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Freethinkers are those willing to use their minds without
prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash
with their own customs, privileges or beliefs. This state of mind
is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is
absent discussion is apt to become worse than useless.
- Leo Tolstoy

What can be said about almost all human beings is that they
do not demand answers to the deepest questions nor success
and goodness to the highest level.
- Site Author

IF I SEEK US[*] HOME PAGE
Updated: 08/04/2020

Who is the ultimate, final arbiter of truth? This site is constructed for the person who has internalized authority and can say with confidence that THEY are. I am for myself; YOU are for yourself. It's not that any of us are the final or ultimate SOURCE for truth, but we have the human responsibility for choosing and believing. Otherwise, we are merely sophisticated but programmable meat sticks, at the mercy of the best propagandist. This may be the most important question and issue of them all!

If you have any other answer to the question above, you should not bother reading further, because it will probably only raise your blood pressure. If you continue, YOU will be in control of accepting or rejecting the information and arguments. If this was not meant to be then why doesn't the Creator, God, Ultimate Reality, or whatever just inject us with the truth and be done with it?

As to this website, there are two primary approaches available in order to communicate information and ideas: 1) pictures and 2) words in sound or text. Do you see any pictures yet? No. Do you hear any sounds? No. That leaves us dealing with text words. Let us remember that if you cannot define a word, you don't know what it means when you hear it or use it. This is vitally important because we will be looking closely at key words that are used to apply to the ultimate issues.

There is little reason to read this site IF you are satisfied with your key definitions and foundational beliefs. If you are seeking answers to the ultimate issues or even up for a challenge, then this site may be for you, because the material presents a different FOUNDATION for the context in which we find ourselves. The arguments should offer refreshingly better, clearer and more meaningful definitions of the key words,  and questions and issues that pertain to us in the "human condition".

Some key questions that need better answers:

  1. What is a "God"?

  2. What would we want "God" to be like?

  3. What do we mean by "Salvation"?

  4. What would we like salvation to be?

  5. What do we mean by "Heaven"?

  6. Why are we condemned to die?

  7. Is there an afterlife?

  8. What does the word "Sin" really mean?

  9. What does it mean to "Believe"?

  10. Do we need to change our nature in order to qualify for any salvation?

Preamble

That there is confusion (con = with, fusion = melting) in our world, who can argue? But how much confusion? How deep does it go, how wide does it range, in terms of contaminating or blurring our thinking and spiritual vision in philosophy, science and religion? One example is that of matter versus energy. Most people would think of these as opposites, but actually, energy is always and only matter in motion, thus not a foundational thing in itself and not an opposite to matter. Energy is convertible to mass and vie versa but mass is not matter, only a property of matter. The opposite of material reality is spiritual reality.

 Another example of confusion involves the word "spirit" itself. It's foundational definition is mentality or attitude, a most important, intangible, non-material reality, yet sometimes it is misused to denote a quasi-material entity like a ghost.

If you are seeking the truth, you have been led to challenge your beliefs from time to time. So, not to put too fine of a point on it, this site is about the issues relating to RELIGION! And about coming out of confusion through Intellectual Responsibility. One issue that we should all face, the question that we should all ask ourselves is: Are we going to HAVE religion, i.e., be in control of it, OR, is our religion going to HAVE or be in control of us? A corollary question: Is our religion going to be intellectually responsible or irresponsible? These are binary choices; no need for any middle ground.

First of all, the author of the site "claims" to be a highly intelligent, highly educated, man of good will, a man who strives to be intellectually responsible, who values the truth at the highest level, who chooses to favor the best premises instead of the lesser or the worst, and who wills to be constructive rather than destructive.

Secondly, the author further claims that he does not pass up opportunities to challenge his own belief system, and continues to hold it to the standard of ALWAYS being logical and reasonable. He has made irrevocably the CHOICE of internalizing authority and being in control of his religious beliefs. He did not get to where he is now, without ALL of his indoctrinated beliefs being challenged, a LOT of which were let go. Doing that resulted in a comprehensive rebuild of his reality view.

