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Tag: God

Statement VIII

Corollary 4-1: There is a Personal Connection to God (The Inner Light Corollary)

By the Pervasive Principle (P4), God is All. Therefore, we are a part of God. We have a personal, direct connection to God. The Quakers call this “that of God within us” or (my preference) “the inner light.” We do not need someone else to mediate between us and God.

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Statement VII

Principle 4: God is All (The Pervasive Principle)

The unity of all things postulated in the Unity Principle (P3) is God. God is the unity of all things. I came to this conclusion soon after my experience of the unity of all things. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the unity of all things was exactly what I had postulated God to be oh so long ago. Something beyond our normal experience and at the same time beyond our understanding. The unity of all things was the God I had been looking for.

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Statement III

This post discusses the three corollaries of the Ineffability Principle (P2): The Doubt Corollary, the Tolerance Corollary, and the Rejection Corollary.

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Statement II

Principle 2: God is Beyond Our Understanding (The Ineffability Principle)

So there I was, believing in a miracle after rejecting my culture’s explanations for such things. Hell, I was even rejecting my culture’s common perception of what the miracle was. Besides, I was (am?) too stubborn to give in on a point like that. So I was left looking elsewhere for answers. And looking around, I saw a veritable cornucopia of religions. How could I determine which one was true?

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Statement I

One thing I have been trying to work on, but have been failing to work on, is a document entitled What I Say. The Quaker movement was founded by George Fox. During my early attendance at Charlottesville Friends Meeting, I heard a quote attributed to Fox that really struck me: “You will say Christ saith this, and the apostles say this, but what canst thou say?” I found it to be a powerful call to examine my own beliefs and think for myself. It also resonates with the Buddha’s apocryphal last words: “Be beacons unto yourselves.” While this brought me to think about my beliefs, it didn’t get me to do it in any coherent fashion. Recently I started trying to be more coherent about it, which is how I started to work on What I Say, but work kept stalling out. Sitting here tonight after working on my Chess (23 tactics problems, 19 flash cards, and 13 moves in correspondence games), I realized I had more energy for writing this blog than I did for working on What I Say. The obvious solution was to move What I Say to the blog.

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