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Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell
them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting
others who pretend to supernatural sources of
knowledge.
- Schopenhauer

Questions are Better than Answers:
The Right Questions Always Precede the Right Answers
Updated: 12/28/2019

Astral Catastrophism
Atheism
Belief, Feelings & Behavior
Bible Scriptures
Claim of Jesus
Equality and Peership
Foundation of Value
Fulfillment
Guile and Hypocrisy
 
Healing Human Condition
Knowledge of Self
Ordinate Reality
Morality and Ethics
Meaning and Context
Mission of Jesus
Self as Foundation
Sexuality
Saturnian Reconstruction
Personal Belief System
Philosophy/Religion
Religious Tradition/Training
Revelation
Planetary Basis for Myth
Source of Evil
Spiritual Maturity
Truth and the Path
Earth Geology

Caveat: Most of these questions are binary, where the answer is clearly one or the other.

Astral Catastrophism

 

Atheism

  • "Just for a moment, imagine that there really is a supreme being who created all things, including the human race. Would he (or she or it) give you such a highly developed brain and then punish you for using it?" - Richard Dawkins

  • "Would the most advanced life-form in the universe devise such grand concepts as DNA, nuclear fusion, and quantum mechanics and then spend all eternity fussing about whether you regularly sing to him, vote against gay marriage, or accept on faith that Earth is only 6,000 years old when there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary?" - Richard Dawkins

  • Since God ostensibly created these human beings that seek him, endeavor to understand him, and seek to have a relationship with him, shouldn't he have created them with the potential to succeed at this?

  • Why would this "God" answer some very trivial prayers and let millions of other praying humans be captured, imprisoned, burned at the stake, gassed, dismembered, disemboweled, decapitated, shot, and/or otherwise tortured and killed?

  • Since God is supposed to know everything that will happen in the future, why didn't he create a reality where sin and evil would not arise?

  • Why are the Christian church's leadership roles overwhelmingly the province of males, and yet the congregations are about 60% female in composition?

  • Why would the slaughter, and sacrifice by burning, of innocent animals mollify or placate God when he is angry?

  • Why would "God" generally rely upon flawed, fallible human agents–prophets and priests, etc.–as an intercessor in his communication with us? Doesn't this introduce enormous risks for subversion, oppression, predation, misunderstanding and other mischief, which we are constantly seeing?

  • Why did "God" design the female sex structure to be between the two sewage outlets, where it would be subject to a greater incidence of contamination and disease?

  • How can "God" legitimately say that his mercy endures forever, when according to popular Christian belief he is going to burn people alive forever?

  • Why did "God" create so many vicious animals, poisonous reptiles, venomous sea creatures, dangerous vectors and carriers of disease, and troublesome insects?

  • Why do we have so many agents of disease, such as parasites, fungus, bacteria, microbes, viruses, etc.

  • Why are we subject to so many genetic and hereditary problems?
    Why would "God" turn loose upon rather helpless humans a vicious superior being like what the Devil is thought to be?

  • Why was it reasonable to pit Eve, the newest, most innocent and ignorant being, against Satan, the oldest and wisest being?

  • Why does the human male sexual interest and drive peak during his teenage years, long before he has a chance of being ready for a benevolent, mature relationship?

  • Why is the human habitat, the earth, so prone to natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, volcanoes, floods, intersecting comets and asteroids, etc., from which we cannot protect ourselves adequately?

  • Why would a caring, loving merciful systems designer that eschews the suffering and destruction of life forms create the violent predatory competition system of nature known to be "red in tooth and tong"?

  • Why did the vaunted Creator create humans with legitimate, intrinsic needs and desires that cannot be realistically fulfilled in our reality?

  • Why is there a multitude of similar questions that can be asked?

Bible Scriptures

  • If the Bible is the vessel of God's revelation to us, why is it so full of contradictions, enigmas and translational errors?

  • Why did Jesus disagree with so many traditional concepts or aspects of the Mosaic Law?

  • Why are the translations always so wanting and behind the times?

  • Why is it that the Gospel of John—the single eyewitness account of the life and ministry of Jesus—so out of sync with the other Gospels and the balance of the New Testament?

  • Why didn't God give a nudge to the typesetter who left out the word "not" in the  seventh commandment of the KJV Bible published in England by Barker and Lucas in 1631?

Earth Geology

 

Fulfillment

  • Given that I did not design myself, my wants and needs–the sum total of my aspects, traits and characteristics both physical and spiritual–and didn't ask to be born, why do I have to struggle so hard to measure up or to get fulfillment?
  • Is the Universe (the cosmos or system of all of reality) set up or structured for me to win and succeed by MY definition of succeeding, that is, is it set up for me to get what I really–naturally, intrinsically, legitimately–want and need?
  • Do I have to change or adjust my deepest desires and needs to try to match what is offered?

Ordinate Reality

  • Does the physical universe have its ground of being in intelligence and will?
  • Do intelligence and will have their ground of being in the material universe?
  • Which is these is the ordinate, greater or primary realm of reality? Spiritual reality, which includes the non-material: intelligence, will, attitude, the humane qualities of love, compassion, romance, kindness, mercy and grace, anger, frustration, knowledge, etc.? Or physical reality consisting of the material universe, matter, dimension and motion–that which we can measure with physical equipment?

Revelation

  • Does the creative agency of the universe care enough about us (its/his creation) and our unhappy condition to at least communicate with us in a special way (theism in contrast to deism) that can be meaningful and effective for an imminent resolution of the human condition?
  • Does the J-person qualify to be that revelation?
  • If so, how and why does he qualify?

Foundation of Value

  • Does ultimate worth and value lie in the individual, or does it lie in something else, such as in organizations, institutions, sets of codes, physical and ethical laws, etc.?
  • Should individuals primarily serve the cosmos, the organization or the agencies, OR should these entities primarily serve individuals?
  • Do organizations derive their value from serving individuals, or do individuals derive their value from serving organizations?
  • Does the Creator derive his value from serving his children, or do his children derive their value from serving him?

Equality and Peership

  • CAN the creator offer to us equality and peership, or is the creator trapped in the box of being "other", superior, and relating to us as inferiors?
  • DOES the creator offer to us equality and peership, or is the creator too egocentric, too afraid, or too alien to completely share with us those aspects and qualities that would enable us to choose to be equal and accept and receive equality?
  • Is the nature of reality such that love is always a win/win situation?
  • Or does love sometimes demand sacrifice?

Morality and Ethics

  • Are morality and ethics the same thing?
  • Are ethics and morality related to a "code" or set of laws?
  • Or is morality determined by that which ultimately increases morale without violating ethical principles?
  • Does God deal in laws, or does he deal in principles?
  • Are rules EVER valid, or are the principles what is valid?
  • Should we EVER operate from rules, or ALWAYS operate from principles?

Source of Evil

  • Is evil a necessary part of reality?
  • Was it intended and created by the Originator?
  • Was evil guaranteed to arise at some point in God's creation?
  • If so, what is its role, and do we have to live with it forever?
  • Or was evil introduced into experiential reality in some other way?
  • By Mankind or some other agency?
  • Was it some form of disobedience, or was it a breakdown of unity?
  • Was evil introduced by doing something wrong, or was it a FAILURE to do something?
  • Did evil begin with a deed or a feeling of envy or jealousy, or did it begin with a false concept?

Truth and the Path

  • Metaphorically, if the truth walked up to you and shook your hand, how would you recognize it?
  • "The truth will set you free." Free FOR what?
  • "The truth will set you free." Free FROM what?
  • The J person characterized the path to the truth as the narrow way that few find. Is a narrow path a good thing?
  • Does our pathway to the truth go through the inside?
  • In seeking the truth, are we on our own, or is there an agency we can trust to lead us?
  • Can we actually help each other, and if so, how or in what way?
  • Is the pathway a mystical one whereby we set aside our rational faculties, empty ourselves of not only the influences of other people but of ALL of the influence and information that comes to us from the external world of experience, and expect ourselves to be infused with the truth?
  • Is this even possible and can anyone actually do this?
  • OR, is this the exact opposite of what the Creator of our rationality, logic and reason desires and expects?
  • Is there a universal, structured way to go about determining truth?
  • Do I trust myself to determine the truth?
  • To what extent can I trust others to help me do this?
  • Is it ever legitimate for the authority or agency leading us–sometimes referred to as the Holy Spirit– to inject us with the truth, or pressure us, or overwhelm us with experience?
  • OR, does this agency with rare exception simply lead us into learning situations where we can exercise our volition to choose and believe?

Knowledge of Self

  • Is the ancient admonition is to "know thyself" primarily directed to knowing our strengths and weaknesses?
  • OR is it to know what we want and need?
  • If one can't stand or manage to get to know oneself in these regards, is there any point or hope of struggling on toward the finish?

Meaning and Context

  • Can there be any valid meaning to information without the proper context?
  • Isn't what we intrinsically want and need ALWAYS a central part of spiritual issues?
  • Isn't the human condition generally a big part of the context for spiritual issues?
  • Why would we want to talk about something depressing that we can't do anything about?

Spiritual Maturity

  • Is spiritual growth and welfare ever promoted by law and legalism?
  • Is spiritual growth promoted by trying to grow?
  • Is spiritual growth and welfare promoted by a vision of the future that appeals to everyone's self interest?
  • Is spiritual growth and welfare promoted by beholding the elegance and compelling beauty of the character of the human Creator as revealed and demonstrated?
  • Do we need to be concerned about our environment for spiritual growth?
  • Is spiritual growth characterized by people becoming more religious or virtuous?
  • Or is spiritual growth characterized by people becoming more genuine?
  • Without taking the final spiritual growth step regarding the centering of authority and thereby internalizing it, can a person deal genuinely with the ultimate issues?
  • "Be ye mature, even as your father in Heaven is mature." Is this a requirement for concrete salvation and entering the Kingship, or is it a promise of the end result?