Finally, the material on the site is going to challenge almost every external aspect of what is usually thought or believed EXCEPT that which we know internally–thus directly without any middle man–about ourselves.

Let me borrow and modify the phrase Victor Hugo used in his Preface to Cromwell (1827): "And then, while critics fall foul of the foundation and the theologians of the approach, it may happen that the site truth itself will escape them, passing uninjured between their crossfires." Let the reader decide!

Further Claims/Disclaimers
Basic Site Information

The pen is mightier than the sword. - Bulwer-Lytton
But the question may be asked: Is it mighty enough?

General Premise

The general premise of the site is that the world's religious thinking and belief are mired in an ancient yet FALSE PARADIGM developed by myth-making people who were TRAUMATIZED by global catastrophe. Thus in this prevailing paradigm the foundational assumptions–including those of Christendom–have missed dealing with some of the most important issues, have inculcated various amounts–sometimes vast amounts–of mythological material from these psychologically disturbed ancient authors of myth, and have simply failed to address adequately and therefore overcome the human condition. The site author sees that these prevailing foundational assumptions are actually demeaning to both God and Man. Against these deplorable conditions I hereby raise my sword-pen!

The words "new paradigm" have been bandied about so much that they are now trite, having lost most of their impact. But there is no good substitute, for what is needed IS a DIFFERENT paradigm of the Originator, and thereby including ourselves. It will not suffice to remodel the old paradigm, which is what has been happening for the last 1300[1] years, because it needs to be decommissioned and swept away! One of the late US presidents, Bill Clinton, used to remind himself to refocus by saying, "It's the economy, stupid!" Likewise we often need to remind ourselves by saying, "It's the paradigm, stupid!"

Sub-Premise 1 Integration into proper paradigm is paramount

It is impossible to understand humans, the human condition and the history of the world without framing the information by, and integrating it into, the proper paradigm. The author sees that the current paradigms cannot adequately handle and clarify the reality of the crucial issues, and thus what we have is a hoary, time-honored but unintelligible jumble of confusion.

Therefore, this site is proposing, developing and elucidating an ultimate, overarching DIFFERENT paradigm which has historically NOT been considered before. The author is not really attempting to devise a "new" paradigm but rather trying to recover one which has been lost and buried. All of the important issues that confront us take on new dimensions and require a different perspective within this paradigm, and so the site attempts to visit each of these with new questions and new answers that are all reasonable, compatible and integrated together.

“It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that
they can't see the problem.”
- G.K. Chesterton

The deplorable human condition prevails

The author of the site attempts to address both the important issues and important information that confront us as human beings under the tragic HUMAN CONDITION. Consequently, there is a lot of material on this site, all of which except for a few fun items is adjudged to be important and worthwhile. Yet, almost all who begin to read the site will encounter concepts, ideas and statements that they either don't understand, or with which they currently don't agree. The obvious advice is to temporarily suspend a negative judgment, because further reading will usually make these issues clear. Hopefully the answers are not only palatable but inspiring. Is it not time that we focused on challenging our belief system instead of mindlessly defending it?

Apprehending spiritual truth is not rocket science

Another general premise is that since we have DIRECT access to inner spiritual truth, the spiritual issues–if we are honest with ourselves–are actually EASIER to sort out than the scientific ones! AND doing so promises to deliver ever so much more benefit to the human race than new scientific insights or technological developments.

Sub-Premise 2 - Key word definitions are crucial

The very nest issue that CANNOT be overlooked is the matter of word definitions. Words and phrases are the lenses and windows that we spiritually SEE through, not only in our own thinking and understanding, but also in expressing to others what we intend, and in receiving what they mean. When this channel of communication of meaning is inadequate, diverted or darkened because of opaque, distorted, foggy word definitions, we all lose part of the very essence of living in ALL areas: intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, etc. Corruption of words and language is corruption of society in a primary way. Few realize that George Orwell's nightmare, in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, is the idea behind “doublethink” or "Newspeak", i.e., to alter the nature of language. Thus the conceptual material on the site needs to be elucidated with the proper definitions.

