Symbol is not the thing it represents: God challenges the tormented [a passive-noun, a victim symbol] to forgive [an active-verb] the tormentor [with possibility of tormentor’s redemption via the spiritual power of God]

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/sage-paul-lutus-most-educated-people-cannot-tell-the-difference-between-a-fact-and-an-idea-the-most-common-confusion-of-symbol-and-thing-most-believe-if-they-collect-enough-facts-this-will-co/

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http://arachnoid.com/lutusp/symbols.html

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/love-as-a-verb-is-in-the-end-more-meaningful-than-love-as-a-noun-i-know-this-because-i-can-act-in-your-best-interest-that-is-love-you-absent-any-feeling-of-love-whatsoever-i-can-even-act-in-you/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/know-a-man-whose-relationship-with-his-father-is-painful-conflicted-and-marked-in-childhood-with-fear-degradation-disrespect-and-occasional-violence-he-said-that-in-his-early-30s-for-reasons-he/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/the-precise-aspect-of-language-active-participation-vs-past-participation-affects-empathy-and-mood-art-markman/

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Moses [name of the victim, the name also a symbol to identify Moses] is tormented and abused by our pretentious hypocrite leaders in the flesh/of this world [as opposed to the spirit/Divinity].    Moses is the victim [to symbolize Moses], and then is symbolized as such as “noun.”

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Yet God challenges [a verb] Moses of the 2nd Great Commandment [the 1st being to love God with all of heart/mind/soul]  — to love [a verb] thy neighbor/enemy as thyself. 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Commandment

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-james-martin-sj/how-to-love-your-enemies_b_841538.html

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Moses as victim is like Christ who bleeds.  Isaiah 53:5 [and with His stripes we are healed].   Moses is healed in forgiveness via Jesus.   Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

http://biblehub.com/hebrews/11-1.htm

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Moses’ faith in God impels Moses to forgive the tormenters/abusers.

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As sage Paul Lutus intones, religion is not a concept, it is a process.

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You don’t evolve or sit in repose,

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you proceed.

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From the moment religion finds you, you are in motion toward a goal.         

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Religion [the symbol] once served the purpose of introducing people to a natural quest     for meaning in life [the thing], only later to become distorted,

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but this would be disingenuous —

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religion has always been a diversion from the actual quest, fed at times by personal selfishness, at  times by a desire for power, but only coincidentally by a desire to provide a context for individual spiritual experience. 

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Most western religions begin their indoctrination by asserting the basic evil of individual experience and the absolute necessity of the religion itself. This is simply a convenient way to accelerate a process that replaces the  thing [spirituality] with the symbol [religion].  

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This assertion, this statement that individual experience doesn’t count or is actually bad for you, is the most basic assertion of western religious experience.

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It conceals a belief that individual experience is secondary  to group experience.

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Thus, to the degree that it influences  modern people, it is a totalitarian belief system.

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One  person is in charge — the person who can most convincingly  assert his connection with a deity.   

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But religion in all its manifestations can never do more than symbolize the reality of individual religious and spiritual experience.

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Western religions are much more pretentious than many others, having debased even the symbol they are responsible for.

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Religion entrains  people to trust external value systems, to rely on a          fraudulent report of their own needs, with no real compass.  

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As just one example, having a large family used to be a virtue, now it is no longer so, and it is about to become  “morally wrong.”

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In the real world, very  soon, to bear one child will guarantee the death of another child — that is nature’s math, not mine.

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Unfortunately,  religion is using the same artifice in the modern  world that guided it through ancient times, but under  nature’s law there is no permanent solution to life’s  problems — we must change how we act in life, because life itself changes.     

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In a larger sense, religion’s power to conceal this fact  [overpopulation]shows the power of symbols to conceal the very things they are meant to reveal.   

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And, once again, it shows the inability of people [the symbol’s recipients] to see the difference between symbol and reality.     

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None of this is to say that spiritual experiences are  fraudulent.

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That is a question I am not competent to answer one way or another (except for myself).

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Answering this  question about religion is much easier — religion has          validity only to the degree that we are all identical, can  have meaningful spiritual experiences inside a building,  listening to the rantings of someone who pretends  attachment to a deity, and who needs us more than we need  him.       

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 To a person capable of original thought, religion as a belief system represents as much of an obstacle as does   government — a rigid system of facts, no ideas, no  openness.

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But the biggest threats to religion and government are the laws of nature, where constant change is more than just a fact of life — it is a requirement. 

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One Response to Symbol is not the thing it represents: God challenges the tormented [a passive-noun, a victim symbol] to forgive [an active-verb] the tormentor [with possibility of tormentor’s redemption via the spiritual power of God]

  1. Pingback: My hero Moses Gonsalves: His tormenters forget that a symbol (public servant) is not the thing (public patron) it represents | Curtis Narimatsu

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