Freethinking Theist (rant)

Recently someone asked on social media if anyone in the group I belong to was an “atheist / agnostic / freethinker.”

When I first heard the term “freethinker” years ago, it was in regard to a college scholarship for atheists. I inferred the term was coined to imply anyone with spiritual inclinations is brainwashed and entrapped into a certain way of thinking. With all my exploring, this couldn’t be further from true.

This post made me investigate the term again, and I found it actually refers to one who does not adhere to religious teachings or dogma, someone who comes to his or her own conclusion about faith matters. It does not strictly refer to a nonbeliever.

I commented: “I am a freethinking believer (theist). This means I don’t reject science for god; rather, I accept science as the workings of god. I also respect agnostics and [open-minded] atheists because “religion” and its ignorant blind eye to science refuses to listen to voices like mine, let alone nonbelievers who have valid points.”

Honestly, it’s no wonder logical observers turn away from the idea of God, the way religious people behave and speak.

Now, while I do believe in God, I see the validity in agnosticism. Agnostics admit they cannot know, rather than arrogantly claiming they are the only knowers of truth. Both believers and atheists are guilty of this superiority.

This is why I research scientific facts, to further comprehend the mystery and grandeur of creation, which is so complex I must conclude there is intelligence behind the design. But I am humble enough to recognize I will never know everything or know the whole truth.

I am not pantheist because I see evil acts and disease as, well, diseases of the divine body (hence, panentheist), not divine essences as well.

I still have faith in Christ as the human manifestation of God’s mind, but some of my brethren go too far with their cocky assurance in the Bible as the only source of truth.

I love the New Age phrase “as above, so below” and see it echoed in the Lord’s Prayer. The Bible translation “The Message” actually uses this phrasing. Well, lo and behold, upon searching its origins on Google, I found a blog denouncing the phrase as occult (links below). Of course someone would. Christians think New Age practices are satanic deceptions, even though I can tell you right now some of these practices have greatly enhanced my spiritual journey with God. (Upon research, I have found there are satanic usages of the phrase, referring to earth and hell rather than heaven and earth. See links below; for my purposes I am always referring to heaven and earth, as are most loving New Age practitioners.)

I am so fed up with these Christian teachers actively searching for ways to discredit New Age. Almost always, they use the word “deception” in the article or website domain name. This is so hypocritical. They are the deceivers by brainwashing believers into thinking no truth can be found outside of the Bible, that the Bible is the only collection of thoughts God has ever had (or will share), and any exploration outside of the faith is evil. And they say New Age is cult-like? If they actually took the time to speak with people of other faiths, rather than coming to unfounded conclusions based on pigeonholes, they would know New Age practitioners come from all faith backgrounds, and we are accepting and loving. We actively see the divine energies of the universe in every person.

The Bible lists what is unacceptable. If it isn’t mentioned in the Bible, it is acceptable to explore. I have heard a few televangelists talk about this, so it’s not a heretical concept. Certain scholars would have you believe if it’s not in the Bible, it’s “evil.” Such an approach would cause you to only ever speak about Christ and experience nothing. Whatever is not expressly forbidden is an invitation to learn and experience. How could a god that created the universe be limited by a single book on our dust speck of a planet?

The first article linked below states that recognizing the oneness of the universe within us all is wrong, because we only achieve oneness through Christ.

This Biblical scholar is failing to address that God is one being manifested as three persons. His manifestations do not distinguish Him as three gods. Therefore, achieving oneness through Adonai (Christ) doesn’t change that we are all one through Elohim (Spirit) and Jehovah (Father). The trinity cannot be separated. For example, an author, his words, and the reading of the words are all part of a finished document, but the document is one thing. Interpretation comes from the reading, but the reading is not distinct from the words and the author – these are what make the comprehension possible. All three as one.

I’m repeating myself to drive a point: to argue “No, only oneness through Christ,” is like saying, “No, read with no words.” It is not possible and isn’t an argument. Yes, we are one with the universe and God, and divinity is within all of us because of Christ – and Father and Spirit.

