). Jesus never claimed to be a king. All religions framed after a king have absolutely no resemblance or attribution to Jesus—they have been fashioned after the unjust, over lording kings of Judaism in Jesus’ day and before. Jesus’ only message was love—love your God and love your neighbor.
Because of that persistent message Jesus was a zealot—he knew the the truth and he was determined to share it with the world and liberate all from the oppressive blanket of guilt which had been impose by the Jewish hierarchy, all for control and personal gain. Jesus knew he was a heretic and, therefore, a traitor, and he knew that crucifixion would be his fate, but his zealotry for the love of God and his fellow man forced him to persevere to the bitter end.
Jesus was not our Savior—we were never lost in the first place—God’s love is Perfect—he cannot possibly reject anything he has created. Jesus was/is our liberator— his sole purpose was to liberate us from that terrible, persecuting shroud of guilt impose by Moses, all for control. Jesus wanted us to know that the love of God (God’s Will, The Holy Spirit) resided in us and in all creation. Jesus wanted us to know that we were guilty of nothing but being God’s loved children. He knew such an understanding of our relationship with God would free us to lovingly thank our God for our existence and for all his creation while, simultaneously, bringing us closer to each other and all existences.
I have written extensively about this and many, many related subjects in my books Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. In addition, I have written nearly three hundred related blog posts. My little book, Growing up in Fancy Farm Kentucky was recently published worldwide. It is enhanced with many pertinent photos from the mid-1940’s on. It gives you a keen perspective into the up-bringing of the author in a pioneer setting of a %100 Catholic community deep in the heart of the ‘bible belt’. I believe you will find it both enlightening and heartwarming—all available Amazon and Kindle.
Equilibrium may be defined as a state of balance or calmness. Its meaning has specific significance in both the physical sciences and considerations of psychological or philosophical nature. Regardless of it application, its meaning remains the same—a complete standstill between two equal opposing forces. For instance, in chemical reactions, we speak of ionization constants which represent the balanced rate at which acid-base components become free ions in solution on the one hand versus returning to the combined molecular state on the other hand—an equilibrium is established and is always constant for its set of temperature and pressure conditions.
In physics, we may observe equilibrium in a myriad of ways—a gymnast performing on a balance beam—any gravid object being weighed on a weight scales—high-wire performers maintaining their balance using a balance pole—a sail boat maintaining its upright status by virtue of an appropriate rudder—some one regaining balance from a near fall by virtue of appropriate counterbalancing muscle strength—just to name a few.
In the realm of psychology and sociology we may speak of a person having a balanced temperament which implies that persons affability, as compared to others who may be either hostile-natured or dull and affectless.
It seems that most philosophers have attempted to order their thoughts in an organized, balanced way so that no loose ends are left dangling, or questions left unanswered—to my knowledge no one has ever succeeded in that endeavor for one simple reason—no one before me has ever given an irrefutable definition of the essence of God. Without that definition and understanding, no equilibrium can be established—we cannot possibly understand anything about our existence including even why we exist. We can observe the continuous and continual changes in the universe but we cannot explain them without knowing the essential nature of their generator.
I would never presume to know or even understand God’s purpose or intentions for creating a universe in a perpetual state of change , but I can relate to the cause of those changes. Simply stated God created an imbalanced universe—that imbalance is known as entropy.
It is my firm conviction that God created a totally imbalanced universe so that it would be a living, constantly changing entity—it is constantly changing in an attempt to balance itself and come to an equilibrium. Consider this: if the universe were not changing, there would be no time, and if there were no time, there would be only eternity.
Once upon a time, 13.8 billion years ago, there was no time. The entire universe existed in the tiniest of specs, a state known as the Singularity which I(we) call God. That Singularity was perfectly balanced with a Prefect Intellect and Perfect Will which together define God’s essence—God is a Perfect Rational Being.
For whatever reason that Perfect Intellect chose to convert its energy into all the tiny particles, collectively known as quanta, of which everything in the universe is made. Immediately equilibrium was destroyed, imbalance was staged, and time began. I believe it has been predicted that the universe will return to the Singularity in about another 75 billion years—then what?—who knows? I suspect it will all happen again and again ad infinatum.
So, what could possibly be God’s purpose in creating such a monstrous universe which has been in a perpetual state of chaos since its inception? One could speculate forever about that question and never know the answer for certain. However, My suspicion prompts me to believe God did so that he might demonstrate his permanent state of Perfect Love to all entities. He allowed each to develop as it is with his total love (acceptance), permission.
I have shown repeatedly in previous discourses that nothing could be in existence without God’s Will, The Holy Spirit, mandating it. We humans tend to think that only we can communicate with God—such is our selfish, miniscule understanding and acceptance of God’s power. Consider this: when presented with any situation, we must make a choice. Different people would and do make unlike choices when presented with an identical set of circumstances, and why? Because each human has been preconditioned by each of its experiences to see and feel differently from all others. Inanimate existences, on the other hand, seemingly know exactly what to do in any given circumstance. For instance, when sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid of equal concentrations and volumes are combined, they immediately form sodium chloride (table salt) and water, and they do it every time, no questions asked. The only variable in their speed or rate of action would be the temperature and pressure under which they existed at the time of their introduction to each other. In other words, they seem to have a built-in mentality which tells them exactly what and how to do under any and all circumstances—no procrastination or hesitant decision making—they are in perfect harmony with God’s Will—they establish an equilibrium spontaneously.
