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Does God care about EARTH?


Regardless of how you believe or don’t believe in God, this video is worth watching..if only for the sake of our planet and all those who come after us!

“Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction: Reality’s Rules” by Michael Dowd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJj33_omnkg&feature=youtu.be

 

My comments after viewing the video:

Michael, I get personification and its idolatrous aspects!

Isn’t there a transcendent dimension of person though?  a transcendent dimension of nature and cosmos?   …”transcendent” being a separateness from other…”immanent” being our oneness with other.

Without the inter-course of transcendent and immanent aspects of reality,  wouldn’t cosmos simply be one big blob of reality convulsing within itself, birthing “little replications” of itself perhaps?

Personhood is about the “Separate yet One-with” relationship we need with the earth, cosmos and each other.  With no separateness/only oneness, there is no dynamic relational energy to continuously create ANEW!  Without the separateness part of personhood, wouldn’t’ reality be just us humans/trees/whatever responding or not to some cosmos set in motion by some green???

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No God Up Over Us…Where Then God?


NO GOD UP OVER US?…is that what the prophets were leading up to?…that God has no desire to be on a pedestal for us?  …that God would rather be WITH US than OVER US on any given day?

That God has no desire to be UP OVER us?

Do we even think to wonder what God desires in this regard?

…so busy are we guarding and defending those parts of holy scriptures which claim and insist that God has made “His” desires abundantly clear…

…as if God is no longer with us and all we have to go by is his last will and testament.

 Our desire for a god-up-there is every bit as strong as the ancients’ belief in idols. 

The ancients were not stupid; they knew the world to be an ever-changing place over which they had little control.

Idols were the ancient psychotherapeutic tools to keep existential anxiety in check. Otherwise, humanity might have frozen in panic and denial, unable to evolve in consciousness.

 In our modern world of uncertainty principles and so-called security guards everywhere, which of us would choose to give up belief which keeps us calm and sane in the midst of seeming chaos?

YET THERE IS ABUNDANT REASON TODAY TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE ANCIENT NOTION OF A GOD UP OVER US…more than abundant reason…VITAL NECESSITY!

 Belief in a GOD UP OVER US is inadvertently killing us and causing us to kill one another!  No matter the god’s name, be it secular or religious…GOD UP OVER US is still a killing belief!  Sometimes, a killing-us-slowly-and-softly belief, but still a killing belief!

More importantly to some among us, we NEED to wonder why God would desire to be UP OVER US because…

1. This belief does nothing for God or God’s image among us, unless God is a starving egomaniac deep into force and control masked as love.

2. Belief in a GOD UP OVER US does a great deal of damage to us and humanity at large today…almost as if the sedative to remain sane has turned into anesthesia preventing us from thinking clearly and acting decisively.

Most importantly, belief in a GOD UP OVER US allows us, encourages us to renege on our responsibility to ourselves, to each other and to all creation.

 As long as there is a parent-god waiting in the wings, we shall never take full responsibility for our lives, our beliefs or our part in this world!

There is an alternative belief in God, a paradigm shift away from the ancient GOD UP OVER US concept which evolved from sun worship, faith in idols, and the need for some sense of order in the midst of chaos.

There is ample scriptural evidence of a GOD WITH US, both separate from, yet one WITH us.

We are in the middle of this religious paradigm shift with one leg in each camp

…as each leg, each image of God moves farther apart from the other

…and we are forced to choose one or the other

…for these two images of GOD UP OVER US and GOD WITH US can no longer co-exist, can they?

LET US CHOOSE LIFE!

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Pope Says People Should Doubt Church


Pope Says People Should Doubt Church

Again, doubt is an important element of faith.  After reading Kyle Cupp’s article above about the pope, read the book NOTHING SACRED by Douglas Rushkoff. “Many will be outraged and even furious at Rushkoff for for daring to revise the Jewish tradition of self-questioning.”  This tradition should be an all-faith tradition so that religion doesn’t degenerate into idolatry.

This Emptiness, this NOTHING of which Rushkoff speaks in his book is space for the divine to emerge in the midst of us. This NOTHING is SACRED!  This is definitely a book for people of all faiths to read and study together!

Fierce Love


 

“Learning to Soar above it all” by Consilia Karli

Enough of wimpy “God is love” stuff.  What good is that in the face of people who are suffering untold injustices and violent prejudices?   Promises of “I will save you” don’t  give us the fierce courage we need to move beyond the traumas that life brings.

It always helps, of course, to remember that we are loved. But to be loved by a god which has power to alleviate suffering, one which has the power to liberate the oppressed…how does such a god love and leave us to endure what “He” has the power to undo?

Instead we need a God who loves us fiercely, one which doesn’t take on the role of softy savior or almighty healer/ liberator from on high, god of cartoon kid-heroes.

What if we had a God with fierce faith in us, one who never gives up on us, one which refuses to let us get away with wimping out on life?

 

God Has Bad Days?


Count to 10, then press the “play” arrow.

http://vimeo.com/leaconsilia/badday4god

God in a Lockbox?


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As long as we keep God in a lockbox, “He” will rust or be eaten by moths or stolen by thieves. (See Matthew 6:20)

You know, when we put our ideas of someone in a lockbox, then we relate to our ideas of that person.  We don’t allow them to be who they are in any given moment.

 We demand that they be who we say they are.   When someone is in my lockbox, they can’t change.  I won’t let them.

When we are in someone’s lockbox, we can’t change.  We can’t be the real and ever-new person we are in each moment.

That lockbox may be full of the best qualities, the purest intentions, but it still kills.

Sometimes we put ourselves in the lockbox we or others have made for us.

Often we put God in a lockbox, a lockbox which others have made for us.

Only we can break it open!

You there, GOD???


Watercolor by Consilia Karli...Alien

Watercolor by Consilia Karli…Alien

ARE YOU THERE, GOD???


Is Rogue God there when you need a God there?

Or are as we as alone and alien as we sometimes feel?

 

Would a rogue god be off in his own separateness sometimes

…like a mother wanting to get away from her children in all their neediness?

 

Does Rogue God, like parents, have to leave us on our own

…so we don’t become dependent on constant contact?

…so we develop confidence in our own strength and ability?

…so we learn how to depend on and relate to each other?

…so we learn how to be “separate yet one-with” as God seems to be?

 

 

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