REPITITION-Repeating anything is one of the valuable methods we have of learning. That may come in many, many forms and/or modes. As children, we may have learned our multiplication tables by repeating them over and over again. We hone our skills of any type or variety by repeated performance. Athletes develop their excellence in any endeavor by repeatedly refining their efforts. Essentially everything we, as rational beings, know stems from repetitive attempts. We are usually able to build on our repertoire of knowledge and skills by learning the basic fundamentals first and then by using those fundamentals to expand our understandings and abilities in all directions, seemingly in endless fashion.
Needless to say, those fundamentals must be accurate in order for future outcomes to be accurate and meaningful. If not, sooner or later, disaster and disappointment are predictable. That exact scenario has been acted out in one fashion or another for fourteen thousand years.
Since there was no certain knowledge, ancient people had to use their imagination to navigate the course of life. Those imaginations prompted a set of guidelines based on mythology and superstition. Nowhere was that more evident than in the development of concepts of god, goddesses, and God. Typically the cosmic bodies were their guidelines—each generation in turn learned those concepts by repetitive instruction from their elders and teachers. Some of those ‘known facts’ were that the earth was flat and moon and stars controlled literally everything. So staunch were those ‘known facts’ that all sorts of gods and goddesses were a certainty—and each had to be honored and respected in a certain way or else disaster likely would befall.
As luck would have it sooner or later some inquisitive minds began to question some of those ‘known facts’. One of those thinkers was Magellan who led an expedition that successfully circumnavigated the planet in the 1500’s, thus proving it to be round. Another was Galileo Galilei who developed the first telescope. His observations of our solar system proved that sun was the center of our world. Prior to that time, the earth was ‘known’ to be the center’—publication of that scientific discovery nearly cost him his live at the hands of the Inquisition. Only his friendship with the Pope and his hasty recanting of his discovery saved his life—he spent the last nine years of his life under house arrest anyway.
There have been a continuing litany of scientific discoveries generated by inquisitiveness and the daredevil nature of some to ‘question the authorities’—the know-it-alls. As the story goes (who knows) the Jews are given credit for discerning the existence of the one and only ‘true God’. Of course, as usual, they developed a scheme of attributes for him—-he was all powerful but otherwise pretty human-like. He could be loving and kind, or he could turn on you with a horse whip on a second’s notice—he definitely could be bargained with. They made covenants with him and when one failed, they made another. That, of course, was their reasoned-to excuse for the first one failing—-they were getting smarter. No telling how many repetitions they may have had if disaster hadn’t befallen them.
The problem with the Jew’s God and all gods and goddesses was that nobody, but nobody, ever was able to define their God’s essence—-they didn’t really know who nor what it was. Consequently, they and all the successors of Abraham have been running around for four to six thousand years repeatedly expounding about an entity the identity of which they had/have not the foggiest notion.
Throughout the centuries, great minds and inquisitive thinkers alike, realizing the diminutive status attributed to God, tried desperately to define the essence of their God—they all failed. They failed because they had absolutely no correct background understanding and knowledge from which to work and build such an essential definition. All they knew for sure was the repetitious misunderstandings handed down by the Jews, and perpetuated by the Jewish followers of Christ.
I am certain that Jesus did understand God’s essence—he attempted desperately to impart that knowledge to his disciples. As far as I can tell he failed miserably. Biblical scholars have shown us conclusively that the writings at hand have been so distorted over the centuries as not to be reliable. It very likely that we will never know.
That, of course, makes no difference to the perpetrators of ‘their story’—they are building empires and fortunes repeating the ‘truth’ to their followers. Furthermore, they are vigorously attempting to steal their competitors audience. Of the thousands and thousands of different empires, some big, some little, most are sending ‘missionaries’ to the four corners of the earth in an attempt to convert their competitor’s constituents into their fold. They assume that by repetitive efforts their empire will grow.
Does any of that seem selfish to you—it certainly does to me.
I might not be the brightest star in the sky, but all of that chicanery along with much else caught my attention years and years ago. Consequently, I resolved to define the essence of God once and for all. With a little luck, I stumbled upon the science of Quantum Mechanics (particle physics), the most basic knowledge and understanding of the make-up of every gravid object in existence. That knowledge not only allowed but mandated my definition of God’s essence.
So repeat after me: God is a Perfect Rational being; God is a Perfect Rational Being; God is a Perfect Rational Being——-
Keep repeating it over and over until it sinks in—when it does, your eyes will be opened to a new reality.
If you need help in understanding and interpreting that definition, please read my little book Wilderness Cry and it’s sequel Peace in Spirituality.