Living entities are composed of billions of chemical compounds which are in a constant state of change due to the constant change of the internal environment in which they exist—they are in a perpetual state of change while attempting to establish equilibrium—likely, none ever succeed. They would and could succeed if their exact proportions remained constant. However, that is never the case in a living organism. So equilibrium is never possible in a living organism.
One could reasonably speculate that inanimate objects are in a constant state of ‘need’ to establish equilibrium—all they need is the opportunity. However, since they cannot move on their own, they are at the mercy of other agents to move them into position. Those other agents could be animals and weather or atmospheric elements such as wind, rain, lightening, meteorites etc., which might act as transport agents introducing them to other inanimate objects with which they may react and thereby achieve achieve equilibrium. We might then say that each object has a stored imbalance in need of becoming balanced.
None of that was known or understood before the days of scientific investigation. Therefore, all presumptions (philosophies) were based on myths, superstitions, and imaginations. Astrology, the pseudoscience of stars, became the main basis for most understandings concerning existence and influence. Of course, the ‘pseudo’ means that all conclusions must be inherently false.
We know from history that the Egyptians developed the Zodiac and ascribed influences to it fourteen thousand years ago. Later, the Bible which purports to be the basis of the Abrahamic religions, has many references to astrology. In fact, many Christian religions recognize ‘the epiphany’ with its direct references to stars as basic dogma. Since astrology is a pseudoscience, it follows that those dogmas are in error. Of course, just as taking the wrong road leads to becoming more lost and disoriented, starting with the wrong premises for understanding God leads to an identical situation—more and more disoriented religions proclaiming to be ‘the only true one’ while becoming more dislodged from the truth all the while—so we have over thirty-three thousand so-called Christian religions alone, to say nothing of the thousands of sects of other major religions. Hence, there can be no equilibrium concerning understanding of our God and our existence. Not only that, but both overt and subtle hostilities are perpetuated through proclamations by each religion of its correctness and the error of all others. Therefore, no harmonious equilibrium can be established among people.
So what is the solution? It is quite obvious to me that the only way equilibrium can be established in the human race is for us to become like-minded, and how do we do that?—we must have a common understanding of the essence of God—God is a Perfect Rational Being. Absent that acceptance, a peaceful equilibrium can never be obtained.
I have written extensively on that subject in my three books, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. In addition I have written nearly three hundred blogs pertaining to this subject. I have recognized and demonstrated repeatedly that all religion is based on false premises, and therefore, is the cause of hostility and gross imbalance among humans. Religion, of course, is extremely competitive and self-serving—it is all about power, control, and, ultimately, money. Can that cycle be broken? Yes, but not easily—like all corrupt entities, they must and will collapse of their own unsupported weight—don’t hold your breath.
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What do me mean by the term temporal death? That consideration was pondered, speculated upon, and pontificated about from the beginning of recorded history. Scientific understanding has shown us that with physical death comes the immediate decomposition process leading to eventual reduction of any entity into its basic gross chemical components—the elemental atoms and compounds of which it was constructed. In due time, each of those basic components will be incorporated into other entities in a continuing and continual process until time ceases and no further change exists in the universe. That process is now scientifically understood and not contestable. However, there looms a much larger question; what happens to entities’ existence giving principle, their spirit, when their temporal existence ceases?
Again, historically, some cultures, particularly Native Americans, adopted the idea that ‘spirits’ of their dead resided in their burial grounds—therefore, those grounds were considered to be sacred. Other cultures believed their spirits would be reincarnated into other living beings. The Jews, on the other hand, for the longest time believed that when they died, their spirit died with them. However, later they concluded that their God was the ‘one true God’ who could be bargained with, and in that bargaining process, they formed a pact with him—if they would be faithful to God, he would never again abandon them. In fact, they were promised a Messiah who would restore paradise here on earth just for them—after all, they were God’s ‘chosen people’ to the abandonment of all others. Despite their “chosen’ status, their God demanded appeasement with sacrifices supplied and offered on their behalf by the High Priest. That scheme became a scandalous ‘money-making machine’.
When Jesus appeared on the scene and declared himself to be the Messiah, the Jews were flabbergasted when he began speaking of God’s love. In fact, when questioned about which of the Ten Commandments was the greatest, they were astonished and dismayed when Jesus told them he would give them two commandments—love your God with your all, and love your neighbor as yourself (paraphrased). They had developed a religion of sacrificial appeasement which Jesus readily recognized as a sacrilegious abasement of his (our) Father’s Perfect Love—Jesus despised religion. So, he made a desperate attempt to liberate the Jewish people and all the world from the despicable blanket of guilt under which they existed. He knew the consequences of his heretical teaching, but in his glorious determination, he succeeded—so they killed him—they hung him on a tree. What then happened to Jesus’ message of love?
I have been unable to locate any surviving piece of evidence of Jesus’ message of love except the Coptic Gospel of Thomas. That Gospel was excluded from the Canonical Gospels by the prevailing bishops during the First Nicene Council in 325 AD, and for obvious reasons. The Roman Catholic Church which emanated from that Council was (is) patterned exactly after Jewish sacrificial ritual, while, simultaneously, ignoring Jesus’ teaching of love. That church, formed under the pretense of being Jesus-like, was nothing of the sort. It fashioned and fostered a concept, just as the Jews had done, of a vengeful God—a God who would cast your spirit(soul) into the unquenchable fires of eternal hell for a breech of his commands.
