GOD- Very Likely, the word God is the most used and, simultaneously, the least understood word in the English language. You might gasp in astonishment at such a statement–how could I say such a thing? I am easily allowed that privilege by virtue of my knowledge of the derivation of a concept of God in the first instance. Without the least explanation of , or attempt at essential definition of, God just burst forth from the pages of Genesis. We are told that God created the universe—in fact, we are given a choice of our liking as to the exact order in which He accomplished the feat. We also are lead to believe that God was stern and unforgiving—break My rules and suffer the dire consequences forever. Mind you, that’s not my story–it’s in the bible. Now, of course, the bible was written by people who had extreme imaginations. They seemingly interpreted events in their lives as direct interference of their God, both good and bad, as consequences of their activities. In due time, they conjured up events and consequences of literally every type and description, but usually with negative outcomes. Their God seemed to be in a constant state of morosity. They reasoned that appeasement by way of sacrificial offerings was not only desirable but absolutely necessary. Consequently there was a sin/peace offering designed for every conceivable breach of God’s law. Now fast-forward to Jesus—what an uproar He caused. How could anyone in his right mind even consider speaking of God’s love. Worse yet, loving one’s neighbor as self, and doing good to those who hate you, was such hypocrisy as to justify death by crucifixion. Before He died, however, Jesus explained to His followers that His Spirit and the Spirit of His Father permeated everything in the universe. He explained to them that his Spirit was in the bread they were eating. He asked them to remember that fact each time they ate, thereby promoting a memory and an attitude of thanksgiving for His sacrificial death of salvation for them and every evil in the universe. Now since that time, all sorts of meanings and interpretations of Jesus’ words and action have been justified by innumerable groups who altered the Holy writings to suit their fancy—we now have at least 33,000 known such groups, each claiming absolute authenticity. How can that possibly be??? The answer is extremely simple on the one hand and complicated on the other. It is simple because no two people who ever existed have had the same idea about just Who this God they were worshiping and talking about was/is—complicated, because each group was/is constantly attempting to gain “converts” to its way of thinking for one simple combined reason; power, money, control. Years ago, I recognized that problem of worshiping an undefined deity. It took a while, but finally it struck me. As I observed the perfect order in our universe, it became very clear to me that such perfection could not be achieved by a grizzled, morose, old man sitting on a throne in some unknown place. Such perfection could possibly be only the direct result of a perfect Intellect. Therefore, I was allowed and compelled to define the essence of our Supreme Being (GOD) as follows–GOD IS A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING. That definition says it all. God knows all, created all, maintains all, and is all. God is Perfect Love which means Its acceptance is complete without conditions. Jesus (God’s image) atoned for our iniquities. Being Perfect in all respects means simply that no change in God is possible– God’s mind cannot possibly be changed; God cannot possibly be pleased nor displeased. With that understanding, all the nonsensical, astronomically expensive religions and their practices are are ill advised and totally”miss the mark”. All the endless prayers of petition asking God to satisfy our selfish desires are ludicrous. Our only justifiable prayer is “THANK YOU LORD GOD, JESUS AND HOLY SPIRIT (WILL OF GOD). Amen. I might and must add that as Christians, we speak of God as our Supreme Being–Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Brahma etc are the same Supreme Being—there can be only One Supreme Being. For a complete understanding of these and every concept concerning our existence, please read my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry—Amazon, Kindle ET Al. Comments welcomed.
