Posts Tagged ‘God’

“Why did God create shaming / ideas of sin?”

June 22, 2015

(This dialogue makes sense if you start at my first comment, though I will include the whole thing here.)

TD:

Here’s how I see it:

God is unconditional love.

We are all God.

The reason God is unconditional love is because God is everything.

Everything that can follow I AM, said by anyone or anything anywhere or anywhen is God.

I think that the way that works out is that everyone is completely unique, and they are the way that they are, so that I can be the way that I am.

Our diversity is what makes us so beautiful, and our diversity is based on every single thing that God has thus far to this moment (which is eternal, and ever expanding) conceived to follow I AM.

God recognizes that everything that can be conceived of is a part of that whole that is God, and realizes that God could not be, if everything could not.

Through unconditionally loving everyone for their differences, God is unconditionally loving the Self, and that is why shame is considered to be the original and only sin.

Because there is no part of God that is not also God, and there is no instinct or action that we make that can be considered to be shameful, because God is the one that put it there.

I could go on, but it would only even more redundant

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn So why did God “make” the social experience of shame?
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  • Thyris Discordia Because God felt shame at some point and is beginning to grow out of it smile emoticon
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn Shaming is a social behavior involving the communication of a threat (the promotion of anxiety and blind compliance). Why are adult women in many cultures shamed for showing their nipples in public (or even showing their face)? Because exposure can be disruptive.

    a few decades back when thong bathing suits first appeared, Florida passed a law that roadside fruit vendors could not put a lady in a tiny g-string on the side of the road to wave at drivers. Why? Too many car crashes.

  • Thyris Discordia Lol that’s ridiculous. It wouldn’t be distracting if it wasn’t rare. It’s rare because of the original sin
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn Shaming can promote social order / stability.
  • Thyris Discordia Wow….
    No.

    Just

    No.

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn There is also a common pattern that small towns will put in a traffic light at bad intersections after someone DIES in a car wreck at that intersection. There can be lots of collisions there, but no light will be put in. One fatality and suddenly people get ashamed of resisting the light (which they already knew was justified).
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn Social shaming is a behavioral innovation of high-density populations. There are many specific forms of it (what gets shamed), but the basic existence of shaming is basically universal.

    Primitive tribes are ashamed about less things and different things, like the way that a restaurant throws away food in the U.S. Might be considered shameful in a primitive tribe. Or Being unmarried and childless but already 15 years old.

  • Thyris Discordia Fatalities are choices. People don’t need to be controlled the way you are saying.
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn You can argue over what needs to be. Shaming is used to influence behavior.
    • Thyris Discordia And influencing behavior is controlling people. I don’t misunderstand you, I only find your view on this to be wrong. I understand you just fine. You think shame is useful which means you still experience it, which means you’ve not yet accepted all of See More
    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Why do you care? If I desire to suppress certain other desires (in myself), so what?

      Ironically, you might review what is written here and notice that I accept shame fully. You may the one who is ashamed of shame.

    • Thyris Discordia I’m shameless tongue emoticon you’ve tried this trick on me before and it didn’t work then either lol.

      shame has had a good run of it. 13,000 years give or take a couple decades, there’s much more beyond it.

      People can do whatever they want, and need no interference from you or from me or from “society” and they will anyway.

      So it is better to just allow them to do what they will without trying to remove that from them.

    • J R Fibonacci Hunn To make up categories of “better and worse” is your way of shaming / influencing behavior. I accept that.
    • J R Fibonacci Hunn You seem ungrateful for God’s creation of shame. You seem to reject it as “a mistake.” I simply think that is hilarious. The fact that I may have done the same thing does not make it less hilarious. After all, God is also the one creating all of the rejection and resentment and so on.
    • Thyris Discordia I do see what you’re saying, and it is a form of clinging to old ideals.
  • Thyris Discordia And influencing behavior is wrong.
  • Thyris Discordia I don’t say that about many things. But free will is the only natural law as far as I know
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn You can shame others for attempting to influence behavior, but that could also be an attempt to influence behavior. When I go to a roadside fruit stand and offer to pay $4 for however many oranges, that is influencing behavior. I am “voting” for the seller to not only hand me a bunch oranges and then let me leave without pulling a gun on me (because I paid the price asked), but I am also indirectly voting for them to go and gather more oranges to sell another day.
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn So gravity and electromagnetism are no longer natural laws, eh? wink emoticon
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  • Thyris Discordia Duh. Quantum physics proved that like…50, I wanna say, years ago? But people are only just beginning to take that field seriously.
    • J R Fibonacci Hunn The fact that people can influence how electromagnetic charge disperses is just influencing the behavior of an electromagnetic charge using something called “free will.” The entire idea of free will is based on influencing one’s own behavior and/or the behavior of others.
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  • Thyris Discordia Relativity and all that jazz

 

Grace and an Almighty God

December 8, 2014

  • KDP: I love the concept of grace…especially as it is expressed by the contemplative/mystical Christians. I just don’t believe in god. Grace is not earned. It is received by a heart that is participating in coincidence (or gods will) with awareness. That is my understanding/best attempt to language. I don’t study religion though.
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn In language, the idea can be constructed of “yeah, I grew my hair out longer. I really hated it being so short. Didn’t you?” We can call that “believing in an isolated actor with self-determination.”

