There is in this life an inner reality (spiritual) and an outer reality (physical). One exists in the mind, the other exists outside of it. The outer reality is objective and verifiable. The inner reality is subjective and verifiable only in the way that the effect on the mind can be seen in the outer reality.
There are two types of science. Science that deals with that which is repeatable in fact, and science which deals with that which is repeatable only componentially. Physics is the former, history the later. Science can probe the operation of the mind, but only in the way that the operation of the mind effects the physical world. Science can tell you with precision what chemicals are present when you dream, but can only answer in general trends if you ask what your dream means. This isn’t because your dream isn’t real. It is. This happens because science can only give meaning to your dream through the back door of comparison. What are the themes of your dream, your life, and your current situations? From that the likely meaning of your dream can be tabulated by comparing the reports of other people who match the demography. Science has a lovely certainty. Which is why it is horribly misused to attempt to answer questions that it can’t answer.
Humans beings suffer from an ability to perceive the outer reality through the lens of the inner reality. But the universe doesn’t care how much you want to fly. If you jump off a building, you will fall. Thus, science is system by which the desires of the viewer do not change the perception of the viewed. More simply science means seeing the universe as it IS regardless of how you WANT to see it.
This gets us into to trouble though, when we apply it to the inner reality. In the inner reality what you WANT to see IS. Thats called imagination. You can apply science to the mind only in statistical comparative way. When you use the mind to probe the mind, you will see what you want to see.
And it gets stickier. Say you stub your toe. Nerves sense a rapid density displacement and send a charge down the ganglions into the spinal chord then up the chord into the brain. Telling you your toe really hurts. You might not run marathons barefoot anymore. You changed you’re behavior because the chemicals in your brain acted a certain way. But we can skip the whole toe/nerve/ganglion/spinal chord route and go directly to the brain. You can dream you stubbed your toe, feel the pain just as if you did, and make the same behavior change, because at far as the inner reality is concerned, the exact same thing happened in either case.
Scientific insight is gained by not looking for what you want to see. Spiritual insight is gained by looking for what you want to see. Two realities, both important, but with totally different methods of gaining insight. Further, true spirituality will requires both.
Science can answer HOW, but not why. (Diehard atheists are upset by that, but hear me out) Science can answer why a principal happens only accepting certain assumptions. Why do electric motors turn when electricity flows through the armature? Well the electrons flowing through the wire creates an electromagnetic field which expands and contracts causing the rotor to turn. But why does electrons flowing through a wire create magnetism? Because the atoms that make up the wire respond that way to the electrons. Why? Because the quarks in the electrons respond that way to the quarks in the wire’s atoms. But WHY? See, when you say why when you mean how it can just go on and on.
The inner reality is our only way of accessing the capital C cause of it all. Ultimately the answer to questions is the exercise of will. We seek to explore the capital W will with the little C will.
Good grief this is coming out half baked. Long and the short of all my rambling, I am tired of exploring the inner reality alone. I want some friends to explore it with.
A CHRISTIAN SPEAKS ON THE FAITH AND PATH OF WICCA
by James Clement Taylor
I am a Christian and not a Wiccan. A Christian is one who has been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who has made a personal, free-will decision to commit himself and all his or her life to our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both of these things are true of me. Although I am a Greek Orthodox Christian, in this paper I am not speaking as agent for any church but am, entirely on my own responsibility, speaking the truth in love, as we Christians are supposed to do.
A Situation of Strife and Shame:
There are many Christians today who believe that anyone who is not a Christian is doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell. Any decent person, believing this, would be compelled to try to save as many people from this fate as possible. But is this belief correct? Jesus Christ, having noted the faith and righteousness of a Roman centurion, a Pagan, proclaimed:
“Assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:10-12)
If we accept these words as true, and surely we should, then it is clear that heaven will contain many who are not Christians, and hell will contain many who are! Clearly, throughout the Gospels, Jesus Christ sets forth the criteria for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, and those criteria include love, kindness, forgiveness, and a refusal to judge others:
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)
“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:2)
“But go and learn what this means: ..I desire mercy and not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13)
“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:36-38)
Is it not clear? Anyone who fails in these things, will calling himself a Christian save him? Anyone who obeys God in these things, will being unbaptized condemn him? Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ..Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
In addition to these words from the Gospel, let us look at the words of Micah the Prophet, centuries earlier, who wrote:
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8)
Where, in any of this, does it say what doctrines one is to believe, or whose teachings concerning reality one must accept? All these things speak on how one ACTS, how one lives one’s life, the kind of person one’s actions gradually bring into being.