BIBLE: The most sold book(s) in the universe, in my opinion, represents the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the human race. I can hear the horror shrieks now— how can you possibly say that? Very simply, anyone who takes even a cursory look at our human history will readily recognize that religion has been, and still is, the single cause of all strife in our existence. Religion, of course, is a cultist practice based on some false belief(s). So, where is the falsity in the bible. The number one problem with the bible is the depiction of our Creator and Supreme Being as some grizzled old man, hostile and irate, gloriously robed and crowned, sitting on a magnificent throne. He is capable of turning on you in a flash, and condemning you to hell forever on a whelm. Seemingly, He is never happy, because His happiness comes from our perfection. Since it is impossible for any human to be perfect, God is in a constant state of wrath: simultaneously, He has six to eight billion offenders on His hand continuously. As I personally matured both physically and educationally, my awareness of God’s dilemma and ours deepened. I could readily see the paradox with both we and God being in the “hot box” continuously. Gradually it occurred that there must be a problem with the original construct. As I studied and reasoned, it became ever so clear to me that the ancient biblical description of God as imagined by the Hebrews was totally false and nonsensical. Understandably, with no scientific knowledge of or about the universe, they could only imagine what an undeveloped intellect would allow; that being a child-like imagination of God. They ascribed all their failures and difficulties to a vengeful God reacting to their transgressions, and, simultaneously, any good events in their lives were justified by their selfish egos that some had “pleased” God more-so than others. So the Old Testament evolved. Then along comes Jesus—so many, many conflicting stories about His life, activities, and words have been written, rewritten and changed through the centuries since His life here on earth. Renowned professor of Bible at UNC, Bart Ehrman, proclaims that all versions of the New testament are contaminated, but the most contaminated of all is the King James Version which is used by most Protestant churches and preachers. It occurred to me that the basic problem with all religions of any kind was the minuscule ideation ascribe to our Creator. Furthermore, everyone from time immortal has talked about God, but not a single individual has ever defined Its essence. Nowhere in the bible is there an attempt. In the 1300’s, Meister Eckhart, A Dominican Friar, theologian, and philosopher, seemingly, spent his entire adult life wrestling with such a definition. However, because of his total lack of science, he lacked the sufficient background. To his credit, he recognized the terrible mistake made by religion in portraying God as it did. Alikened to Galileo, he was to be brought before the Inquisition, but he died before he could be shamed. Thankfully, there is no Inquisition, as such, meaning burning at the stake is illegal nowadays. With that in mind, I became more determined than ever to “discover” the Essence Of Our Supreme Being (God, Yahweh, Allah, Brahma, Buddha, etc). That I did in no uncertain nor irrefutable terms. I defined our Creator thus: GOD (Etc.) IS A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING. -PERFECT, OF COURSE, MEANS IT CANNOT BE CHANGED— IT CANT BE HURT, HELPED, PLEASED, DISPLEASED, ETC. With that understanding, we can readily see that God is “Perfect Love” which means It accepts everything in ITS domain without condition. That concept completely negates any concept of Hell, Purgatory and the likes. It also negates any concept of Heaven being a Place. It readily demands a concept of Heaven as a “state of being, one with God”. So, I have utmost problems with the bible and with religions in general. My Concept of the essence of God demands that the image (Will-Holy Spirit) of God is imprinted on every tiniest particle of energy (quantum) which make up everything in existence. As such, everything in existence is united in that Spirit. Therefore, I have repeatedly called for recognition and acceptance of “The World-Wide Communion Of Spirituality” among all peoples. It is our ONLY path to genuine peace. I have elucidated this philosophy in great detail in my powerful little book, Wilderness Cry. I would strongly urge each of you to read it. Amazon, Kindle, ET AL.
