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This is inspirational WTM Email 8
Is there a God, is God real and what is God?
Is there a God? Is God real? Yes, but until we could explain our seemingly ‘un-Godly’ human condition, all we could cope with was an abstract, ‘deity-in-the-clouds’ version of ‘God’.
There is actually a very obvious direction and purpose to existence, which is the ordering or integration of matter into ever larger and more stable wholes. For example, here on Earth, as the chart below illustrates, atoms became ordered or integrated to form molecules → which in turn integrated to form compounds → virus-like organisms → single-celled organisms → multicellular organisms → and then societies of multicellular organisms.
So the theme or purpose or meaning of existence is the ordering or integration of matter, a process that is driven by the physical law of Negative Entropy.
These quotes from Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein (respectively) indicate how prevalent this underlying order is: ‘The overwhelming impression is of order…[in] the universe’ (‘The Time of His Life’, Gregory Benford, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 Apr. 2002), and that ‘behind everything is an order’ (Einstein Revealed, PBS, 1997).
There is, however, an immense problem admitting this truth of integrative meaning, and that is it unbearably confronts us with our divisive, seemingly disintegrative selfish, competitive and aggressive human condition.
The fact is that for a larger whole to form and hold together (integrate) the parts of that whole must consider the welfare of the whole above their own welfare. Simply stated, selflessness is integrative while selfishness is divisive or disintegrative. But this implies that we selfish and competitive humans have been living in defiance of ‘Integrative Meaning’, living in a way that is out of step with creation!
In fact, Integrative Meaning has been such a terrifyingly condemning truth that we divisively behaved humans couldn’t face it. And so, to avoid facing it, we deified the process of Integrative Meaning as ‘God’, thus making it something separate and superior to us, not connected to us in an earthly, practical way — which these further words from Hawking with reference to Einstein reveal:
‘I would use the term God as the embodiment of the laws of physics’ (Master of the Universe, BBC), and ‘The more we discover about the universe, the more we find that it is governed by rational laws. If one liked, one could say that this order was the work of God. Einstein thought so… We could call order by the name of God.’ (Gregory Benford, ‘The time of his life’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 Apr. 2002; see <www.wtmsources.com/170>)
So, ‘God’ is the personification of Integrative Meaning, a personification that was necessary while we selfish and competitive humans couldn’t explain why we were seemingly at odds with ‘the work of God’! No wonder we had to deify the concept!
IT IS ONLY NOW that we have the redeeming explanation of humans’ divisively behaved human condition, that Jeremy Griffith has found and presented in his book FREEDOM, that we can at last afford to demystify ‘God’ as Integrative Meaning.
Finally, divisively behaved humans and Integrative Meaning or ‘God’ have been reconciled — and, most wonderful of all, through that redemption of humans our insecure selfish, competitive and aggressive behaviour is brought to an end. In the symbolism of Michelangelo’s famous painting in the Sistine Chapel, the fingers of God and Man finally touch — peace comes to our human situation.
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These emails were composed during 2017 by Jeremy Griffith, Damon Isherwood,
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