The Error of Monotheism

I have previously mentioned how Middle Eastern religions like Judeo-Christianity misunderstand the nature of god by ignorantly positing an anthropomorphized being as the invisible controller of reality. The other significant error of monotheism is that it asserts a force separate and apart from the individual, one in need of worship, one that is incomprehensible, indemonstrable, and can only be imagined. While polytheism uses its gods to convey cultural knowledge through metaphors and archetypes, monotheism is detached from real life and wants to claim exclusive but undisclosed and undisclosable knowledge of the universe.

If you study the history and culture that preceded the inventions of the various Middle Eastern religions, you can clearly see the psychology that necessitated its worldview and was attracted to its claims. This also explains why the tradition of European spirituality and polytheism is so different from Judeo-Christian values and beliefs, as well as infinitely more healthy and enlightened.

Just as some aspects of Eastern religions share the same truths and real-world orientation as traditional (pre-Judeo-Christian) European beliefs, there were once Gnostics in the Middle East who had some of the basic insight about life that shed light on reality instead of obscuring it with supernatural nonsense. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures reveal a great deal about this because they do not believe in the fragmented, externalized view of reality that eventually rose in prominence and crippled Europe for more than a thousand years with its spiritual disease.

Orthodox Jews and Christians insist that a chasm separates humanity from Its creator: God is wholly other. But some of the Gnostics who wrote these gospels contradict this: self-knowledge is knowledge of God; the self and the divine are identical.

This also shows that "god" was not considered a being that floated in the sky, but was a cultural construct to designate an individual's understanding of life. While this is no longer an obvious observation in today's society where most people's thoughts consist of what the media tells them to believe, in older times there used to be people who looked at the world around them and came to know themselves and their surroundings. I will write more about the importance of this idea and its origin in traditional spirituality in a future sermon.

In the lifespan of civilization, the influence of Middle Eastern religions is very new and its results have been horrific. If you have an interest in finding out about real life, study the traditions, values, symbols, concepts, art, and meaning of the culture that your ancestors possessed prior to the Judeo-Christian invasion. In it they documented wisdom that is now largely unknown to the uninitiated, but remains just as useful today as it was thousands of years ago. Though they didn't possess complex technology, they were culturally, socially, and philosophically more advanced than modern civilization. It is our birthright to taste the knowledge that is part of our heritage and will keep us connected to the special roots from whence we came.

To know reality better than others is our greatest advantage over the delusional Judeo-Christian mindset. While they spin in confusion and vigorously ponder the simplest things, we intuitively grasp everything in the world and consequently find success with ease.

May the gap widen as we build the future while the ignorant continue to dig their living graves.

April 18, 2002