It is indeed. As people put the sword way, apparently God does to -- this sword being Satan.
Is the Father the inscrutable creator? Is the one this same Father in human flesh, fitted into our earthly circumstance, a paragon?
Is the Holy Ghost the spirit the faithful share, or rather the communal state of feeling like Christ: God in the flesh.
Christ in relation to the Law was Satan. And Satan in his revolutionary aspect, rebelling against God, was Christlike. Both seem to incarnate the myth of the rebel.
You forgot to raise your hand... As one fellow has pointed out, people used to be able to reach heaven with a ladder or a tower or a beanstalk...If God was once physically more present in the lives of people he was also more evil... The earliest conceptions of God do not distinguish him from people as better or worse; but only more powerful, as nature itself...The Genesis talks of a multitude of gods, and one of the children of Israel was detained because his wife stole her houshold gods... Even later, Satan and God are shown hanging together like drinking buddies, tossing the dice on the fate of a single man...There is no way around the fact that the God of Genesis in not much like the God of Jesus or some of the prophets...The trinity seems to say that God did not change, but only changed his form...The fact is that people had changed, and were more likely to bring reason to bear on God...A single God is more logical than multitude, but the best arguments against the old formal God was economy... People could not afford their God, and the burden of supporting a priestly class who for money would pass by an injured man without helping..People were excusing themselves from the support of their parents because they were trying to support their religion...It did not need support...It did not need money... Where a unified people might have offered a reasonable defense against Rome, they were divided... The priests, and the single city of Jersalem had emense wealth, but the people were so poor they would suit each other over their tunics...Because the society was seen as having the sanction and blessing of God, supported by the whole form of law, no one, nor any group could over turn it...Just as today, and in Old England, the church was part of their constitution, a leg to it, and a prop...People enthralled by their beliefs are victims, and they often take their whole societies into slavery rather than challenge their beliefs...The trinity very much reflected the politics of the time, but for the West, it was the best alternative to killing off the old God completely because with the old God they were able to usurp his authority..
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The devil is the true nature of the universe,uncompromising and ruthless in its pursuit. We invent gods to give us comfort in our darkness. We invent ethics to protect us from our own natural instincts. We try to create balance by inventing trilogies. The trinity is about the invention of balance.
Not exactly...Ones God is ones community...It used to be that if a place was taken, its God was carted off...The Pantheon served the purpose of housing the God's Rome had captured... God is synonymous with ethics...People did not sacrifice to their Gods because they were uniformly good, but because they were powerful and dangerous, and because each community craved the power of God while fearing his caprices...
No one invents ethics any more than they create God... Consider, that all our moral forms, and even our self conceptions are spiritual in nature...People give the spiritual nature of children a form, and not a being... We call it magic, but we don't invent it...And no one can completely escape it...Even rational people say good luck or God bless you...We wall off our irrationality in the conduct of our modern lives, but it is there, always in play...