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- From the aforementioned site.
Sophia is known as the divine spark. - Christ is the light that lighteneth every man.
Sophia as the feminine soul. - Christ as the male spirit.
Sophia as the Church, the bride of Christ. - Christ as bridegroom, the head of the Church.
Sophia as humanity. - Christ as the last Adam.
Sophia as the feminine of God. - Christ as the all, the image of the Father.
Originally posted by mahajohn
reply to post by SuperiorEd
I do not think it can really be said that "apart from the influence of either, life could not ebb and flow with the cycles of solar radiation and magnetism." We can speculate that this is so, but it would be just that: pure speculation. Lacking a moon, life very well could have arisen on Earth in similar or entirely dissimilar ways.
Our planet was gravitationally formed from debris left over from the birth of the star that we currently orbit, and although its orbit is in direct relationship to the sun, it can also not be said (without being technically inaccurate) that the sun itself gave birth to our planet.
Not all life on Earth derives from energy that ultimately comes from the sun, as evidenced by lifeforms that feed off ostensibly toxic gases boiling up from beneath Earth's surface. There is zero connection to photosynthesis in their life cycle, and again, those gases do NOT arise from the influence of the Sun's energy. What they have in common is a their kinship in cloud of gas and matter that pre-existed both our planet and our sun.
I grew up in the Lutheran church, but am not a believer. I never was, to my memory. The plainly obvious and proven truths of science were undeniable to me, even then, and have only become more so as I've matured. I'm not saying religion or Christianity in particular is BUNK, but I tend to believe as much. I can just admit I have no real way of ascertaining the objective truth of the matter. I say that because I feel that anyone who seeks to use Christianity as a basis for a mystical cosmology (as you seem to be doing) must explain the rationale behind God's bizarre thought process in Jesus' atonement. What do I mean?
God, omniscient and omnipotent, comes down to Earth in the form of Jesus, and though his suffering, all believers can achieve eternal salvation. This is entirely senseless. Why?
1. Who CARES if God suffers in some way when he's a human? He is GOD! I dare say that a close family member who has suffered through cancer, surgeries and ruptured discs in their back has suffered exponentially more than the man Jesus was said to have suffered. Two years of pain and suffering and agony vs. a few days of torment and eventual death, and we're supposed to think that God performed some amazing thing whilst on Earth? But again, what meaning does self-imposed suffering have when it's being taken on by God? None.
2. God would seem a terrible, evil being if Christianity is true. God could, given His power and knowledge, simply forgive all beings for all transgressions, known and unknown, for all eternity, and welcome each and every being into His loving arms without instituting a formal process (i.e. acceptance of Jesus). Instead, this all-knowing being created flawed creatures with God-given personal or cultural traits that can, through willful disobedience, limited thinking or being raised improperly, suffer for all eternity. God, all-powerful, is COMPLICIT in humanity's suffering, and the suffering of all sentient beings. God is complicit in the rape of a four-year-old child. God is complicit in the torture of nuns. It's all part of God's plan, and all that happens is His will.