To put the metaphor in context, the Father (Jehovah) is the author. He is the originator of all existence, every soul and idea. If one manifestation is “above” the other two, this is the one. Without Him, the others would serve no purpose. This is the original, main manifestation with whom we strive to connect through Adonai and Elohim. [Embodiment: relationship / heart]

The Holy Spirit (Elohim) is the creative force. He created the universe and gifts us with the ability to create. He is the source of our comprehension and understanding of the world around us. [Embodiment: interpretation / head]

Christ (Adonai) is the creation manifestation, the physical form. He is the means by which we comprehend; our ability to interact and know God. In the metaphor, he is the words themselves. Even the Bible calls him Logos, the Word. [Embodiment: obedience / interaction / hand]

Conclusion to that bit of sidetracking: We are, indeed, one through the universe because the universe is the physical body of the one God, who walked among us as human to connect with us in a way we could understand, and to heal the universal cancer of Satan by entering the Hell dimension the only way possible – through death of the human form. My understanding is that God as deity is too pure and good to enter Hell – it would be like the resistance of parallel magnetic poles. I understand good and evil are opposites and magnetic opposites attract, but in this metaphor the similarity is in the power. Heaven and Hell are likely warded against each other, so God was obligated to become human in order to descend and defeat Satan’s “ownership” of us. Could he have done it another way from the beginning? Of course, but then we wouldn’t have this story. Do you ever watch a movie and think, “Well, why didn’t he just do that to begin with?” Because there wouldn’t be a plot and no reason to watch the movie. God is foremost a storyteller, and I’m sure there are alternate dimensions with stories different from ours. Sometimes I wonder if our lives are simply entertainment for a greater cosmic audience.

Final conclusion to all this musing: spiritual growth and maturation is not dependent on the Bible and church leaders alone. The Bible is an important starting point to understanding who God is and what our origins were, but don’t let “scholars” scare you away from other paths of discernment. Please pray for guidance to avoid true satanic deceptions, but believe me when I say New Age and other nature-oriented spiritualties are not evil. Lacking the whole truth, maybe, but not evil.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

 

Links to claims that New Age is occult:

https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=21580

http://www.biblebb.com/files/tonyqa/tc05-186.htm (This one at least accurately describes the New Age meaning behind the phrase “as above, so below,” although it tries to claim that the concept is incompatible with the Biblical “true nature” of God. However, I find it is compatible; there are verses that confirm this: one is Ephesians 4:6)

 

Sources for further reading:

http://www.truth-revelations.com/index.php/geometry/8-as-above-so-below/ (some sacred geometry thrown in)

http://gnosticwarrior.com/as-above-so-below.html (“as above, so below” is not the full phrase – full phrase discussed here; includes science and alchemy discussion)

https://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/a/below_above.html (this one mentions magic and the “higher self,” which I’m not inclined towards, but it’s still a decent read; very short)

 

Note: I do not ascribe to The Message “translation” of the Bible. It is a dumbed-down version that changes the meaning of many if not all verses. My purpose in bringing it up was to refute the poor points of the articles that discussed [trashed] it. Here is an entertaining (albeit almost ridiculously overblown) dissection of The Message’s Lord’s Prayer. It mentions an angle of “as above, so below” that should be taken into consideration. When I read the phrase, I always say “as above in Heaven, so below on Earth,” to clarify my intention.

http://av1611.com/kjbp/ridiculous-kjv-bible-corrections/Lords-Prayer-to-Whom.html

 

Some Thoughts on (Literal) Darkness

In Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth. Before that, there was nothing.

It’s hard to imagine nothing. Typically, we equate “nothing” with darkness, even though that is technically something (because we can see it). In this regard, “nothing” could also equate to a blinding whiteness, but since God said, “Let there be light,” we are confronted with the idea that “nothing” is the same as darkness. “Let there be light” the Lord spoke, and then the science happened. From the Big Bang, suns and stars emerged into the blackness.

