reply to post by MamaJ
I've also considered that love, to be love, must not only be free, but apparent, in action. It must be made manifest, it must be communicated, to be
In this way, the loving gnosis of Jesus Christ, to me, represents God as the will to love, entering the frame of human being and becoming, as much to
remind us who we really are as children of a loving God, as to remind God of his own true nature as the transcedant Absolute Godhead (first father).
I believe this was accomplished, and that therefore, especially among those who bring JC to mind, and heart, that we DO know who God is, and likewise
God also knows who and what he is as the Absolute, or the Transcendant.
The immanent Godhead, however, as JC pointed out, via the relativity of human being ie: to love neighbor as self, is NO LESS IMPORTANT, than the
commandment to love God above all. This has extraordinary impications imo, as to my previous idea about God as a type of felt experience, and not
something approached or arrived at by reason alone (which is utterly impossible to begin with!).
What it means is that we can literally practice God, experience God, share God and know God, without ever once even mentioning the word "God" which in
our day and age is sure to immediately bias a lot of people, to use a boxing analogy, it might be called "leading with the chin!"
"I have only one commandment. Love one another as I have loved you. By your love for one another, people will see and know that you are my
~ JC, last supper.
And so I have to humbly disagree with the premise of the title of this thread, as I back down the mountain of ascending conceptualizations and
theorizing about God, to live God by loving God, self and neighbor as self. I would rather know more of God, than to try to figure God out, something
I've come to conclude is a fools errand, and no insult intended to the OP by that remark. God's terms are entirely sufficient for me, and his
framework, fair and reasonable, and the example he sent into the world of humanity, an authentic model of leadership, once properly "grokked". Why
would I discard that and demand that God adhere to my "terms", and to a model of my conception? To me that's both utterly absurd, and exceptionally
arrogant, and well outside of alignment with the humility of Christ, for whom his great virtue, was power, restrained, and his great wisdom and the
source of his power, that of "trust and obey" (the will to love at all cost except at the cost of love itself ie: God as love).
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