Whatever the question, the answer is always, "Back to the silence!" The silence knows the answer to everything. The silence knows all. Everything that has been added to the world over time-- the things that were not original with the beginning-- emerged from the silence. The silence is the origin of everything. The duality of yin/yang, contradiction, complexity, conflict, opposition, dichotomy and contrary comes straight from the heart of the silence. We are divided at the core. On the one hand this, on the other hand that. This is the way things are, and this is the way things also are. We all are always Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus of Nazareth in the Garden of Gethsemane, deciding what is to be done in response to what is before us here and now. The choices of Eden and Gethsemane are the same choices. In every moment of each situation as it arises. We live in light of what? We decide in life of what? What is being asked of us here and now? Sit still. Be quiet. Wait. Watch. For the mud to settle and the water to clear, and the way to arise, emerge, appear, occur to us, reveal itself to us, call to us, urge/compel us to action out of the silence. After all these years, we can't improve on the silence as a reliable guide, even though we are the one who must wrestle with the conflict of interests and values complicating matters and making things interesting at the heart of life and being. What to do is the mystery upon which everything depends, and its up to us. Our part in the play is to decide what to do here and now in each situation as it arises. That's where we come in. He said, laughing.
The themes of our existence have been identified over time, and pertain to us as individuals and as a species. Bondage and Freedom, Guilt and Redemption, Death and Resurrection, Lost and Found, Blindness and Vision, Darkness and Light, Greed and Generosity, Ruthlessness and Compassion, Selfishness and Altruism, Evil and Good... The extremes of human nature are encountered and worked out in our lifetime and in the collective experience of humanity as a whole. Our original nature tilts us toward one end of the scale or the other, and by our choices, we build momentum toward the extremes, or a harmonious balance between them over time. "Live toward the center" is the best advice one generation can offer another. "Integrate the opposites!" "Maintain the tension!" "Bear the pain!" "Avoid the extremes!" "Hold everything in your awareness!" "Do not take anything with more seriousness than it deserves!" "Make your peace with the way things are and also are!" "Do what you can to make things as good as they can be for all concerned!" "Strive to do no harm!" And let that be that.
The problem with God is that God is not free to be who God is because God is bound to the image formed by the Judeo-Christian Tradition. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father of the Only Begotten Son of God Our Lord Jesus Christ, and there can be no other God but the God the Jews and Christians call God. God is who the Jews and Christians say God is. God is not free to be different from the God the Jews and Christians declare to be God. A God who is bound to the doctrines and dogmas of organized religion is not free to be God as only God can be God. Thus, the need of a new name for God-- a new name that is not in any way tied to and bound up in the concepts, ideas, beliefs and opinions of the Judeo-Christian Tradition. The new name has to be free of all associations, and free for unlimited and unrestricted possibilities of development in the way of creative understanding and interpretation. Starting with this: "The God who is God is beyond all concepts of God, and nothing can be said of God beyond saying nothing can be said." That name could be "The Unknown and Unknowable," "The Source and Goal," "The Silence," "The Stillness," "The Presence," etc. With the only stipulation being No Theology is to be developed around the new name of God. A God who is theology-free is the only God who is free to be God. And a God who is not free to be God is not worthy of the name of God, no matter what it might be.