Since darkness existed first, does that make it the natural state of things? Does the light trespass upon it, or is darkness rather defined by the absence of the natural state of light? Only by light are we able to see anything. The physical reality is there, but we cannot perceive it without some degree of light.

Likening senses, is light more comparable to silence, or to sound? I compare light with sound, because sound travels in waves through silence just as light waves travel through the darkness.

Therefore, silence is the natural, intrinsic state, as is darkness.

Why then is darkness so frightening? It should be a comfort, a relief – a rest for our senses that are so often overwhelmed. But lacking our sense of sight in the darkness makes us vulnerable to those things that might harm us.

In other words, “nothing” does not interact with our senses. “Nothing” as the intrinsic state means I cannot see, touch, hear, taste, or smell. This is why we have bodies; this is why God created the universe as His body. Knowledge (omniscience) is useless without interaction. Having the knowledge of what blue looks like is very different from actually seeing blue.

Darkness and silence are intrinsic because they are beginnings. All creative pursuits are patterns and manipulations intruding on the void. Must it be considered an intrusion? Perhaps the void is meant to be molded into something.

Nothing is nothing: it cannot be experienced.

Existence requires light, sound, touch, flavor, scent. Nonbeing is an empty canvas; life is the portrait that requires a paintbrush in order to be.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

The Divine Triangle

According Faith Javane, The Divine Triangle possibly originated with Pythagoras, but she has no evidence (she freely admits this), and her book is the only place I have encountered it. Despite the lack of study done on the figure, the information in her book was eye-opening and I want to share it here. Prepare for a lot of block quoting. Paraphrasing doesn’t do it justice and I obviously cannot claim this as my own invention.

The Divine Triangle begins with the right triangle of Pythagoras in the center. Squares are drawn on each side, and each line of the square represents nine years of human life. (See image above). The triangle, as I discussed in The Philosopher’s Diamond, represents the trinity of mind-soul-spirit. The square is physical body and matter. Javane writes:

If the two triangles are turned to the side, they form a parallelogram, of four sides, or a modified square.

 

The square is the second perfect shape that can be drawn with single lines; it is symbolic of the earth. The 4 appears in a number of ways: the four points on the compass; the four elements of fire, earth, air and water; the four points of the cross; the forty days (an elevated 4) spent by Christ in the desert fighting earthly temptations; and salt crystallizing in cubes, a solidified 4. Finally, as the salt of the earth, we are all examples of the number 4. These are a few of the many references relating 4 to earth.

 

The four sides of the square represent the four parts of the individual—with the physical body added to the triangle of the mind, soul and spirit. Now, spirit has a soul, a mind and a body in which to work in the material world.

 

By joining the two triangles of the Philosopher’s Diamond…we arrive at the parallelogram, which like the circle, contains three hundred sixty degrees, or all truths. This shows that complete attainment and fulfillment are possible here on earth….

 

Always remember, however, that spirit is contained within the body, just as the triangle preceded the square and is contained within it. Our body belongs to the earth, but our soul belongs to the spirit. Spirit is immortal because, as we have shown, the triangle existed before and independently of the square. But the square is totally dependent upon the triangle because the square is built upon it, following it in the natural order of things. Spirit cannot operate in the physical world without a material body, but it can operate in other worlds and dimensions. The material body contains and must reflect the Godhead for completion and fulfillment in the material world. “As above, so below.”

Javane mentions that the cross is also part of the Divine Triangle (the intersection of the left and bottom squares), showing spirit descending into matter. We begin where the two lines of the cross meet (far left square at the tip of the triangle) as recipients of cosmic energy, representing consciousness and the soul entering the body. This is age 0. Follow the line of the square to its upper left corner to reach age 9. It then turns the corner and descends down the square to age 18, then again along the bottom line to age 27. At this age, the first square is completed. What does this mean?

Javane labels this square, “Youth,” and says that it is during this time the mind and character are formed into a sound structure.

