When Carl Jung was asked if he believed in God, he replied: "I do not believe. I know." I would have said, "I do not believe in believing." "God" as we have been taught of "God" exists only as the production/projection of human beings, forced onto us by an orthodox priesthood with their livelihood at stake in selling their idea of God to the people protecting their lives and providing the wherewithal for their existence. "God" is the product of some priesthood throughout time. Which "God" we are talking about when we say, "Do you believe in God?" depends upon the priesthood in charge of generating the idea of God behind the question. The transcendent ground/foundation/background/matrix of life exists only as experience and has from the beginning of experience, but must be "theologized" in order to be worth anything to those who would profit from its presence. Knowing "God" is experiencing the transcendent beyond experience without theology or belief. Without attempting to manipulate/control transcendent reality in serving the perceived interests/needs of "believers." The experience of transcendent reality is enhanced by the right kind of silence in the presence of nature, art and music, or the wonder of anything capable of generating wonder-- but it cannot be produced at will or made to perform as directed. What it means, how it might be used in the service of our wants and desires, what its purpose is, and how it spends its time on its days off are all open to speculation, but the transcendent is beyond all thought and conversation, and we are best served by it by leaving it as a source of awe and wonder, and understanding our role in this scheme of things as being extensions of transcendence ourselves, and treating one another as though we are, with honor and respect and mutual care and support throughout all the days of our lives.
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Truth! I especially love the idea of the Transcendent having days off.