I have recently had several conversations about my conception of God and things related to that, out of these conversations I have formed this article. So, if any of the sentences seem like they are answering a question, they are, and I apologise if any of it doesn’t make sense to you, however, I am happy to have a conversation about any points contained within this article. So privately message me or post a comment, thank you and enjoy.
I’ll try to explain as best as I can, but bear in mind that one of the main reasons I am actually a Christian is because I am attempting to find those answers to the questions you have just asked me by searching the tradition and texts, and of course actually living the faith to discover it further. As the New Testament says itself, faith is not enough without acts, acts are the completion of faith – without living the faith and acting in it I have no answers to such ‘mysteries’ – ‘Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.’ (James 2:24 KJV).
On the existence of God, I do hold a rather Hegelian position which is the idea that the universe and reality itself is made of parts (which is nothing shocking in itself), and if you combine all of those parts, and facts and reality together to get a clear picture, you have God. God – to me and the Christian faith is all that is true, God is the fact, or the reality. Which is why I consider Science to be a form of worship as it discovers God and allows us to know him better – or to say it in a more Christian sense: Science sheds ever more light on the glory of God and his majesty. I say him, but that is not just the limit of language – the Father archetype (God) and Son (Christ) were not a mistake or coincidence – one is authority which is sovereign, while the other is the vessel of that authority given to him through the Father. So, when we say that all Truth belongs to the Father, or that God truly is, we are affirming reality and the archetype of all collected universals which are summed up like a Son trying to respect and affirm his own Father. We are all Sons of God, in the way that we are all children of reality and truth. By serving, praising and singing Truth we worship God.
Faith in free will makes life make sense. We can see God as the sum of all parts, thus speaking truth or simply affirming reality is praising and taking part in God, and the first step to affirm God is affirming the reality of our being, consciousness and free will. This is why in Eastern Orthodoxy they have a saying about faith: it is not arguing, nor negating other people’s views, but affirming your own consciousness (Bishop Kallistos Ware).
The Soul is something within us which we can’t express. So, for example when you see a cliff you don’t first see a cliff, but a falling off place, in a sense you have just seen the ‘soul’ of the cliff – you have seen it as a tool, or a purpose. I see the Soul as seeing man without the person, but the toolness (?) or purpose, or inner nature. I’m not sure exactly what that is because I’m not divine or all knowing. Spirit is a good word to use because it means to breath, which is why God breathed life into man, gave it spirit, and life. If you could take out all that makes man alive and working towards something with a purpose, that is how I see soul. Aristotle and Plato seen soul as true purpose. So, the soul of a chair is sitting, because it was made for that. To use a rather gender based version: the soul of woman is having a child. The soul of men is competition and protecting blood, tradition and soil. Even if we don’t agree with the soul’s purpose, we cannot ignore that human beings are purpose driven animals, and indeed, purpose finding. This purpose discovery and searching is what we commonly conceive of as ‘Soul’.
On the point about materialism I need to go back to the cliff – the cliff is a one-hundred-foot rock formation (material), but it is also a falling off place (non-materialistic conception). I am not the kind of religious person who thinks that material doesn’t exist, or that spirit surpasses it – I think both are what make man. So, seeing a falling off place with a purpose and something deeper than just a rock formation is what reality is – so materialism fails to get passed the shallow surface level. A really good example is, let’s imagine a tribe have a leader, and the leader is always given an axe, no one else is allowed one. What is that axe? Well it is an axe which cuts trees of course, but it is also a social position and part of his hierarchy position – the dominate position. That is not just material, but something else, purpose based.
Moving on from materialism, and how Truth and Reality has more edges and sides to it than simply that of the material. The story of Christ is not just a story of a man which must be historically accurate in order to be correct – the story of Christ is the archetype which rules and fits all archetypes, which then becomes universal through how it can be applied to anything and everything. In this sense the Bible isn’t the book of God, but the book of the Church (community), and how the Church understands and applies God – if God is truth, then the universal archetypes are true, as it applies to everything, and the bible is true because it contains millions of archetypes which describes and explains the objective nature of the human psychological landscape.
This of course doesn’t make Christianity more true than other religions, but it certainly makes Christianity one of the most applicable to all humans, meaning it gets humans right far more than say Islam, which basically only suits the dominating heart and arm of masculinity.
Supernatural and archetypal are commonly used interchangeably. So, for example when I say Christ transcended death, I mean that his archetype become ever expanding by being martyred, and then was applied to everything by his followers – making him God. He expanded to fill and fit onto all reality, he became an ever-applicable metaphysical reality to fit all situations, cultures, people, languages and situations. By being struck down on his own terms, he didn’t succumb to death or merely die – he conquered it and lived on through transcendence, and universal application.
So, what I really mean by supernatural is just the concept with the person removed – for example Mars is war, but with no person contained. And Christos is the man performing the universals, while God is the collection of universals with no man…Through God, Jesus was able to apply himself to all reality, by singing Truth and transcending death, he filled all reality and become the ever-applicable universal, and thus Truth and Reality itself. From a part, to the sum of all parts – God.
I have borrowed heavily from Jordan B Peterson with the way I explain my Faith and the language I use, which is why I will now link to a set of his videos which are related to my article. They discover and look into the kind of things I am describing when I say archetypes and psychological facts of man:
‘The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories’ by Jordan B Peterson –
Thank you for reading,