Several hundred years after Jesus, the Prophet Mohammed appeared, and Islam was born. While I am not aware of all Islamic tenets, I have heard that ‘their heaven for men’ guarantees them seventy-five virgins—I wonder what women’s heaven is like.
Be that as it may, all the above demonstrates clearly to me that all ideas of a spiritual afterlife have been based on different groups imagination and/or wishful thinking, but most of all on their selfishness. Certainly, it is rational and simultaneously selfish for us to to manufacture concepts of an afterlife. It would be difficult to imagine any sane person who would wish to vanish into total oblivion upon dying. However, any concept of an eternal afterlife must be based on scientific understanding of temporal life in this and possibly other universes.
I have shown in my extensive writings and publications a logical, scientific basis for delving into the unknown subject of a ‘spiritual afterlife’. We know that everything in temporal existence is composed of perfect quanta of energy which, being perfect in both form and function, and being unchanging and unchangeable, already do and always have existed in eternity. Since we have defined God’s essence as prefect rationality which means he perceives all with his Perfect Intellect and he wills (loves, chooses, accepts) all with his Perfect Will, it is mandatory that those quanta be stamped with the loving brand of their Almighty Creator, God. Those perfect quanta constitute all temporal existences and consequently are the spirit or existence giving principal of everything. In my graphic description of the Holy Trinity, I call that existence giving principal the Holy Spirit.
All gravid existences have an essence which imparts an identity to them in the temporal world. The question is, will they retain that essence or identity in the supernatural world? It would seem that, since the quanta which constitute one entity also constitute many other entities, each entity would lose its identity at the time of its demise. However, that represents human reasoning, and certainly not the perfect reasoning of God. We can and must reason that all existences are in God and that God is in all existences. For that one singular reason, knowing that God is perfect and lacking nothing, we must assume that God loses nothing including each of our identities. Therefore, we will have an eternal identity—our existence giving principle—our soul.
Likely, many of you have not experienced this scenario, but I have witnessed it many, many times as a boy growing up in a rural farm setting. A female spider lays hundreds of tiny eggs in a pouch attached to the rear of here abdomen. Early in the incubation/gestation period, that pouch would not be noticeable to the casual observer because of its tiny size. However, as the extremely small eggs begin to swell and eventually hatch, that pouch enlarges to a centimeter or more in diameter, and she continues to drag it behind her until the thin walled pouch ruptures delivering what appears to be thousands of tiny spiders which immediately become independent. I have caught many spiders dragging their pouches and opened their pouches to observe the tiny spiders—a truly amazing sight. Many times I have harkened back to those days and, somehow, imagined that is how God operates. It is his DNA, so to speak, which reproduces exact likenesses of himself. Of course, in the spider’s case, it takes two to tango. The spider’s egg sack represents the entire universe and each little spider represents us and all existences. Sounds strange, doesn’t it, that we humans could be equilibrated with every snake, every tree leaf, evert blade of grass, ever drop of water, every grain of sand, indeed, every existence, past, present and future—I believe without doubt that is the case—everything is God, and God is everything.
Yes, there will be an afterlife. It will not be the mythical type promoted by organized religion. It will, however, be perpetual serenity in the perfection of God.
I have based my conclusions on what I believe to be sound scientific and philosophic principles. In addition to the many blogs I have written, I have published three books outlining and expounding on this philosophy and its many extrapolatory facets. Those books are Wilderness Cry-A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic.
In addition, you might find my little book, Growing up in Fancy Farm Kentucky, quite interesting. It describes, in vivid detail, many of my life’s most unusual experiences from my earliest memory at age two, growing up during the Great Depression in a primitive, pioneer setting, until age twenty-two, the last year I lived there, 1955. It has been enhanced with many accompanying photographs from that timeframe—Amazon and Kindle.
Just what is a law, anyway? A law may be defined as a rule or regulation established by the rulers of any society or organization for the common good of its members. We hear and speak of many different types of law. For instance, we speak of Mosaic Law when referring to events during the time of Moses and afterwards. Then we have God’s law, Church law, Natural law, Civil law, Federal law, State law, City law etc. Some Islamic states impose Sharia law on their citizens. So, what then is the underlying purpose of laws? A simple answer would be,” a general intention of protecting any society’s constituents from the aggressions or delinquencies of others”. At first glance, all that may sound good. However, I believe upon closer inspection and understanding, it is possible we may lose some of our comfort and confidence in some law.
We recognize that essentially all law of Western society stems directly from Mosaic Law as perpetuated by and through the Abrahamic religions. Therein lies a potential problem, because Mosaic Law was synonymous with God’s Law . Immediately, problems arise because no-one knew (knows) who God is. So the laws as promulgated and propagated throughout the centuries have been based on irrational concepts of a Supreme Being who generally has its basis in the pseudoscience of astrology stemming from the Egyptians some fourteen thousand years ago. Mind you, I am not in any way suggesting a discretization of law. I will state, however, my rejection of the so-called God’s law as well as Natural Law upon, both of which, religion and Church Law is based.
Thomas Aquinas went to great lengths attempting to distinguish between God’s Law and Natural Law, and, thereby justifying and explaining Church Law which is so demeaning, controlling and damming. Through his state of blatant ignorance of basic science, he was unable to see and understand, as Francis of Assisi did, that God’s Law and Natural Law are one and the same.
