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Believing beyond books

Books can be wonderful sign-posts that direct the way to contacting the divine; but most people ignore the privileges listed in the books and focus on the rules. In our analyses, this coincides with the second phase. Remember, no god actually wrote any of these books, no matter what any confident leader has ever said. Each was written by humans. How can we distinguish between the writings of those who communicated with the divine and those who merely had chemically-induced visions? Or worse, how can we distinguish charlatan from prophet? How can we distinguish between divine inspiration and our own emotions? And with regards to the books, should you listen to their words about any God? Maybe… or perhaps you should look at their examples of communicating with deity, and try to do the same yourself. I’ve seen it work for many who try, and fail for others. I have my own ideas as to why this is, but they don’t matter. It remains a troubling issue.

If you’re going to try this out – by which I mean praying to find out if any god will answer or not – there’s a simple test to see if you’re getting an answer from your own mind, or an answer from something beyond that: are you simply confirming a belief, or are you discovering new information that you didn’t have before? More details here.

Remember, people operate within the context of their own experiences. A teacher that only understands shame can only teach shame; likewise a teacher that understands metallurgy may teach metallurgy. In each of these books there are words. They are only words. Humans take it on themselves to derive morality from these traditions, and to enforce those traditions according to their own interpretations. It is easy to us focus on the smallest, least productive, easiest-to-enforce rules; thereby missing the point entirely.

So what is the point?

The point is that there is only one true religion, and that is divine communication.

“We believe that it is necessary for man to be placed in communication with God; that he should have revelation from him, and that unless he is placed under the influence of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he can know nothing about the things of God. … Whoever heard of true religion without communication with God? To me the thing is the most absurd that the human mind could conceive of.” – John Taylor

Now you should be wagging your finger at the screen and chiding me for using the “appeal to authority” fallacy! However, is the statement true or is it not? How many men want us to simply believe their words, versus those few who want us to find out for ourselves, even if that disagrees with what we find out later?

Uncover your relationship with whatever answers. I have my own experiences, and have correspondingly developed some beliefs about what is out there, because I ask so many questions and get peculiarly specific and sarcastic answers that reveal valuable insights. Yet, you’d be out of your mind to believe my experiences without experiencing them for yourself, and I would be mad to believe you if I haven’t experienced as you’ve experienced. Since it is impossible to genuinely share experiences, I am of the firm opinion that personal exploration and insight into the unknown are more valuable than any book or sermon.