    Or, words can say “God grew my hair. God apparently hated it short.” That is speaking with the identity of the “author” of God (perhaps even an “Almighty” God).

    “God made the sun and then made it shine. God made humans and language and poetry. God makes winter and summer, war and peace, love and hate. For every condition under heaven, God has made it with a distinct purpose!”

    There is a kind of poetry that God makes that God calls grace. Grace is a simple thing. In contrast, Many religious traditions are very complex. God can be so complex sometimes, huh?!?!

a metaphor about the Grace of an Almighty God

December 8, 2014

If God is Almighty, and we are each like branches of the Tree of God, then we are each an “activity of God.” If that were true, then what stages does God create in our lives?

There is an early stage of total naivete. Over time, God arranges it that we develop self-awareness and self-discipline. We may also develop the ability to “pretend not to be afraid when afraid” or to “pretend not to feel regret when feeling regret.” All of that is always the result of the will of God.

So, God arranges that we get “out of focus” (so afraid of being chastised for displaying fear that we suppress our ability to even recognize our own experience of fear- that repressed- that much chronic physical tension to block the muscles of crying in the neck and face and so on.) Through the motivation that results from being so “out of focus,” God further arranges that we may develop new focus.

Then, we can better perceive our own fright and fear and naivete and regret and panic etc. God arranges that some of us even welcome those “negative emotions” (at least in moderate doses) and experience a radical new thing called courage.

It is not the absence of fear. It is not repressing fear and shaming people who experience fear or display it. That is paranoia, hysteria, delusion, and cowardice.

Courage is being INTERESTED in fear and in precisely assessing danger, and then in taking action WITH an awareness of risk and danger and so on- and always knowing that our assessments and presumptions may need radical updating suddenly.

This is about something commonly called “grace.” We could say “being graceful.”

It is not the result of “focusing intent on being graceful.” God may arrange for us to talk a lot about grace and if so, great. But talking about it is not the same as experiencing it.

God may arrange for some of us to experience grace. It may even come and go quickly. However, in some cases, God arranges for a dramatic and lasting shift to grace.

The Supreme Faith of the Almighty God

June 6, 2014

When one confronts faith, by which I mean an openness to all possibilities without attachment to any idea or ideal, then my past practices of sorting out what should have been and what should not have been may seem now to be rather arrogant (naive, hysterical) condemnations of the Will of God.

 However, if God is Almighty, then all condemnations are also the Will of God. I need not be ashamed of my past history of vilifcations and condemnations and shamings and so on.

I may have been naive, yes. I may have been hysterical, yes. I may have been ashamed, yes. I may be again.

One with faith need not be paranoid about avoiding such things. In fact, it could be useful to recognize any future instances of naivete, right?

I may have judged my own life as imperfect. I may have judged celebrities and politicians and peers and family members and so forth. I may again, right?

I may have hysterically feared “negativity” and “the devil.” Do I recognize that there COULD BE a category in language of an inclusive Almighty (as in all-powerful) creativity? How can there be anyone to even approach contesting with the Almighty? Could any perception in regard to “a God that fears the devil” have been a valid interpretation, but one that is simply not monotheistic at all?

Could it be wise for a human to fear “negativity?” Perhaps. However, perhaps it is even wiser to respect negativity- rather than any kind of hysterical paranoia about it (condemnation of it, etc)….

If I declare that “I am settling” for some particular circumstance, so be it. If I declare that “I claim as mine” some particular contrasting outcome, so be it.


If there is only one Almighty, then that one creates all creations: all languages, all sequences of words, all voices, all listeners, all perceptions, even all religious traditions and rituals and historical developments. Well, which part of “The Almighty creates all” is unclear?

Perhaps it is very clear. Yet, perhaps I may have been pretending otherwise. Eh… well, you know what I really need to do before I can be happy is to save all the terrified naive people from being terrified or naive. Then, again, that could also be pretending to be pretentious and I might do that or I might not.

The Supreme Faith of God is a distinct thing to experience. An Almighty God does not need my faith in the Almighty God. Faith IN God loses my interest completely once the faith OF God is what I experience as the possibility which is now present already.

I declare peace with my own past. I declare faith as my future.

Hmmm…. I could really get used to this. 😛

“Do not worship the prophet Noah!” – God

May 29, 2014

 

 

God the Almighty author says “hey, here is how this goes. The witness over there will be taking notes. The actors over here will be playing roles.”

 

“But which one should we worship,” asked someone in the second row.
God said, “that’s a good question, so let’s ask someone who knows.”

 

In the first row, a man stood up and said “My name is Joe. I am a prophet which means I tell you what you need to know. I’ll tell you all your future, but first let’s start with Noah.”

Then an old man with a long beard stood up by Joe. “Hello, God will kill you all unless you follow me, folks. If you disobey, eternal torture awaits. But if you’re good how I say, paradise will be your pay.”

Joe started clapping and said “Noah, you’re our savior. Soon all of us will know which is bad or good behavior. If you have questions, just come ask. We’ll be in the torture chamber.”