Along with so many facets of the human experience, like with our personal bodies and our institutions, word definitions tend to decay and cause disruption and blurring of the intended purpose and meaning. Here are examples from the world of finance: Debentures are now called bonds, while the difference in what the words mean is crucial. A bond is backed by an ASSET as well as the creditworthiness of the issuer, while a debenture is backed JUST by the latter. Doug Casey gives other examples of definition confusion and conflation: time deposits and demand deposits, investments and savings, speculation and gambling, shareholders and stakeholders, money and currency, etc. If this kind of word or definition corruption can become endemic in the hard-nosed world of finance, how can it be that the arena of philosophical and spiritual terminology is exempt or immune? If words are not adequately defined, are they not useless for anything other than confusion? See: The Corruption of the English Language

Since many of the few dozen crucial words that relate to the major issues have drifted from their original or truer intended meaning, and now have vague, misguided, or inadequate definitions, this site has put an emphasis on fundamental definitions that are more consistent with the real issues. However, doing so raises the possibility that the definitions are unduly designed or changed to make the ideas work. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that the reader go through the definitions and note that some may be surprising. Yet the reader will see that many are not only now closer to their original meaning but have the substance of relating to what matters, the sustenance and enhancement of life. Let the reader decide as to the merits of the definitions. See: Key Term Definitions

Material Considerations

Naturally some of the material is of greater importance than some other, and of course this evaluation of importance would vary from person to person according to where they are and what their current needs may be. Here are some salient points to help keep things in perspective:

First and foremost the thinking on this site has been built upon what IS–HAS TO BE– PRIMARY, that which we KNOW directly; not upon "spiritual" material from some external agency, source or writings, but from what is meaningful to ourselves, what we intrinsically and legitimately need and desire. We did NOT design these aspects of ourselves, and they are not in controversy. Therefore, if the subject doesn't relate to these two facets of ourselves, It is NOT an important issue! This is the fundamental aspect of the site's approach that is different, and this point cannot be overemphasized!

Also, the creator/author of this site has with the highest priority striven to make the thinking and material intellectually and spiritually responsible by focusing on the RELEVANT or ULTIMATE issues, letting sound philosophical, sound psychological and sound scientific principles educate, influence, and constrain the logic and reasoning that are reflected.  Let the reader decide!

When people are adequately conditioned to not have freedom, they lose the ability to appreciate it, are numb to it and even afraid of it. Much of the time they can no longer even imagine what it is like. Is this the underlying syndrome and status of the earthly human race? - Site Author

Much of the material in this site is NOT being written or presented from a "neutral" position like that of an arbiter in a dispute or a chairman conducting a debate, but from one who has his own "skin in the game", his own life on the line, AND from the perspective that I/we NEED there to be a God WORTHY of the term "good". How good? Why not all the way good? This again SHOULD be a binary choice! In this context, shouldn't we be looking for reasons TO believe, instead of reasons to NOT believe?  Let the reader decide!

One persistent author rationale for the site is that our thinking about God needs to be demystified, and for certain important aspects of clarity needs to be decoupled from the term "Creator". The term "Creator" points ONLY to design and production capability, yet the term "God" should imply much more, including ultimate goodness and caring involvement. The latter term should reflect how such an entity relates to us in a way that doesn't DEMAND worship but INSPIRES it. Does anybody want a friend or mate that demands love instead of inspiring it?

The modern cacophony of confusion

Another major rationale for the site is that with modern communicational technology–radio, television, and now the internet with widespread access to both uploading and downloading websites, email and social postings–the total number of unworthy philosophical and religious ideas and variations is exploding in magnitude, and yet there is no corresponding return to the foundation, no increase in dealing with the real issues, and no increase in clarity.

Sub-Premise 3 - A better definition of God

Therefore perforce–of necessity–this site has had to become a challenge to ALL extant religious thinking[3], and thus represents a "starting over". It takes a radical, profoundly different approach from religious tradition to defining God, because God HITHERTO has been defined in terms of the following seven distinct aspects, with none nor all together being adequate:

1) Pre-ordinate, pre-existent, infinite, eternal terms. Infinite is meaningless outside of being a useful mental, mathematical construct like zero, and the other aspects may be necessary but except for eternal are not particularly relevant to the issues that we face in the human condition.

