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Thread #109167   Message #2282598
Posted By: Little Hawk
07-Mar-08 - 08:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Well, Peace, certain Christian sects are both monotheistic AND believe in the Trinity. That is, they have decided to take the One God and divide Him into 3 aspects.

Fine. Why not? I could divide a man into 3 aspects too, if I wanted to: Father, husband, and son. He would still be one man.

The Hindus take the One Transcendent (which is immeasurable and indescribable) and they then divide it into literally thousands of symbolic gods, goddesses, and attributes...mainly so that simple people have some visual symbols they can pray to, focuson, and relate to.

The thing that makes the Judeo-Christian-Muslim triumvirate essentially monotheistic is Jehovah/Allah, the Father God. The fact that certain Christians have chosen to complicate the matter further with the Trinity concept has not in any way displaced the Father God as the one reigning supreme (conceptually), and he's a very anthropomorphic God. He seems very human.

The Eastern approach is different. As one approaches the One in the East, one does not ultimately find a human-like Father-God, one finds an indescribable and immeasurable and timeless infinite that encompasses all symbols...a principle of eternal being...something that cannot even be expressed in human language or grasped by human thought, but only approached through symbol and metaphor, and only experienced through surrender and "silence" (silence of the ever-chattering mind).

Who can silence the monkey mind? Can you? I have the greatest difficulty in doing so, I must say.