JUXTAPOSE: Very likely, everyone, except the most isolated, sees the terrible morass of discord into which the entire world is embroiled. That disharmony has been prompted from ancient times on by differing concepts of a god (Supreme Being–SB for short). The major religions of the world have ascribed varying attributes to their SB, including a name. Not one of them has ever defined the ESSENCE of their SB. For that reason alone, true juxtaposition, with ensuing peace, cannot occur. I became aware of that immense problem by age thirteen, but had not a clue as to its solution. As time went on, that keen awareness and wonderment prompted me to engage in a major, major research project. I simply had to discover a solution. Information was scantly available, buried in encyclopedias and obscure documents. With the advent of the PC, suddenly information was at the tip of a cursor. During the preceding decades, the basic problem became crystal clear; no one had ever defined the Essence of a SB— that was the basic task at hand. It finally occurred to me that there can be only one SB, and consequently, all are worshiping the same entity—just calling It by different names (a rose by any other name is still a rose). Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, etc.—all worshiping the same SB and not one of them recognizing that fact. They all thought they were worshiping a different being. That recognition forced me to define the essence of our universal SB. I did so thusly—OUR SUPREME BEING IS A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING. That definition solved the puzzle—explained all the mysteries—eliminated all guilt—guaranteed salvation of the entire universe through the death of Jesus. More importantly it made and mandates juxtaposition of every human’s image of the same SB. It mandates recognition that the image of our Creator (SB) is indelibly imprinted on each of us by virtue of the Holy Spirit (God’s Will). Nothing could possibly exist without it being willed by the Spirit (Will) of its Creator (SB). With that understanding and acceptance, we can readily see that all peoples are brothers and sisters—we are duty bound to love (accept) each other as ourselves. That understanding prompted me some time ago to call for recognition and acceptance of THE WORLD WIDE COMMUNION OF SPIRITUALITY. That acceptance allows each of us to comfortably juxtapose ourselves, even with our accidental differences, likened to stacking sheets of paper in a bin—the only way to peace and harmony. My little book, Wilderness Cry explains in minute detail and easy language every aspect of our existence in irrefutable terms–without doubt, you would be immeasurably enlightened in its reading: Amazon, Kindle, et al . Comments and discussion welcomed. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very likely, few of us have escaped the shroud of “Guilt” pulled over us all by organized religion. I have defined the “essence” of our Supreme being as “A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING”. With that understanding, it is impossible for our SB to be “merciful”. A “Perfect Rational Being is “Perfect Love” which means acceptance without conditions. Perfect Love has no quarter with mercy. Perfect Love implies no guilt; mercy always implies guilt. So Love and mercy are conflicting ideas. With Its Perfect Intellect, our SB envisioned every tiniest quantum of energy which makes up everything on our universe. With Its Perfect Will (Holy Spirit), It obtained and maintains each perfectly. Each is and has always performed perfectly. In doing so, they have generated an entire universe which is absolutely perfect in form and function, while simultaneously being % 100 evil by virtue of its universal selfishness. There is absolutely nothing in material existence that doesn’t have “needs”. Needs, of course, demand “self attention” with resultant change. Now since Time is a measure of Change, the universe, in its entirety, exists in a constant state of selfishness (change). Our SB made the universe(s) to be that way (selfishness=evil) so that It may be “Perfect Love”. How is that, you say? Jesus, likely the most brilliant and humble human to ever exist, recognized that need. He also recognized that his Spirit, Soul, Existence Giver, mirrored the Spirit (Will) of Its generator (The Holy Spirit-Will of God). He also understood the universality of selfishness and with that understanding, He could see clearly that no one is truly responsible for being the “person they are”. He understood the trillions of different life’s experiences each of us have that shape our attitudes and understandings. Therefore, nowhere in the Bible does Jesus condemn anyone for anything. He was “All Love” (acceptance). In fact He gave us two only commands by which to live’ love your God with your all and love (accept) your neighbor as your equal. He understood that, since He was the only human to ever recognize those principles, He had to be the Messiah. He (the mirror image of Its generator, which we call God) had to die in order to “pay the price” of perfect love. By accepting that role, He was aware that He was accepting all the iniquity ever to exist. Thereby, the SB became Perfect Love. There is absolutely no room for the concept of “mercy” in this equation.
Afterthought: consider this; if the universe were not selfish (evil), there would be no “need”; with no need, there would be no “change”; with no change, there would be no “time”; of course, with no time, there would be only Eternity ; all existences would be frozen in time (eternity). So the next time you hear about God’s mercy, relax and say to yourself “no, no, only God’s Perfect Love”.
