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Who is God and what is the nature of reality?

Who is God and what is the nature of reality?

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  • most fundamental philo question - exsitence of God
  • Renoir. Invisible idea takes a substntial form. Artist invests whole self in painting. Tries to reveal, express self through work. If succesful happy. So study work can understand character. Reverse engineering
  • Children inherit from parents physically and spiritually
  • If God created world should be able to find him in it. Wordsworth, Coleridge poem
  • Not dualism - Soul body. Ss/hs is nature of reality. Very important how use language. Often in UC say ‘this is external’ ‘this is internal’ This is dualism not unificationism. Everything has dual aspects. Can’t have internal without external or vice versa. not this is external and this is internal Can’t say witnessing is internal and FR is external Witnessing is an external expression of heart to share principle, love others etc. Fr is external expression of desire to make an offering. A way of learning. Everything has 2 dimensions One is the exprression of the other Transparency, what you see is/should be what you get. Shouldn’t have ‘inetrnal’ and ‘externa;’ motivations. That is called having an ulterior motive. Dishonet. Be transparent. We have been unsuccesful because often had an ulterior (internal) motivation. People could see this and feel it. Do something for its own sake. Putrity of hear is to will one thing.’ kierkegaard UC too opaque, secretive
  • Not dualism Not monism Not materialism
  • Don’t encounter ss and hs as separate. Just different aspects/dimensions. Can’t have one without the other. One is an expression of the other. This is traditional Christian incarnational sacramental theology. A sacrament such as baptism is an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace Saussure - ‘sign’ combination of word and idea. Word is signifier; idea is signfied
  • Transparency, what you see is what your get. Integrity. Sincerity. There should be no difference between internal and external. To talk about an internal purpose and an external one is to be deceptive and lack integrity. No hidden agendas. When it is not like this -> loss of power. Corruption. Someone has no side. Kierkegaard purity of heart is to will one thing
  • What decides who a person is and what he does is character, thoughts, beliefs, etc. Gary Leighton, 44, a plumber from London, this week told how he had discovered a gift for painting after undergoing a kidney transplant operation. A father-of-three had a cornea transplant in March this year he has taken to doing the dusting and washing up and developed an aversion to grime he didn't have before. Scientific studies have suggested that up to a third of organ transplant patients believe they have inherited changes in their personalities, preferences and skills from their donors. Researchers have proposed various theories including the notion that memories are stored in organ tissue as well as the brain and can therefore be passed on to transplant patients.
  • IDN -> move towards complexity
  • MATERIALISM In philosophy, materialism is a monistic (everything is composed of the same substance) ontology that holds that all that can truly be said to exist is matter; that fundamentally, everything is material and all phenomena are the result of material interactions. As a monist ontology, materialism is different from ontological theories based on dualism (two kinds of substance), or pluralism (several kinds of substance). In terms of singular explanations of the phenomenal reality, materialism stands in sharp contrast to idealism, which is also a monistic ontology that holds that the only thing that can be said to truly exist is idea, or immaterial substance. It also differs from dual-aspect monism which suggests there is one reality with two different aspects. Materialists, thus, deny the existence of God or a spiritual world. Science uses a working assumption, sometimes known as methodological naturalism, that observable events in nature are to be explained only by natural causes without assuming the existence or non-existence of the supernatural. Materialists have often been determinists, holding to the claim that, "There is a cause for every event," although that view is not required in order to be a materialist. Dialectical and historical materialism derived from the thought of Karl Marx was the ideology of Communist states in the twentieth century. It claimed that matter is in motion and that human social relations, culture and institutions were determined by the productive relations (types of ownership) which in turn were determined by the forces of production (the level of technology). The biggest challenge materialists have faced is to define what matter is. Modern philosophical materialists extend the definition of matter to include invisible scientific postulates such as energy, forces, and the curvature of space, as well as dark matter and dark energy, which exist in mathematical equations but are scientifically undetectable. In this case, it is not clear on what basis a spiritual dimension is dismissed. Philosophers such as Mary Midgley suggest that the concept of "matter" is elusive and poorly defined.