David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants,
as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time;
and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they received not of me.
David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my
servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of
these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore
he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit
them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord.
...and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
~ Exodus 23:7
And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword
by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every
man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
~ Exodus 32:27
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he
laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not;
but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
~ I Samuel 15:2-3
And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him, for the Lord hath
delivered him into thy hands;
Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better
that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.
How can one come to know God (or what is good) using a book filled with conflicting
- Logic can only tell you what is false. It cannot tell you what is true.
- Propositions and premises which conflict with one another strongly imply that
the framework is false and does not come from God.
- Propositions which conflict and contradict create nonsense, and nonsense can never
When all the propositions and conclusions are in agreement, how can we know if
something is true?
III. TRUTH SYSTEMS
A. Truth as: COHERENCE All propositions ‘cohere’ (all propositions support each other)
B. Truth as: CORRESPONDENCE The proposition ‘corresponds’ to observable fact
C. Truth as: “WHAT WORKS” The argument of utility: the truth principle which allows
humans to create the future reality of what shall be real. Truth as ‘what works’
is a creative process. It is the realm of dreamers, mystics, and visionaries.
D. Truth as: BEAUTY The proposition advanced by God that all things which are beautiful
contain, within the essence of their nature, a truth which can only be felt by the
touch of the ineffable.
“Find the thing that is beautiful, and in its shadow you will find the truth.”
IV. TRUE FAITH
A. True faith is not rooted in mere feelings, it must also be rooted in reason.
Faith must be reasonable so that the fewest assumptions need to be made.
B.The ‘reason’ which underlies true faith becomes the conceptual construct which
empowers the mind, soul and spirit of a true believer.
C. True faith produces feelings of awe and wonder; feelings which are sublime and
ineffable - leaving the true believer calm, peaceful, kind, humorous, etc.
D. True faith is the force which reveals the mind of God in your life. It is not
rooted in ignorance or mere feelings, it is rooted in intelligence. Why? Because
God is an intelligent, exalted, glorified human being.
E. Faith and reason are like the shoes on your feet, you need both to make the journey.
Without one or the other, you are likely to cripple yourself, making the journey
more difficult. Reason without faith is blind, and faith without reason is dangerous.
In order for any belief in God to be relevant, then such a belief must have real
world value. For any belief in God to have real world value, it must:
A. accept the real world for what it is. This entails accepting the real world as
defined by nature and by such sciences as attempt to explain the real world.
B. by using the Law of Explacandum, explain the real connection between man and
nature, ie: the rise of human society with all its art, and science, as well as The
Great Leap Forward as acknowledged by anthropologists.
C. Promote the continuing evolution of the human species - going from less to greater.
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who
has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect
has intended us to forgo their use.”
~ Galileo Galilei
For you know yourselves
how that if a house be divided against itself, it is unable to stand;
for such divisions and contentions do fill the whole of you with all manner of uncertainty
and confusion regarding the issues
To understand - in a truly profound way - the teachings found in the Song of God,
we must apply ourselves to the laws which govern intelligent thought. If God is intelligent,
then our approach to understanding God must also be intelligent. Any methodology
used to answer spiritual questions must be rooted in reason.
Reason empowers faith, it does not end it.
Reason helps us to create a solid framework of belief wherein given premises and
propositions work in support of every other premise and proposition within the framework.
Propositions and premises conflicting with one another, strongly imply the framework
is false and does not come from God. Any system of belief which does not adhere to
the laws of intelligent thought creates not only confusion, but nonsense; and nonsense,
regardless of how sincerely one might believe it, can never be true.
It is morally wrong to kill a human in the name of religion, nationalism, or justice,
for whenever we kill our fellow man, we strike at the very birthseed of God.