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GUILTY: Without any doubt, no word in the English Language better describes the “human condition”. It has been the mainstay of religion and law since the Hebrew days of Moses. During their trek through the desert in Exodus, the Hebrews grew weary and impatient with God because of their miserable plight. So they followed the example of their Egyptian captors and began worshiping idols. Moses was distraught, because plainly, he had lost control. In response, God made him two stone tablets with 10 commandments inscribed. When presented with such “nonsense”, the Israelites just laughed at Moses and went their merry way. Being extremely angered, Moses goes up the mountain and God gives him a fresh set. This time Moses presents them with threats of extreme consequences if ignored again. They repented for a while and fell in line. However, as human nature goes, it didn’t take long for law breakers to appear and, of course, punishment ensued. Now since that time, the legal system of the civilized (?) Western world has been, and still is, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. That same system has been used by religion for control and extortion of the faithful. Nothing works better than setting a big steak before a starving man, then dare him to touch it. One very astute Catholic Theologian noted that all one has to do to control a man is to grab him by the crotch with one hand and by the throat with the other. That is exactly what organized religion has done since the time of Moses. We all have been made “guilty” by default. As explained by the church, the only way to exonerate yourself, is to give everything you own to the church. You might even shorten your time in Purgatory by buying Indulgences; once upon a time, many did out of desperation; “it is easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a ‘rich man’ to get to heaven”. So The entire human society has been artificially made ‘guilty’ ostensibly for POWER, MONEY, CONTROL. The system worked for a while, as long as the church laws were enforced by the state. People had two choices, conform or be punished. Punishment may be in the form of beheading, burning alive, or banishment to the wild animals. However, as time went on, dissention in the ranks erupted. What ensued was the Great Schism, followed in a few centuries by the Protestant Reformation. Those events culminated in a religious free-for-all. What we have now is 33,000 Christian denominations, each claiming authenticity, and each imparting its special aroma of GUILT; and the beat goes on. If you would like a scientifically, historically, and philosophically correct assessment of all this mess, combined with an irrefutable solution, please read my little book Wilderness Cry: Amazon, Kindle et. al. You will become guilt free instantly and forever.
ARCHAIC: It’s been a while since I was able to post; been running everywhere for graduations for last several weeks, plus working hard in my charity vegetable gardens. Things have settled down now, finally, and my time can be shared as desired. The prompt word of the day, “archaic”, caught my eye in a flash. I am no dummy. I have total awareness that each of us has been indoctrinated with some form of religious belief usually associated with a religious book (Bible, Quran, etc.). With that understanding, simple perusal of history plus observation of everyday events, shows us clearly that our methods have failed miserably. My contention is that our reference books of Spirituality are extremely archaic. I can hear you now shrieking in anger and dismay; such heretical language. Each person and/or group is dug-in like badgers protection their turfs while all the time attempting to expand their domains. With that observation, the simple question immediately arises. Why? My humble opinion suggests that the original premises upon which those books were written were terribly mistaken and misguided. The writers of those books had absolutely no scientific understanding of our existence nor of the universe in which they lived. Their superstitions led them to conjure up all sorts of ideations and perceptions which became reality to them. Later on, when Jesus appeared on the scene, they neither understood nor wanted to understand what he was telling them. Different writers about His life and sayings contradict themselves repeatedly, and usually about subjects used by the Church as doctrinal teachings. A couple of examples: In describing the circumstances surrounding Jesus birth, Luke says the Holy Family returned to Nazareth almost immediately while Matthew, describes astrologers (Magi, Wise men) coming in search of the New King after observing His star. This triggered an entire list of undesirable events including the “murder of the holy innocents”, Joseph and Mary being warned in a dream fleeing the country for as long as maybe twelve years. Consequently the Church created an entire set of rituals and feast Day of The Epiphany: in describing Jesus’ crucifixion, Luke presents