Saturday, July 9, 2016

The In-Visible God

These quotes – from many places – are all about the God of the coming, new age. The invisible God separated from the world is losing its effect on people. That invisible God can only survive by incarnating in the visible world of dust, sweat, and tears. The invisible will be present in the visible; the visible will be transparent to the invisible. But these authors explain my idea much better than I do:
I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and hear, all ye ends of the earth, for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why He interferes with the affairs of man.God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make himself visible—I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another.In order to understand the subject of the dead, for consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how He came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see.These ideas are incomprehensible to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did. – Joseph Smith, The King Follett Discourse
Establishing contact with a God we cannot see is like trying to make eye contact with the limitless vastness of outer space, or like being on the lookout in mid-ocean but not being able to see anything but endless sky and sea. Establishing contact with a God we can see is like making eye contact with a person in the air or on the sea, whose arms then reach out, inviting us into an embrace. – Emanuel Swedenborg, “True Christianity”
Once did people say God, when they looked out upon distant seas; now, however, have I taught you to say, overman. God is a conjecture: but I do not wish your conjecturing to reach beyond your creating will. Could you create a God? – Then, I pray you, be silent about all gods! But you could well create the overman. – Friedrich Nietzsche, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”
There is some analogy between the relations established by the world of man with the divine world and by the human kingdom with the animal kingdom. Oxygen and carbonic acid are in-breathed and out-breathed by man. The plant-kingdom breathes out oxygen; man breathes out love — since the separation of the sexes. The Gods are nourished by this effluence of love.How comes it that the animals and man out-breathe love?The occultist sees in the man of today a being in the full swing of evolution. Man is at the same time a fallen God and a God in the becoming.The kingdom of the heavens is nourished by the effluence of human love. Ancient Greek mythology expresses this reality when it speaks of nectar and ambrosia. The Gods are so far above man that their natural tendency would be to subjugate him. But there is a half-way state of being between man and the Gods, just as the mistletoe is half-way between the plant and the animal. It is represented by Lucifer and the Luciferian element. – Rudolf Steiner, “An Esoteric Cosmology”
“The Survivor of Hathsin,” Yomen said. “He died. How is it that people worship him?Vin shrugged. “It used to be common to worship gods that one couldn’t see.”Perhaps, Yomen said. “I have…read of such things, though I find them difficult to understand. Faith in an unseen god – what sense does that make? Why reject the god that they lived with for so long – the one that they could see, and feel – in favor of one that died? One that the Lord Ruler himself struck down?” – Brandon Sanderson, “The Hero of Ages”
The continuing, direct operation of the Holy Ghost on those who are called to be God’s children implies, in fact, a broadening process of incarnation. Christ, the son begotten by God, is the first-born who is succeeded by an ever-increasing number of younger brothers and sisters . . . The indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the third Divine Person, in man brings about a Christification of many . . . The future indwelling of the Holy Ghost in man amounts to a continuing incarnation of God. – Carl Jung, “Answer to Job”