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The Geometry Of Faith
(Finding The Correct Foundations) 1





[More and more, religion in the United States, and even the world, is becoming mired in power, politics and money; mega-churches, wealthy prelates, and bigoted congregations that no longer worship God, but worship the fanfare and glitter of the religious carnivals they have created are reordering the lives of their followers around an aristocracy that has become everything that Christ wasn’t. Charity has become the universal cure-all for everything, and is growing by leaps and bounds, while poverty and misery are likewise following suit. But no one seems to understand that the real causes of poverty and its misery are not even touched by charity; and they, in turn, continue to grow while charity actually hides them from view. It’s like giving a patient with an aggressive malignancy, a bottle of laudanum, and telling him all will be well if he dopes himself up; while in the meantime the cancer is killing him.

Meanwhile government preaches freedom for all, and the unalienable right to free belief, but, in reality, it reaffirms so-called 'mottos' (like: "In God We Trust") that repudiate the freedom of certain groups (e.g. atheists) that are not now in favor with the current religious lobbies. Dogma, according to the group in power, makes the inflexible laws that now rule life; and all those that disagree are damned to live in Hell for all eternity! And the religious bureaucracies grow ever more politically powerful in order to set the rules according to which all others must live. But the overall results are not what this well ordered ‘religious’ society expected: their love, steeped in judgment, ends in hate, division, alienation, resentment and rebellion; trust becomes security guards, secrecy and duplicity; and the cooperation that makes society viable is slowly disappearing. Everywhere, contention is beating at the doors of Churches that were supposed to quell all contention!

So, what is wrong?

Christ laid down the right foundation on which to build society, but somehow His followers got the whole thing backwards, as we will discuss below.]








When Christ said the following, in the Bible 2 :

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Matthew: 22:37 – 40

He reset the axiomatic 3 basis (the foundation) for religion, from the biblical Law and the religious organizations of the religion of that day, into the love contained in the heart of every living person. He reemphasized what the prophet Jeremiah said in his foretelling of the New Covenant that God made with His people that took all religion out of the organizations and dogmas of a chosen people, and instead, reestablished it in every human being on earth:

“…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts”
Jeremiah 31:33 (Italics are mine)

As I said in the essay “Religion: The Bible And Society”: “This prophesizes the “New covenant” and how it shall be fulfilled. It was fulfilled by the Christ, “And the Word was made flesh…” (John: 1:14), and by the Word also being made flesh, as stated above, in the heart of every human in the New covenant. The revealed Word of God was now a part of every man and woman.”

Finally, Christ reemphasized it once more when He told the High Priests’ agents:
“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”
Matthew, 22:21

In doing this, the basis for religion was shifted away from the written dogma that was statically mired in the time and place it was written, and now placed within the heart of the living human being, who could now use it in the time and place in which he presently lived. This ‘freeing’ of religion from this hard and fast dogma, or set of rules, made it flexible enough to fit into any situation, and strip it of the partisanship of the group. Now the free will of a human could freely choose his or her own destiny, using his or her own heart to determine it.

But today, organized religions try to ‘save’ people; but salvation must come only from within the heart of every human being. The love that creates salvation is acquired with every birth of a human. It is not acquired through study, or following rules, but is naturally acquired at birth; if it is lost, it is lost through the hurt the world creates. It is the world that takes that love away, by refusing to practice it. Every person must form the picture of God that allows that love to express itself – some, like Dr. Freud, and Lord Russell may find it in denying the existence of God; but, in fact, for them that was their way of confirming Him, even though they did not realize it! Evil is the result of the loss of that love, which often results from the isolation and partisanship that the religious organization creates. By denying the human its free will, by forcing pre-configured rules and regulations on people’s thoughts, love is often lost not gained. And the internal stresses this causes to the human psyche can cause mental illness, through the inability to handle the guilt generated. Far worse, the book of rules often takes the place of God Himself; and love becomes a type of judgment, where people wall themselves off in a bigoted and segregated world, which closes off all communications between peoples, and creates hate.

