Come now, says the LORD, let us set things right. (Isaiah 1:18)
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Welcome, my friend.
You came to this site—or were led here—for a reason. Perhaps you are simply curious about the Divine and want to read what others are saying from their own curiosity. Perhaps you are a committed seeker after God and want to engage other seekers in an exchange of understandings. Perhaps you are a skeptic and have come to deride what we seekers have and who we are.
In any event, I welcome you and embrace you. Let us talk in peace and learn from one another.
God and Religion
On this site, we do not disparage any religion. The many religions are the many ways which have been given to the many cultures of our world to approach the Supreme One, to experience the Supreme One.
Every religion provides us humans with a way toward God. Religion, then, is most useful as one seeks God.
But there are two additional important aspects of religion. First, religion—that is, formal religion—is not necessary in the pursuit of God. From the One Supreme God flows everything that exists. And all things that exist are called to return—to flow back—to the Supreme One. Formal religion is one established and clear way of returning to—or remembering—or discovering—the Supreme One. But some people in their search for God find formal religion unhelpful and begin their own project of discovery, leaving religion behind. These people, pressing the frontiers of their spiritual lives in solitude, are no less seekers after God than the most devoutly disciplined monks.
The second problematic aspect of formal religion is its “haze.” This “haze” can distract the practitioners of the religion from their quest for God. The haze arises from at least two sources—rituals which have lost their evident meaning, and misuse of the power of religion. Many religions practice rituals which come from long ago and which have lost their original meanings to the current practitioners of the religion. As a result, sometimes the rituals are practiced for their own sake, just because they’re part of the religion, although they express no evident meaning. Sometimes, the rituals are re-interpreted so that they express some popular devotional meaning which may stimulate religious fervor but not lead the practitioners more deeply into God.
As for the misdirection of the power of religion, history is full of examples from religions around the planet of the religious fervor of the devotees being used by the leaders in their pursuit of wealth and political power. The final result of this abuse of power is hatred, tyranny, empire-building, slavery, even murder. The way toward God which is at the core of every religion swerves in such cases downhill into battle and blood lust.
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Taking off my shoes,
I walked barefoot:
Every stone became
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Our Purpose Here
We recognize here that the Supreme One is ultimately unknowable. However, the Supreme One is approachable—indeed, all creation is called to God. And though unknowable, the Supreme One can be “tasted.” The Supreme One can be experienced—and experienced more and more deeply.
We seekers after God find ourselves having to discern the way by which we can approach the Supreme One. The way that leads to God involves discipline and insight. In our conversation here, we can share our insights—respectfully and kindly, of course—with one another on these matters, as well as propose constructive criticism of those matters of human spirituality and religious practice which shroud the way to God.
Those who have an interest in the Catholic way to God—the way which I personally follow—will also find on this site a section devoted to that topic. Comment and constructive criticism are also invited there.
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