Without God you have no foundational significance
no unshakeable experience
and you get into needing constant self-validation/
self-proving: everyone becomes your competitor
and you are lost in fragmentary/fleeting experiences
that signify nothing.
Values highly prized by society: freedom/prosperity
come from God, but without God they become warped
into licence (no morals)/money-addiction –
the values were originally exceedingly good
but need to be rooted in their Divine Source.
caused by patriarchal institutions may be responsible
for all the addictions in our society
that give us the temporary illusion
of escaping our captivity.
If you are never fully in the Now where God is
you will never feel full and fulfilled
you will always grasp for more
and become a control freak/addict.
The enemy is us and the friend is us –
the more we can befriend ourselves
the more we can admit that we mistakenly think
that the way to get happy
is to blame someone else, even God.
Does God chastise us/cause our suffering?
I don’t know but Augustine thought so:
“I exceeded all the boundaries of Your law
and I did not escape your chastisement –
sin has its consequences.
But you were always with me, mercilessly punishing me
in order to lead me to the true delight
that is only found in You –
You fashion pain to be a lesson
You strike to heal.”
Is thinking that God punishes us out of love
a warped view of God?
I don’t know, but I think so.
2 thoughts on “GOD/FREEDOM/ADDICTION/PAIN”
hmm, like christianity?
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“No foundational significance” absent the “god” lie?
Untrue, of course. We exist as complex, cognitively gifted beings. That’s not enough for you?