"You never change things by fighting the existing
This site is somewhat about theology. So what? There is plenty of theology out there, thousands of books, probably more than any one person can assay. So why do we need some more? What makes the material on this site substantially different enough to warrant investigation?
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The premise that should demand our attentions is that Mankind has seriously misunderstood God, and we have let an ancient mythological paradigm and understanding thwart a true understanding of God's great apocalypse or revealing. The great demonstration of God was NOT appreciated for what it was, and the words and message of God fell on perverse hearts and deaf ears. Not only have we missed understanding the real essence of godhood, but that this needs to be dealt with freshly in a careful, systematic, substantive way because this misunderstanding is the essence of what is called sin and evil.
In the three monotheistic religions of the West—Judaism, Christianity, Islam—the proposition that God exists is not an article of faith or religious belief. The first article of faith in all three religions is that God has revealed himself to us in Holy Writ or Sacred Scripture. Mortimer J. Adler, How to Think about God, MacMillan Publishing Co., 866 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022, p. 16.
Hidden in the point of the quote above is the assumption that the CREATOR by default is a God worthy of the term. Apparently, every theologian to date has approached the subject with an existing or traditional paradigm or conceptual foundation and perspective that is heavily based in ancient mythology.
The author of the material on this site has taken a radically different approach, NOT accepting without an intense challenge that the creator is worthy to be called God, NOT accepting a priori that the creator is worthy to be the "king of kings", "lord of lords", the sovereign of the universe. And finally NOT accepting that the Creator is worthy of being worshipped JUST because of creation! Maybe the creator should be BLAMED for creation, not worshipped, because the origin of a life that is subjected to evil is no basis for worship in and of itself.
There are many approaches to building a new theology and a new belief system, and the hybrids are proliferating. You can build by using tradition, ancient sacred writings, mystical experiences, scientific knowledge, by looking for secret knowledge, or by using whatever pops into your mind. You can window shop and pick from the wide variety of ideas in the panoply of existing religions. But for the primary step there are only two options for the planting of faith, the internal and the external.
The author has started this journey by looking inward to "brazenly" observe what he really needs and wants, and by extension what we all really need and want. The premise is that the ideal "God" would have created a system to deliver what we really want. The author has then looked around to see if there was any likely candidate who was even offering that total package. This approach engenders a new and radically different definition of God, because only one who offers the total package of what we legitimately need and want is worthy of being worshipped. You can FEAR the creator, but you can't worship him if his creation is not set up to deliver or match our desires and needs.
This has led to a radically different paradigm or framework for understanding both the NATURE and CHARACTER of God. Every question, every issue, every concept has been approached in the context of this overriding criterion: Is the conclusion consonant with the fulfillment of what I would want and need for all eternity, consistent with the way that I would do it and want it to be? If not, let's be on to something better.
Part of the substantial support for the urgency of developing a new understanding is to see the inordinate influence of ancient mythology on our "modern" theology. Consequently, there are over 60 articles dealing with the planetary catastrophe so pronounced in the Old Testament and so very influential still today. An education and understanding of ancient mythology is a real eye opener, and sweeps away much related mysticism.
But, the bottom-line, overriding issue is ALWAYS whether we get what we need and want, or not.