by Gary 'Z' McGee
can't handle God anymore,
they turn to religion."
The concept of God was created by humankind to pacify our death anxiety.
The universe was simply too big, too ancient, too infinite for our tiny, short-lived, finite minds to handle so we created the concept of God to placate ourselves.
It really is that
The truth doesn't matter, the Truth Quest is the thing...
It is only when curiosity decomposes into certainty that we need worry. The concept of God should stand as a constant reminder to remain curious and not certain about the uncertain universe that engulfs us.
For it is precisely the
engulfing universe that leads to fascination, awe, surprise, and the
joy of discovering something greater than ourselves.
to suggest to someone
that they have
devoted their life
to a folly."
This is because religion is limited, while spirituality is unlimited...
A spiritual person understands that Infinity cannot be pigeonholed into a finite construct.
understanding, the spiritual person transcends the finite game of
religion to play the infinite game of spirituality.
continues where God is redefined as Infinity itself.
You are the universe
in ecstatic motion."
For therein lies the truth:
And that's okay.
God is not a finite answer but an infinite question.
God is not a closed-in
period but an open-ended question mark. Feed the question. Its food
is curiosity. Don't settle for an answer, for there lies stagnation,
rotten fruit, and flies in the ointment.
Prevent close-mindedness and dogmatism from closing in by remaining circumspect and doing as Aristotle advised,
If, as Nietzsche suggested,
...then it stands to reason that the opposite of faith - deep curiosity and skeptical inquiry - is the best way to know what is true.
Deep curiosity and skeptical inquiry utilized on a long enough timeline leads to the profound realization that there is only one deadly sin:
there is a call, a will, an impulse of nature,
an impulse toward the future, the new, the higher.
Let it mature, let it resound, nurture it!
Your future, your hard dangerous path is this:
to mature and to find God in yourselves."
Religion compels us to declare a truth.
But such a declaration means the end of our Truth Quest.
How does declaring a truth disconnect us from the truth?
Because we are simply incapable of understanding it.
This way, we forever remain connected to whatever the truth may be and thus forever connected to something greater than ourselves:
Through our radical detachment from the "truth" we maintain our connection to the Quest for Truth. We become the process of a truth unfolding.
Never settling at any point along the process, just allowing each point to unfold in an interconnected flow state.
This is how we handle God without turning away: