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   Jan 23

God and Religious Doctrine

What we Know About God

Let’s look at what the history of man has shown us about God. The most obvious thing for a person who believes in reason is that if there were a specific path to pleasing God, no one has found it. There is no one person or group of worshippers or non-worshippers that illness, poverty, suffering and loss have not visited. There exists no list of do’s and don’ts that when followed will exempt anyone or any group from suffering or that will guarantee anyone or any group happiness on this earth. Reasonably, we may presume that whatever God is, it is neutral.

If God were to write a book, one and only one with words that could not in any way be altered, omitted or added to, any God that is worthy of that divine status would not write one word that would not be true and accurate until the end of time, perhaps a great feet for mortal man, but nothing at all for the one and only God who knows all that was, all that is and all that ever will be. As a reasonable person of the twenty-first century, I would expect no less if I were asked, or required to believe that every word in the book came from this omnipresent, all knowing, all seeing God. I would expect that the book would not state that the sun, the moon and the stars revolve around the earth. I would expect that God would know that this is not true. I would expect that God would not say “Thou shalt not kill” and then devote whole chapters in His Book to who and when to kill. Exactly what part of “contradiction” could I reasonably assume that this God does not understand?

It is just the fact that killing is so final, and the ‘who, when, and where’ are often so confusing, that that makes the book itself a map to failure. Let’s look at one of the reasons for death that I am personally very sensitive to, the killing of false prophets:

Kill False Prophets

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NLT
“Suppose there are prophets among you, or those who have dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles take place. If the prophets then say, ‘Come, let us worship the gods of foreign nations,’ do not listen to them. The LORD your God is testing you to see if you love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or dreamers who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of slavery in the land of Egypt. Since they try to keep you from following the LORD your God, you must execute them to remove the evil from among you.”

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NLT
“ But any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die.’ You may wonder, ‘How will we know whether the prophecy is from the LORD or not?’ If the prophet predicts something in the LORD’s name and it does not happen, the LORD did not give the message. That prophet has spoken on his own and need not be feared,”

In the first passage, God states that if the prediction comes true, then God is testing you to see if you love him enough to know that this is a false prophet, then a few passages down God answers the question on everyone’s mind, “How do we know a false prophet?” Here, the answer is that we know a false prophet because what he says will not come true. Could God be a tricky God? Could part of the test be figuring out which commands are to be followed and which are just meant to weed out the unholy?

If God created man, then God created the ability to reason that man has been endowed with, that ability which helps us to discern what is valid and enduring from what is not. Our reason and our intelligence evolve as the world in which we must survive evolves, and our ability to be discriminating evolves with ever growing quantity of choices that we face. Man does not have fur; he neither has claws, nor sharp teeth. He does have the mental agility to adapt to the world as it changes. This means that in 2007, we will not put a woman in jail for wearing patent leather shoes because they allow a man to see her tempting private parts. We are able to remove laws, made by men, which have no obvious relevance to our time and do not in any way protect or enhance our quality of life.

These gifts of reason and intelligence with which we have been endowed in order to insure our ultimate survival must be allowed, to examine the Books that many call the “Literal words and doctrine of the One True God”. The fact that throughout the long history of these books, and in the name of the God within their pages, man has committed the most violent, cruel, and inhumane crimes and atrocities that mankind has ever witnessed, obligates every member of our species to relegate these books to the classification of mythology and place them on the same shelves as those housing the books of all other ancient gods.

If we do not do this, we will suffer a fate that has been seen by no man since the dawn of history. Our weapons of mass destruction will be used by those who place their faith in the literal words and doctrine within the pages of these books, and they will ultimately do what is unequivocally demanded by anyone who calls himself faithful to the Word, and that will be to bring about the near extinction of humanity. This will happen because those whom we are labeling terrorists are in truth not terrorists at all but simply the most deeply devout. So long as these books are held as the ‘only true’ words of God, those demands of the complete annihilation of non-believers that run through their pages will find those who are faithful enough to fulfill.

What we know is that consciousness in a mechanical outcome of any physical processes, that we not only exist, that our world exists and that we are able to be conscious of this world and of ourselves is something beyond material explanation and therefore it falls into the realms of the spiritual. So perhaps it is that realm of the spiritual that we can begin to call God. That there are and have always been people who could see the future – some, in astounding detail, must tell the reasonable person that there is some form of a plan laid out before us. Perhaps, we could call a part of what is God. We may begin to get an idea of what God is by observing those things and experiences that seem to be just beyond the “how?” of the world and somewhere within the “why?”, of it.

Intelligent reason is important to us, for it is what we must use in order to eliminate what is not God. We cannot use our brains to know God because we only know what we ourselves to be. As human beings, we can only know God if we attribute humanness to God. We cannot understand God with our minds without attributing thinking, and feeling to God. However, this does not mean that we cannot experience God.

We can experience God when we leave our minds, our thoughts, our feelings, our desires, our fears, and journey within through meditation or deep contemplation into that place that is devoid of all of those things. When we do this, we find peace, we find joy, we find everything and we find nothing. We experience God when we are so centered and so focused that for a small window in time we know that every arrow we send out will hit its mark; we are in the “zone”, thereto, we experience God. No description of this experience can be adequate.