Yet it is not by good works that we earn our way into heaven, because there is no way we can earn the free gift of God’s mercy and grace, which alone can save us. But it is clear that it is not by faith, in the sense of sharing the Christian faith, that we are saved, either. The faith which saves us is not faith in the goodness of our works, nor faith that we have the right theology and/or belong to the right church. Rather, it is faith in God, and in His mercy:
“So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.” (Romans 9:16)
But the Wiccans, you will say, do not have faith in God. Yet by their own theology, they certainly do. Those who call them Satan-worshippers are entirely wrong. They do not worship Satan, or even believe that Satan exists. Instead, they worship a Goddess and a God whom they understand as manifestations of a higher and unknown Deity.
Now if you are a Christian, this will sound familiar to you, and it should. In the Bible we find the following:
“Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ..Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:22-23)
The Wiccans worship the Unknown God, as manifested to them in the form of a Goddess and a God. Therefore, our Bible tells us they worship the same God we do; and if they do not know this, we should know it!
For those of us who are unable to simply stand on God’s Word, and must prove to themselves the truth of what it proclaims the holy Apostle John has given us the method for doing this. You have only to attend any public Wiccan ceremony, and test the spirits which are there, to see “whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1).
You will find that, while you may perceive the power manifested there as less than what you have experienced as a Christian, that power is clearly the power of God.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, these people of Wicca have been terribly slandered by us. They have lost jobs, and homes, and places of business because we have assured others that they worship Satan, which they do not. We have persecuted them, and God will hold us accountable for this, you may be sure, for He has said,
“Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Let us, from this point onward, repent of our misdeeds and declare that henceforth we shall obey Christ our God, and not judge others or condemn them, so that He will not have to judge and condemn us for our sins.
Light & Life,
James Clement Taylor
So its clear, I post this here to be told why its wrong, though if no one can make an argument that is consistent with the whole scripture (and not just the parts they like best)…
Yeah, so I am not blogging here like I used to. The written word is so often misunderstood. This is sort of becoming my “everything is basically dandy” blog. I have other outlets for when I want to stamp my foot and be a bit grittier. Its not nice to force people who love you to pretend to be open minded, in fact, its mean. Since no reads these very often anyway, I don’t think my prolonged absences will be noticed to much.
So, new developments:
going to start playing guitar again.
I finished designing my turbineless jet engine prototype. I refining the design now with flow models (shop vac can do wonders if you’re inclined.)
working on starting college this coming spring.
I don’t know what to believe anymore. They say God is Truth. Could it be wrong to love truth so much that you doubt God? Its not that I doubt the truth of Gods existence. To me the beauty of the world cries out for a Draftsmen. The jagged edge of the mountains and the smooth rolling curves of the rivers are but the brush strokes of the great Artist.
But the personal nature of God so preached by the post-renaissance theologians seems so strangely empty. They say I must pray. Why must a all knowing God have my petty needs brought to his attention? A wise friend answered: this is not for God’s benefit, for it would be a poor god who needed anything from his creation, but for my enrichment. I must focus my spirit on God, meditating on His nature and ways.
Prayer must be for us and not for God. If prayer did indeed change things, then perhaps 3 million Jews were praying to the wrong God? I wonder if of the millions that died under Mao none knew the right name for God? Would it even matter how much we suffered in this life if Hell is what we think it is? What could a moments suffering on earth matter if a person is going to Hell anyway?
Meditate on the Unknowable that you may reach the Unreachable. Isn’t that the mysticism the center of every mystic sect of all religions? Mine is not alone in claiming it is the only road, yet I am told only mine is indeed the only true path. If I had been born in another country or another time I would have grown up hearing an other path as the right one. Would it then be God’s will for me to die forever upon the first death, rather than live forever?
Why is the Bible inspired and the Koran isn’t? If the Bible is inspired, is the Koran inspired when it agrees with the Bible? Does that mean the Koran is partially inspired? Is God responsible for the good we do or are we alone responsible? If God loves freewill so much that he allows people like Mao and Stalin to murder scores of millions of people then why should we possibly petition Him for assistance? The New Testament says that God puts the civil leaders in place, and to obey them for they have the power they posses to be God’s justice upon man.
For what crime against God did 60 million Chinese die? Mao’s troops killed anyone who wore glasses. Glasses meant you could read, and that meant you had been or would soon be an enemy of the Collective.