a picture of two insurgents crucified with Jesus. One of them kept berating Jesus while the other asked Him to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Jesus says to him; “this day you shall be with Me in paradise”. Now during Lent and certain other occasions, the “sacrificial” Christians say the Apostles’ Creed which clearly states that Jesus died, descended into hell, and rose again on the third day; Matthew’s version shows both insurgents continuing to berate Him: Luke wrote the Acts of the Apostles (mostly what Paul did) some fifteen-twenty years after Paul had written very descriptively his own activities in multiple letters to his constituents. When put side by side for comparison, Luke writes a “romantic” version to his own liking. Garry Wells, Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern Univ., in his book, What Paul Meant, shows that Luke is a veritable liar. Hardly a single word in Acts is the correct account of activities as they actually occurrerd. These few but very meaningful discrepancies in biblical writing discredit the Bible as a reliable source of Jesus’ activities and/or teachings. Furthermore, it has been copied so many thousand times, all from one singular copy of copies surviving 200-300 years, there could be little doubt that multiple errors both intentional and unintentional have been made in the process. Also, we know from reliable sources, that the Quran has been reinterpreted to suit the desires of certain groups. In my opinion, to expect that multiple versions of Jesus’ life and words could have been written by multiple individuals and preserved in exact context is pure idiocy. Bart Ehrman, Professor of Bible, NCU, in one of his books (I believe, Jesus Interrupted), states matter-of-factly, that the KING JAMES VERSION of the Bible is the most corrupted of all. My point is this. If we are ever to have understanding and peace we must get off our archaic understanding of “sacred scriptures”. WE must all come to a rational understanding of common sense. The very first, and most important thing that must be done is to change our child-like understanding of the nature of our Divine Creator. Until that is done, peace can never come. Our Creator is not some Grizzled old man exotically robed and sitting on a throne in some inexplicable place “somewhere up-there”. Our Creator is simply and most importantly “a perfect rational being”. That understanding of the “essence” of our Supreme Being leads to no possibility of misunderstanding of who It is. I use the word It advisedly; our Creator has no “gender”. The word and description of God as our Father is the very, very, very prejudicial patristic attitude held about women forever. Men were the “superior” species; females were the enticement to all sin and, indeed, the first sinner, according to the simplistic ideation of creation as spelled out in the book of Genesis. The essence of the creator and manager of our entire universe must, by necessity, have a perfect intellect and a perfect will. Perfect means unchangeable, and for that reason, we have been duped forever into believing we can actually change Its mind. The Hebrews actually believed that they were bargaining with God, and consequently, dreamed up all sorts of schemes and scenarios to account for their delusional thinking. When Jesus came along with His message of Love (acceptance), they were dismayed, disappointed, and ultimately, disparaging. They had no interest in His message. All they wanted was their childish (Santa Claus), selfish, idea of a new paradise just for them alone to be fulfilled immediately. When Jesus told them that He had come to die for forgiveness of their iniquity, they were flabbergasted. Their Messiah had double-crossed them. So when they killed Him by hanging Him on a tree, they had to continue the drama by conjuring up a “second coming”. The Apostle Paul believed it to be imminent, maybe tomorrow, and told hid followers so. When it did not happen immediately, John Mark, Paul’s sidekick, who wrote the first Gospel fifteen to twenty years later, kicked the can down the road somewhat. He describes Jesus as saying it will all happen within the current generation (forty years). Well, can anyone bear the truth? It has been almost two thousand years since Mark wrote those words and no “second coming” yet. What does that mean. To me it means that the entire selfish idea was a myth from the beginning. It “aint” gonna happen. The reason is very clear. The basic premises upon which all those Old and New Testament stories were based are false. As stated before, I’m no dummy. Anyone with “one eye and half sense” can see clearly that Religion is the largest moneymaking business and the most divisive business that the world has ever known. With 33,000 so-called Christian denominations in the world, and each claiming absolute and separate authenticity, it is clear that they are the culprits. Having said that, I am totally aware that, to many, religion is their most precious possession, because they have been told so and made to