What a thread.... seems to me a lot of finger pointing and poking in this debate, huh?
It's all about perspective. If each and every one of us were spoken to by "God" today many would still deny what they heard is really "God".
Sadly, I do not think anyone paid attention to your video in the Op. If anyone listened, they haven't responded. It's also quite lengthy so many
will probably never take the "time' to listen.
I would like to respond to such a lecture given by Manly P Hall.
Each of us have our own Philosophy of Life. Each are unique to the individual per what the individual needs, so to speak, in this life of experience
within matter itself.
I'm not so sure there is such a need to believe in a creator, or a "God", for each of us are on a journey again that is so unique to another. What
is good for me, may not be good for you and vice versa.
To prove there is a God is based solely on what you have been shown via the light. It's in the experience itself and not all will experience such,
imo. There is however a potential to see, if one so wills it.
Going back to the video/lecture via Manly...
In the beginning he speaks on behalf of the ancient Indians and sacred dancing with masks. With the mask comes a complete change in personality. The
mask becomes the development of a theological belief. There is a divine power within the mask and it brings a deity in contact with humanity. An
Its hard to imagine something visible from the invisible....to imagine a force of energy as having shape and form.
It represents a power in nature that is invisible. "Symbolical".
Man has studied his environment throughout time and it gradually dawned upon him that pure life is invisible, We know its present by what it does but
we do not know what it IS. We then began to study life and examine living things however we cannot understand the substance of energy, the vitality or
force. We are able to estimate its consequences.
When we look around in nature we are able to see an infinite diversity of living things. All living things are supported by one essential life
principle and has many appearances, many forms and appearances as they exist.
By picture, sound, color, mathematical calculations, astronomical observations and electronic symbols. Its obvious there is one indivisible life
principle. Separate from all living things it's almost impossible to define.
This divine power, being the ultimate one, manifesting constantly through utter diversity. Various symbols represent this one in all cultures.
Then Manly speaks on behalf of the banker..... a great one, and a happy one. The more advanced, the more "lofty" the after life. In his mind he is
symbolic to the great banker.
The loss of fairy tales and symbolism it may be therefor to conclude, if you will, virtues are lost as well. They are not cherished, lack of beauty
and divine warmth is also less today from the age of antiquity.
The concerns of humanity has shifted. Undertones have been loss and superstition is denied.
The Universe of life does still exist, as a natural process.
This lecture is full of symbolism and understanding the misunderstandings in its regard.
What is inside of us all represents itself outward.
Divinity is within each of us.... God has many appearances as there are creatures.
Transforming the Universe suddenly becomes "The Great Commune".
Its one vast culture, One tremendous world and a cosmic universal democracy, and represents unique opportunity for all and special privilege for none.
Has its gradual manifestation to its purpose and pattern to each structure man builds.
The building is a symbol of the invisible building composed of eternal principles of mathematics and science. Everything we build in our minds and
hearts is based on archetype forms that exist forever in nature. They are alive... nothing is dead and even in the belief in death cannot kill us.
Everything in us is alive and everything we see.... is alive. Its all controlled by a divine law.
We have a destiny to fulfill.... this is a purpose of a Universe with values.