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Originally posted 2016-06-22 05:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


   Jan 21

The Barren Stream that Leads to God

We speak about thinking outside of the box, but what we don’t think about is that there is no amount of “Outside of the box” that is outside of God.  When we have an idea – it is God’s idea.  When we think of a new form of worship – it is God’s thought.  Regardless of what we do or what we think of – ultimately, it comes from God.  Even war was not a product of man but of God.  There are many paths to becoming one with God.  Most of these paths have nothing to do with religion, they have to do with gaining understanding, and faith.  One path is fear – through fear we learn that there is nothing to fear in God.  Through the path of loss we learn that there is nothing that can be lost because all is One in God.  Through hatred – we learn that there is nothing and no one to hate because we are all One in God.  Through war and killing we learn the value of life and living.  Through prejudice we learn acceptance.  Through betrayal we learn forgiveness.  All of these paths are paths and lessons created by God with the only intention that we find our way to the truth of what we are and what we have always been.

Once there were two villages that had established a very prosperous trade between themselves each growing the crops that the other needed.  They were wealthy villages because they had the benefit of an abundant stream of water.  Yet, with time both villages began to get greedy, charging higher and higher prices for their goods each trying to outdo the other.  After time passed and this greed escalated, crime ensued.  Each village began hating the other and refusing to sell to them.  This hurt both villages because they needed what the other had, but their pride had grown too great.

They did not notice that while they were entrenched in the battle over their egos, the stream was drying up.  Soon the crops that could be grown could barely feed the people, let alone the livestock and it seemed that all were destined to die out. After generations of only the water that could be caught from the little rain that fell was now taken by a total drought.  One night as the leader of each village slept, there appeared to each, an angel.  The angel told each of the leaders that there was a miraculous healing stream only seven miles from their villages.  Each was told to journey to the stream early because the stream only filled with water at a certain time.

Each man protested to the angel saying that there had been no water in that stream for generations it was now mo more than a barren waterbed.  The angel told the men that God had heard the prayers of the villagers and answered them by filling the waterbed with a healing stream that would not only heal the people, but would provide such nutrition to the fields that their crops and livestock would grow beyond anything ever seen before.

Early the next morning, unbeknownst to the other, each man began his journey to the stream.  As the stream came into sight, each man watched in awe as the water quickly filled the once barren bed to the brim.  Yet, the water was murky and did not look fit for crops, and in no way did it seem fit to drink.  Even worse than that, when they finally reached the stream, they were astounded to see the water already draining back into the ground through the same opening that it had entered.  Seeing the other, each man ran back to his village to gather the villagers so that they would arrive before the other and be ready to fetch all what they needed before the other village could take all of the water.

However, the peasants from both villages arrived at the same time and as the water began to fill the stream, a fight broke out over the water with the inhabitants of each village pushing, shoving and hitting the other.  By the time they noticed the water again, the last drops were already draining from the streambed.  Filled with anger and frustration, the villagers returned home with their buckets and their hopes empty.

That night, the angel returned to the dreams of the village leaders.  This time the angel told them that instead of pushing and shoving each other they should throw stones.  The angel told them that God had placed stones on their side of the stream.  The next morning as the villagers once again reached the stream as it was filling up, they looked down, each saw the stones at their feet and began to hurl them at the other villagers.  To their surprise, the stones never hit anyone but all seemed to land in the stream.

When there were no more stones to throw, the exhausted villagers noticed that the water had become so clear that they could see every stone lying on the bottom of the stream.  Even more miraculous than this, was the fact that water no longer emptied.  Just then a little boy from one of the villages cried out, “Mommy, mommy, the stones…they look like hearts”.  And just at that moment all of the villagers felt their anger, and their hatred drain from their souls.  They each drew from the stream all of the water that they needed and resumed their trading and sharing of resources with a new sense of gratitude.

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Originally posted 2015-08-19 05:19:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


   Jan 19

The First Principle – In God We Trust

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I am not writing this post because of my belief in God.  I am writing this post because of my belief in honor and respect.  I believe that if we chose to live in a house we must honor and respect the owner of that house.  I believe that we must maintain and preserve the bricks that form that house.  This house in which we live, The United States of America was built on the foundation that there IS a God.  The bricks of this house represent the belief that there are rights, certain specific rights that can only be given by God, and because of this – these rights are unalienable.  If we do not want to live in a house made of these bricks – if we want to live in a house of wood, or of other bricks or stones – then we have one option, and that is to move to another house.  We do not have a right to dishonor the blood, sweat, tears, and amazing faith and foresight that went into the building of THIS HOUSE! I believe this, just as I believe that if the day comes that we close our shores to immigrants – that is the day that we must return the Statue of Liberty – because we no longer have a right to it (but that’s another post).