Soon, a little kid in the back yelled “people, wake up, please. These guys are lying! We’ll unite and bring them to their knees.”

Then all the protestants revealed their banners and signs. “Unite against conformity” they chanted many times.

A soldier fired a warning shot and said “everyone, be quiet. We will settle this next week at the memorial riot (which is where we all cast votes to show our opposition to violence). That’s because we’re civilized enough to know that heaven should be silent.”


So everyone went back to work and kept paying taxes. Joe used tax funds to support the rebel kid’s political actions.

Noah said, “this boy is really our very best agent. He’s sincere and naive, so his charisma is contagious.”


The loyal voters were all passionate when they showed up for the ritual. Soon, the results were announced and the reaction was typical. The brave losers were told that their side had won. So of course they had a huge victory celebration.”

“Right, but who or what should we worship,” asked that girl in the second row.

Joe said “justice: that’s how things should be different. Now get back to work. Go!”


“Hold it, Joe, what about telling us our future? When will you reveal it?”
“You will work and then count how much you owe in taxes to us. We’ll then give some of that back to you after we steal it.”

 

Everyone started clapping when Joe thanked Noah for delivering salvation. Noah said “please, that is quite enough. It’s all of you who deserve the ovation.”

 

supreme faith- faith of god or just faith in god

May 17, 2014

Below are the notes that I used when making the linked audio.

supreme faith-

faith of god or just faith in god
If we use the words “supreme faith,” there is a common understanding of what is meant by “supreme.” The word “faith” can be used in many ways, though. We can explore that in a moment.

First, let me note that almost everything that I am about to share with you will be things that you can recognize as already familiar to you. However, if you have never connected these distinct familiar points, then what is about to happen for you will be like going from having all of the materials for a house stacked up in a pile… to having a well-built home where all of those construction materials are snugly assembled and ready for use. If you have any lasting frustrations in your life, those can be relieved simply by putting together all of these familiar points and recognizing how they all fit perfectly together.

You will be witness to the perfection of life and you will experience the awe and glory of that perfection. You will recognize that your life in particular is also a manifestation of the total perfection in general. You are a manifestation of the supreme perfection.

However, you may have been distracting yourself in patterns of reactive condemning of others. You may have condemned other manifestations or forms as if those were manifestations of some other distinct source that is not the same as the source from which your own life manifests. If you have been focusing in anxiety on what you say makes you superior or what you say makes others inferior, then that anxious focus would have been distracting you from what is otherwise obvious and even familiar.
So, what are some things that the word faith could mean to you? If we think of the story of Moses commanding the waters of the red sea to spread apart and allow a group of people to walk across a dry surface, we might say that Moses was able to command the waters to move because of unusual confidence. Sometimes people use the word faith when they could also use the word confidence.
Words like fidelity and confide have a common root with the words confidence, faith, faithful and even fit (in the sense of something that is faithful or conforming to some point of reference, like for one thing to have fidelity to another thing such that the two things fit). Words with a bit more distant origin to fidelity and faith include bid, forbid, abide, and abode.

To introduce how I am using the word faith when I say supreme faith, I will point to the contrast between the two categories in language of faith and fear. Faith and fear have been called the two possible fruits of one’s inner state. Fear has been called a sign of disorientation, disorder, or even sin. Faith has been called a sign of order or even salvation.

Of course, in regard to fear, there are variations in the extent of fear. There are moderate kinds of fear like alertness or caution or being startled all the way to being horrified or paralyzed with terror.

In regard to faith, there are also many things that can all be called faith. There is a resolute, courageous, undisturbed focus as well as an argumentative, frightened, desperate insistence on some particular kind of uniformity. Maybe someone says in a tantrum of distress “here is exactly what you should believe. If you do not believe that, then you do not have faith! If you do not agree with me, then you will go to a different place after you die than where I will go, and that is causing me to agonize here in hell for an eternity as I await the great relief of dying and going to heaven, where I will then continue to agonize out of my loneliness that you are not there with me.”

Previously, I mentioned that we can contrast two fruits or two manifestations. Those manifest or reveal different inner states.

There is the inner state of identifying what is good or evil and, in contrast to that, there is the inner state of totality or unbroken wholeness or integrity. These two states also can be thought of as extremes between which are many intermediate states. However, for simplicity, we can imagine that there are just two basic states of consciousness of interest to us.
One of those is the state of stress or tension. In that state, it is common for people to value safety in what is familiar to them. If things fit their expectations, those things are called good. There is a lasting alertness or paranoia in regard to identifying whether we perceive something that is familiar as in how it should be according to our expectations or whether we interpret or label something to be unfamiliar or somehow unfavorable, which we may call “how it should not be” or even evil.
In terms of chemistry, this state corresponds to the stress hormones of adrenalin and cortisol. People in this state are alert to identifying perceived threats and then in reflex of an old reptilian part of the brain called the amygdala, “fight or flight” are the typical responses. Sometimes the thing identified as a threat is not actually a threat. Of course, things that are in fact a threat can also be perceived as safe (and thus labeled as safe).
It is important, like when driving a car at high speeds, to be able to identify possible dangers. Isn’t it useful to be able to see a yellow traffic light and know what that means relative to a green traffic light in terms of safety and caution?
Be aware that these modes or states of fight or flight can be very useful. Reptiles and fish and insects all have these same neurological functions and that is a big part of what makes them so different from vegetation.
However,  the process of continuously monitoring for danger can lead to chronic tension in muscles as a lasting experience of distress or hell. When there is frequent agonizing over issues of what should be and what should not be, that extreme fear is not what I mean by the supreme faith, but is what some would call hell.

