Orthodox Christian Theology has been around from well before the beginning of this country. "God" is assumed to be, taken for granted as, the background prop holding things together. "The Father Almighty." "The Maker of Heaven and Earth." "Garden of Eden," "Sin," "Atonement," "Forgiveness," "Hell," "Blah, Blah, Blah..." All of it has been invented/inherited through the ages as the way things are. Sin was made up to explain the collapse of The Chosen People, their defeat by the Babylonians (609 BCE) and the deportation of the upper levels of society to Babylon until their release and return (538 BCE). "It is the punishment of God because we sinned!" Heaven and hell developed over time to explain the deaths of righteous people of God in wars with pagan forces as places where the good would be rewarded and evil people punished. All of theology has been created to make us feel better about the way things are, to help us reconcile ourselves to the bitter contradictions in our life experience ("Truth forever on the scaffold/ Wrong forever on the throne" -- James Russell Lowell). Extending the time period in which Right will be rewarded and Wrong will be punished, manages the incongruities between a loving God and the inequities of life. We have been at it so long that it has become the backdrop of the culture worldwide, and we are not free to explore alternative possibilities as the foundation for life between the visible and invisible "worlds" of our experience. We are left with taking up the Quest for making sense of the nonsense of life on our own, seeking ways to accommodate ourselves to the dichotomies/polarities/contradictions at work in our lives and providing ourselves with a grounding perspective for interpreting the contraries and incompatibilities of our umwelt, maintaining our balance and harmony. keeping ourselves on "The Path," and guiding ourselves along "the way." Being conscious of the importance of this work, and going about it in a deliberate/intentional way keeps us centered and focused on the task of mindfully adjusting ourselves to the requirements of here/now reality throughout the days of our life.
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Yes! Truth! and a great Lowell quote!
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