My definition of the essence of God as perfect rationality, speaks clearly to the fact that God’s nature pervades all existences, elsewise none could be. If a Perfect God imagined and chose all, then the obvious pertains—God loves all with no exceptions or expectations. Therefore, simply stated, God’s Law is the Perfect Nature of every existence which negates any idea of God issuing any demanding, demeaning, controlling edicts—those were the man-made ideas of Moses, all for the purpose of control, but were rapidly seized upon by the ensuing Israelite rulers as a money-making machine.
Then Jesus entered the picture. He attempted to explain to the world God’s perfect love—the Jews killed him for that. He knew they would, but he hoped to get his message out beforehand. I suspect he did, but we’ll never know for sure—most of the corrupted writings we have paint a different picture of Jesus. The Jesus-church which developed after his death certainly ignored any such teaching. In fact, The Catechism of the Catholic Church consists of nine hundred 6″ x 9″ pages of fine-print laws—rules and regulations.
The stranglehold on its members, thus developed and expanded over the last seventeen centuries, was intended to make certain that the Church never loses control of their money-machine. The ongoing fiasco between president Biden and Catholic Church officials is a total mockery and sham. If any of us, peons, behaved in such a manner, we have been excommunicated in a flash. But, to excommunicate the President of the United States— a horse of a different color. What would be the consequences of such an action? President Biden has opened our southern border to limitless ingress of illegal immigrants, most of whom are ‘Catholic’—just what the Church wanted. Would they loose that? Then, of course, how many Catholic, Biden supporters would the Church lose as a consequence of such an action? No one knows for sure, but I’m certain many fence-straddlers would ‘jump ship’.
Another major consequence the Church fears would be the loss of the White House to Trumpites. Just recently, I read a speech given by Pope Francis, in which he expressed a hope for borderless nations, and the far left liberals seem to hold a similar attitude. You don’t suppose Pope Francis aspires to a world Theocracy of the Roman Catholic Church just as it once was, do you? The Trumpites would certainly frown upon that.
The bottom line is this: God gave us no law except his Natural law which says, “each effect is the direct consequence of all foregoing consequences, and is always perfect for its set of conditions”. That consideration brings us squarely face to face with our ‘rules of conduct”. I’m here to tell you God has no concern of any kind about how we conduct ourselves—doing so would negate his perfection. But we do and we should—its up to is to regulate our behavior. We must determine what is allowed or not allowed, and what the possible consequences might be for any legal breach. The only thing God had to do with it all was allow us to come into being equipped with the tools of rationality patterned after his.
Even as I write, the sham expose over president Biden and abortion demonstrates clearly why and how religion should not play any part in the law. People are free to believe and practice as they please so long as it is ‘legal’—the founding fathers of the USA knew that. They also knew that religion must never directly interfere with government and Civil Law. Of course, it would be sheer folly to think that religion would never interfere—the people who ‘make the rules’ for the most part profess some religion which undoubtedly influences their decision-making. Be that as it may, any time a Church sticks its nose into our legal system, we all lose.
So here we go with the ‘bottom line’—until there is a universal, like-minded, acceptance of the Essence of God which mandates the presence of God’s Spirit in all things, peace can never be achieved. Therefore, I reiterate my call for recognition and acceptance of THE WORLDWIDE COMMUNION OF SPIRITUALITY. All those concepts are defined, explained and expanded in my three books, Wilderness Cry, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. I strongly urge you to study them.
A LIBERATOR is defined as a person or entity who liberates or frees another person or place from imprisonment or oppression. Those prisons and oppressions may take various forms, both physical and mental (emotional), and, generally, have as their goal two distinct motivations—absolute control and enslavement.
During my lifetime of eighty-seven years, I have witnessed several such liberations and, from history, have learned of many others. Some of the most notable I have witnessed were the liberation of Europe and the South Pacific during WW2, the liberation of South Korea Peninsula during the Korean War, and the liberation of the many states of USSR by its fall during the Cold War. The principal driving force for all those liberations was the United States Of America which, itself, was liberated from the tyrannical government of England by the determined resolve of its citizens to be free. We are celebrating that event, our Independence Day, even as I write.
One of the most notable liberations of all time was the abolishment of slavery in this nation. That action, also, required a most devastating war with the loss of an estimated three-quarters-to-one-million lives. It seems unbelievable that one hundred and fifty six years later, there are those who still do not feel liberated.
The Old testament of the Bible tells us that the Israelites were liberated from slavery and oppression of the Egyptians through the miraculous intervention of God. However, that story didn’t end there. Through their own folly, ignorance, and superstition, they allowed themselves to fall into a worse trap of imprisonment and oppression—religion.
The Israelites were indoctrinated by their leaders with a belief that all adversity to befell them was an exhibition of their “One True God’s” wrath being applied to them because of their disobedience of his laws, the Ten Commandments. We know, as time progressed, those original Ten directives required extensive dissection, revision, and extension to close all loop-holes and, thereby, maintain iron-fisted control of his subjects by the King and his hierarchy. Their wrathful, vengeful, hostile God demanded appeasement which must be done by making “perfect sacrifices” to him. Of course, those “perfect” sacrificial offerings could only be provided and offered by the High Priest—always at a substantial cost to the penitent—the rich got richer, the poor got poorer. Sinand sacrifice were once and for all time established as permanent fare on the “official Abrahamic religion” dinnerplate.