So, in the ancient Hebrew story of spiritual evolution, two trees are mentioned. One is the tree that relates to the stressful state of constantly sorting what is dangerous and what is safe. We can call that what should be and what should not be or good and evil.

In that metaphor or parable, we are warned that eating the fruit of that tree leads to the experience of shame, which means the sense that one is not how one should be, which can lead to shyness and pretense to hide what does not fit the ideal, and then condemnation of others for not fitting the ideal, plus a variety of other sins. It is the rejecting of the Almighty by way of rejecting the creation of the Almighty as not fitting to some ideals of some form of idolatry. Of course, if the Almighty forms the pattern of idealism or idolatry, then that patterns leads to the experience of shame, condemnation, resentment, frustration, and so on. Sin leads, eventually, to humility and salvation.

However, for the one in hell, there is shame about not fitting some conceptual ideal of how life should be, which is what one may worship instead of worshiping the Almighty. There is also agonizing about how to go from being how one should not be to fitting perfectly with the worshiped ideal.
The agonizing takes the form of a sincere desperation like this: “How do we earn our way in to heaven by fixing ourselves or our family or our government?” There is no real faith. There is just anxiety and panic masquerading as faith.

So, the Almighty God creates all things. God creates language and all contrasting categories in language. God creates light and dark, heaven and earth, day and night, love and hate, peace and war, as well as good and evil.

Some reject God and assert that perhaps one half of God’s creation is imperfect. This is blasphemy against God.

Yes, sin leads to the experience of shame, but both sin and shame are God’s creations. Even blasphemy is God’s creation!
What other source could there be? Does one worship an Almighty God, but then assert that there is some other power that creates perhaps half of reality? Does one even assert that there is some other power which is so frightening to an Almighty God that we must condemn that devil to punishments?
Those with Supreme Faith can let the devil punish itself with shame and agonizing. The devil will worship idealism of how things should be until encountering humiliation as in humility.
Those with Supreme Faith have no lasting resentment for any pattern of experience. God creates all things, including resentment. However, resentment is always temporary, no matter how long it lasts.

Is there an authority that has power over evil?

March 22, 2014

Is there an authority that has power over evil?
First, in the beginning, before the development of language, there was no counting of time. So, there was no day and no night. There were no seasons, no future, and no past.

Because there was no today, there was no yesterday and no tomorrow. There was only the present moment, which later was named eternity.

When language developed, the label for the day was made to contrast with the label for the night, but eternity did not end. Eternity was simply divided into different units, like years and months and hours.

The continuity of time did not end. All that happened is that through the developing of language, now someone can count time in minutes or milliseconds and so on, which is called the measuring of time. We can make labels like the Paleolithic time period or the low tide time period or the ice age or the iron age or the information revolution or the industrial revolution.

These labels for distinct periods of time do not cancel that eternity is eternal. The labels simply specify distinct segments of eternity. We can quantify different fractions of time. We can count the various portions of eternity.

In a popular children’s story that many people do not know is just a children’s story, it is told that a particular identity spoke and divided the day from the night. That was the development of language and the invention of the label day and the label night.

For a fetus in a womb, there is no language and there is also no visual experience of the bright light of the sun to mark the day time from the night time. Language created contrasting categories.

Perhaps you are familiar with phrasings in language that assert that an identity called God creates all things, including language. Then, using this fundamental creation called language, God labels all of the other creations of God: the fish, the birds, and so on.

In the children’s story, the linguistic identity of God, through the linguistic activity of speaking, also created the category of light and the category of darkness. God is named as the author of different periods of time, like the time of the creation of the earth and the time of the creation of sea life and the time of the creation of humanity. Later this identify called God, who is the author or creator of language itself, invented contrasting labels for a time to plant seeds in to a field and a time to harvest the fields. Besides creating all of those distinctions like between light and darkness, many other contrasting categories were also created, like the heavens and the earth, plus big or small, cold or hot, more or less, tall or short, loud or quiet, good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative, perfect or imperfect, war or peace, love or hate, and so on.

Note that there is no substance to a label like silence. Silence is just a label for the relative absence of sound. Silence cannot cancel sound. If someone wants to cover another sound, then a very loud sound can be generated to overpower a small sound.

There is no substance to darkness either. Darkness cannot cancel light. To hide a small light, the best way to do that is with a very bright light. That is how the bright sun at noon hides thousands of stars.

What about evil? Does it have any physical substance? Can you take two liquids, one which is evil and one which is good, and then pour them together to neutralize them?

There are many religions that worship the idea of evil and identify it as having tremendous power. We could call these the religions of paranoia (and delusion). It is like pretending that darkness can block light or that silence can block sound, then being terrified of avoiding silence and darkness. That ongoing state of stress or anxiety can be labeled paranoia or hell or shame or even mental illness or evil.

