reply to post by Methuselah
Well I think that is a huge question that we should all ponder upon, rather than let an Institution (the Church) tell you what it means. I can tell
you it is not simply God creating the world in 7 days.
It is all symbolism man. It is all symbolism. Concealed within all religions is the same general truths. God usually represents the First Cause. The
unknown, beyond physical entity that caused all effects since. This entity must be beyond the physical realm as it does not appear to have a cause; it
IS. The nature of existence is believed to be three-fold: Void -> Spirit -> Matter, and all things manifest in this order. For example, before you
physically pick up a book (Matter manifestation), you must first have the concept of picking up the book in your head (Spirit manifestation), which in
turn seemingly comes out of Nothing.
This Trinity is repeated throughout many religions: Father, Holy Spirit, Son; Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto; Ulomus, Ulosuros, Eliun; Zeus, Poseidon,
Aidoneus; Space, Energy, Matter (science).
The symbolism is this:
Through Jesus (our Material selves), we can tap into the Holy Spirit (the Spirit-self), which in turn will lead to communion with the Father (going to
Heaven = enlightenment; oneness; the Nothing that is the All)
Through Meditation (physically at first), we can tap into the Spirit-self, which in turn may allow us to return our Spirit back to Brahma
(enlightenment; the Nothing that is the All).
And so on.
Through my own philosophical musings, I have come to believe that all things exist because they are merely a manipulation of the Void, and that
existence is a state of Everything and Nothing at the same time.
All things have opposites and that all things are defined by opposites. Nothing can exist without it's opposite, even concepts. Most fundamentally,
there is matter and anti-matter. So basically, what I am saying is that existence is like an equation.
It could be
2 = 2.
However, things can always change or be added on or whatever.
2 + 2 = 2 + 2.
We are just one side of the equation, and for anything to chance on our side, there must be an equal change on the other. This concept I think is best
symbolized by the yin-yang symbol. People only see the black and white portions (which represents the law of Duality that I was just talking about;
the opposites), but neglect to see the symbol as a whole. The whole symbol is existence, and it is at the same time Everything and Nothing. It is
Nothing because the black and white cancels each other out, becoming Nothing, while is still Everything. This, too, is akin to the equations, as any
equation in which both sides are equal is also equal to zero. Everything and Nothing.
x = x
x - x = 0
The ancients believed this too, and (because they never discovered anti-matter), believed to Spirit to be the opposite of the Material.
[edit on 25-3-2008 by italkyoulisten]