In the field of philosophy we speak of two basic characteristics of anything. One is its ‘essence’ which defines what it basically is. The other is its ‘accidents’ which define the specific individual it is of any given essence. For instance, we may define the essence of a table as its ‘tableness’—that is the basic quality which makes it a table. Then, any given table has ‘accidents which make it the specific (one of a kind) table it is, such as round, square, oblong, glass, marble-top, etc. So, all tables have the identical ‘essence’, but each has its own set of ‘accidents’ (attributes, characteristics) which define its specificity. So it is with God.
Those of you who have read my book(s), Wilderness cry and Peace in Spirituality, know that I have done something never before done—I have defined God’s essence. And I did it with six simple, irrefutable words: God is a Perfect Rational Being. That definition has unbelievably far reaching implications not the least of which is the complete negation of the validity of any and all religion(s).
With that short introduction, I will begin today with series of posts about God’s ‘accidents’. The first discussion will concern God’s ‘Perfect Love’.
If we admit to God’s perfection, and who can deny it, we must admit to perfection of any and all of God’s accidents including his Perfect Love. I will begin by observing that ‘imperfect human love’ which we all have, comes with a ‘price tag’—I love you but I expect something in return. So. what is love anyway? Simply stated, love is ‘acceptance’—its synonyms are choice, will, spirit, desire, longing for etc.
Perfect love means acceptance without conditions. With that understanding then, we must realize that God accepts each of us regardless of what our fellow man thinks of us. God knows that each of us is a product of each and every life experience, all of which have shaped our individual personalities with its attendant attitudes and persuasions. God knows that each of us, as well as everything in existence, is composed of his own perfect particles of energy which he released at the moment of the ‘Big Bang’. Those particles are doing perfectly what they were designed to do—they act and interact perfectly to every instance of their existence and have done so for nearly fourteen billion years now—they ‘are God’—they are a reflection of God’s Perfection and represent ‘The Son’, the second Person of the Trinity. It is that Perfect ‘love relationship’ between the Father and Son—the accepting, choosing, willing, spiritual engulfment, of each other that is The Holy Spirit, The Will of God, the Third Person of Trinity.
With that understanding then, it is easy to see that God cannot possibly reject himself. God does not recognize ‘sin’. Sin is a man-made concoction which likely was made in an attempt to interpret both good and bad events in their lives. However, it rapidly evolved into a scheme of powerful control with extortion of money and goods by the rulers from their subjects—by all means, it still is. Those schemes are known as ‘religion’. There are thousands and thousands of religions, each proclaiming righteous authority and correctness, while simultaneously disclaiming all others. As of 2014, there were thirty three thousand so-called Christian denominations and sects on this earth—each bilking their adherents.
When Jesus appeared on the scene and began preaching ‘God’s Love’, he was considered to be not only a heretic but, worst of all, a ‘traitor’ to the Jewish religion. And how was he received by the locals?—‘is that not the carpenter’s son?’—how could he know anything? And Jesus’ statement; ‘no prophet is without honor save in his own country’. Jesus knew he would be crucified as a traitor, but he could see the invalidity of the Jewish religion—he could see and feel the heavy ‘blanket of guilt’ pulled over his brethren by the Jewish hierarchy, all for control and money. In his final onslaught he called them a den of thieves and vipers—hypocrites of the worst kind. Jesus was so determined to ‘free the world’ from the oppression of religion that he was willing to die in so doing.
Jesus despised religion, as did the Apostle Paul. He said the worship of God was an individual thing according to each person’s understanding. His entire message was about God’s Prefect Love—‘see the lilies of the field, they neither sow nor reap, yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these’. Jesus knew no science but is keen insight led him to know and understand the ‘presence of God’ in everything. Jesus taught ‘love’, love of God and love of neighbor. To my knowledge, Jesus never mentioned anything about ‘liking’ anyone. We are not obliged to ‘like’ anyone or anything, but we are obliged do ‘love everyone and everything’—‘hear ye, oh Israel, I give you two commandments. The first is thou shalt love thy God with your entire being, and the second is this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself’ (paraphrased). Jesus’ only purpose was to expose the tyranny of the guilt-sewing Jewish religion, and free us from that oppression that we may love our God and our neighbor without threat or fear.
Jesus was our liberator, not our redeemer—we were never lost in the first place—God’s Perfect Love had already established that from all eternity. The Christian religion established under the Emperor Constantine in 325 was patterned exactly after the Jewish religion—a total refutation of Jesus and his teachings, yet under the ‘guise’ of his stewardship.
You may say; what are we to think about criminals such as murderers, rapists, bank robbers etc.? Are they not ‘sinning”? And I would say, they are ‘sinning’ against mankind, but not God. So then how are we to think about criminals. The natural instinct is to despise and hate them because they have hurt us—they must be punished. I say they must be ‘pitied’ because their life’s experiences have led them to this point. They must be incarcerated temporarily to protect society, but they must be treated with kindness and respect. With proper management, most can be converted to a rational mindset, and can be made fit to function in society. After all, God loves them equal to us— shouldn’t we love them also?
God’s perfect Love makes it impossible to either please or displease him. His Perfect Love makes it impossible for him to change his mind—if he were to change, which he cannot, he would no longer be perfect, and neither would he exist in eternity. Change involves ‘time’ and since eternity is a state of being without time, ‘change’ for God is impossible.
So, all this has deep implications. Physical miracles are impossible because they would demand God change his nature, which he cannot. Therefore, all the praying you and I have done over the decades is, and has been, a total waste of time and terribly misguided—it has, however, keep us laden with that blanket of guilt which, in turn, benefits the ‘peddlers of religion’. I’ll guarantee you if the money-well dried up, those who were so concerned about our souls would vanish like ‘ghosts in the night’.
The bottom line is this: our only Justifiable prayer is a ‘great big ‘Thank You dear God for my life, my sustenance, and for your Perfect Love’.
Next time we will discuss God’s Perfect Rationality.
This philosophy has been developed in depth in my books with my newest release being Provocative Catholic. If you would like a little levity with pioneer overlay, you would likely enjoy Growing Up In fancy Farm Kentucky. All are available Amazon and Kindle