The label evil is just a label. If an infant does not know the English language, but then is asked to identify which time period is the most evil, then the little human who does not understand English cannot respond because evil is just a word in the English language. Without language, the question is just a bunch of meaningless sounds, similar to a barking dog or the sound of a strong wind blowing through the leaves of a tree.

However, an adult could identify the night as the time that is the most evil. During night, if there is no sunlight, then it can be very hard to see. It can be dangerous to move around if someone cannot see. Other creatures that can see better at night may be able to surprise us, right? I may want to create a barrier between myself and those creatures: like a tent or a hut or a brick wall. I might want to create a fire or a lamp or other source of light to keep me safe during the time of the unknown, the night.

Evil can be used to refer to anything that is unknown or dangerous. The newer English word “evil” is related to the more ancient word “adbalin Old Irish, which means excessive. When expressing disapproval, dislike or disparagement, a word like evil could be used.

“Evil was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use [the adjectives] bad, cruel, unskillful, defective, or [the nouns] harm, crime, misfortune, disease.” – http://dictionary.reference.com/cite.html?qh=evil&ia=etymon

Only around the 18th century did the English word evil come to be used to reference any human action far outside the bounds of socially-approved activity, as in something intensely repulsive, disruptive, disgusting, or sickening. So, if we read a King James Version of the Christian Bible and do not understand how the definitions of words evolve over time (or the challenges of translation and interpretation), people can grow more confused the more that they read, rather than benefited.


“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
http://biblehub.com/isaiah/45-7.htm

So, there are religious traditions that worship an identity that has power over evil. In contrast, other traditions program people to worship a character that is frightened of evil, that agonizes over carefully identifying it and protesting against it, that attempts to defeat it or destroy it, and that forbids people from exploring evil because then people would discover the source of that identity’s power.

Is that identity paranoid and deluded and in constant distress and agony, or calm and clear and confident and cool? If the one obsessed with avoiding evil is sincere, which may be just a pretense, then we could call that perfectionism or even shame, as distinct from perfection.

Now, if the Almighty is the creative source that creates all creatures, than which of the Almighty’s creations would the Almighty fear the most? Which branch of a tree is the biggest threat to the existence of the tree? Which leaf upon a vine is the most frightening enemy of the vine itself? Which sound is terrified of silence? Which light agonizes over being destroyed by darkness? Which unit of time will end eternity?

God creates all things. Then, God labels them all: the fish, the birds, and so on. God eventually invents characters like angels or even fallen angels and then, using these characters, creates stories and legends and myths and even the histories that children are programmed to focus on, to worship, to memorize and to repeat back to authority figures in schools of indoctrination. Through mass media propaganda, a specific cultural bias is promoted or publicized or popularized or cultivated or spread.

One famous idea is the idea that “life is imperfect, not already perfect. In fact, life is inherently flawed because of original sin, which includes the unavoidable shame that God did not create us with clothing, but naked. Therefore, everyone should spend their entire lives distracting themselves from their own unavoidable shame of being fundamentally how they should not be. We must identify how we should be as well as how we should not be, then hide how we should not be (or repress those behaviors and thoughts) while we vigorously strive to display or present only what we should be. We identify in minute detail how we should be and then practice that intensely.  Of course, if different cultural norms of how people should be ever contrast in any way, then we must engage in that heroic battle between cultures in order to show our sincerity and patriotism and confidence and loyalty and of course publicly demonstrate the vast superiority of our form of agonizing perfectionism over all other forms of agonizing perfectionism.”

Who made up that story? If there is no other author but one, then that author would be God.

However, if we accept the idea that God is more like the publisher who chooses which authors and books to publish, then perhaps God created a devil and trained that devil to make up a story of fundamental damnation. Then, God published the devil’s story for humans to worship. Publishing that story would create a contrast between the practice of paranoia or agonizing and practices like repentance and the withdrawing of condemnation and antagonism, even the discontinuing of agonizing and of the foundation of self-rejection which naturally leads to the seemingly eternal distress of a life of agonizing panic (to avoid hell and earn entry in to an eternal paradise that has not started yet.)

Do I presume to arrogantly condemn my creator as imperfect (and thus to condemn myself as imperfect, as I blaspheme against the Holy Spirit in an idolatry of worshiping a devil terrified of evil)? Or, do I accept that perfection may be a word for a relaxed accepting of things exactly as they already are… without any terrified insistence that life stays any particular way or avoids any particular future form?

 

Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is complete.

http://biblehub.com/parallel/matthew/5-48.htm

And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. –  Leviticus 20:26

For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.Leviticus 11:44

Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. http://biblehub.com/parallel/leviticus/19-2.htm

Was the Prophet Moses using the phrase “Children of Israel” to scold or rebuke his entire audience, or is he addressing just an exclusive portion of the people there (like adult men but no one else)? When he said to them “I have severed you from other people,” does he mean that he is singling them out (addressing each of them as an individual responsible for their own life), or is Moses just programming the Levites to be willing to engage in a genocidal holy war against the Moabites , or perhaps both? (Note that the slaughter of the Moabites in particular is recorded in the next book of the Bible, but the prior book, Exodus 32:26-28 records the high priests of the Hebrew, the Levites, slaughtering three thousand of their brothers, friends, and neighbors at the command of Moses.)

