Human Traits and Attributes

Lee_Broom

Why do we describe God with human traits and attributes?

If God is limited to doing what humans do, only better, how is this helpful?

If we describe God in terms that do not apply to mankind, what would they be?

What are the missing attributes which would complete us?

Do you often wish you possessed the ability to Love at will? Or to stop? At will?

Are there moments in your life when you wish that you possessed total knowledge of past and future as well as current events?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you did not feel powerless when confronted with problems?

Are you troubled when you lose your car keys? Your glasses? The name of a friend or perhaps even a beloved family member?

When you ask for help what new trait or attribute that you feel you lack do you suppose will be present when a solution to a given problem becomes apparent

Doing Well

If you accepted the notion that Love is the only power greater than yourself, how would you explain that?

If you argued for a Power that did things for you, how would you describe that Power?

If you could describe God, what would you say?

If you were elected to be the Ruler of the Universe what Powers would you need to do your job well?

If at the end of your first term you were judged on how well you did your job, who would be your judge?

What was it that killed the neighbor’s kitty?

Curiosity killed the cat, caught the catfish and fed Fred. Curiosity is the key to change, discovery and the next thing. Without curiosity there would be nothing new; there would be no joy, no one to read these words. Curiosity feeds fin, fowl and the hairy beast; it draws us to the stars and transforms chimps to champs as the pursuit of solutions straightens the back, calms the brow and finds more and more uses for finger dexterity.

Curiosity compels those who possess it to improve; it enhances desire and defines progress. Plato possessed it. You possess it. So do I. So does the rat in the Skinner cage. Curiosity gives way to discovery, change and an opportunity to gather knowledge. What will we learn? Can we depend on what we learn? Knowledge often disappoints. Today’s knowledge is soon replaced or enhanced by tomorrow’s startling revelation. We depend heavily on that which promises to fulfill our need for Truth. Failure to do so often results in supplanting knowledge with belief. Knowledge depends on measurable, observable events. Belief can be supported by knowledge but more often relies simply upon habit or on faith. If the supply of observable events is low, the believer may seek information which seems to support a preferred theory. The most readily available tool for adding strength to these methods is the tool of Affirmation. Where Curiosity is a means of Discovering Reality, Affirmation supplies a method for Creating Reality.

Though gathering knowledge brings with it the joy of discovery and the alluring thrill of adventure, it is also very stressful; we are incapable of spending all our waking hours in pursuit of new and better answers to the questions which assail our brains even as we sleep. Life does not provide enough time for gathering a supply of information adequate to the task of bolstering the confidence of those who seek it. There is only one immediate reward, the alluring promise of Truth. However, one who is experienced in the techniques of gathering information understands the temporary nature of that which appears to be a revealed “Truth”. The ardent researcher realizes that the quality of this objectively acquired “information” is dependent to some degree on additional “News” as yet undiscovered. Some of us can live with that; most of us cannot. We need something reliable, something Never-changing. Some of us can satisfy this need with a philosophy of observable, behavioral principles of social behavior. Some need something more reliable, something which though difficult to prove is equally difficult to disprove, therefore somewhat defensible. In this category can be found the religious and the atheists of the world, both intent on securing the title of Most Knowledgeable on the subject of God. The greatest of their differences seems to be whether to capitalize God’s name.

“Seek and ye shall find” says Scripture. “Wait long enough and you will be provided with plenty of support for whatever you choose to believe” taunts the Scholar. There are testimonials supporting every idea known to mankind.

The religious among us argue for the virtue of Faith. Yet a well founded religion built over time already has all the answers. Some might argue that a much greater degree of faith is needed on order to live the life of a Scholar. The Scholar, unlike those whose Rock is contained in their religion, lacks the reassurance of “the Group”. This individual has already observed Change. The Scholar has very little to depend on, in the way of Timeless Information and must maintain an extremely high level of Integrity. The Scholar is motivated by adventure and knows the Joy of Discovery discarded by many of us as we leave our childhood behind.

In order to maintain the level of integrity required to live such a life, the Scholar must face the possibility of living out an existence filled with loneliness. It is much more difficult to build a society around a concept of “Lack” than of “Abundance”. Only the Religious have “All the Answers”. The Scholar is faced with the temporary nature of discovered information. The religious among us have for the most part, an explanation of life which supplies them with a hope of “Life Everlasting”. The Scholar must settle for knowing that though he will not be provided with enough answers to turn this lifetime or anything to follow into Nirvana, there is a well supported belief that Science and sound thinking can and must improve the lot of all mankind. The same can be said for those whose life is supported by their Religion.

If the reader was expecting to be persuaded to one or the other method of gathering information, I apologize. And to those who fit into neither category, I offer my condolences. To know only a desire to satisfy the most temporary needs of the moment must be the most desperate approach to life, though I doubt that such knowledge is disturbing to chimps.

From True Love – Total Knowledge

As I remember, Bill Cosby’s account of the encounter of Noah by God, elicited this response. “Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight”. My guess is that among religious groups everywhere there are large numbers of their population who when told of God’s Wonder say to their Secret Selves, “Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight”.

I once asked the question “If there is a God, how would this God be described?”

A few years later, “If God is all-powerful, what is God’s Power?”

Again, later, “What is the Greatest Power imaginable?”

Still later,  “What is it that as a member of the Natural World I can never have, but which I desire above all else?”

A thought eventually came to me; the answer to all of these questions appeared to be the same: The combination of Perfect Love and Complete Knowledge.

When YHWH was asked by Moses to produce his credentials, the answer was simply “I Am.” When asked for confirmation the response was “I Am that I Am.”  No mention was made of time or space or the occupants thereof.

Many centuries later Jesus in his claim to the throne described himself as the Alpha and the Omega, thus equating the Beginning with the End rendering Time as non-existent.

Some would say in response to my conclusion that God is Perfect Love and Complete Knowledge, that guy is an Atheist. Others would say that I have described God. What would you say?

From True Love – Total Knowledge by Lee Broom.

Goodbye

We said “goodbye” this afternoon
For some, I thought you left too soon
God’s will they say, But no, not I
My God is Love, and in that tune
Love defined which does not Judge
It knows no Higher Power
There is no higher Power
Than Love.

You know that don’t you Jeannie?

Goodbye.

The Gifts of Love and Knowledge.

True Knowledge

True knowledge is not a list of facts; it is a set of instructions. That is my gift to you, Grandson. Happy Birthday.

Great Grandmother Lena Belle Broom to Lee Broom on his fifth birthday as she handed over a brightly wrapped package containing a Webster’s Dictionary.

True Love

True Love is not simply the feeling that we get when someone is doing something really great for us. True Love is the Healing taking place, the very Face of God emerging in both them and us.

Mother Teresa.

Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package.

Buddha.