Claim of Jesus

  • Is the claim of his the most sweepingly arrogant, megalomaniacal, and specious one it is possible to make. or is it simply true?
  • Is there any middle ground?
  • Does the pattern and content of his life and death endorse this claim fully, or doesn't it?

Mission of Jesus

  • Did Jesus come to the earth intending to be crucified?
  • Or was that the backup plan if his message and truth failed to take hold?
  • Did Jesus come to the earth with a complex theological message or with foundational truths?
  • Was his claim simple, direct, and staggering because it was: "I am the way (the paradigm), the truth, the light and the life source" or was it a more mundane one?
  • Was his message ultimately authenticated by the content of his words, by a demonstration, or both?
  • Were his words and demonstration intended to adjust or correct just some of the existing religious thinking?
  • Or were they designed to cut through and set aside almost all existing or traditional theology or religion?

Guile and Hypocrisy

  • Didn't Jesus reserve his most intense disapproval for hypocrisy, not murder, rape, armed robbery, sexual indiscretions, or other fallible human behavior?
  • Was his definition of hypocrisy pretension or was it lacking in judgment and critical thinking?
  • How can this emphasis of his possibly be valid?

Self as Foundation

  • Given that they did NOT make ancient sacred writings or tradition the cornerstone of their thinking but rather the internal self reference point, did the framers of the US constitution make a serious mistake when they stood up as a group and said, "We hold these truths to be self evident"?
  • Is it legitimate to say that any external source of truth may not override the internal reference point but only supplement, clarify, or resonate with it?

Personal Belief System

  • Is our belief system more important than any other aspect of our lives?
  • Is the issue almost always not THAT we believe but WHAT we believe and WHY?
  • What should a belief system do for us?

Criteria-Philosophy/Religion

  • Any religion or philosophy can be judged as good or evil, positive or negative, productive or destructive, an asset or liability simply on this basis: Does it increase the sustenance and enhancement of life, or does it decrease or interfere with the sustenance and enhancement of life?
  • If it does not impact fulfillment in life it is without meaning, and then should it not be discarded as an empty husk?
  • Is not a good religion one that promotes good physical and psychological health through inspiration of purpose instead of recrimination and guilt?
  • Is a good religion always intellectually responsible?

Religious Tradition/Training

  • Did your parents, teachers or pastors invite you to challenge their thinking?
  • Did your parents, teachers or pastors teach you to challenge the existing thinking?
  • Or to just accept what they said?
  • Was intellectual responsibility ignored, encouraged, featured, or demanded in your religious education?
  • By parents, pastors/priests, or teachers?
  • How can we determine how contaminated with falsity we really are?

Healing the Human Condition

  • Is the state of truth in the world getting better or getting worse?
  • Does anybody still have any hope that the traditional religions, politics, thinking or paradigms will heal this situation for us?
  • With this world being a cacophony of confusion and spiritual fragmentation, how can we continue to cling to paradigms that have failed miserably to clarify and bring us into better unity?

Belief, Feelings and Behavior

  • In a mature human being, is the ultimate authority for truth an external agency or the internal reference point.
  • How can we not understand that beliefs underpin the feelings and emotions that inspire and constrain behavior?
  • How can we continue to blame fantastical constructs like the Devil instead of ourselves and what we believe?
  • Why is it that so many demeaning and superstitious concepts of God continue to go unchallenged except by atheists?
  • Where would we start in a zero-based reconstruction of our concepts?
  • Can we set the stage for a meaningful challenge to existing theology by squarely looking at the spiritual context in which we find ourselves?
  • Can we identify and then deal with the ultimate human issues?
  • How better to do this than to examine our own religion and its conceptual underpinnings?

Planetary Basis for Myth

  • Why should we care about ancient mythology?
  • Is the ancient mythology surrounding the Saturnian sun overwhelmingly the general foundation for most concepts of God?
  • Why did the planets, these little pinpricks of light, play such a powerful role in the mythical "age of the gods"?
  • Were the thunderbolts, the favorite weapon of the gods, interplanetary electrical discharges?
  • What Is the real message of myth?

Saturnian Reconstruction

  • Why did the ancient people call the planet Saturn the "best" sun?
  • Was the planet Saturn the ancient "best" sun?
  • Is the Saturnian Reconstruction a major piece of understanding the truth?
  • Is the ancient Saturnian scenario overwhelmingly the general foundation for most religious content?
  • Why did all ancient people at one point in time worship the planet Saturn as God?

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