I do not believe in God; yet I believe in God.
I do not believe in the basic goodness of humankind; yet I believe in the basic goodness of humankind.
It is this vital paradox which is the fundamental meaning of human life – because it is only through the freedom we have as living — fully conscious — creatures that permits us to make free will choices about these things.
We must be willing and active participants in our lives. We must be aware of ourselves and the world around us. Since it is Christmas time and we live in a supposedly Christian nation derived of Judaic-Christic and European origins, I will use appropriate religious references — Christ himself said it plainly –
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
In other words – pay attention with your senses – use your mind.
Christ also says – “the kingdom of God is within you” — and it is critical to remember what Christ says about self-control and self-awareness –
“There is nothing outside of a man that enters into him that can defile him, but the thing that proceeds from him, that is what defiles the man.”
And what is it that issues out from us but the very words we speak. Christ says –
“For by thy words (logos) thou shalt be justified, and by thy words (logos) thou shalt be condemned.”
Christ reminds us clearly –
“…the words (logos) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
This is because we are formed out of the nothingness with our free will intact, and we can make of ourselves anything we choose – but to live a good life we must choose to model ourselves after the spirit of God. And we must have freedom to do it. It is not the Will of some external being that determines our every action, as they believe in some systems of thought – it is our own individual decisions that determine our godliness.
Christ states it plainly –
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
The light of the spirit of God shines forth in how we conduct ourselves. Christ says –
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works.”
Good works require honor, integrity, sacrifice, loyalty, perseverance. We do these good works not for some idea of personal immortality falsely created to lure the masses into mindless obedience and non-reflective belief. No, we do these good works because that is what truly human beings do in the face of the paradox I mentioned at the beginning. We do it and expect no reward. That is also part of the paradox.
Even in the face of unthinkable evil — in the face of the temptations of the flesh and the perils of the world — we choose to live a good life.
Albert Einstein, the noted scientist, once wrote –
“I believe in a God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”
Immanuel Kant, German philosopher, wrote of the term logos, which is the divine principle of rationality which permeates the world – it is —
“…a communicable mental faculty (concept/relation) which allows (hu)man to strive toward the realization of his (its highest ends.”
There are three aspects to human life. A Trinity. A Threefold Unfolding. Triadic nature. Triune man. Christianity refers to them as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. But we also have — Mind, Body, Soul. Physical, Emotional, Spiritual. Love, Truth, Power. Heart, Soul, Might. Reptilian, Mammalian, Human. Creator, Preserver, Destroyer. Karkma, Jnana, Bhakti. Goodness, Passion, Ignorance. Sat-Chit-Ananda. Ammara, Lawwama, Mutma’inna. Osiris, Isis, Horus. Tamas, Raja, Sattva. AUM. Sikkha—Mind, Virtue, Wisdom. Epithumetikon, Thumoeides, Logistikon. Memory, Intelligence, Will. Jism, Nafs, Rooh. Subjective Spirit, Objective Spirit, Absolute Spirit. Executive, Judicial, Legislative. Heteronymous, Autonomous, Theonomous.
These all correspond to the physical, social, and rational / spiritual parts of our neurological structure, as established by how well we use language and will to control our minds.
Christ says the greatest commandment is —
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (physical level), and with all thy soul (social level), and with all thy mind (rational/spiritual).”
One of the essential foundations of the Jewish belief (Shema) embodies this same notion. Islam also has the threefold structure in its system of thought – encapsulated in the concepts of jism, nafs and rooh (ruh). See Chapter 14 of the Bhagavadgita (Bhagavad Gita) — “The Three Qualities of Material Nature.” Buddhist threefold training (sikkha) is an expression of the threefold nature. The truth cannot be denied.
Christmas is about understanding that we all have the chance to rise from the dead – from being unconscious – and live a rich, full, life. We celebrate the birth – and continuing idea – that humans should be free; that they should make their own choices, and they should live according to the highest principles of human conception.
We do this by taking the threefold nature of our minds and combining them into one holistic and whole human form. By using the logos – words – by using language to achieve a greater understanding and knowledge. By the hard work of conscious living.
Blessed be to all.