So, what does the word Israel mean? It may be interesting that so many people repeat the word as if they know what it meant to the author of Leviticus, yet they have never studied the issue for even a moment.

See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/israel

Hebrew: yisra’el “he that striveth with God” (Gen. xxxii.28), symbolic proper name conferred on Jacob and extended to his descendants, from the word sara “he fought, contended” + El “God.” [One who opposes God, God’s opponent.]

Notice in the ancient Hebrew story of Leviticus that when the Old Testament prophet calls a group of people “the Children of Israel,” that may be the same meaning as below. Here are words attributed to a later Prophet:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You are from your father The Devil, and the desire of your father you are willing to do; from the beginning he has been murdering men and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him; whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from what is his, because he is of falsehood and is also its father.”

http://biblehub.com/john/8-44.htm

On the subject of the creating of pretenses in language and the revealing of those pretenses as pretenses, here is a very famous section of the ancient Hebrew oral tradition which was later recorded in to written scripture, then translated in to other languages such as English:

1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

King James Bible

DEVIL OF A GOD (the truth will set you free… after pissing you off)

February 17, 2014
Now, we got to tell you all what’s wrong    and how to fix it                  first, you shouldn’t be so frustrated            stop your bitchin’
Next, you shouldn’t be so complicated       talking fiction                       truth sets you free if you let it               but your mind is itching
scratching the surface of your bullshit religion                                        you worship it as your crutch             yet you question it
plus you need a bridge to get to heaven   (cause you’re not in it)         and you’re terrified of hell fire,     shame on you, sinner
You lack the faith of a mustard seed, but                                                    You still assume that you’re wise enough to judge
so I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                                  cause I’m trying not to laugh at your version of God
If God is the maker of all creations                                                                  then why’s your so-called God so afraid of Satan?
You don’t worship God, no you worship your religion                                You disrespect God in the name of tradition
Cause God didn’t do it like you wanted, right?                                           So you pray to Santa Claus with all your might
but Santa is a myth to keep you quiet at night                                         cause little kids will believe anything when their parents lie
Boom… goes the truth    Ba Ba Ba Boom
You should feel humble when your plans don’t work                              But you feel guilty, so you blame some jerk
for what you didn’t do and what you didn’t get                                         for victimizing you with condemnation
Well, drop the people who don’t do you how you like                               Stop trying to make a tricycle a bike
I was an arrogant fool, sincere and naive                                                   scapegoating anybody who I thought I was in my way
and if an elephant is in the middle of the room                                        then I might as well stay close to the wall to move
through to the other side if that’s what I want to do                               why’d you want to stand there and whine? What’re ya trying to prove?
You say you lack the power of a mustard seed, but                                  You still assume that you’re wise enough to judge
so I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                                  cause I’m trying not to laugh at your version of God
If God is the maker of all creations                                                                  then why’s your so-called God so afraid of Satan?
You don’t worship God, no you worship your religion                               You disrespect God in the name of tradition
Cause God did some things that you didn’t like, right?                          So you pray to whoever with all your might
to prove God wrong, yeah, just out of spite                                                Show God who’s boss, Master, show him the light
Yeah, I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                          cause I’m trying not to laugh at your devil of a God
Boom… goes the truth    Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth                      Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth           Ba Ba Ba Boom…
So, how many times should I forgive? Until I chill?                                 But my villain doesn’t seem to have remorse! Should I still?
It’s almost like you’re saying to withdraw contempt.                              No, I still condemn what I still resent!
Yes, some sacrifice peace to hold on to hate                                                 and then claim to know better than God as they pray
to the one who promises all the things they crave                                    to the devil who sells them a world to save
What? Listen, if the world is already saved                                                then what should I do for the rest of the day?
I could make up some myths to influence the slaves                               I could train them to think of power as rage
Then train them to rage at my favorite tricks                                          They will say “that’s just disgusting. It should be fixed.”                                         Plus, I treat them to candy if they play by my rules                               “The path to salvation is compliance,” say my fools.
You’re jealous of the size of a mustard seed, but                                         You still assume that you’re wise enough to judge
so I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                                  cause I’m trying not to laugh at your version of God
If God is the maker of all creations                                                                  then why’s your so-called God so afraid of Satan?
You don’t worship God, no you worship your religion                                You disrespect God in the name of tradition
Cause God didn’t do it like you wanted, right?                                           So you pray to Santa Claus with all your might
but Santa is a myth to keep you quiet at night                                         cause little kids will believe anything when their parents lie
Aw, God did some things that you didn’t like, right?                              So you pray to whoever with all your might
to prove God wrong, yeah, just out of spite                                                Show God who’s boss, Master, show him the light
Yeah, I got to cover my mouth when you talk                                          cause I’m trying not to laugh at your devil of a God
ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba Boom… goes the truth                                         Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth
Ba Ba Ba Boom… goes the truth                                                                       Ba Ba Ba Boom…
 
   

Santa Claus is the God of paranoia

February 8, 2014
She fooled me               She lied and deceived me                                      She got me                    to do what she wanted
She schooled me          she tricked me, confused me and ruled me      as I followed her lead
 
“Santa Claus is the God always watching                                      so better do as I say cause the haunting
is about to begin and you’re stopping                                              your playful ways to worship holy paranoia
 
Wait- you’ll go to hell if you think the wrong thought.             Hey- don’t you want to earn your way to heaven?
Wait- you’ll get coal if you don’t do what you’re taught.           Hey- if you make A’s, then the world will bow in reverence.
 
