At Amid Night Suns I post frequently about the issues of alternative spirituality, Gnosticism, metaphysics and the mythic imagination, and how all these topics are intimately interrelated. But I don't want my readers to think that I am against traditional forms of religion. I am not against religion at all - I am only against the spreading of hate and intolerance in religion's name. So often in our history humankind has used the concept of God to butcher our brothers and sisters and wage endless wars against those who believe differently to us. We fight wars over the supposed names of God; Yaweh, Jehovah, Allah, Krishna, Christ, and yet we often fail to take heed of the most important and nourishing aspects of these various connected stories.
We claim to believe in Love, but we hate so vigorously those who call God by a different name. And yet, get most sane people alone in a room, of any religious persuasion, in a relaxed and friendly discussion, and they will agree that God is Love, Joy, Wisdom and Brotherhood. It seems obvious to me that most sane Christians, Muslims, Jews, and people of various other faiths want nothing more than sustained peace and freedom in this world. And yet we have allowed small cliques of insane extremists to pervert our faiths and corrupt our religious institutions. I am not a religious man in the most obvious sense of the term, but I am most definitely a Believer. I know first-hand of the power of the mythic, religious imagination, and I have seen God's love change people of all faiths for the better. There may be those who argue that God is dead and that we no longer need religion, but we do need a healthy spirituality - and traditional religion is the way that most of the Earth's population connects authentically with the Spirit. If there is Love and Truth in your own private faith, I believe that you will at least appreciate what I'm trying to convey here. You will understand that the divine has gifted us with Free Will, to make of the Earth as we see fit. Are we going to choose selfishly and hatefully, and continue to bring suffering down upon us? Or are we going to choose wisely and compassionately, and be worthy of this mysterious, magical kingdom?
It is my belief that God is an all-pervasive and yet travelling Light, passing through the hearts of all sentient beings. The divine, creative force of the universe wants nothing more than to see us overturn this genocidal slavery we have built for ourselves. The divine wants to see us emancipated and liberated. In a traditional Christian sense we are His children, after all. What kind of father wants to see his children suffer? But a good father also knows that sometimes his children must face dangers in order to evolve. We are not alone in a merciless wasteland. There ARE forces trying to guide us back to sanity. We need to turn away from lies, greed and oppression of the Spirit, and begin the exodus towards a greater comprehension of ourselves and the divinity that birthed us. Regardless of the differing stories we hold dear, there are nearly seven billion souls residing in this Garden and all of them are equal in the eyes of the Creator.
Sometimes the divine, creative force sends us messengers of love; individuals and embodied stories designed to help us overthrow the darkness that has us so fervently in its clutches. Often times we debase and ridicule these messengers, arguing over their literal existence or their authenticity. We seem to usually ignore the message, or we pervert it in an attempt to continue waging the endless, petty wars. But messages of Love are also calls to make Holy this Earth we all share, to rise above our differences and stand together in a union of minds and hearts. In stories and legends there are those who came here to give us hope, and to consecrate the Earth.
Usually when mankind speaks of religious revelation we imagine destruction and judgement. But destruction and judgement has been with us for a long time now. Everything we fear is already coming to pass. We imagine an Apocalypse? We are already in the throes of an Apocalypse. We imagine the End of Days? Our days are already getting figuratively shorter, as the Darkness attempts to banish all Light from our hearts. My point is that as sentient, imagining creatures we are the union between Heaven and Earth. Although we are planted firmly in the flesh we often catch glimpses and intimations of Heaven. Regardless of your view concerning the literal existence of spiritual entities there is one place where God, his angels and the forces of the Fallen are inarguably real and powerful - in the realms of the imagination. So, what do you choose to see? This sojourn of the physical is only temporary. Sooner or later you will return to the Spirit. What are we as individuals and as a collective going to choose to leave behind? If there is such a thing as a loving God, whatever name we give him, I'm sure of one thing - he wants us to gain spiritual knowledge. He wants us to see.