Plato said that one gains one’s soul at age twenty-eight, and astrologers will note that this clearly corresponds to the first complete Saturn return which, at approximately age twenty-nine, has made one circuit on the natal chart, touching every planet, lending structure and form and crystallizing the energies emitted by each planet. As you can see, the soul, at point D, for the first time since entering the physical body, touches the fire of the spirit. Therefore, between the ages of twenty-seven and twenty-nine, we are in a precarious position; this is the first time the soul comes into contact with the fire of spirit, whose awareness it lost when it entered the body.

At this time, between ages 27 and 29, we can either use the past as a learning experience to structure our future and rekindle our path, or allow our ties to past habits, opinions, beliefs, and past conditioning to destroy us.

The Youth square is built on the triangle side given a value of 3 in Pythagoras’s theorem, representing manifestation and self-expression. Javane writes, “It is the cornerstone, the mind, upon which the temple, the body, is built. Solomon, a wise numerologist, spoke of this cornerstone as the block upon which the power square, ages 27 to 54, will be placed.”

The Power square is built on the horizontal side of the triangle, with a value of 4 in Pythagoras’s theorem, related to the earth.

This implies that between the ages of twenty-seven and fifty-four our life is spent dealing with the material plane and all that it encompasses. Certainly we can agree that most of us spend that portion of our lives using whatever power we have in striving for material gains and comforts in the form of job positions, salaries, housing and personal possessions; each is an aspect of the material plane. We chose to incarnate in a material body to learn the lessons of the earth plane, and it is here in the power square that we are most intimately in touch with this particular learning process.

The descending left line of the square is ages 27 to 36, turn the corner from 36 to 45, and ascend towards the Wisdom square from 45 to 54.

The Power square is a result of the Youth square, and while the earth plane is the base line, it is through our minds that we create our environment, and in the Power square we are free from the childhood conditionings of youth and can freely make decisions about where we want our lives to go.

At age 54 we encounter the same dilemma as age 27. We once again touch the center triangle of the spirit, our inner self. The questions become, “Will the inner self express approval of our past efforts and reward us with the fruits of our labor? Or will the inner self instead hand us dried dead fruits, scorched by the burning fire of destruction? …If we have not sown wisely in the past, it is at this point that we can easily make the decision to change our direction. The future is ours to create.”

The Wisdom square is built on the line given the value of 5, “astrologically a Mercury number.”

…Mercury was the messenger of the deities, the connecting communication link between the gods of heaven and the mortals on earth. Symbolically, this fleet-footed messenger is the mind, the connection between soul and body, which, in the period of life between fifty-four and eighty-one, must now turn from the material world and build the bridge between the physical world and the world of Spirit. This is accomplished through reflection, reason, order, logic, and understanding…This bridge between the physical and spiritual will be achieved through a synthesis of the results of the previous processes.

 

…Now, in the wisdom square, the mind must analyze the results of the soul’s evolution through the various stages up to this point and begin to assimilate these findings into the soul’s growth experience up to the time the transition process of death occurs.

 

For those of us who live through this square and reach the magic age of eighty-one, there is a three-pronged fork at which we must choose a future path.

 

We may decide to leave the body, at which point we will die and follow the ascending arrow out of the blueprint back to the source from which we came.

 

Or we may decide to stay in the body, which implies that we will proceed in one of two directions, depending on the type of seeds we have sown in the past. Life past eighty-one is decidedly karmic. If we have wasted our life energies and left naught but destruction and unhappiness in our wake, we may very well take the path we originally trod at birth, that first horizontal line on the youth square, ages zero to nine. Because the line encompasses childhood we too will become childlike (senile) and need to be cared for like an infant.

 

The third path is for those who have sown wisely, who have used the precious God-given life energies and have honored the body-temple in service to the material world through understanding, compassion, and love towards others. On this sacred path, the few are revered and honored because their very presence blesses those near. Their touch is healing, and their words express the music of the spheres, inspiring and lifting the weary heart. Blessed are those who tread this path, for theirs is the destiny of supreme devotion to life.

