It seems that many of us have been taught to live in fear of God. Personally, I don’t buy into a fear-based reality, whether it emanates from God or from the media or from others seeking to control the rest of us. Why should I? Who dreamt up this wrath of God and burn in hell concept, anyway?
Being a Christian myself, I’m still waiting for someone to adequately explain to me how an all-loving God could condemn one of his children to eternal damnation. What law was supposedly broken to warrant such a punishment? Maybe, some would say the Ten Commandments. If so, then my response would be that the Ten Commandments are in reality the law of Moses. Even though the Commandments are probably good rules to live by, there is no proof that they are actually God’s laws and certainly God has never gone on a speaking tour (as book writers do today) to explain those laws! Am I to believe that God gave me free will and then punished me for one of my inadvertent actions that may have offended him?
Most religious scholars will tell you that “in the beginning” all there was was God. It’s an important point to understand because it underscores the fact that everybody and everything originally emanated from God. That being said, God could never very well condemn a part of himself, now could he?
All of which brings us to the 2nd secret of the universe –
Sin does not exist. Good and evil are both necessary parts of the duality of creation.
A Greek philosopher once said that if you tell a lie often enough it will be accepted as the truth, and of course the truth would then be considered a lie. For example, in the Garden of Eden story, the god of Genesis has always been viewed as the good guy and the serpent as the bad guy. But, why? The logic is twisted. Are we to believe that it was okay for god to lie to Adam and Eve when he told them that if they ate the apple they would surely die? Of course, the serpent who told Adam and Eve the truth was forever branded as the bad guy. It’s somewhat relevant to note that the serpent has always been symbolically linked to wisdom dating back to ancient Egypt, as well as being the symbol of the medical profession.
And what of poor Eve who gets blamed for Original Sin because she exercised her god-given free will? After all, god responded to the eating of the apple by saying that man had become like one of us, knowing good and evil. This is telling on two fronts. First of all, prior to the eating of the apple, Adam and Eve obviously didn’t understand the concept of good vs. evil and yet they were judged as if they did. Secondly, god refers to “us” (both here and elsewhere in the Genesis story). In other words, god was not alone in the garden with Adam and Eve. Others similar to god were also there so we’re not talking about the Prime Creator in this story, only someone who in the ancient writings was referred to as the Lord or as the Elohim (a plural term). Ergo: No Prime Creator, no Original Sin.
It’s important to understand that the existence of both good and evil are critical parts of the process of Creation. Everything exists in a condition of duality. For example, you could never learn what light was unless the dark existed. The shadows, themselves, are a by-product of light. What’s necessary here is the understanding of how life works so that one can exercise free-will in accordance with their highest and best purpose. It’s an understanding that Adam and Eve only acquired after they ate from the Tree of Knowledge (symbolically, the apple). While there are natural laws (for example the Law of Cause and Effect) that result in consequences for one’s actions, the concept of sin is misplaced. There’s a critical distinction between the two which requires one to have a much broader idea of how God’s creation works and the underlying purpose of life.
More on the secrets of the universe later.
When I was a kid, my mother sometimes shared with me what she referred to as little secrets. However, she failed to tell me any such secrets with respect to the universe around us and our place in it. Now although we were a religious family, I can forgive her for perhaps not knowing. After all, it’s not the kind of thing that would be included in the Sunday sermon or even found in the Bible for that matter. As for my pastor, he was steeped in church dogma but was by no means a holy man. I suspect that God never spoke to him even though he would occasionally start his sermons with the phrase “and last night God told me.”
As a result, people’s knowledge of God (or just about anything else) is generally limited to what other people have told them. That’s why the only religion practiced in Saudi Arabia today is Islam. In India, the vast majority of people are Hindus, in China they are Buddhists and so on. Religion is a cultural phenomenon which has been passed on for centuries from father to son. The different religions all believe that their religion is based on an intimate knowledge of the divine. As if, anyone ever met God. All of which leads up to one of the little secrets of the universe.
Secret #1 – God is not active in the universe.
While God is a part of all creation, God is completely passive. In fact, God is not a person or an entity of some sort. Rather, God is an all-encompassing consciousness – a universal mind if you will. To be active in his own creation, would completely negate the concept of Free Will. After all, you are either free or you’re not.
Now some people would like to believe that the Bible is divinely inspired – the word of God so to speak. Again, that would be a violation of free will. The Bible can only be man’s word about God and nothing more. When the Bible was first written, man was almost completely illiterate and living in a perpetual state of tribal warfare. The Bible provided much-needed concepts of God and moral values – concepts that are still valuable today. However, it’s important to understand who the audience was some two thousand years ago. You can’t teach calculus to a second-grade math class now can you!
The way that this played out in the Bible was when the disciples admitted to Jesus that they didn’t understand his teachings (his teachings were too esoteric, even for them). Jesus, who taught in parables, replied to them with another parable by saying that those with eyes would see and those with ears would hear. Jesus’ words meant that when they (i.e. their consciousness) was evolved enough, they would finally understand. If he had given them the answers that they were asking for, it would have been like teaching calculus to that second-grade math class.
Bottom line – there is no divine judgment involved in the events of man, like say the tsunami in Indonesia. In other words, there is no wrath of God as God is not allowed to judge. God’s own natural laws don’t allow for it. All of which leads us to the 2nd little secret of the universe which I will write about later.