2) Power, control, and invulnerability. God CANNOT properly be defined by power and control because power is neither good nor evil but a value neutral thing that can be used either appropriately or abused. Generally anything but self control is not good and any other kind of control of people is a bad thing without freely given consent, and especially if it is heavy handed or misapplied. Power and control need to be set aside initially in our approach to defining God BECAUSE character, purpose, and values are far more relevant and important.

3) Originator, creator and designer.  These are terms that pertain to a creative agency, but a creator is not necessarily a God. A creator can be either good or bad, or neutral and non-involved.

4) Parent, father and provider. Our current experience in the "human condition" makes a mockery of our being in a wholesome parent-child relationship with God at this point. Anybody that lives in this world can readily sense a disconnect and attest that something is woefully amiss here! If "God" could be dragged into a domestic affairs court, he would be indicted and condemned as an irresponsible, derelict, abusive father, and thrown behind bars!

5) Mystical, vague and indefinite terms. Are we supposed to be impressed by ineffability? Of course, to use these kinds of terms is the very opposite of DEFINING and understanding God.

6) Smarmy, maudlin terms. Often it is simplistically said that "God is Love"! Those that define God this way usually think that settles everything, but they themselves decidedly have not developed an adequate definition of love.

7) Terms of being transcendent, ordinate and superior. These may be aspects of a creator, overlord, dictator, ruler, or boss, but Godhood is something other than what these describe.

May a God therefore worthy of the term be reasonably defined by anything other than by having the mature, ideal human character, purpose, and values?

Sub-Premise 4 - Ancient concepts of God were based on planet worship mythology.

Being a challenge to much previous thinking, this site proposes that the world's religions–including Christendom–are fundamentally MISGUIDED in the way that they think about, relate to, and treat the concept of God, and do so in contrast to the posited Revelation of God. This is foundational! Much material included in the site gives critical information showing the role of planet gods in the ancient times.

Thus the site also takes a radically different approach from religious tradition to LEARNING the truth about God, because hitherto God has been presented through mythologies encoded in what are considered to be sacred writings. Consequently, there is a huge amount of ancient mythology material on the site showing the development of planet worship and myth-based concepts of God that so very severely and adversely affect even modern theology, even in the most advanced forms of Christianity and other religions.

Sub-Premise 5 - Using the internal reference point is required

The site posits that we can only build a sound and proper belief system upon faith in ourselves, which implies faith in the Creator, and that we can only understand the Originator first of all by understanding ourselves, and his needs and desires BY SEEING AND UNDERSTANDING OUR OWN, and that furthermore, there is nothing about God that is mystical or that cannot be understood to the same degree that we can understand any other human being. A foundational premise is that this "understanding" ALWAYS precedes belief in the truth! A corollary is that it always precedes appropriate love and respect.

Sub-Premise 6 - Getting the FRAMING Right

The site posits that the Revelation of God was purposed for this understanding, and is a clarification and confirmation of the above. However, for Christendom, Jesus is currently FRAMED as God by the Old Testament Law and the Prophets, and this approach, although traditional, is NOT VALID. The proper FRAMING for the life and message of Jesus as a revelation of the Creator would have to surpass and be uncontaminated by ancient mythology. The proper framing must be the "human condition" pursuant to the ULTIMATE ISSUES that affect us, and ONLY THEN letting knowledge of ancient culture and thinking educate us to lesser issues like exegesis and translation of any ancient philosophical or spiritual material, INCLUDING the Gospels. Finally, EVERY piece of our integrated picture needs to be examined critically from the ultimate perspective, the human internal reference point of idealism. And every piece needs to FIT and be COHERENT!

The site claims that this radical, grounded approach has NOT been taken consistently before and yet is the ONLY proper one, and that WHEN taken will engender a FRESH UNDERSTANDING, a spiritual reawakening, and a different and proper understanding of "The Good News". This good news is FAR BETTER than what has been explicated by formal religion so far, and includes a great and desperately needed IMMINENT resolution of the human condition. Most importantly, one major implication is that we should NOT be waiting for God; because God is waiting for us! Even though the world is seemingly at its MOST CONFUSED and darkest hour, the site proposes that positive developments in understanding are now under way and are imminent in fruition.

