The old paradigm of sinners in need of a sacrifice to save them from eternal torment, the old cycle of sin/ repentance/ forgiveness, the antiquated concept of helpless creatures of an all-powerful Creator seated unmoving in the heavens… all these have lost their use.
I wrote this for you about a week ago in a post titled “How I’m a Christian and an Atheist At Once”:
As a Christian, I could impute supernatural meaning to it:
- There is the Mystery (That which we call “God”).
- There is the Revelation of the Mystery (Jesus).
- There is the Assimilation of the Revelation of the Mystery into the human collective (Spirit).
As an Atheist, I could completely strip this theory of the supernatural:
- The Unknown.
- Our Discovery of the Unknown.
- The Assimilation of our Discovery of the Unknown into the human collective.
I also said that these two are no different to me.
I want to percolate this idea down into something more practical, everyday and common:
- A boy has an idea of the girl he wants to fall in love with.
- This girl walks into his life.
- He falls in love with her and completely devotes his life to her.
A Christian could say, “This is the spirit of Jesus!” An atheists could say, “This is true love!” A Buddhist could say, “This is the Buddha nature!”
They perceive the same thing and are saying the same thing but in different ways.