CRITICALLY THINKING EUROPEANS’ GODS (35)
The word “God” is a European invention whose etymology comes from a wide variety of sources. Examples: (1) Old English, the One, the Being, Deity; (2) Teutonic, a personal object of religious worship—applied to superhuman beings of heathen mythologies who exercise power over nature and humans + images of supernatural Beings or trees, pillars, etc., used as symbols. (3) Indo-European, that which is “invoked.” Most everyone has ideas about their God—but no two are the same—none are complete—and perhaps only a rare few know how they arose. Primitive Europeans of 45,000 years ago created gods in their own image and that has remained the “skeleton” for all subsequent European gods in religion, philosophy, and other arears embraced by Europeans (Bailey, Stopping the Violence). There has been a constant conflict throughout the whole history of European Religious Thought about the various forms of their various gods. Some say the supreme question has been between Teleological and Mechanical Explanations for God and the Universe. Since 65% of all ancient Greek scholars studied at the feet of African Sages in Africa, they brought back concepts which they used to formulate Teleological Thought. However, by being a semi-barbaric people, even Greek scholars could not comprehend the extremely high knowledge of African Tradition discoveries about God’s Correspondence nature. Plato and Aristotle laid out the extremely complex ideas about Teleology (Gr. Goal)–the oldest mode of explanation of human conduct. A crude over-simplification is that just as orchestral instruments combine to make symphonic music, Aristotle said every separate thing has its purpose to make the world whole and serve one complete purpose. The purpose found in Nature required a purposeful Designer. But he and others said this Intelligence exists either in the Natural world or outside it. Contrary to African Tradition, this European God’s assumed Intelligence is separated from its creatures and creations. Cosmological Teleology would not fit with Cosmic Reality because it omits human’s exercise of Free Will and makes no allowances for Play or Music.
Mechanical Explanations set out by the ancient Greek Atomist, Democritus is crudely summarized as the universe works like a giant machine—all according to physical laws of Cause and Effect—and no living thing has a choice. What happens by immediately preceding conditions is illustrated by a baseball moving the way it does because it has been struck by a bat. By contrast, Teleology says that what happens is because of a goal yet to be achieved, as the motion of a baseball could be explained as a result of the batter’s aim. Vitalism differs somewhat from Mechanism by their advocates’ invention of a special Supernatural agent to explain Cosmic happenings. The ancient Roman “Numinous Religion —i.e. being filled up with a Supernatural Numen presence pertaining to something both with a value (e.g. the “excitement” of sought after Material “Things” and military victories) and an objective reality (e.g. the indulging of a human’s animalistic desires)—gained from visual experiences. Of course, there are countless other explanations for God—e.g. in C17, “Nature” was substituted for “God”.
All four of these religious categories fail to satisfy each Cosmic Wholism requirement. For example, as vital parts to the Cosmic Wholism, all real creatures and creations are interconnected, interrelated, all interdependently do its independent things to benefit the whole, possess Continuity (Unity running through Multiplicity), and maintain their integrity. The Mechanical does not work because it fails to explain the Orderliness in Nature; the adaptations of part to part; or the interdependent growth of organic things from inside out. But to “Invoke” God is what most theories share in common—i.e. to petition for help or support; to appeal to or cite as authority; to call forth in Incantations (magic formula); Conjure (to effect, as by magic); to put into effect or operation. Invokes’ significance implies European gods are separate from humans and what they do—whether in this world but especially in the Supernatural World; that Believers, by choice, are in control (i.e. in a superior position) of the gods appearances or disappearances; and these gods are anthropomorphic beings—meaning the ascription of human form and/or characteristics to a deity or to any Thing not human. Although these four have long ago been abandoned by experimental European biologists, their auras, atmospheres, patterns remain in full force today, even to the point of continued beliefs by many Europeans. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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