Apr 15, 2012

"God"

As I have stated before, I do not believe that "God" is an old man living in an alternate dimension somewhere in the region of the sky. That "God" is a story which is the basis for Jewish, Christian, Muslim and related belief systems.

It would also be fair to say that I do not believe that "the gods" are an extended, incestuous family living in numerous alternate dimensions around us.

Likewise, I do not believe in elves, fairies, angels, jinn, peri, or any other manner of semi-divine beings that share our world and watch/protect/tempt us on a daily basis.

I also think of myself as the last person who would mock a person for believing in such things. While I may directly question their beliefs, I would not tell a person that his or her faith is incorrect.

I believe in faith. I believe in religion. I believe in ritual. I believe in ecstasies that are not necessarily sexual. For me, "God" has nothing to do with any of this. However, I understand that others need a belief in "God" to experience the things I believe in without "God."

My academic training--and my love for Indiana Jones--boils this down to a difference between fact and truth. Truth is the goal, while fact is one journey to that goal. While the pursuit of fact can lead to the discovery of truth, it is also possible to find truth by pursuing myth. For some people, facts can be too complicated, while for others myth over simplifies things. There are people in this word who prefer the literal, and others that prefer the figurative. Neither path to truth is incorrect.

I am a disciple of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. I understand there to be a psychological benefit to religion (though I also see that much psychological harm can be done with religion). I understand that all religions of the past, present and future are variations on several common themes. I believe in the Bible as a religious allegory.

I believe in rambling my thoughts randomly, and in ending those rambles suddenly.

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