EUROPEAN GOD CONCEPT CONFLICTS
From observation and research it is my opinion that the one Universal High God of African Tradition and the European God are not the same, despite being presented as the same by Europeans to Black People. The hub of Europeans’ Religious Wheel concerns primary questions of God’s existence while its spokes pertain mainly to problematic relations of the world and humans to the gods and/or their God. To illustrate, imagine standing a huge stopwatch on its edge; the hands of the timer point to zero at the top of the watch; and that the top of the watch symbolizes African Tradition’s one Universal High God. Except for Zero, all other 359 degree positions of the hands of the watch represent European concepts about God. Perhaps the story starts with the origin of Europeans 45,000 years ago in a harsh environment and success for anyone depended (among others) on describing and handling whatever they encountered. These early ideas, which conform to aims of modern science, indicated some kind of order to which their observations conformed and belonged. By them being Material world oriented, the typical order sought consisted of artifact type laws (i.e. uniformities) governing the Thing because their most important laws first discovered and established were of Mechanics. Fruitfulness from Mechanical laws led to every other European science attempting to approximate to the Mechanical School. For example, Ancient Africans said “Nature” is the God Substance the Cosmic Spirit impregnates into the essence of God’s creatures and creations. This Substance imparts the life giving elements for the physical development and spirit evolution of each. So, in African Tradition “Nature” is the Cosmic Organism in action–a system of interconnecting, independently acting, and interdependently interacting God manifestations in accordance with their God assigned identities, and powered by God’s Laws.
By contrast, although ancient Greeks learned these African concepts from studying in Africa, they changed it to say “Nature” includes everything there is. Greek Sophists contrasted the “natural” (what anything is originally) with the “Conventional” (i.e. what is the result of human intervention, as by human laws and customs based upon Mechanics). In this way, they made distinctions between the “Natural,” “Humans,” and the Super-humans. Owing partly to the influence of the Greek Plato and partly to the influence of European Christianity, the human body and mind were set sharply against one another. Thus, they separated “Nature” (i.e.”the world and the flesh”) into material and mechanical parts of the universe only–a seemingly small distinction subsequently making a world of difference in shaping minds of the world’s peoples. In the doubting of God, influential Athetist Europeans said nothing explains itself and all other explanations fall short of showing in any exhaustive way why anything is as it is, or why there is anything at all. By assuming nothing could come out of just nothing, they explained the course of Cosmic events out of a made-up ‘blind force’ Supernatural reality–itself not to be understood or explained in the normal way or at all. To account for the rest of the Universe being in the Supernatural meant embracing the concept of Contingencies. Contingencies are very much like the grammatical Subjunctive Mood which expresses uncertainty or non-factuality through such key words as “can, possible, would be, or may.” Within this context and despite doing violence to careful observations about the Universe, (1) the Cosmic Mechanical Artifacts concept (C19) has dominated.
Other European Supernatural God-related theories or substitutes located at different points around the stopwatch include: (2) quasi-mechanical believers who assume there is an element of spontaneity or freedom in all living organisms to account for the facts of observation; (3) Libertarians propose absolute freedom in a possible course of action, entirely uninfluenced by the past and the agent’s character; (4) believers in the Ceramic Cosmic Creation (Potter God); (5) the “God is dead!” group saying the Cosmos is run by blind energy gyrations. (6) Agnostics–there is no proof of God but do not deny the possibility. Most believe the Supernatural and/or the Spiritual home of God is unknowable, making it impossible to prove its existence or nonexistence. (7) Atheists–nothing beyond sense perceptions is real–all else is imagination or insanity. If not denying God’s existence, most are unsure and (8) some hope God is not; (9) materialist Epicureans disbelieved in a Cosmic Order; (10) those declaring a Supernatural God with a white beard–sitting on a church throne surrounded by adoring angels at an alter–who tells certain humans the message to convey to the people; (11) Stoics believed in a world-soul controlling everything; (12) Theists are believers, relying on faith in a God who created humanity and the Cosmos. jabaileymd.com
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