Reading Sequence

Some effort has been given to make it easier for the reader to deal with the articles in the most sensible sequence:

  1. To start, read the articles in the Site Introduction articles section. Most of the articles under this heading are foundational.

  2. Then read the IFISEEKUS articles. These very short items linked in the heading succinctly lay out in general the sum total of what humans want and need to be completely fulfilled and satisfied. This is what we naturally CARE about and with which we are concerned.

  3. Then read the articles in the Human Condition section.

  4. Somewhere along the way, you should probably want to look at the articles in the Definitions section. Most of the relatively short items under this heading are crucial, because words are the doors and windows to valid understanding, and proper definitions give us sharper vision and clarity.

  5. IF you have a Christian background, or need to deal with Christianity, then you should read the three sections of Christianity Analyzed,

  6. Read the material in the Gospel Text Section in this sequence:
    Introduction to the Gospel of John
    Gospel of John
    Gospel of Thomas
    Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels Combined
    The six sections of the Combined Synoptic Gospels.

  7. IF you desire further information about how to relate to the Christian Bible, then you can read the articles in the Bible Canon section

  8. For correcting egregious misunderstandings of other issues see the balance of the articles

To access a list of all the articles, use the Site Section links in the left column, the article synopsis list in the header, or the Site Article Map in the footer below. Whenever you want to approach the aspects by subject, use the Subject List in the header.

A more complete Suggested Article Reading Sequence with subject synopsis.
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Important Disclaimers/Claims:

1. Neither the material nor ideas promulgated on this site have been delivered or revealed by any supernatural agency nor supra-normal process or experience such as visitations, voices, dreams or visions.[2]

2. The site is not being promoted in any systematic way, but only by word-of-mouth networking and email to friends and colleagues, and the material is for those that have been exposed to it in this way or find it on their own.

3. Every single idea, concept or facet proposed on the site, outside of articles authored by others, has been vetted by extensive discussion with at least one other intellectually responsible person who understands it and agrees with it.

4. ALL of the material and conceptual content judged worthy for inclusion is deemed to be understandable, sensible, compatible and coherent with ALL of the other aspects of the proposed paradigm, and seems good TO and good FOR the author.

5. In order to fully appreciate the material on this site, a person must have already internalized authority, must have taken total personal responsibility for their own belief system, must have a thriving hunger for the truth, and must have made an unequivocal commitment to being intellectually responsible, that is to be honest, attentive, rational, logical and reasonable.

6. The site is not promoting, nor is it associated with any grand theory of intrinsically evil, world dominating conspiracy, such as by Satanists, Zionists, Bilderbergers, Khazairian Mafia, Rothschilds, Masons, Federal or national banks, etc.

7.  The "tone" of this site may seem negative at times, but that is deemed inevitable when objecting to widespread, systemic and fatal error. The overall message of the site couldn't be more positive. The criticisms of existing religious thought are designed to resonate with those that have been hurt and angry–as I was–by their previous religious experience.

8.  Throughout the site, the Term "God" is usually meant to imply a being that is ultimately ideal for us as human beings.

9.  On a different note, modern archeology has confirmed the general historical context for the New Testament, and no one should doubt this.

[*]  This site could have been called appropriately: "If I See" (IFISEE), "If I See You" (IFISEEU), or "If I Seek Us" (IFISEEKUS). Since not all three could be used for the domain name, IFISEEU was chosen. All three titles have a somewhat distinctive focus, but the latter has the benefit of making an aphorism that covers the full spectrum of human needs and desires.

[1]  Approximately 2000 years in the currently "accepted" or standard chronology.

[2]  Why is it important to lead off with such a statement of denial? Because, not only is it true, but to claim otherwise is tantamount to being discrediting.

[3]  One important exception may be the thinking of Jack D. Zwemer, some of whose theological portrayal was largely ahead of the pack back in 1995. See: Destiny of Man

 

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