I have made an effort to make this clearer. Thanks, DT
We find ourselves in a situation that we do not understand, life itself, how it came about and if it has an ultimate purpose or meaning. We are honest about this up to a point. We admit that we do not know and this lack of knowledge is unacceptable for us. We then turn to a god, for humans there are many, [gods] usually though we are satisfied with the god we’ve been conditioned to believe in. The god that we believe in, is not the god the majority of humanity believes in. This happens to be true no matter which one of the five major gods you have chosen. Remember also that our past has a multitude of gods that have gone out of style. The people that believed in these outdated gods, believed just as strongly as todays believers, believe in their gods. Being a god for humans is not a guarantee of a secure position, as the creator. Now the reason all this ” believing in a deity” is a destructive and contradictory waste of time is very obvious.The destructive part is easily seen by just looking at the daily news and or reviewing our history. The contradictory part is, even more clear. We believe because we don’t know! If “we believe” because “we don’t know”, then our lack of knowledge must also apply to what we’ve chosen to believe in, due to our lack of knowledge. Therefor the entire history of humanity which includes our current era is under the powerful influence of contradictory beliefs (many gods), which in truth, became gods due to our lack of knowing. And, common sense tells us that ‘many gods” is an oxymoron. All of this of course enlarges a simple axiom when it comes to understanding life and what it’s all about, humans will not accept the basic fact of “not knowing”. Let’s say, for the purpose of another look, that one of the major gods is the real god, this would not change anything. The majority would still be believing in their wrong gods. So the lack of clarity that causes belief is compounded by the real god not being able to make it clear, that (he,she,it) is indeed the real god. I don’t think that it need be pointed out that a god that cannot make itself clear isn’t much of a god. Since none of the five major gods has the ability to make itself clear, it becomes obvious that none of these gods are actual. To recap, through a lack of understanding, humans have made a choice not based on knowledge or facts as to how life came about. When placed under even mild scrutiny our reaction to our lack of understanding, is exposed as a clear demonstration of human incoherence.
Knowledge about the thing it represents is obviously not the thing it represents. It seems that it is unnecessary to say that however we seem to be in need of being reminded. Our ideas about god are not god, and if you worship god then you are obviously worshiping your own ideas. Further, [for} the people that worship the same god as you, no two ideas of god are the same. For all of the other gods, that other people worship you, are an atheist. You get around the (idea worship issue) by saying you know that your ideas are not god, “I am worshiping god not my idea of god”. That is another way of saying that you do not know the god you worship, because you have admitted god is not the knowledge you have about god. You now are admitting that you are worshiping a god you do not know. Why would you worship something you do not know? Further now, can you see that this worshipping is serving you, god may not be interested in being worshipped. The only way you can deal with god is through a direct experience of god. We have seen, that knowledge/thought of god is not god. The question then becomes, is a direct experience of god possible and if so, how can it come about? Not through knowledge as we’ve seen. What is left? Mind! Can the mind be silent? (because thought cannot produce a direct relationship) Perhaps the mind already is silent and it is thought that is moving. Forcing or making an effort to stop thought is more thought. Just be aware of thought, see that you are not choosing most of your thoughts. The stilling of thought must be natural because if it isn’t then it is unnatural, thought will grow quiet when we become aware of how our thoughts build the trap that it wants to escape from. Even understanding this intellectually is profound, because until now there was no possibility of seeing a way that we can be aware of the sacred the sacred that makes up our existence. We can be free but not as an idea.
If we understood life, then we would have no questions, there would be no confusion. We would know, therefor, belief would serve no purpose. We have no need to believe that there is a sun and it shines, we know it. We only believe, when we don’t know. Therefor, we can see quite clearly that if we don’t know, then how can we possibly know, that what we choose to believe is true? Another way to look at this is that, we have chosen (what we believe in), in a state that lacks understanding and clarity, in other words confusion. Therefor you are really saying, that you believe because you are confused, then you say that you are no longer confused because what you’ve chosen out of confusion, has ended your confusion, this is confusion in motion. In short we’ve made a decision to believe and what to believe, from a state of not knowing, nothing has changed. You’ve gone from a state of knowing you don’t know, to a state of just thinking that, now you know. Understanding negates the need to believe, you may not as of yet understand life, but now you can understand why, to believe is folly. Just consider looking at belief like this, the stories are so incredulous that it requires faith to accept them, to believe. Nowhere else is this method of drawing conclusions, utilized (abandoning logic). If you were depositing a large some of money and the teller did not give you proof of the deposit you would not make the deposit, you require proof were money is concerned. Yet where your life is concerned you leave it to incredulous nonsensical and cruel mythology, never researching your tenets. The reason for that is we want to feel we have “truth” at any cost so we can feel secure and we actually ignore the real truth in order to feel that way (safe & secure). The truth is you do not know, yet out of desperation you’ve convinced yourself that all of a sudden for no apparent reason, you do know. Are you getting it? If you knew what you believed was true there would be no need to believe. Now we can’t ignore that believers do feel this way when it comes to what others believe. Only they know! What Arrogance! Can you truly look at the state of your world and your life and actually believe the love, intelligence and understanding of an omnipotent being (god) is playing a role?
Again the point? If you knew what life was, how it came about and its purpose you would not have to “believe”. Of course you don’t know any of this so you believe what someone else has told you. Believing is an act of self contradiction, you are simultaneously stating that you know and don’t know. Religion has stymied creative people and wreaked needless suffering upon billions, only great ignorance would allow this. And as further proof of your confusion, you will ignore what is logical and continue on with what is illogical, further verifying your confusion. Now consider this, an advanced civilization arrives on Earth and sees this self inflicted madness and the cruelty our faiths engender, they may then decide that exterminating us would be an act of true compassion. Like squashing a suffering ant.