Now, let’s advance a few thousand years to Jesus, and what do we see? Without doubt, it would be the most enlightening event in our lives of we could only know, but we cannot know directly. We must extrapolate that information through he use of both physical and literary science, and philosophy. You may retort that we have the bible which tells us. And I would ask you “of whose Bible are you speaking?”. Throughout the last seventeen centuries, that New Testament has been written and rewritten dozens of times, and each time by someone who had a different ‘axe to grind’. Furthermore, all the various versions stem from a single copy made by some unknown ‘axe grinder’ two-to-three hundred years after the original. Just in my lifetime, the story of astrologers from the East seeking baby Jesus has been presented three different ways. The bible I was exposed to as a child presented the story just that way with the word ‘astrologers’ being used. Later, as people became more educated and began asking questions, the word ‘astrologers’ was conveniently changed to Magi. Magi, of course, were nothing short of magician, con-artists. So, more questions prompting the current ‘version’, ‘Wise Men’. Now, mind you, that mythological event is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church as Feast of the Epiphany. I may stand corrected, but I believe many Eastern Catholic Churches celebrate that day, January 6 or 7, as their Christmas.
Then we have Matthew’s version of Jesus’ crucifixion whereby both insurgents continue to berate Jesus until his death. However, Luke paints an entirely different picture with one of them asking Jesus to ‘remember him when he came into his kingdom’, and Jesus’ reply, “this day, thou shalt be with me in paradise”. There is an obvious disconnect here. Quite obviously, both stories cannot be true—my opinion, likely, neither is true. Then, we have the Apostles Creed which states emphatically that Jesus died and ‘descended into hell’. However, Luke tells us Jesus went to heaven upon his death. The great professor of Bible at North Carolina University, Dr. Bart Ehrman, shows us, conclusively, that the ascetic, Jerome, in translating the bible from Greek to Latin, eliminated or drastically changed almost all references to anything ‘good’ about women.
I could go on and on about the corrupted and unreliable Bible but those few examples will do to make my point which is, “we do not have any reliable source of information regarding Jesus’ birth, childhood, public ministry, crucifixion, etc. Hence we must extrapolate using the methods outlined above.
The first and most obvious thing that had to be done was to define the essence of the entity, God, of whom we speak. After fifty to sixty years of intense study and quandary, I was finally able to do that—the first and only time it has ever been done. God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition says it all, but for our purposes here, it says God is Perfect Love. That, of course, means that God cannot possibly hate. Neither can God love anyone or anything more than another. That understanding completely negates concepts of hell, wrath, vengefulness, purgatory, sacrifice, limbo, etc. at the hands of God. More importantly, it completely negates the justification or need for any religion of any type. Our only justifiable prayer is a ‘Great Big Thank You God’.
So what does all that have to do with Jesus? I say everything. I believe, with no doubt, that the biblical characterizations of Jesus presented to us in such a varied and distorted view are completely erroneous.
What I am about to say will startle some, anger others, and bewilder most who profess being Christian, but here it is: Jesus was not our Savior, and never intended nor pretended to be. He, definitely, intended to be our Liberator. He spent his entire public ministry attempting to educate his numb-skull apostles about God’s Perfect Love. He tried, desperately, to make them see and realize that God was present in all things. Jesus despised the imprisoning, oppressive, money-machine of the Jewish hierarchy—he even overturned their money-changer’s tables. He wanted the world to know that God loves all immeasurably. He wanted to pull that terrible, persecuting, imprisoning, tyrannical, blanket of guilt from mankind, and free him to love his God and love his neighbor, thereby, being at peace with himself and the world. Jesus knew he would be killed for that heresy—his courage is truly stupefying. Jesus intended to be our Liberator.
Now, with that being said, I ask each of you, individually, one simple question, “do you think Jesus succeeded?”, and I’ll answer for you with a resounding “no”—and here is why. After Jesus’ death, the written word we have demonstrates clearly there was neither any uniform understanding of Jesus’ identity nor his intention. Because of a long-awaited selfish yearning for their mythical Paradise to be recreated just for them, each writer in turn painted a different picture of how that would happen. They new for certain that Jesus had died an ignominious death, so, they each concocted different versions of a ‘second coming’ with fulfillment of their desires and expectations.
By the time of the apostle John’s death, some seventy-five years or so after Jesus’ death, a hierarchy of sorts had been created with the ‘transfer of power’ from one to another by the ‘laying on of hands’. The pope resided in Rome, and each Jewish Christian town in the Roman empire was managed by an absolute authoritarian Bishop. It is apparent that each of those Bishops had differing ideas about Jesus, as their bickering, squabbling and even fighting demonstrated.
When Constantine became Emperor of the Roman Empire, the Roman army had become nearly depleted from continuous wars. Likewise, the Roman treasury was severely compromised. The official religion of the Roman Empire was Mithraism. It had been brought to Rome by the military about 60 BC and was readily accepted by the population. In the meantime, the Jewish Christians residing in the Empire were supposed to be working and producing for the Emperor. However, instead of working, they were expending their time and energy arguing, and fighting about Jesus and his teachings. With a depleted army and treasury, Constantine reasoned it would be prudent to make Christianity the official Roman Empire religion, rather than further deplete his military and finances trying to control the Christians. Accordingly, he called a council of Christian Bishops at Nicaea in 325 AD.
There were 1,800 Bishops in the Roman empire at that time. Constantine offered to pay all their expenses for attendance. Despite that, only 180 or so attended. Constantine commissioned them to pow-wow and form a consensus—he cared naught what that might be. It would become the official religion of the entire Roman Empire and would be enforced by the Roman military—any dissenters had two choices, instant beheading or banishment to the wilds.
There were strong disagreements among the Bishops, some of which led to the execution of several. Eventually, a reluctant few hold-outs relented and a consensus was reached—the Holy Roman Catholic Church was born. As might be expected, it totally ignored Jesus’ command of love. Rather, it was patterned exactly after Jewish ritual which perpetuated the imprisonment and oppression of religion—Jesus, our intended liberator, had been totally ignored.
So, fast-forward 1,700 years, what do we have now?—continuing fragmentation of a distorted negation of Jesus’ teachings to the tune of 33,000, so-called, Christian religions alone, and an earth in total turmoil fighting like cats and dogs each trying to get a piece or the other’s pie. Does anyone besides me understand now why Jesus ‘despised religion”. He clearly saw the divisiveness of religion which heralded itself as our director to God, but which instead fostered its own self-serving imprisonment and oppression all for power, control and, more importantly, money. Jesus never had a chance—neither did we. His liberation intentions died with him. However, here is one person who understands him, and am willing to share that with you.
It is most worthy of note that, likely, absent some startling archeological discovery of original biblical writings, we will never know exactly what Jesus said and did—we are relegated to ‘reading between the lines’.
If you have not done so, please read my book Wilderness Cry, and my newest release, Provocative Catholic. If you have read Wilderness Cry, read it over and over until you grasp its full meaning—then Provocative Catholic will ring true. Both are available only on Amazon and Kindle.
I gladly welcome any and all meaningful discussion and dialogue regarding this subject.
I am not unaware that much time has elapsed since my last post—for that I apologize. However, there is always an explanation for everything and that is no exception—simply, I have not had time to cover my other obligations and write also. This is spring planting season, and since I have committed myself to a rather engaging vegetable production process, I have found it impossible to do both at once—at 87 years of age, I’m devoting eight to ten hours of vigorous manual labor to those projects daily. Finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel—two more weeks to go. However, with big rainfall going on now, I have a slight forced reprieve from manual labor—so I write—my other labor of love.
As I work in our vegetable gardens, My mind whirls endlessly about what I wish to tell you—mainly point out what seemingly should be obvious, but what appears to escape the average human rationality. Our lives always have been, are now, and will continue to be regulated by pure unadulterated nonsense—only you can change that—I’m here to help.
We must begin with a definition of terms—let’s begin with mirage . A mirage is a visual experience of apparent reality, but which, in fact, does not exist. It is caused by heat waves radiating upward from a hot surface creating a visual illusion of objects which do not exist. I have experienced mirages dozens of times traveling through the southern deserts of New Mexico and Arizona. Most often the mirages were of vehicles that weren’t real—but also green trees etc. I remember well in the late 1940’s-early 50’s, the Sons Of The Pioneers record a song called Cool Water. It depicted the perpetual tormenting mirages of oases experienced by a desert traveler and his horse Dan as they searched desperately for water. Mirages give us a glimmer of hope only to drop us like a lead ball. The one saving grace—we know we’ve been fooled—we face reality.
So, what is a myth? In general, a myth may be defined as an explanation for the existence or cause of something which has no basis in fact. One must ask: “where do/did myths come from”. From earliest recorded history, we are able to ascertain that essentially all explanations of cause/effect were based on myths. Humans have always had an unbridled imagination—they had to explain everything even though they knew nothing. Consequently, all their conclusions had no foundation in fact—that made little difference—The earth was flat, the earth was the center of the universe, the moon sun, moon and stars controlled events in their lives, etc. Those fallacious myths became the foundation upon which most religions, specifically the three Abrahamic religions, were built. Does it surprise you that those identical myths still form the foundation for organized religion? In light of what we know today, have you ever ask yourself if you are being duped by your religion—and if so why? That why demands scrutiny.
How often we hear or even use the term mystery—it’s an everyday occurrence. You’ll hear statements like, “It’s a mystery to me”. Having witnessed such a common, everyday usage might lead us to take a rather blasé approach of understanding to a mystery. In truth, mystery may be defined as a known or accepted fact or set of circumstances without a known scientific explanation or cause. So, what does that mean? It means that we recognize something to be a presumed truth without knowing the cause or factual foundation of that truth. As Christians, Jews and Muslims, we are asked to invest our lives in mysteries. Our lives are completely regulated by mysteries originating four thousand years and longer ago—we are asked to believe without a smidgen of evidence. Those same people who made their proclamations of mysteries in ancient times lived in caves and either walked or rode an ass for transportation. The modern-day promulgators of those same mysteries live in mansions and fly around the world in scientifically developed jet airplanes. So, one simple question—who are the benefactors of mysteries?—I’ll give you one guess.
Now we come to miracles. How would you define a miracle? In short, a miracle would properly be defined as a dramatic physical change which seems to be contrary to the laws of nature. Having thus defined a miracle, we are duty-bound to explore the possible causes of so-called miracles. First, I will state emphatically that there is no such entity as a physical miracle. A physical miracle would entail God changing his nature—not a possibility—God is perfect and incapable of change. Second, an event which seems to be a physical miracle does have a scientific basis that is not yet understood. I have heard of many ‘spontaneous’, unexplained cures of apparent incurable ailments—we have much to learn of God’s perfection As ‘smart’ as we are, I doubt we could identify a tiny scratch-mark on the immense globe of God’s perfect knowledge. So, the miracles continue—and who are the benefactors? I suggest to you there are two—the perpetrators of the ‘miracle myth’, and those who succumb to the myth that God loves them more than their neighbors. Remember, God loves us each equally and completely—his love is Perfect.
