Tck: Your comments in this thread are basically verbatem to my own. I believe that we are a rapidly growing group of people on this Earth. I have a definite sense that some major changes and true paradigm shifts are going to take place within my own lifetime. Throughout all recorded time the religions have served the people and ultimately crumpled as the population grew into a new way of thinking. I truly believe that the time of Christianity is nearly over and that a much more nature-based ... I hesitate to use the word, but for simplicity's sake ... religion
will move the people. For me, what you are saying is essentially just that: a nature-based philosophy in which all things are ultimately of the same thing.
God IS flowing water, the force that pushes blood through the veins, moves a sperm towards an egg, a planet to spin, and on and on. That's what makes God a part of us and everything. To get close to God is to just feel the breath for example. To see the energy behind everything that keeps it moving, that makes us grow old, that's God. Which everyone is a physical part of with the conscience and awareness to actually see it.
I couldn't agree with more enthusiasm. For me, though I've often been referred to as a pluralist
, I basically take the "Star Wars" notion and apply it to our existence. We are of God because God is all things, all ways, always. "The Force" that's in each and every living organism. I was raised in a Christian house, granted quite a lazy one, and I'm glad to have been grounded in some understanding as a child. It helped give me a sense of guidelines about the World, something larger than myself. However, when I was in university, my eyes became opened to so much more. The first year program at my alumnus is virtually a study of the evolution of the western mind. Over the course of a year, we read selections or the entirety of 68 different historical pieces of literature, be they religious philosophies or significant novels. The timeline started in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and moved on through Ancient Greece, the dawn of Christianity, the Middle-Ages, etc etc to contemporary literature. This gave me such a vast perspective on "The Question of GOD" that I really found it difficult to believe fully in the Christian God the way I had previously. However, at the same time I recognized the fundamental truth in all religions. I believe that in worshipping anything natural in this World, we are worshipping some part of God. I think throughout time we have given this God different definitions and boundaries constructed of the human mind, yet there is a common thread running between each and that is the acknowledgment of the existence of LIFE
. Life is God, in my view, so to further the waterfall analogy -- God/Life is the waterfall and as it's split we perceive the droplets from many different perspectives, depending on time and geography, etc. But fundamentally these religions are all the same. They're all just different paths to the same pool at the bottom. I don't believe that any of them are "correct" so long as they de-value another. And I don't think I'm alone. I see a movement, an undercurrent of people who are beyond religious wars and doctrine and scripture and dogma and human based laws. More and more people whom I meet say, "I'm not religious, I'm spiritual" and to each person that word means something different. But I think that humans are not strong enough to exist without an idea of God, so there will inevitably be a new definition that we come to as a whole. And I believe it will be simple. It will be in the worship of life, in all its forms on this Earth. We have been abandoning our Earth, our great Mother, and as a species we are sensing that it's time to change. Our lives, our Godliness
is dependent on it.