As fascinating as this is to ruminate over, I do have an issue with her conclusion. I have known, and I’m sure you have known, very kind and sweet elderly people succumb to the disease of Alzheimer’s. To believe that they have done something to deserve this disease is unthinkable. In the same vein, there are plenty of older people who have lived quite nasty lives and their minds are still operating at full capacity. Javane does not address this; perhaps for fear her entire analysis will be discredited.

I do think the Youth and Power squares have merit, as does the Wisdom square if the conclusion is edited. She could have added that senility might also occur as a symptom of the first “prong” in her fork, that the person’s body is preparing to die and the soul is in the process of ascending out of the material world. It is half in, half out, and loses the capacity it had in the Power square. Part of the soul is ascending along the vertical spirit line of the cross, while the other part dwells on the horizontal material line of the cross as long as the life of the physical body lingers. Since it must continue to move forward, it has no choice but to return to the child (0-9) line.

There is one paragraph from her discussion of the Power square I purposely postponed because it seemed to be the most important idea to contemplate. You may have heard some clichéd version of it before, but my life experience is currently teaching me how true it really is.

The Bible says, “As a man thinketh, so he is.” We cannot deny the profound effect that a positive attitude has upon the direction of our lives. Look around you; what you see is the result of the way you think. It has nothing to do with anyone else; it is yours and yours alone. If you are happy with your situation, then your mind is in order and well balanced. If you are not happy, then you and you alone have the power to change your present environment and relationships by making the decision that yes, you are a worthy person; and yes, you deserve to have all the material comforts you want; and yes, you should be loved and respected. Because it is only when you make the decision that you deserve and will have these things, that they will begin to come to you. Romans 12:2 says, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

She does not say these things are owed to you by others. An attitude of entitlement is not one of love and respect. Such sentiments must be given in order to receive. But you cannot give love if you do not think you deserve it, because then it does not exist within you. I felt that way for a long time, and only now am I realizing that by not feeling worthy, I subconsciously shunned any offer of love given to me. And by shunning those offers, I fell back into the thoughts of being unloved and alone, and therefore neglected nurturing my own feelings of love. It is a terrible circle that can only be broken through recognition.

Neither are material comforts owed to you, but by feeling that you deserve them, you begin to feel motivated and ambitious, and take self-assured actions to secure those comforts, whether that’s pursuing a promotion, taking out a loan to start your own business, or even something as simultaneously simple and complicated as finding a life partner.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

Source: Javane, Faith and Dusty Bunker. “Chapter 3: God Geometrizes.” Numerology and The Divine Triangle. 1979. pp. 45-50.

 

Note: Well, as is typical to my personality, I started out strong with my writing routine for a new idea (this blog) and after a few months, I lost motivation as my other responsibilities became priorities. I’m finally settled in at my new house, so hopefully I can rededicate time to this blog. I apologize to those of you who recently started following me only to be greeted with an inactive account.

 

A Spiritual Poem

There is a huge upheaval in my life at the moment, so I haven’t been able to post. I am by no means out of ideas. I just have a thousand things going on at once.

Please enjoy this poem of mine in the meantime. I will try my best to post something substantial next Friday.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

My God, the Universe

You are the sky,
You are the stars,
You are the galaxies and the nebulas.
You are the swirls of blue on purple,
The black holes of mysterious ends.
You stretch out to the far reaches of the universe
So Your children might see Your majesty,
But You are also in the trees,
The sea, the fields –
That still small voice in the burning bush.

Yet, philosophers’ wandering eyes
Compelled You to reveal Yourself
So we could understand:
The Great Nebula inside Mary’s womb,
A small atom growing into the New Adam,
Cleansing us all of permanent stains
So our souls are truly free to sense
The galaxies
You are.

Why I Cannot Support Atheism

“The worst moment for an atheist is when he is really thankful and has no one to thank.”  — G. K. Chesterton

I believe in science. I believe in natural selection and evolution as the ways God set(s) the universe in motion.