A misunderstanding may stem from several different causes. Often it is derived by lack of comprehension of a statement, directive, or problem. Whatever, the base situation, the misunderstanding is always generated by ignorance—if we do not understand (comprehend), we are seldom able to act/react appropriately.
Last, we come to misgivings which I think can be best expressed or explained as a doubt about something. Humans have misgivings about millions of considerations, and many, if not most, are based on ignorance. A classic example is evidenced by the reticence of many to take the COVID-19 immunization injections. Misgivings are also observed in other animal species. In my lifetime, I have observed rather extreme reluctance and hesitance by a team of mules pulling a farm wagon to cross a narrow wooden bridge. Also, I have witnessed my favorite dog, exhibit extreme caution and reluctance when digging rats from their underground dens—even greater caution while excavating a poisonous copperhead snake.
So, what do all those M-words have to do with our lives. In short, those concepts effect and affect our existences on a moment to moment basis, and nowhere more so than in the field of religion. The three Abrahamic religions seem to be the biggest culprits. Each begins by throwing a big blanket of guilt over us by telling us how bad we are. Furthermore, they each paint for us a picture of death and destruction at the hands of a vengeful God. But there is a catch—God can be appeased by one of the thousands of religious sects, each of which proclaim absolute authenticity and authority. They each speak of mysteries and miracles, all of which are generated through myths. Many latch onto one of those sects as a security blanket in the firm belief, generated by misunderstandings, that they have found salvation. Often they become hostile to other sects—they even go to war in their defense.
Others frequently experience misgivings about their own religion or religion in general. They may become perplexed by some of their church’s teachings, and begin searching for a different church with more reasonable teachings—I sincerely doubt they ever are completely convinced. They have continued misgivings.
There is a very simple explanation for all the confusion and it is this—not a single religion or sect knows what they are talking about—not one of them can define the God of whom they speak and teach. Each, in turn, is totally irrational. Not knowing God has led them to ascribed all sorts of attributes to their God, and all based on pure myths. I say their God because it is theirs, and theirs alone—no two people who ever existed have the same God because none has ever defined his/her God—I have.
God is a Perfect Rational Being. That Perfect Rationality pervades everything. It dispels all myth and mirages—it explains all mystery—it eliminates all miracles—it gives perfect understanding—it eliminates all misgivings. More importantly, it yanks that horrible blanket of guilt from us and exposes God’s Perfect Love for each of us and all his creation. It completely eliminates the legitimacy of any and all forms of religion.
As I see it, the only justifiable form of spiritual gathering would be a joyous coming together expressing praise and thanksgiving to our God for our existence, our sustenance, and our salvation through the sacrificial death of Jesus, our brother. Mind you, God expects nothing from us. He is perfect and complete—he has no expectations. However, it would likely do us good to keep reminding ourselves of God’s love through praise and thanksgiving to him.
If you never do another thing in your life, please read my little book, Wilderness Cry-A Scientific And Philosophical Approach to Understanding God And The Universe. It will be a game-changer for you. It is available from all on-line retailers. I know many of you have read it—read it again and again. You will be blessed and freed.
Have you ever felt imposed upon ? I have many, many times—likely, you have also. So what does impose mean? Simply stated, it means directing or forcing something unwanted or undesired onto someone else. Impositions come in many forms and fashions and often are disguised in hopes of being unnoticed. In fact, our society has become so apathetic as to frequently accept impositions without a whimper of rejection.
Nowhere are those impositions more overbearing and noticeable than in government, and I use that word generically—that is to say, all forms of government, from interpersonal relationships to federal. And it’s not just noticeable in human society, but rather in all societies both animate an inanimate.
In the animal kingdom, the largest and strongest imposes its will on all others until such time as it becomes weakened by age or disability and get’s replaced by the next strongest in line. In the world of vegetation, similar imposition occurs. The largest tree in the forest commands surrounding events—it absorbs the most water and nutrients, and it shades the most territory—any plant wishing to live under or near it must accept the meager conditions offered. The same is true of weeds and grasses—the larger and stronger ones force all others into a weakened, debilitated state.
Similar observations can be made about all inanimate objects—each one is bearing down on its neighbors, displacing them and creating more room for itself. That concept extends even to galaxies of stars where black holes in their centers are systematically devouring surrounding celestial bodies by virtue of their imposing, overpowering gravitational pull—eventually, one will win and devour all remaining because it was the biggest and strongest—singularity returns.
Impositions of the most extreme can be observed in the natural elements—wind with tornadoes, microbursts, hurricanes, etc., fire, water with floods and erosion, static electricity with lightening bolts—each imposing its authority on the weaker elements of existence.
All the above mentioned examples of imposition generate feelings of fear, annoyance, discomfort or even sadness in rational beings, and may cause unbelievable financial and/or physical hardship. However, seldom does any one of them effect a perpetual change in our psyches.