The problem is that love comes first, not last. It is a basis or foundation, not a result. The rules that God gave the Children of Israel at that time did not generate love for them; the rules came from love, and the continual practice of it in everyday life. In other words, love is the basis we come with, built in at birth 4 . If we grow through a loving family that nurtures that love we already contain, we will continue to practice it, and generate the proper rules for facing life innately, for every situation life presents to us. Love creates the rules of life, because love is the axiomatic basis upon which life is based, and therefore the basis for the laws of society, if love is practiced routinely throughout that society. Those rules (or dogma) are derived from the loving interactions of the people of a particular society, for that society. We cannot transplant the rules of an ancient society into a current society and expect them to work, as is. The rules must be tailored to that society, by the love that takes place between the people of that society in their everyday interactions.

But, today’s religious organizations have done it all backwards, by thinking that the rules created so long ago by an ancient nomadic society could function as the same rules for our current free societies. The result is all the failure that organized religions have brought into the world through this mistaken understanding of where love fits into life. That is precisely why religions must discard all dogma, rules and rituals and reinstate this primacy of love, once again, as the cardinal, and only rule of religion. And they must place religion within the bounds of love, and the free and open beliefs it generates within the mind, while leaving the control of behaviors to the governments, which were created to rule over society’s harmonious functioning 5 .

Perhaps, as a solution, in place of partisan groups, religion can become a meeting house, where people come together to discuss how they perceive God, and practice the fostering of love through the harmony and cooperation they find in this 6 .

Today, partisanship has invaded all our social and National institutions, and the results are destroying our societies, and creating hate, intolerance and wars; the last place this should happen is in religion, the place where love is supposed to reign!








FOOTNOTES

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1 We can think of faith as a type of geometry through which we form the rules to get us through life in the most beneficial way possible for all human beings. The trick is to form the correct axiomatic basis upon which this faith is built, for only then will the results turn out right for all. This essay examines this basis and the proper way religion should foster it.

2 The Bible is the accepted word of God for all Christian groups, or organized Christian religions. The problem is in its interpretation (even its translations in English are in a special type of archaic language or “Bible speak”); unfortunately, ambiguity is universally built in, where, on the contrary, you would think the reverse to be true: crystal clarity, since it is purportedly “the word of God”. Thus, interpretation, even unto what is included as the Bible itself, varies from group to group, and selection is the rule. But if we see the book not as a book of answers, but as a book of questions, through which to hone the love, which is its basis, we may pick and choose as we like, as long as we accept the basis upon which it is built: love; for we will generate all the rules ourselves, from this.

Not only does the above hold, but also the very ways we view God is a derivation of the particular individual’s own way of picturing Him. In fact, each must, in turn, derive this from the love within them and its interactions with society. In this way, religion is a living, growing evolution that allows all as much freedom as possible; not a closed off aristocracy that forces all to conform to outdated formulas that create partisanship and contention.

3 Long ago, the Greek, Euclid built a logical structure called geometry, which allowed the mind to rationalize space, and predict the consequences that the creation of certain forms entailed. He built it on the basis of certain unexplained (or undefined) notions like point, line, etc., which are taken for granted. These undefined notions are called axioms or postulates, and they form the basis of all further deduction needed to create the predictions the system makes. Christ, likewise, set the basic axiom upon which the system of human life relies: love. Even Nations and societies are the result of this same foundation, since they depend on the harmonious interactions of all who make up these societies and Nations; similarly, the rules that govern society, its Laws, come from this same place: the love in the hearts of the peoples of these societies and Nations that generate the customs and mores according to which they live. So, we see that all generate the loving foundations upon which all else is derived. That is why only the people of those societies must generate all of this through the very interactions and cooperations the love within them creates.

4 See Matt 19:14; “But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven (The King James Bible Translation).”

Alternative translation:

“Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.' (The New International Version Translation).”

Note how the second translation above is more modern and more intelligible; but also note that it also includes more interpretation of the meaning meant by the speaker.

The innocence and acceptance of little children is the effect of the true love they are born into, and Jesus likens this to the perfection of Heaven. This emphasizes the axiomatic foundation of life itself, in this innocent non-assuming love, from which grows, in the person who possesses it, the rules and harmonious interactions of society.

5 See my essay: “Do We Need Organized Religion? An Answer For Today!”

6 See the additional comments essay in Errata where I describe this "meeting house" approach to religious congregation.





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Originally Published:

September 18, 2012

Revised:

June 29, 2014