Santa Claus is the God always watching”


 
I blamed her            I named her the scapegoat                            I hated her power  her presence     her confidence
I questioned             how will I fake loyalty till my escape
I was a scared boy        even terrified                I learned to hide it    or at least I tried
I was a clever man      so slow to trust              quick to find gaping holes in logic
I want to make her mad     I want prove her wrong
I want to show her that I am the smarter one
I want to cause her shame    to return her my pain
I want to watch as she prays for mercy to Santa
but I’m a clever man    I know resentment        won’t bring me any closer to heaven
so I give her respect      I withdraw contempt    I forgive her of my condemnation
Yes, she fooled me               She lied and deceived me                                      She got me                    to do what she wanted
Yes, she schooled me          she tricked me, confused me and ruled me      as I followed her lead
I was a child             an ungrateful bastard           she kept me safe     for that I thank her
She did her thing   like a million other people    like all the churches    governments and media
Santa Claus is the God always watching            Santa Claus is the God always watching
Santa Claus is the God always watching            Santa Claus is the God of paranoia
 
Santa Claus is the God always watching                                      so better do as I say cause the haunting
is about to begin and you’re stopping                                             your playful ways to worship holy paranoia
 
Wait- you’ll go to hell if you think the wrong thought.             Hey- don’t you want to earn your way to heaven?
Wait- you’ll get coal if you don’t do what you’re taught.           Hey- if you make A’s, then the world will bow in reverence.


 
Santa Claus is the God always watching            Santa Claus is the God always watching
Santa Claus is the God always watching            Santa Claus is the God of paranoia

The power of language: from hell to heaven (pt 2 of 2)

November 28, 2013
Inquisition condemned (Francisco de Goya).

Inquisition condemned (Francisco de Goya). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Agonizing requires language. So does condemnation, paranoia, shame, and also the experience that is the result of the behavior of agonizing, called agony.”

What is one of the most distinctive teachings of Jesus? Jesus taught that the path to heaven is forgiveness.

Luke 6:37

… “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not
be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”

When I no longer use language to shame others, then I begin to see that shame is not fundamental. Shame is social. Shame is specific to certain contexts.

Further, it is inevitable that someone will practice a behavior that someone else shames or condemns (or fears). The shaming of past behavior is not to invalidate the importance of life, but an expression of the importance of life. Shaming is to promote the sanctity of life (at least according to some ruler).

Some behaviors may be so threatening to a social order that they are harshly punished by the powerful. In order to prevent harsh punishments, certain behaviors may be shamed through language. This is not to condemn the behaviors as being innately evil, but as socially important or sacred. Maybe substances are “biologically sacred,” like semen, and maybe only socially sacred, like the shape of a “Holy Cross.”

Is the human body inherently shameful, as some interpreters of the book of Genesis assert? Private nudity may not be considered shameful for infants (who have no language development and thus cannot understand shame anyway). However, public nudity even for infants may still be discouraged in some places, like outside in a snowstorm, hailstorm, or dust storm. In order to preserve the tender skin of the infant, clothing may be required. Parents who do not protect their infants from harsh weather may be punished, such as by the rulers even taking the infants and clothing them (or removing them from harsh weather). The infants may or may not be returned to the “negligent” parents.

English: Child dressed up as a Khmer Rouge sol...

English: Child dressed up as a Khmer Rouge soldier. Image supplied by Antonio Graceffo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another example is sexuality. Because of the reproductive potential of sexuality, sexual practices may be shamed or sanctified. The power of sexuality is only important because human life is important.

In some cultures, public nudity of an adult female body (even a woman’s face) may be shamed as indicative of prostitution. Of course, prostitution itself is criminal in some cultures while part of the religious tradition of others (such as the vestal “virgins”).

Life itself is the source of sanctity. By labeling certain things as sacred or specially important, different cultures will have different traditions about what is sacred and what behaviors to shame and so on.

A popular regulation is the prohibition from murder (unlicensed killing of a human). Of course, throughout history, governments routinely kill their own citizens through capital punishment (like rituals of human sacrifice in the Aztec culture, or the Holy Roman Inquisition, or things like the the electric chair, impalement, stoning, or crucifixion). Further, governments routinely kill the civilians and soldiers of opposing governments, like when the US Military bombed two cities in Japan or when the Cambodian communists (the Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot) slaughtered those loyal to the opposing local government which had previously ruled Cambodia.

So, the act of killing is sacred. Even the intentional killing of a human fetus may be criminal unless performed by a licensed agent of a state (as in whatever is recognized as a state by The Vatican or whoever controls the mass media or publishes books of popular historical mythology).

Romanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu and his w...