Atheism does not explain why evil exists. Atheism views everything as complex groupings of cells and processes. Atheism claims morality is possible without God but doesn’t explain where morality comes from, how it evolved, or how it can exist without absolutes. The Merriam-Webster definition of morality is, “[a set of] beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior.” If morality is relative, nothing is right or wrong. Rather, what is right or wrong changes depending on perspective, so what is right or wrong is not constant. Therefore, morality cannot be properly distinguished. In essence, “morality” cannot exist if it is always different from person to person. Murder and larceny are just choices people make, and suffering therefore is a choice.

My spiritual, intuitive mind can respect others’ beliefs, but I cannot embrace this nonbelief as an option for myself.

If atheism were true, why do people have different opinions, perspectives, and personalities? It is not entirely the complexity of the brain doing all this. The way the brain works, if evolution is true on its own without God, we should all be the same, as animals. It cannot all be put on separate experiences either.

I have been an introvert since I was three years old. I had no experience at that age that shaped my brain to believe reading was more fun. I had no experience that made me believe I shouldn’t rely on other people to define my happiness or ability to have fun. I had no experience that told me crowds are uncomfortable.

Education, being financed by the government and being liberal in nature, should have made me liberal. Yet I still believe in God, not to have an “imaginary friend in the sky” (every part of that mockery is wrong), but because I recognize that I have a mind, soul, and spirit. My brain contains all three in its miraculous construction. This trinity dictates how my brain understands concepts; my brain does not control how this trinity forms.

I do not write this as an attempt to prove atheists wrong or to convert them. I do not pretend to try. This is to explain why I turn to God as the answer, and why atheism is not a compatible worldview with my understanding.

I have compiled a list of aspects that differentiate humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. It is ever-expanding, but I will leave the current version here.

Humans:

1) Recognize and appreciate music (contours of sound) in our minds and through our bodies, beyond the boundaries of mere communication

1b) Recognize and appreciate the beauty of art through eyes and ears, and create the beauty of art through mouths, hands, and bodies (evidence shows apes and dolphins, among other animals, can create “art,” but whether these animals recognize it as such, and especially whether they appreciate it, is debatable)

We have:

2) Complex and numerous languages

3) Ability to read and write (record thoughts and comprehend others’ thoughts)

4) Capacity for spirituality and idea of the divine

5) Capacity to comprehend science and conduct experiments (including technology)

6) Politics, morals, ethics, social mores

7) Knowledge and fear of death (While animals do have the self-preservation instinct, they do not know that they will die. They do not have inclinations about the future – they live in the present. Also, past events shape their instincts, but they do not recall these events as vivid memories like humans do.)

Man is both an evolved ape-man and a separate creature. To protect and have compassion for creation, we must be a part of creation. All sentient beings have eyes, are able to eat, having beating hearts, are able to breathe. We are designed to recognize this in order to connect with them.

Why are our brains so highly functioning, while other animals do not have such capabilities? Why did our weak, fleshly husks become the dominant species (ahead of lions, tigers, wolves, and other large predators)?

We are the result of intelligent design via evolution.

The result of evolution shows us that we are the chosen creatures of God, to be like Him, to grow as his children into sub-creators with Him. The process of our evolution shows that in this mortal realm, we are as animals: both to show compassion and protection for them, and to recognize that we are not purely divine. Only God is divine.

Everything we are that is higher than animals is for the purpose of creation beyond procreation. Everything except the knowledge of death, and that is meant to keep us humble in the knowledge that we are God’s children, not God itself.

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

What I Mean When I Say Gaia

The word Gaia, for me, is an appellation for the feminine manifestation of God as the earth. This is how I reconcile somewhat-misled pagan ideas with Christian truths, and how I reconcile the feminine with the masculine. If God were entirely masculine, then women would not also be in His image, nor would there be any reason for them to exist. Adam could have been an asexual reproducer.