In God we trust

“God who gave us life gave us liberty, and can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?” Thomas Jefferson 1781

“In God We Trust”, these are words that frame every unalienable right that our Constitution protects.  To remove our Trust in God, would be to nullify the Divine nature of those rights and so to nullify the rights that allow for this request in the first place.  This country was established as a nation “Under God”.  This country is inextricably tied to the Constitution.  First God gave certain rights that, because they were Divine – were unalienable.  Then came the Constitution, a document designed to protect those rights from abuse, and finally, from the Constitution, came the United States of America a Republic that exists as a manifestation of the Constitution.

In this country religious freedom is spiritually mandated.  The right to deny God is, according to the constitution which established that right, one that is God given.  And it is my deepest belief that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written by divinely inspired men.  In many words they carve out and protect the rights of the individual from the whims of men.  I believe that a book or a document is divinely inspired if it lives.  The Bible was, divinely inspired because it lives.  If we remove the parts mandated by the era of the writings, the bulk of the teachings and lessons are eternal and pertain to the development of the eternal spirit within man. Shakespeare was Divinely Inspired; his writings are a reflection of the same spirit that lives outside of and through the limits of time and season.

The Constitution lives and evolves as is required to fulfill its purpose, and that is to guarantee that certain rights, those which are God given, cannot be controlled by the wealthy, the powerful, or the majority.  It exists to protect the rights of the individual, and of the minority.  It does not limit government as much as it limits those who are temporarily governing.  A Democratically elected Legislature can be as despotic as dictator.  As Thomas Jefferson stated when referring to the condition of many early democratic state governments, “An elective despotism was not the government we fought for . . .” (Notes on the State of Virginia, written in 1781-1782).  He also wrote, “All the powers of government, legislative, executive, judiciary, result to the legislative body. The concentrating these in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one. 173 despots would surely be as oppressive as one. Let those who doubt it turn their eyes on the republic of Venice.”

Countries are taken over, governments are replaced through military coup – all this is not possible in the United States because of our unique form of Republic.  Our form of government guarantees that regardless of who or what group is in power, the country will remain the same because it is not subject to the actions of those who are in power; it is subject to the one Constitution which is always in power.  We can amend it, but only so far as it clarifies the spirit of the document but does not change it.  The foundation of United States of America is the belief that man is of Divine origin and through that Divinity he has been endowed, by his Creator with certain unalienable rights.  These God given rights and their protection are the sole purpose for the existence of this particular nation.

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“We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of American, and to the republic for which it stands, One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice For All.”  This country was founded so that whatever happens anywhere in the world, with any other country or form of government, there will always be, “One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for ALL”.

Believe in God or don’t believe in God but to attempt to remove God, bit by bit from the country founded on a belief in God given rights, and held together by a Constitution that protects those God given rights is not heretical or sacrilegious, it is un-American.  This country was founded on a belief in God and held together by a firm belief in the God given rights that it exists to protect.  That is the United States of America.

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This country is not one built on streets paved with gold but on the belief in brotherhood.  It is not one built on material power, but on the ultimate Divine equality of mankind and the duty and responsibility that is inherent therein,  We may stretch the meaning of the nation like a rubber band, but like a rubber band, it will eventually return to its natural shape.  It will return to the spiritual foundation upon which it was built and the only foundation that can eternally support any nation and any people,  It is the ultimate spirit that inspired those who penned those documents which defined this nation.  It inspired them to build something that had never before nor ever since been built,  a nation based on faith in God and not religion.

It was the belief in this Great Spirit that kept the Native Americans rising up from the ashes refusing to be erased and finally earning their claim to the land on which their ancient ancestors were born.  It was faith in this Spirit that impelled the Pilgrims to brave an unwelcoming land, and the African slaves to face each painful and humiliating day, to hold on through unspeakable suffering until reaching today, the highest office in this country.  It was a Spirit that caused those who fought and survived the Revolution to put words on paper, which allowed for the eventual equality of all souls of every race, every religion, and every economic station, and every sexual orientation.  Every tree, every flower, and every blade of grass that we see before us has grown from the blood of some soul who believed that here, in this place, on this land, in this nation – under God, there would be true freedom.

The framers of the Constitution believed that  God had entrusted them with the duty to build a nation – from sea to shining sea, where these divine rights of man could grow protected from the corruption and selfish whims of man.  As they were entrusted by God to build our nation, they then declared to the world that as Americans, “In God We Trust”.  One cannot use those rights, that are unalienable only because they have been endowed by God to remove God.

I would like to say, that man can be moral and virtuous without a belief in some Higher Power, but I do not see that in the world.  History has shown, that the most moral and virtuous people are those who believe in God – not the God of this religion or of that one, but the Natural God, the God of all living creatures on earth.  Only through that belief, do we find taught and embraced the principles of Love, Brotherhood, and above all a Responsibility to all of God’s creatures.  It can be seen in the Buddhists, The Amish,  the Hasidim, and the Sufi. Each religion being different, yet the mandates for being true to the respective religions are the same, Love all Creatures as you love yourself.

This built our Constitution,  our nation, and will always be the soft point of landing if we as a people should ever rise so high on ourselves that we fall.

If there is one subject that should be given at least an entire year in school, it is the Constitution of the United States – not Constitutional Law, but Constitutional Spirit.  I truly believe that it would make us all much better Americans.

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Originally posted 2011-03-07 08:48:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter