Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Holy Mysteries

Theologian Karl Rahner once said that we should stop using the word God for 50 years because we really do not know what we are really talking about. We should refer instead refer to "The Holy Mysteies".

Just a thought on this Sunny Sunday.


Jow said...

I can't explain why, but that made me really happy. Thanks dude.

WitchDoctorJoe said...

This is the second time today I've heard this,and the second time I've loved it.

Some Native Americans call it "The Great Mystery" acknowledging the fact that they don't know. I like that too.

As a Wiccan I acknowledge the God and Goddess, as expressions of the divine masculine and divine feminine.

But it is their Divine Union, which we call the Dryghten, that is the "Great & Holy Mystery" which is beyond our understanding and comprehension.

I think understanding, accepting and admitting that we don't understand it is a necessary step towards enlightenment.

Blessed Be.

Apuleius Platonicus said...

I would prefer people to stop using "God", but replace it with "Gods".

The word "God" (male, singular), in my opinion, should only be used by those who accept the jealous, angry, vengeful and umambiguously male "God" of the Abrahamic faiths.

All to often, though, "God" is used by Pagans, Buddhists, Hindus and others as a catch-all term for The Divine. In that case "The Holy Mysteries" is certainly preferable.

Jason Miller, said...

Well, I think we went over this before here so I wont re-hash it.

Suffice to say that I do not share your opinions of God in the Abrahamic faiths. If you are to judge a religion only by its most recent and most ignorant manifestations than they all pretty well suck.

The God spoken of by mystics and contemplatives in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is not jealous, angry, vengeful or for that matter unambiguously male.

Albiana said...

You'd mentioned Theologian Karl Rahner, but for some reason, my brain went to the mental file which said "Carl Reiner"...and really, I think they both might have the same opinion on the subject.

Am really enjoying your blog.

Apuleius Platonicus said...

>> Suffice to say that I do not share your opinions of God in the Abrahamic faiths. <<

Hmmm. I wasn't really stating an "opinion." The sacred texts of the Abrahamic faiths are pretty clear about the qualities and characteristics of their "God."

Jason Miller, said...

Yes, clearly when Christ said that the main mission after loving God was to Love your Neighbor as yourself, he was being very jealous, angry, and vengeful.

If you spew fundamentalist hate from a Pagan angle, it doesn't make you any better than those that do it from a Monotheistic angle.

Its just sad.