Regarding Wicca, paganism, and heresy: I do not worship nature. I respect and love nature as a living manifestation of God, but in itself it is not a god.

I follow elements of New Age thought instead, although I acknowledge the two paths share elements. New Age practices are reasonable to apply to Christian faith, as are elements of Eastern spirituality, but Wicca and other polytheistic religions contradict Christianity. While I respect others’ faiths, I do not adopt them as my own. I could not call myself a Christian if I did, and I honestly do not believe in them (I believe in the One Triune God who came to us in our form to die for our salvation).

The elements of New Age I apply:

  • Angelology / Angel Healing
    • Requesting ministering from God’s angels for physical, mental, and emotional healing and guidance (in other words, asking God to send them to help)
    • Not praying to them for redemption, which is heresy
  • Crystal Healing
  • Aromatherapy
  • Holistic Medicine (Herbs)

Basically, using God’s provisions.

The elements of New Age I reject (among others):

  • Tarot
  • Past Life Regression
  • Fairies and Indigo Children
  • Divination
  • Psychic Readers / Healers
  • Palm Readers, tea leaf readings
  • Reincarnation

I want to reiterate that I believe in using Creation to become closer to God. Once magic and guesswork come into play, I want no part of it.

Further reading:

https://www.amazon.com/Gaia-God-Ecofeminist-Theology-Healing/dp/0060669675

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.

Faith, Not Religion

Religion has become a mask for people to do evil things “in the name of [insert God].”

Perhaps it has always been this way. Look at the Crusades.

The Creator of all would never condone murder of His creation simply because some are nonbelievers, so-called heretics or infidels. Persuasive conversion to the right way of thinking is necessary in a world of free will and disbelief, but persuasion comes from words and positive, right actions. Violence commands fear and forced obedience, not belief. Yet somehow, all religious sects progress into violent decrees when words don’t work.

When words don’t work, we are supposed to back off and let our actions speak.

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Anger, hatred, judgment, and violence show who we really are: sinners who have turned from God, not missionaries speaking for Him/Her.* Creation is an act of art, pride, and love. There is no room for hate.

I hold stock in faith and philosophy, not any one label. Labels breed segregation, dissent, and distrust. Labels identify me versus you, us versus them.

This is not what the Creator wants of His/Her children.

My foundation is Christianity, not only because I was raised to believe it, but also because I have scrutinized it alongside other religious options. While the Bible seems to contradict itself in places (more on this later), I blame this on fallible human writers, not our Father who inspired them. How often are words lost in translation? From God to language to language to language, the message is bound to be misinterpreted at some point. This is why churches and pastors still exist: not only to be a community of believers, but because most individuals cannot read the Word and know exactly what God is communicating.

Christianity is the only religion I have found that adequately explains the presence and proliferation of evil and corruption, and gives us a solution in the form of Christ (love, goodness, purity) rather than magic, murder, reincarnation, or recurrent human/animal sacrifice.

However, I find issues with its tendency to put God in a box, to simplify His/Her majesty into God-in-Heaven, People-on-Earth.

Throughout this blog, I will discuss my philosophical theories on the nature of God, His ongoing relationship with earth, the reality behind Christ’s sacrifice and our salvation, and how pagan notions that celebrate the earth are not in direct opposition to Christianity (and they definitely do not worship Satan).

I hope you find it intriguing, even enlightening.

*From now on, I will refer to God in the masculine. I believe God is androgynous; He created all things male and female for more than one reason (more on this later as well), but making certain I include both/all pronouns every time I reference Him is too bulky and convoluted. I will go with tradition on this matter.

[I will delete comments that insinuate that I am a heretic or going to Hell. I will delete links to Christian websites (trust me, I have read most of them) and comments that any philosophical musing outside the Bible’s pages is somehow bad and evil. My purpose is not to denounce the Trinity, but to investigate the true nature and existence of it beyond, “Heaven is where God lives.” God is too great to be confined by a single book. I invite queries for clarification and suggestions for future discussions.]

God bless with mother earth’s bliss.