The reason there are atheists is that some theists are deadly wrong. The two sides are in conflict today because the side of theists made a mistake and has perpetuated it for over two thousand years–our era, which started with the birth of Jesus.
Jesus taught the Two Great Commandments:
- Love God.
- Love your neighbor as yourself.
It is implicit–based on faith–that both are necessary and do not contradict each other.
Now compare the first commandment with that of the Jews: to fear God and keep His ten commandments. The Judeo-Christian religion put together fear and love of God. Yet, one cannot integrate fear and love (see my experiment with Marxists); one could only transcend love with fear. And that’s what we have been doing for so long.
The idealists misinterpreted Jesus and misintegrated Christianity with Judaism. The watering down of the original faith of Christ came with the compromises made by Jesus’s main followers (Peter and Paul) with the Greco-Roman religious and philosophical beliefs. But what do you get as a result of mixing fear with love? When you mix fear and love, you get fear. The moral of the story is not to mix fear with love but to only choose love.
But most idealists only took and, not regarding its context, absolutized the first commandment and then did not truly care about the second commandment of Christ. The isolation caused by perceived superiority and accumulation of wealth and power escalated in the separation of classes. We have seen the differences in how Christians treated people throughout history, whether these people were pagans, heretics, or starving laborers. How could they do that? How can you love another, if you have not learned to love yourself? And this fault materialized in altruism of the materialists, who of course abandoned and even opposed the first commandment, thus provoking the complete implosion of misinterpreted teachings. This was an inevitable and natural consequence as misintegration leads to disintegration. Jesus’s concept of God was beyond what most people could grasp throughout the two millennia since his birth.
Hiding from, resisting, and ignoring the truth about how to fulfill these two commandments is what many people were doing yesterday and are still doing today. As anything, however, surrounding things change, and then do recalcitrant people also change their calcified beliefs. Now, let the healing begin; let this help be accepted. The active, missing component is you.
So what did Jesus really teach? In The Urantia Book, Thought Adjusters are described as fragments of God resident in every conscious being who has performed a moral act. Although this modern belief system conjectures the original faith of Christ, I also have my doubts about it because The Urantia Book’s ethics is still altruist, and we have seen how such (selfless) altruism plagued humanity throughout our history. My interpretation of what Christ meant to teach us is that, in order to love God, you must first love yourself because God is within you, your integrated consciousness, your mind and soul in harmony, and that is called love. In other words, your future realization of God starts within you, how you value and love yourself. So, to understand God, one must first understand or know thyself.
You shouldn’t be selfless. Be selfish and love! That’s how you get passion for so much love in the first place: from your self.
It is important to start with your own consciousness and then progress through relationships with others in order to ascend to God. I do not see any other way of reaching God. And we can know this logically.
The logic of ascension
The history since Christ progressed through several periods: the becoming of the Christian faith and spirit, the idealized stasis (The Dark and Middle Ages), the amplification of idealism (the Renaissance and Enlightenment), the destruction of the ideals (the end of the Enlightenment, revolutions, and wars), the amplification of materialism in the modern era’s pessimism, postmodernism, and nihilism galore, and finally the new era of becoming that is approaching.
The cycle, as a swinging pendulum, is simple when taken in its continuity going forward:
- non-A is A (becoming)
- A is A (stasis)
- A is non-A (unbecoming)
- non-A is non-A (stasis)
- non-A is A (becoming)
Notice how the chain connects and repeats:
non-A is A → A is A → A is non-A → non-A is non-A → non-A is A
And how it could be reinterpreted in different ways, such as:
Evil is Good (creation) → Good is Good (optimism) → Good is Evil (destruction) → Evil is Evil (pessimism) → Evil is Good (creation)
Some may attempt in vain to regress to earlier historical stages (as during the Enlightenment or today by Objectivists or revolutionary Marxists), by that trying to preserve time that has passed, but this can only lead to imbalance and, consequently, imposed progression. At the end, as in the beginning, it always results in A (the Truth), even though its ways seem oh so diverse.
We can elaborate on this further. Epistemologically, we perceive to conceive to unconceive to sense to perceive; we integrate, sometimes make errors of misintegration, disintegrate what we’ve misintegrated, overcome our loss by removing ourselves from what we’ve disintegrated, and then return to proper integration. We ascend, and, in the process of realizing our ascension, we need the contrast of descending, so we can be sure to return on our path again. We start as realists, and before we realize our truths, we idealize them and become idealists, then skeptically test our ideals by materializing them and turning to materialism, and after we get disenchanted we get back to reality. Each stage has its own logic, each has its rhetoric, and each is inseparable from the other.
The meaningful conclusion from the logical cycle is that of “being,” or just the verb “is” in its lasting moment. Rather than focusing only on a part of that moment of being and thus fragmenting it, one could see the moment in its entirety with all the different parts so beautifully and logically intertwined. This was the pace of our history, when the creation of good ended up in stasis (equilibrium), then had its inevitable destruction, then sank in the stasis in evil, and finally, now, back to good once again.
After Christ descended to help us ascend, he showed us an example of ascension. And we have been trying to ascend–become “immortal”–from the beginning. Becoming “immortal” is merely becoming parts of a greater whole we call Existence; it is the opposite of turning away from such a whole and instead going toward Nonexistence. We learn from mistakes, and we solve our problems, no matter how hard they seem. Firstly, we should not confuse ourselves with Christ and should take his descending role as an idealistic method of reaching for the truth, not a position of knowing the truth (i.e., idealism). Then, we’d be able to abandon materialism as well. We hearken to Christ’s ascension and realize we are ascending creatures of God; we are dust that is becoming God, just like Christ had shown us. We should start with ourselves as such little confused creatures in need of help and who are and have been in the process of ascension since our very humble origins.
We are living in the time of pessimism (stage 4), but there is the way from this state: the way of realists/mystics (stage 5)–evolution, life, and the creation of Emotional Economy. And if we are right and good, we choose to listen and strive to understand all that is provided with this blog. The way is clear; now we must all act. Please, share this information. Give this as much time as you can. Sit on it, think, and do something good first to yourself, by activating your consciousness, and then to others, by showing how it’s done.
 The Enlightenment mostly served the idealism of absolute monarchies, Cartesianism, and Rothschild’s “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!“