Cropped image of a photo of Romanian President Nicolae Ceaucescu and his wife, Elena, meeting with Cambodian Prime minister Pol Pot, Cambodian President Khieu Samphan, and Khmer Rouge cabinet members.(28-30.V.1978). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The criminalizing of particular behaviors is linguistic. Outside of language, there is so such thing as crime (or legality or illegality). Different cultures and regulatory systems will criminalize different behaviors.

There is nothing inherently criminal. It is not inherently criminal to pick up an apple from under an apple tree or to catch some fish in a pond. However, for someone “trespassing,” their mere presence somewhere may be considered criminal. They may be confronted by armed bullies who demand to see authorized paperwork licensing someone to be in that country or within the legal boundaries of those “property lines.”

“What gives you the right to pick up that apple,” the soldiers may ask of the slave. “You should not even be here! Get back inside of the barbed wire barriers of the concentration camp right now before we change our minds and kill you or torture you.”

So, we may learn to fear the systems of organized coercion in our midst. We may learn to respect their violence and the way that they use language.

When an empire invades a new colony, they may even make a particular language sacred (the only one legally valid) while criminalizing all other languages. That is what the US did to the Navajo in the 19th century, with Navajo criminals being sent to Alcatraz island for life imprisonment for the crime of speaking Navajo.

Prison where Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge tortu...

Prison where Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge tortured and killed thousands of Cambodians. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we recognize the criminalization of behavior is contextual (social), then we do not condemn the person. We are not ashamed for innocently doing things that violated sacred regulations (like speaking in a criminal language or illegally picking up an apple from the ground). We may simply regret an action that was shamed by others (without us having an ongoing sense of personal shame). Without contempt, we respect the organized violence of the systems of intimidation and governing.

We may have been paranoid about “doing the wrong thing” or “saying the wrong thing,” and that paranoia shows intelligence. Paranoia in some degree is nearly universal. Civilians are programmed to fear their governments so that the civilians more obediently comply with tax laws and military drafts and so on.

Some civilians are also programmed to have contempt. They are programmed to be easily disturbed mentally and emotionally. They are trained in what to fear and what to shame. They are trained to argue or even kill in defense of their own hysterical paranoia as “the only form of hysterical paranoia that is right, holy, and sacred.”

This is not a mistake. Modern systems of governing, which originate with the Hebrew Prophet Noah, are specifically designed to rule all of humanity through organized coercion. Their methods include deception and confusion. Their oath-sworn priesthoods include judges and lawyers and deputy soldiers. They rule through violence in general and language in particular.

They train the masses in terror, confusion, shame, paranoia, and self-condemnation. That is their function and purpose. They favor the rulers through implementing and protecting systems for inequally distributing wealth from the masses to the rulers.

There is no form of central authority that is not fundamentally a centralizing or concentrating of power and authority. Those who do not understand the nature of language may argue sincerely about which form of violent justice is the most just or the least violent. Justice is defined (dictated) by the ruling courts.

English: Chhum Mey is one the three living sur...

English: Chhum Mey is one the three living survivors of the Tuol Sleng or S-21, the infamous prison and torture center during the Khmer Rouge rule in Cambodia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Hebrew tradition, Noah claimed authority over all of humanity on the grounds that if humanity did not obey Noah’s dictates, then God would kill all of humanity. The same God-King ideal has been called “the divine right of kings.” Pharaohs and Emperors have claimed to be the legal authority because of a Divine plan that gives them exclusive right to use organized coercion.

The King of Kings is a phrase used to reference a ruler above the rank of local kings. For instance, there are various popes of the Roman Catholic church, the Eastern Orthodox church, and the Coptic church. The popes are the ones who claim the divine authority to coronate (crown) kings and queens within their jurisdiction. The actual ritual of coronation is typically performed by the local archbishop (the delegate inferior to the pope).

The hell of believing in a future of eternal punishment is a common belief within the branch of the Hebrew tradition called Christianity (as well as Islam). The masses are programmed to think of themselves as fundamentally deserving eternal punishment because their nature is inherently “wrong” (linguistically discouraged).

How can the masses redeem themselves? They must follow the dictates of the priesthoods of Noah. They can come to a church and learn about the sacred power of language from a Catholic priest, who is said to have the power to give salvation to an individual, to forgive sins, and to enter heaven.

Of course, the Bible indicates that Jesus taught his students to “forgive the sins of others and you will be forgiven.” However, which has more practical power: the shapes of ink on the page of a Bible or the massive military crusades directed by the Vatican?

John 20:23

If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you
retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.

Ironically, those who shame others increase their own emotional disturbance through the activity of condemning. This is why Jesus taught “turn away from what is disturbing to you.”

“For to the pure everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving… nothing is pure, but their mind and conscience is defiled.”
Titus 1:15 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Romans-14-14/

Photographed and uploaded to English Wikipedia...

Photographed and uploaded to English Wikipedia by Adam Carr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you wish to enter in to the kingdom of heaven, you must cease from any practices of agonizing or shaming. These practices disturb the natural state of contentment in to a state of paranoia, agony, or hell.

 

” 3Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. ”

James 3:3-6, http://biblehub.com/kjv/james/3.htm

 

 


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