Does God REALLY exist?
I have been asked to write about a 1,500 word summary of the theological points made on my web-site www.onesalt.com. That's difficult; there is so much to tell. But here is my best shot:
Matthew 22:37-40. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS." These two commandments essentially mean that we should seek the truth relative to the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves and that we should follow and abide by what we learn by doing so. They are referred to throughout the rest of this article as being God's two most fundamental commandments.
Exodus 3:13-14. Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, "The God of you fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." Thus you shall say to the children of Israel "I AM has sent me to you."
Now suppose that we define an "X" , as in algebra, as being a personified name given to the source of the concepts that we perceive when we seek the truth relative to the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves (without placing any restrictions on our definition of neighbor or on the applicability of the truths which we thereby perceive). Now suppose that, in order to facilitated our communications with others, we decide to give this "X" that we are perceiving a name such as "The Lord", or "God", or "The Creator" (as did the original authors of the Bible). What we have then is a definition of "God" that ANYBODY can believe in, because ANYBODY can perceive Him and experience His guidance by seeking the truth relative to the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. In other words, GOD EXISTS BY DEFINITION ("I AM WHO I AM")!
Throughout the rest of this article, God as defined in the paragraph above will be referred to a the "REAL God" (as opposed to images of a "supernatural" God which many of our present religious leaders CLAIM to represent. The word "supernatural" is never used in either or Old or New Testaments!).
When we perceive this REAL God, ARE we in effect perceiving the " elemental force in the universe which creates life?" I suspect that if the President of MIT where to challenge his students devise way to measure such a force and compare it to that "X" (force) which indeed creates life in this universe, they would find that these two "Xs" are one and the same.
Jesus Christ sought to establish a spiritual Kingdom of God (on earth) comprised of people who took the REAL God's two most fundamental commandments SERIOUSLY. Throughout his entire ministry, his use of parables to describe the nature of God, the symbolisms which he used in those parables, his references to spiritual (as opposed to physical) death and rebirth, and the allegorical description of Jesus Christ in John 1:1-5--show that Jesus taught the originally intended allegorical interpretations of the stories in Genesis, based on God's two most fundamental commandments. This is why his listeners were often described as "astonished" at the revelations and relevance of His teachings (Matt 7:8, 13:54, 22:33, Mark 1:22, etc.). For example, his allegorical teachings regarding the Adam and Eve story were probably something like this:
First of all, in his own way, Jesus acquainted his listeners with the symbolic conventions which are used throughout the entire Old Testament (and especially later in St. John's Book of Revelation): Eve is used to represent the early church. The "earth" represents mankind's perceptions of popular truths. "Heaven" represents mankind's perception(s) of God. The "river" within the Garden on Eden represents unobstructed guidance from the REAL God as defined at the beginning of this article. That river (of life) breaks up into four rivers (of death) when it leaves the Garden of Eden, due to the effects of Satanically inspired obstructions or restrictions which mankind has placed on God's guidance in the "earth" of mankind's perceptions of popular truths. Note that mankind perceives God as PLURAL ("Let us") in verse 1:28 at the suggestion that he be created in "God's image", and again in verse 3:22 when Adam and Eve misinterpret God's motives for expelling them from the Garden. As in the Tower of Babel story, the PLURAL image of God represents perceptions of God which have been split apart by Satanically inspired restrictions placed on God's two most fundamental commandments. The serpent, or course, represents Satan who succeeds in corrupting first the church and then mankind by telling only HALF of the truth.
In the Garden are two special trees. The "Tree of Life" represents a tree of knowledge which grows as one follows both of God's two most fundamental commandments (without restrictions). The "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" represents a tree of knowledge which grows when mankind begins to categorize concepts as being either "good" or "evil". Jesus recognized that the primary moral points which the Adam and Eve story were designed to convey were as follows:
It was the early church which first came up with the "Satanically inspired" technique of looking at concepts, looking at the results of those concepts, and then categorizing those concepts as being either "good" or "evil". The church convinced mankind (Adam) to "eat" (believe in) that technique, and they were so astounded at what they learned that it was as if "their eyes opened" so that they could see things as God saw them (i.e. it made them feel that they were "like God"). Unfortunately, mankind then began defining "good" and "evil" using man-made criteria rather than God's two most fundamental commandments, and it soon became obvious that they were "standing naked" in the eyes of God. So, as often happens (EVEN TODAY!), they invented Satanically inspired excuses (fig leaves) to "hide their nakedness" and they even attempted to hide from God Himself. Then God (which Adam and Eve now perceived as PLURAL--God and Satan) "clothed" them with "officially sanctioned" (tribal?) restrictions on their definition of neighbor and sent them out into the world to "till the earth" of mankind's perceptions of popular truths. Not long after, their eldest son Cain decided to follow his OWN man-made restrictions regarding who should be considered his neighbor (i.e. not even his own brother) and he murdered his younger brother Abel who WAS following God's guidance. The early church finally realized (in horror) the REST of the truth which Satan didn't tell them about!
From then on, as God predicted, Satan roamed the "earth" of mankind's perceptions of popular truths creating false or misleading perceptions of God's guidance. The people of the world went on to continually curse themselves by believing in those false perceptions. The descendants of Cain (with crown "marks" on their heads) went on to become the secular rulers of the world and to rule over the church as well. And the church, which hated and continually battled with Satan, would occasionally win or lose such battles. Whenever Satan won, it was by "bruising her heel" (the church's fundamental assumptions). The church would then find the birth of new servants of the REAL God to be a "painful and sorrowful experience", because those servants of God would attack ("bruise") the ungodly doctrines ("head" or "teachings") that resulted from those Satanically inspired assumptions!
The article "HOW IT ALL BEGAN" on this web-site caries these stories further. My letter to Hal Lindsey in the article "The DEADLY Price of Censorship" describes why the original authors of the Bible had to use allegorical methods to convey their real messages while making their stories appear to conform with the "popular myths of their day." As for Christ's teachings regarding the Adam and Eve story, the authors of the Gospels probably felt it was too long and complicated a story to be adequately covered in the documents which they were writing at the time; they chose to cite some of his simpler parables instead. It wasn't until St. John wrote the Book of Revelation that Christ's teachings regarding the Genesis stories were finally put down in writing (see my commentary on it on this web-site). The Book of Revelation was specifically written to serve at a future time as a "Holy Cookbook" for servants of the REAL God to use to utterly destroy the popularity of the bloodiest idol ever created by man---the concept of "national sovereignty." That bloody, idolatrous concept is the ultimate fruition of the Satanically inspired chain of events which originally began (allegorically) when mankind (Adam) and the church (Eve) put on those clothes (of "officially sanctioned" restrictions of their definition of neighbor) as they were being expelled from the Garden of Eden!
So does God really exist? YES------provided that you define God the way Jesus and the allegorically oriented authors of the Old Testament have defined Him.
(one grain of salt)
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