Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Deleting Empty-Bucket Words: God, Spirit, Love
For a long time, I and many others have been frustrated with 3 words: God, Spirit, and Love.
So much miscommunication with only 3 terms!
Because each of those words has so many different contrary meanings--so many contradictory fillings, that in articles, books, debates, group conversations, and dialogues, they almost mean
both nothing and everything.
Each is an empty bucket.
God, for instance, is a series of squiggles and a sound that various groups of humans pour/dump/force opposite stuff into whether it’s gold, pyrite, sludge, or manure.
And this has been going on for thousands of years among billions of humans in various diverse societies and social groups.
Repeatedly, when I’ve stated why I think God is real, atheists have belittled and denied the term as fallacious, while all sorts of religionists have strongly agreed and affirmed the Supreme Being.
But then confused chaos--semantic hell hurricanes up.
What the atheists and the religionists mean by the term is totally contrary to everything I think.
Indeed, often their negative or positive definitions of "God" are so horrific, they exceed all of my worst nightmares.
In the last couple of years, I have documented many detailed examples of this semantic confusion, this empty-bucket-ness. And it only seems to be getting worse.
While the basic definition in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary:
"God: 1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality,"
is denotative and open enough for myself, it doesn't work for many others.
Since, there is plenty of evidence already given on the confusions, I am going to jump right to suggestions for new terms.
Transcendent Reality, (or Ultimate or Essential) with an emphasis upon the concept that T.U.E.R. is “beyond” matter and energy.
Of course, already a few atheists have responded with the question what is “ultimate”?
That’s why I also mention “transcendent” and “essential,” and then recommend such questioners to the dictionary.
At least “ultimate reality” dispenses with the caricature that most atheists insist
the word “god” means—an “invisible super-omni-man in the sky.”
Where they got this simplistic, anthropomorphic view of God, I’m not sure,
but most theists don't think that is what God means.
I never thought God was an invisible powerful man in the sky,
not even when I was 8 years old, and a devout fundamentalist Baptist.
My new term will also, hopefully, unsettle religionists, and help them realize that I don’t believe in the God of creedal Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Hinduism.
Love: Compassion, empathy, kindness, benevolence, altruism.
When I say that all humans ought to focus on ultimate reality and be compassionate and empathetic to all others, hopefully, that will be more clear than the old words and phrases.
Wish me luck;-).
In the Light,