Originally posted by SpaceJ
Why does god always have to be personified? That was my biggest problem with religion even since I was a child. I couldn't understand why, if there
was a god, why "god" would possibly be personified? It just is not logical to me.
I think it's because most atheists assume, based on what the masses have believed regarding the exoteric meaning, which still propogates the
separate, materialist monist viewpoint of the human being and the reality we inhabit.
But what I'm come to realize, or am beginning to, is that, at the most fundamental level, life is spirit, and eternal life, happiness.
From what I've come to understand, to a degree, is that the world isn't the way we think it is, and that instead of a materialist monism (matter is
primary), we actually live in a non-local (Bell's Theorem) holographic universe (Bohm and others) who's "frame" is a Monistic Idealism
(consciousness not matter, is primary), and furthermore, this is the only framework which is capable of resolving all the quantum paradoxes.
Jesus then represents the emodiment of this principal, actualized, and so it could be said that he was filled with the spirit in fullness, and when we
see him taking on all the sin (karma) of the world (everyone), we recognize something rather astonishing, which is a love capable of taking on the
whole depth and breadth of suffering, with the full conscious awareness of what he was doing, or with 100% free will.
It is a representation of a love transcendant, a higher will.
And it also makes a statement about the true nature of the human being in the creation.
Unfortunately in these matters, most atheists have already made up their mind, and some even approach these issues, not only with assumptions, but
with contempt, prior to any further investigation.
And in the end, it's all about the liberation of the human being in the fullness of time and history, and through the gap between what is and what
ought to be.
It's a model of authentic leadership, and authentic love, that's what Jesus personifies or embodies as a principal and as a manifestation of the
spirit of God, which is already always the actual condition of the human being, when all delusion vanishes, and a new reality opens up, that is all
inclusive and expansive, where we are supposed to be liberated for the sake of freedom, that we might be free to freely love.
It takes some thought, study, and deep contemplation to even begin to "grok", but once you "get" it, you can't unget it, and my oh my what an
extraordinary thing it is, what a gift!