believe. Unwittingly, deep down however, most hold those of a different faith in some form of disregard, and, in many case downright disdain and even hatred. What a pity. And all profess goodness and kindness in the “face of the Lord”; a pure sham. I have heard snide remarks about other religions uttered from the pulpit of my church hundreds, maybe thousands of times in my eighty four years. How is that possible? Simply because the basic understanding of our Supreme Being has been in gross error throughout all recorded history. Now, I am aware that each of you will continue attending your church services because you have been disciplined to do so. However, as you listen to the constant haranguing over each little word of the “good book”, remember that your Creator is inestimably “greater” than anything you are hearing. The image of our Supreme Being is imprinted on each of us, and indeed, each entity in existence, just as free range cattle are branded. Jesus, our brother and representative, recognizing His and our inner being as a mirror image of our Creator, realized that it befell Him to “pay the price” for all the iniquity (selfishness) in the universe. He did so willingly but not without great fear and trepidation. That was the message He tried so desperately to get through the “thick skulls” of His apostles and others. Because He was human, He failed miserably on that attempt. He did not fail in His most important endeavor, the salvation of the entire universe. So, if genuine peace (acceptance of our fellow man as our equal) is ever to come, it is imperative that the ARCHAIC ideation of God instilled in each of us must be discarded. It must be replaced with “GOD IS A PERFECT RATIONAL BEING”. Ponder that for a while. While pondering, you will find great assistance in understanding those concepts in my little book, Wilderness Cry. I strongly urge you to read it; Amazon, Kindle et al. All comments welcomed, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some, maybe many, might say it is premature to predict the imminent demise of all life on our planet. However, I believe them to be like ostriches with their heads buried in the sand. Never before has mankind had the tools for total self-destruction. In the event of nuclear war, it is likely that no area of the earth would be spared. And why should we be concerned (scared out of our wits)? Because of extreme ideological and/or religious differences that exist among nuclear-weapon-equipped nations. Foolishly, over the years, our leaders have “kicked the can of reconciliation down the road”, dreadfully close to the point of no return. And why do all of those ideological/religious differences exist? Simply, because no one of authority, to my knowledge, has taken “the bull by the horns” and demanded the recognition of “a least common denominator” of our Spirituality which all can accept. Of course, in doing so, millions of preachers, prelates, and princes would ‘be out of a job’; preaching religion is the major source of income for millions. Each is hammering his/her theme harder and harder attempting to garner a larger audience and, of course, at the same time a fuller collection basket. That singular selfishness is the greatest obstruction to basic reconciliation with each other and with our Creator. Religion and ideology (a form of religion), are the obstructionists to peace. We wouldn’t have needed nuclear weapons in the first instance were it not for irrational ideologies, one of which, Fascism, was supported by the Church in hopes of maintaining and even gaining more influence. As a global community, we must rapidly come to understand that each of us is imprinted with the image of the identically same Creator (call that Creator what you may). Likely, divisiveness has progressed to the point of no return. I have yet to hear a preacher of any denomination of any religion preach a sermon exclusively about the singular message Jesus gave us, LOVE; love of God and love of neighbor. Love is the only healer, but, sadly, it will never be preached because there’s no money to be made preaching love. Only hellfire and damnation get peoples attention and their pocketbooks. I think my warning is definitely not premature. What do you think? You probably have heard the expression “dead right”. You may have the green light while driving though an intersection, but if you don’t take the precaution of looking for cross traffic, you may end up “dead and right”. Each preacher is certain of its valid message even though that message is at 90 degree angle to all others. The problem lies in the fact that the money lies in hammering the incidentals rather than the fundamentals (love). If we in the Western World cant reconcile Christianity, why would we expect to reconcile the entire world? I have repeatedly called for, and will continue to call for the recognition of the World Wide Communion Of Spirituality. It is our only path to survival. You would benefit immensely by reading my little book, Wilderness Cry—Amazon, Kindle. et al. email@example.com.