As the pendulum swings back and forth, so also do governmental bodies of all types, and , somewhere along the line, we get relief for our point of view. Eventually, the big tree will die for whatever reason, and grant relief to its deprived undergrowth—of course, another ‘big boy’ will show op sooner or later—storms pass, lightening bolts cease, flood waters recede, fires are extinguished, and the rebuilding or repair proceeds intelligently—they seldom leave permanent psychological scars. That is not to say they do not leave permanent conscious scars of death, injury, debt, displacement etc. They absolutely do, but those are conscious hurts and we, as rational beings, can usually deal with them without psychic injury.
The one major exception to that general rule is religion which historically, has imposed a blanket of guilt on its subjects. Of course, that guilt implies a guarantee of punishment by God. The resultant is a permanently injured psyche demonstrated by anxiety with ensuing depression.That exact condition prompted G Rattray Taylor in his comprehensive book, Sex In History, to describe Medieval Europe as a cesspool of psychosis. That observation was based on the Church’s prohibition against normal God-given faculties to the point of death by fire—burning at the stake. In my opinion, the Abrahamic religions are the greatest imposition humanity has ever experienced, and for why?—power, control, money.
This is Holy Week, a time when we commemorate the events surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Of course, Jesus was an heretical zealot. He walked the countryside teaching a simple message—love of God and love of neighbor. He knew he would be killed because of his heretical teaching. He had observed how the King lorded over his subjects and how the High Priest became filthy rich by fleecing the people of their hard-earned money—they had to pay him to make a perfect offering of atonement to God, and only the High Priest could both provide and make that offering—an overt scam.
Jesus, on the other hand, instructed his apostles to go into the world and preach a simple message of love—the good news (gospel) that I have loved you to the death—no religion needed. He instructed them to take no provisions—live off what was offered them. In my lifetime of 87 years, I have not witnessed any such dedication by preachers or priests. My mother, Anna Courtney Hunt, who wrote and published in 1945 a History of Fancy Farm, Kentucky and Saint Jerome Church, noted a rather remarkable dedication of a priest or two 100 years prior. They traveled by horseback twice a year from Bardstown, Kentucky to Fancy Farm and back, making stops at various Catholic Churches along the way—such dedication I have not observed.
What I have witnessed by many denominations is a continued effort to impose greater and greater financial burden on their subjects by constructing more and larger, beautifully adorned, structures, while at the same time creating more and bigger ministries, many of which are aimed at proselytizing their competitors constituents—all in the name of pleasing God which is an impossibility—God is perfect and can be neither pleased nor displeased.
My deep suspicion is if Jesus’ command for his disciples (priests and preachers) to “go into the world and tell everyone the ‘good news’ while living off local offerings” were to be imposed today, those preachers’ concern for our souls would vanish like ghosts in the night—most traditional religion would cease to be. Likewise, mankind’s guilt-ridden psyches would be freed.
The world desperately needs and deserves a different understanding and approach to God. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Many may shriek in horror at my statement—even though it covers them with guilt, their blanket also affords them with security because they have been brainwashed into knowing that their religion is the only correct one. Many actually have been led to believe that those of all other religions are doomed to hell—smug attitude???.
Except for the perpetual subconscious misery of guilt with ensuing anxiety and depression for many, imposed by religion, it makes no difference—by the death of Jesus, God has saved us all. If only we would accept God and accept our neighbor as Jesus commanded, all would be much happier.
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The word selfishness may conjure up all sorts of ideas in one’s mind. The thought that frequently comes to my mind is a ‘spoiled brat’ who has to be first for everything. You may think of a specific non-sharing person, while others may generate an innumerable variety of ideas demonstrating selfishness. The ultimate truth demands acceptance of the reality that everything in our universal existence is selfish, and why?—God made it to be that way.
When we analyze selfishness, we must conclude that it pertains to anything directed at self, Likely, most of us don’t think of it that way but all gravitational activity is selfish—something pushing or pulling in order to make more room for itself. A chair in your living room is bearing down on the floor while at the same time the floor is pushing back. If the floor were rotted and weak, the chair might accomplish its goal and break through the floor where it would meet an irresistible force, the earth. Mother Earth then accomplishes her goal of selfish enrichment as the chair gradually decays and is incorporated into her crust.
Selfishness then always involves an element of change. Humans have devised metrics for measuring change and we call them time. So, why would God create a universe of selfish change (time) when he , himself, exists in Eternity—a state of being where there is no time, and therefore no change is possible?
I pondered that question for years before it struck me that God, being perfect in all respects, needed a love object in order to demonstrate his perfect love which has been defined as ‘acceptance without conditions’. What better ‘love object’ to accept unconditionally than an entire universe of selfish evil—a universe so vast that no human mind can comprehend it?—enter Jesus.
Jesus recognized the presence of the Spirit of God in every entity in existence. Likewise, he recognized the selfish evil of said entities. Realizing that his existence giving principle (soul) as well as the soul of all existences, mirrored God , led him to believe that he (God) must suffer and die in total atonement. That, he graciously did so the terrible persecuting blanket of guilt would be removed from everything forever—Christianity was born.
So-called Christians, worldwide, celebrate the remembrance of that heroic event this week. Sadly, no two of the 33,000 Christian denominations and sects have the exact same understanding of those events. Each group (religion) is continually attempting to selfishly convert other group’s members to their war of thinking, and thereby enroll them into their own flock—the absolute opposite of what Jesus taught us and showed us—love of God and love of neighbor.
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