This-essay is a7609101.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %GOD 760910 God is always a mystery to men and women. They have a tendency to regard God as another pole in a possible relationship; an object/subject-like person characterized by consciousness, thought, feeling, decisions; existing in space-time. To do so is to elevate an element of reality to a position of transcending reality of which it is a part. This is the occasion for many difficulties in the perception of the nature of reality, and of the relationships which make it what it is. It has been said that God is Love. Love is not a pole in a possible relationship. Love is relationship. The opposite of love is the absence of meaningful relationship. Love is relationship in which there is no blockage to mutual awareness and mutual understanding. The opposite of love is extreme blockage of mutual awareness and understanding; a condition variously called estrangement, alienation, excommunication, banishment, insanity, sin, and fallen. The opposite of love is not another pole in a possible relationship; an object/subject, like a person characterized by consciousness, thought, feeling, decisions; existing in space-time. The opposite of love is not the Devil. Objectification of the opposite of love follows naturally from the objectification of love. To say that love is God, and God is a person, is to open the door to saying that the opposite of God is a person called the Devil. This opens the door to an eternal war between the supreme agent of good and the supreme agent of evil, and so to continual wars between volunteers in the battle between good and evil. By tradition, the volunteers in support of the supreme agent of good, disobey the commandment that they do not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. To worship God as an object, or even as a supreme person, is to confuse human relationships. To know God as Love manifested in loving personal relationships of meeting basic human needs for health, freedom, bodily sustenance, companionship; is true liturgy (work of people) and true worship (worth-condition). True love has integrity; uniting agape, philos, and eros in meaningful personal relationships. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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