What is God (and why was it stolen by religion)?

a very thought provoking piece, it also reminded me me that I started a series of posts about what Ms. Eddy borrowed and added to her own variation… maybe I should work on them a bit.

Enquiries on Atheism

We are surrounded by literalists, by those who have been raised in a society gorged from the teat of the religiously-besotted, by those all too willing to believe what their neighbours believe for the sake of convenience and peace. Also, in growing numbers, are those who recognize that they have no compelling reasons adduced from reality to grant such literal divine agencies any role in their considerations of it. At all.

This is altogether a crying shame.

Although I cannot possibly hope to do the topic justice in a single blog post (or even a series), I think gods (and the rest of the supernatural pantheon) play an essential role in how we think, how our brain physiology produces the kind of language we need to live authentic lives rich in purpose and meaning, and – most importantly – how we gain access to wisdom to carry it out.


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4 thoughts on “What is God (and why was it stolen by religion)?

  1. tildeb says:

    Thanks for reblogging. There is no higher compliment a reader can pay me than to say something I’ve written has made them think. Best of luck with your searching and I hope it takes you interesting places!

  2. Bill Sweet says:

    The way I like gaining a symbolic understanding of God was the following tried on me when learning of Christian Science during high school. It’s about “reflection.”

    What happens first with a human being? He is conscious of things: Mind.

    Then what does a human being do with what is observed? He divides things and decides on things: Spirit.

    If a human being takes what is decided upon to consider to a deeper level, what has happened? He has found more individualization and detail about things: Soul.

    Then if a human being has a sense of engineering or just curiosity about what guides the things being considered, what is he doing? He is seeking a principle: Principle.

    If what is gained in observation takes on more layers to give things momentum and a place, the human being is giving more life to them: Life.

    If what is gained and decided upon to pursue actually has merit, it has intrinsic truth: Truth.

    If the human being eventually ends up satisfied with his efforts at arriving at Truth, he begins to feel a deep love for the process: Love.

    So man and woman reflect in their process of gaining understanding Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.

    • kat @ kindism says:

      So man and woman reflect in their process of gaining understanding Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.

      I agree with the sentiment, but I don’t feel that necessarily leads to “God” – I think these ideas lead to more enlightened people who will hopefully treat their fellow humankind with more respect, God has nothing to do with it.

      • spindrifterr says:

        You can interpret that way if it fits your paradigm of observing effect, which is what we do humanly mostly: we observe effects. Then seeking a cause behind the actions that constitute man’s best actions need not go further. It’s like, “I want to enjoy the field of flowers without seeing how they manifest as flowers.” That is okay for many. People often choose to see effect and even some think effect is cause.

        Another interpretation is that these seven dominate actions of reflection tell us about God. Man is thinking consciously because there is a Mind. Man and woman can make choices that divide between things because there is Spirit that divides. Individualization takes place because the cause of individualization is Soul. Governing of conscious being, choices, and individualization is in a degree a reflection of Principle. Given more light, Life is found to be more action. Then refining further through scientific trial and error and seeking improvements, Truth is established as the cause behind a found effect of truth. Finally we arrive at Love because we are feeling some satisfaction that our efforts in our world of effects have felt some causal Love, after we go through these states and stages of reflection. For me, this interpretation is finding out something about God through our human actions that reflect God.

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