[1] As materialists keep changing the definition of matter, materialism could be described as unfalsifiable. The other problem that materialism has is to explain is consciousness: How can something oblivious of the world become conscious of the world?[2] Materialists claim that mental events are merely complex chemical interactions taking place in the brain. Yet, it is unclear how one gets from chemical reactions and neurological impulses to consciousness and thinking and how electrical impulses in the optic nerve give rise to the colorful view we have. If beliefs and decisions are the product of neurological events it is not clear how they in turn affect the brain so as to initiate an activity. If thoughts are merely chemical interactions why should people pay any attention to them and ascribe truthfulness to some and falsehood to others? Finally, a materialistic explanation is reductionist and so must explain human behavior in terms of physical causes, impulses, and responses and not in terms of beliefs, free choice, and thoughtful decisions. By doing so, it undermines ethics, which presupposes human free will and concomitant responsibility. The religious critique of materialism is that it does not take account of and explain the plurality of human experience which includes experiences of a non-material reality, such as the divine and the spiritual world. It also cannot explain the human tendency to worship and search for a meaning and purpose in life. Instead, it focuses exclusively on the physical, observable world. DUALISM The great French philosopher René Descartes argued at length for dualism in his Meditations on First Philosophy and Principles of Philosophy. According to Descartes, both our minds and our bodies are equally substances, meaning that they are capable of existing independently of all other entities (with the exception of God), and that "supported" properties. The properties of the body, Descartes thought, were those described in geometrical physics—in particular, extension. The properties of the body, by contrast, were all at root manifestations of thought. At least in his mature work, however, Descartes recognized that from the claims that the body is an extended thing and that the mind is a thinking thing, it does not yet follow that the mind is a distinct entity from the body. The possibility that remained, in his mind, was that some single thing was both extended and thinking (this is the position now known as property dualism). It was with this possibility in view that he offered the arguments advanced below. Descartes does not appear to have considered the possibility that the property of thinking could itself be a physical property. Another crucial part of Descartes' substance dualism was his claim that the mind and body were capable of causally affecting each other. It was on this point that much criticism was levied. Given his insistence on the distinct natures of the mind and body, it was hard to see how such distinct things could affect one another (consider, perhaps, how ghosts in most movies are unable to causally interact with the physical world). Indeed, the third proposition proved in Spinoza's Ethics was that things with nothing in common were incapable of causally affecting each other. Much of continental Europoean metaphysics of the two centuries following Descartes revolved around ways to resolve this exact problem. Occasionalists such as Malebranche claimed that mind and body did not interact, but that God constantly affected each so that they effectly operated as though they interacted. Leibniz and his followers instead claimed that God had 'preprogramed' each substance so as to make them run in parallel, again creating the mere appearance of interaction.
  • Jung called anima and animus All things exist in complementary pairs We call these the Dual Characteristics of yang and yin or masculinity and femininity or positivity and negativity
  • Can’t have one without the other. This is just the way the world is. Sexual organs
  • Extra info: Polarity exists throughout the creation. Scientists have often commented on the symmetry which exists, and use this to postulate the existence of undiscovered particles. Yang and yin include masculinity and femininity, and positivity and negativity. There are two important points to note here. Firstly, unlike in the English language, "negative" in Unificationism does not have the connotation of evil or deficient (despite its general conversational use by Unificationists in this way). And secondly, as mentioned before, Derrida has been compared to Lao Tzu. Both reversed the normal order of polarities in their own cultures. Unificationism therefore has reversed again the reversed order. Hence yang and yin instead of the traditional yin and yang . At the level of minerals, there are anions and cations. A molecule has neutral charge if they balance out. At the level of life, DNA is a double helix of base pairs. It replicates by unravelling and each strand creating its pair.
  • Organization of Fermions The standard model of particle physics synthesised from decades of research asserts that there are twelve basic building blocks of matter. At the sub-atomic level, all particles fall into two distinct classes. They are either 'bosons' with a spin of 0, 1 or 2; or 'fermions' with a spin of 1/2 or 1.1/2. Leptons, (such as the electron) are fermions. There are six arranged in three pairs: electron/electron-neutrino; muon/muon-neutrino; and tauon/tauon-neutrino. Hadrons (such as protons and neutrons) are bosons. They are made up of a still more fundamental particle, the quark, of which there are also six: up, down, strange, charm, top and bottom, which also are arranged in pairs. At the same time, "Leptons and quarks associate naturally in pairs according to their flavours." A further symmetry is that for each of the above particles there exists an antiparticle made of antimatter.
  • So in the real world what is the ultimate symbol of God? Sexual organs. Seat of intense creativity and ecstacy. Drawn together to interpenetrate and become one.
  • It is with the Pythagoreans and their philosophy of form that dualism becomes more developed and the basic categories which underlie and inform European language and culture were established. Following Hesiod, they conceived of the origin as boundless chaos. However, there is order in the world because the imposition of a limit ( peras ) on the unlimited ( apeiron ) produced the limited ( peperasmenon ). A triangle, for example, is produced in the unordered sand by introducing boundaries or limits. And in music, In Hesiod's cosmogony it is Moira, Fate or Destiny, which partitions the world imposing order. Moira is later replaced by Zeus who in turn is superseded by Reason. "But the function of the supreme power remains the same, to 'introduce distinction and order.'" F.M. Cornford, From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1957), 36.
  • The ontology is one of conflict between opposites. They are not complementary pairs, nor different aspects of the same whole. Thus, the avowed aim of the struggle becomes the attempt to annihilate or at least subdue the other member of the pair. This philosophy is both the reflection of Greek culture and at the same time becomes the transmitter of implicit, unexamined presuppositions in European culture that are imbedded in language. Since the very categories of thought are contained in the language, it becomes very difficult to step outside them. As Hayek has said, til Jacques Derrida and his controversial program of deconstruction, which sought to make explicit what was previously implicit, these implicit views and dichotomies had remained hidden. Derrida's critique of metaphysics focuses on the privileging in European culture of the spoken word over the written word, on the face of it an incredible position, but also exposes other dichotomies as well: Western thought, says Derrida, has always been structured in terms of dichotomies or polarities: good vs. evil, being vs. nothingness, presence vs. absence, truth vs. error, identity vs. difference, mind vs. matter, man vs. woman, soul vs. body, life vs. death, nature vs. culture, speech vs. writing. Barbara Johnson, introduction to Dissemination by Jacques Derrida, trans. Barbara Johnson (Chicago: Univesity of Chicago Press, 1981), viii. He showed that the two terms are not held in creative tension, but are placed in a hierarchical order, the first having priority in value over the second. The second term is regarded as corrupt and an undesirable version of the first. So absence is the lack of presence, chaos is the lack of order. This has generally resulted in the preference of unity, identity, and temporal and spatial presence over diversity, difference, and deferment in space and time. The problem with Derrida is that he cannot escape either and merely reverses the dichotomies to favour the previously "oppressed" terms. He is unable to develop a balanced polarity either. Harold G. Coward. "`Speech Versus Writing' in Derrida and Bhartrhari," Philosophy East & West XLI (April 1991), 143. In a further comparison of Oriental and Western polarities, David Hall and Roger Ames suggest that "the whole reductionist enterprise in Western philosophy may be seen as the conquest of B by a transcendent A." The West struggles to abolish B and preserve A . At the heart of Western thought and philosophy lie these contradictory opposites. They can be found, for example, at the basis of the thought of Bernard Lonergan, the foremost living Catholic theologian. In Lonergan's thought dialectic is defined as, "a concrete unfolding of linked but opposed principles of change." He champions metaphysics over myth, theory over common sense arguing that the former can be objective and foundational. Thus social order, "originated from human invention and convention," is the result of man's "practical intelligence devising arrangements for human living." In many ways Marxism is the natural outcome of this way of thinking. For Oriental polarities see Appendix 1. David Hall and Roger Ames, Thinking Through Confucius (New York: State University of New York Press, 1987), quoted in Angus C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China (La Salle, Ill: Open Court, 1989), 332. Ronald H. McKinney, "Deconstructing Lonergan," International Philosophical Quarterly 31 (March 1991): 81-93. Bernard J.F. Lonergan, Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (London: Darton Longman and Todd, 1958), 213-14. Thus, in English for example, it is almost impossible to find a word that means to have dominion over something or someone, but which also includes the notions of mutual freedom, respect and love. Dominate, subjugate, subject, subdue, control, all have connotations of oppression. The word negative has, dare I say it, negative connotations. A negative person is deficient and bad. Positivity on the other hand is good, being outgoing and bright. Such presuppositions are intricately woven into the vocabulary of the English language and indeed into the way we teach our children. This conception of the universe as a battleground for the elements is still prevalent in the poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: Thus Edmund Spencer wrote:The earth the air the water and the fireThen gan and to range themselves in huge array,and with the contrary forces conspireEach against other by all means they may.And John Milton:Hot, cold, wet and dry, four champions fierceStrive here for maistery.Quoted in: Merrill Ring, Beginning with the Pre-Socratics (Mountain View, Ca.: Mayfield, 1987), 25. Also by including good and evil as opposites along with male and female, resting and moving, a moral judgment is imputed to the other members of the column. The principles are thus moral as well as descriptive. Since good and evil are naturally in an irreconcilable conflict, the implication is that other pairs are too.
  • He showed that the two terms are not held in creative tension, but are placed in a hierarchical order, the first having priority in value over the second. The second term is regarded as corrupt and an undesirable version of the first. So absence is the lack of presence, chaos is the lack of order. This has generally resulted in the preference of unity, identity, and temporal and spatial presence over diversity, difference, and deferment in space and time. The problem with Derrida is that he cannot escape either and merely reverses the dichotomies to favour the previously "oppressed" terms. He is unable to develop a balanced polarity either. Harold G. Coward. "`Speech Versus Writing' in Derrida and Bhartrhari," Philosophy East & West XLI (April 1991), 143. In a further comparison of Oriental and Western polarities, David Hall and Roger Ames suggest that "the whole reductionist enterprise in Western philosophy may be seen as the conquest of B by a transcendent A." The West struggles to abolish B and preserve A . At the heart of Western thought and philosophy lie these contradictory opposites. They can be found, for example, at the basis of the thought of Bernard Lonergan, the foremost living Catholic theologian. In Lonergan's thought dialectic is defined as, "a concrete unfolding of linked but opposed principles of change." He champions metaphysics over myth, theory over common sense arguing that the former can be objective and foundational. Thus social order, "originated from human invention and convention," is the result of man's "practical intelligence devising arrangements for human living." In many ways Marxism is the natural outcome of this way of thinking. For Oriental polarities see Appendix 1. David Hall and Roger Ames, Thinking Through Confucius (New York: State University of New York Press, 1987), quoted in Angus C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China (La Salle, Ill: Open Court, 1989), 332. Ronald H. McKinney, "Deconstructing Lonergan," International Philosophical Quarterly 31 (March 1991): 81-93. Bernard J.F. Lonergan, Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (London: Darton Longman and Todd, 1958), 213-14. Thus, in English for example, it is almost impossible to find a word that means to have dominion over something or someone, but which also includes the notions of mutual freedom, respect and love. Dominate, subjugate, subject, subdue, control, all have connotations of oppression. The word negative has, dare I say it, negative connotations. A negative person is deficient and bad. Positivity on the other hand is good, being outgoing and bright. Such presuppositions are intricately woven into the vocabulary of the English language and indeed into the way we teach our children. This conception of the universe as a battleground for the elements is still prevalent in the poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: Thus Edmund Spencer wrote:The earth the air the water and the fireThen gan and to range themselves in huge array,and with the contrary forces conspireEach against other by all means they may.And John Milton:Hot, cold, wet and dry, four champions fierceStrive here for maistery.Quoted in: Merrill Ring, Beginning with the Pre-Socratics (Mountain View, Ca.: Mayfield, 1987), 25. Also by including good and evil as opposites along with male and female, resting and moving, a moral judgment is imputed to the other members of the column. The principles are thus moral as well as descriptive. Since good and evil are naturally in an irreconcilable conflict, the implication is that other pairs are too.
  • Ss/hs is primary, +/- is secondary. + & - are modifiers of ss and hs. A person is a human being FIRST and SECONDLY a man or a woman
  • . Each of the levels in the stepped structure is a new level in the hierarchy which can be explained in terms of its own laws and theories but is not reducable to a lower level. . This also corresponds the downward causation of one level on a lower one such as Whitehead's electron. The sungsang — hyungsang polarity finds many examples in modern science such as the notion of complementarity in quantum mechanics. It is no more possible to explain mental events in terms of neuron firing as it is possible to reduce the wave character of light to particles. The sungsang aspect is like the software in a computer, the hyungsang like the hardware. The structure of DNA was unravelled by the marriage of two strands of molecular biology: the information school, trying to understand genetic information and inheritance, and the structural school, trying to reduce biology to physics. They met in Cambridge in the work of J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick. They discovered the double helix structure made up of combinations of four base pairs. A particular base sequence has 'meaning' which cannot be explained in terms of physics or chemistry. It conveys information which has a particular meaning in a particular organism and, . . . in no way can the concept of information, the concept of conveying a message, be articulated in terms of the concepts of physics and chemistry, even though the latter can now be shown to explain how the molecular machinery (DNA, RNA, the appropriate enzymes etc.) operates to convey information. Peacocke, 61. The structure of a protein molecule, and still more, a DNA molecule, is so complex that it has been suggested that there is some sense in which there is global coordination taking place. A DNA molecule is several metres long, yet has to be folded in a precise way to function. It could not have found it by chance, or by trying all the different combinations until it found the one with lowest entropy. There is some non-local action being exhibited. It is acting as a whole system. As we saw, the phenomena of morphogenesis requires way to explain global coordination of cells. This is impossible for DNA to do alone. This is why Sheldrake postulated the existence of a life field. The information contained by DNA cannot be reduced to its molecular structure any more than can thoughts be reduced to neuron firing in the brain. John Eccles, The Human Psyche (Berlin: Springer International, 1980), 21. The understanding of hierarchy expounded by Howard Pattee is also similar. Each level in the hierarchy has its own laws, and exhibits downward causation on the lower level elements without violating the lower level laws. These are additional, not different, laws. As we saw above, the idea of downward causation suggests that, "all processes at the lower levels of a hierarchy are restrained by and act in conformity to the laws of the higher levels." When a protein molecule assumes its precise and complex three dimensional shape it is suggested that the protein in some sense 'knows' what shape to take, since the number of possible configurations is vast. To achieve its shape different parts of the molecule must move in unison with each other although separated by a great distance. The non-locality shown by the E.P.R experiment has been suggested as one possible explanation. The holistic implications of E.P.R suggest that global action-at-a-distance is indeed possible. There is thus a real sense in which a molecule has an inherent directive nature or physio-chemical character. Donald T. Campbell, "`Downward Causation', in Hierarchically Organized Biological Systems," in Studies in the Philosophy of Biology, eds. Francisco Jose Ayala and Theodosius Dobzhansky (London: Macmillan, 1974), 179. Davies, Cosmic Blueprint, 178-79.
  • Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One God. Image of God is male and female. God as father and mother When look at relationship God and creation, God is called Father. Earth is called mother. God is masculine relative to the creation.
  • First let us look at what the Bible teaches us about God. Throughout history God revealed Himself to his prophets and the messages they received from God and the experiences they had of God were written down and collected together to form the Bible. Can’t say ‘my God’ compared to ‘your God’. Or Jewish, Christian, Muslim Gods. Only One God God is pure spirit. God is indivisible The key insight for Jews, Christians and Muslims is the Oneness and Unity of God. SS and HS not obscure ONENESS of God
  • It is God who created the universe. God is powerful. Some other religions teach that the physical world is evil, the creation of a malevolent being. So nature and physical world is good. But is power the most important thing for God. Do we worship God only because he is powerful?
  • God knows everything. God is very much higher than us, very Other. But is knowledge most important for God?
  • God is not just powerful. God is good. Another key insight. Ethical monotheism. But what is justice if no one to judge? Is justice most important attribute of God?
  • Moving now to a deeper level. God is love. Love presumes a relationship. So what is the relationship between God and people?
  • In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus called God, “Abba”, father. This brings us closer to the understanding of why God created.
  • Not brain - mind. Heart - heartache, heart sick, heart attack, heartfelt, heartistic, heart leaps with joy, heart - source of emotion, meaning, purpose, life. Not just a metaphor
  • Also God has sexual organs. Metaphor.
  • MUST EMPHASIS THE ONENESS OF GOD. SS HS aspects, attributes of the ONE GOD.
  • Is 42:14 But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant Is 49: 15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Is 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem. Hos 11:1-4 1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 But the more I [a] called Israel, the further they went from me. [b] They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. 3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. 4 I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.
  • Only humans can respond directly to God. Animals don’t seek beauty truth and goodness. Animals don’t pray. Man responds to God and universe responds to man. Without man God cannot direct, engage with universe. God needs man as his body.
  • Value of individuality. More individualised more valuable. Basis of value of individual. Easch person a unique expression of the divine.
  • Force projected into every being Forces such as gravity, electro-magnetism I am who I am - God is self existing being. Ground of being. Ultimate concern Reki etc.
  • Everything created to exist in and through relationship Common base - same language, common interest etc. Conversation. Initiating and responding.
  • If good mind body unity (G&T within) one naturally and spontaneously initiates relationships with others. If no MB unity one is lethargic and hasn’t got energy to form mrelationship with others. This is all so obscure and complicated. UPF is vertical because it inititates G&T onto higher level. Makes 2 individuals into a couple. Couple to becaome family. Families to become community. Communities to become scoeity. Societies to become nation etc. UPF has love in it Universal prime force then is, . . . the force that acts among correlative elements in the created world; it is also the force that is generated by the give and take action between them. Ibid., 11. That is, it is the force which enables and initiates give and take action between a subject and an object. It is the action within the subject and object which establishes a relationship between them. When looked at from the point of view of an initiator of give and receive action, it is a vertical force. That means that it initiates interaction on a higher level of existence. Through initiating interaction between a subject and an object to bring them into a union it brings about a higher level of existence. When considered as the result of give and receive action between the subject and object, the universal prime force is called the force of give and receive action, a horizontal force. Thus, The Universal Prime Force acting between the subject and object is caused directly by the Universal Prime Force acting within the subject and object. Ibid., 12. To try to illustrate this apparently obscure idea but seminal idea, I will give some examples. The give and receive action within a person (subject), between the mind (subject) and body (object), generates the universal prime force which initiates a relationship with someone else (object). The energy in the relationship between two people is generated by the inner unity between the mind and body of each of them. This establishes a higher level of being or existence. This may be a friendship or a couple. In that sense it is called vertical because it is leading to the establishment of a higher level. It is the energy generated on a lower level which is establishing a higher level. Thus a person whose mind and body are not in harmony, who, metaphorically speaking has a mind in one place, and body in another, often does not have energy to extend himself and establish a relationship with someone else. A very lazy person often is too lethargic and apathetic to reach out to others. Likewise a community exists not because there are a certain number of individuals in a certain space, but because they exist in relationship with each other. Thus a tangible community exists. Furthermore, a family which is disunited and full of conflict is unlikely to be able to, or even to think of, forming relationships with other families. The same is true at the level of particle physics. It is the forces between particles which make them interact to form atoms. The forces between atoms which form a molecule are generated by the forces within the atoms. Matter is a hierarchy of structure. At the macro-level, if there were no gravity it would not be possible to walk, since there would not be a relationship between things and the ground. Gravity, then, enables there to be relationships between large bodies. It is through gravity that the solar system exists. Gravity, as we saw, was an expression of the universal prime force and as such was the organizing force in the universe. Every being at the time of its creation has universal prime force projected into it by God. Because this basic element contained in all things has its origin in one source God, . . . the Creation is harmonious in its myriad forms, regardless of the countless types of Give and Take Action initiated by the Universal Prime Force. In other words, through Universal Prime Force, give and take action is directed by a unifying purpose, and through its organic relationships, generates the forces necessary for existence, reproduction, and action of all things, from the smallest to the largest. The direction and goal of all give and take actions are controlled by Universal Prime Force. Give and take action exists not only so that a subject and object can fulfil their individual purposes, but also for the greater purpose of unifying all things. The ultimate purpose of give and take action is to have subject and object unite and develop to a greater and higher dimension. Kwak, 16.
  • No breathing or heart pupming = dead No G&T husand and wife -> divorce. Marriage doesn’t exist anymore.. Individuals go separate ways family doesn’t exist anymore
  • God projected his heart and energy to form particles. Purpose of particles is to form atoms. This happens through G&T initiated and guided by UFP. Purpose of atoms is to form molecules again, through G&T initiated and guided by UFP. Purposes of molecules is to form minerals, minerals to form plants, plants to serve and become one with animals by being food, animals to serve humans, humans to serve and become one with God. God works from the bottom through UPF (force and love) upwards. Like evolution
  • Common purpose to have g& t
  • Eternal foundation of power Fomrer when 3 object purposes fulfilled 6 different g&t relationships Foundation upon which God can operate Foundation of goodness Pof C
  • Artists reveal themselves in works of art. God revealed himself in nature. Argument from analogy. Highest creation is human beings. Also God revealed self through history and to people as recorded in scripture. God revealed self in Jesus
  • Extra info: Polarity exists throughout the creation. Scientists have often commented on the symmetry which exists, and use this to postulate the existence of undiscovered particles. Yang and yin include masculinity and femininity, and positivity and negativity. There are two important points to note here. Firstly, unlike in the English language, "negative" in Unificationism does not have the connotation of evil or deficient (despite its general conversational use by Unificationists in this way). And secondly, as mentioned before, Derrida has been compared to Lao Tzu. Both reversed the normal order of polarities in their own cultures. Unificationism therefore has reversed again the reversed order. Hence yang and yin instead of the traditional yin and yang . At the level of minerals, there are anions and cations. A molecule has neutral charge if they balance out. At the level of life, DNA is a double helix of base pairs. It replicates by unravelling and each strand creating its pair.
  • A few places. First look at natural world

201 Principles of creation part 1 WH 201 Principles of creation part 1 WH Presentation Transcript

  • The Principles of Creation Part 1
  • What is God like? Does it make any difference if there is a God or not? Is it possible to know what God is like? How can we know what God is like? Where can we find out about God?
  • Method of analogy Artist Painting
  • Method of analogy Parents Child
  • Method of analogy God Creation
  • Law of resemblence
    • “ Ever since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen…from what has been made.”
    Romans 1:20
  • “ I believe in…God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists.” Albert Einstein
  • So what is the world like?
    • Everything has two aspects: an external form and an internal character
    • The visible outer aspect resembles or expresses the invisible inner aspect
    • These are called “Dual characteristics of sungsang and hyungsang ”
  • How are they related? Inner aspect
    • Subject
    • Cause
    Internal character Sungsang Hyungsang is the second sungsang Outer aspect
    • Object
    • Effect
    External form Hyungsang
  • Examples Water, salt Sorrow, joy Tear Water Grace Baptism Carbon Molecular structure Diamond Coal Metal Design Watch Body Skill, knowledge Mechanic Word/signifier Idea/signified Sign Hyungsang Sungsang All Things
  • Reciprocal relationship of dual characteristics Sung sang Hyung sang Existence and function of all beings
  • Dual characteristics “ Mind and body are two correlative aspects of a human being” Exposition of the Divine Principle “ The human body is the best picture of the human soul” Ludwig Wittgenstein Cellular memory Hyungsang Sungsang All Beings Body Heart, Mind & Spirit/Soul Humans
  • Dual characteristics Hyungsang Sungsang All Beings Energy & matter Directive nature Particles Energy & matter Directive nature Atoms Energy & matter Directive nature Molecules Body Taxis Plants Body Instinct Animals Body Heart, mind & spirit/soul Humans
  • First cause Universe Cause Effect Hyung sang Hyung sang Sung sang If all things in the universe have inner and outer aspects, the Ultimate Cause or Creator of the universe must also possess the dual characteristics of internal character and external form. Sung sang
  • What is God’s sungsang?
  • What is God’s hyungsang?
    • Matter is made up of particles
    • Particles are formed from energy (E=mc 2 )
    • Energy is invisible
    • The hyungsang of God is the pre-energy from which everything is created
    • It is the cause of the material aspect of all things
    "It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom , and by his understanding stretched out the heavens .” Jeremiah 51:15
  • How is this different?
    • Materialism - Democritus, Marx
      • All that exists is matter
      • It is inanimate and lifeless
      • Matter ‘creates’ consciousness
    • Dualism - Plato, Descartes
      • There is soul and body but they are completely different substances
    • Idealism - Fichte, Hegel
      • Ultimate reality is mind
  • What is the world like?
    • Every entity possesses the dual characteristics of yang and yin
    • In people, a feminine nature is found latent in men and a masculine nature is found latent in women
    Masculinity Femininity
  • Everything exists in relationships
    • An entity comes into existence only when these characteristics have formed reciprocal relationships, both within the entity and between it and other entities
    Masculinity Femininity
  • Dual Characteristics Concave Convex Low High Back Front Outside Inside Yin Yang All Beings
  • + – + – + – Dual characteristics in creation Femininity Masculinity All Beings Particles Atoms Molecules Pistil Stamen Plants Female Male Animals Woman Man Humans
  • Deeper symmetries And finally there is matter and anti-matter Tau- Muon- Electron- Tau Muon Electron Neutrino Neutrino Neutrino Leptons Bottom Strange Down Top Charm Up Quarks Generation 3 Generation 2 Generation 1
  • “ God created man in his own image…male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
  • First Cause Universe Cause Effect Masculinity Femininity Masculinity Femininity If all things in the universe have masculine and feminine aspects, the Ultimate Cause or Creator of the universe must also possess the dual characteristics of masculinity and femininity. Within God these characteristics are harmonised into oneness. – + + –
  • How is this different?
    • Limit
    • Odd
    • One
    • Right
    • Male
    • Resting
    • Straight
    • Light
    • Good
    • Square
    • Unlimited
    • Even
    • Many
    • Left
    • Female
    • Moving
    • Curved
    • Darkness
    • Bad
    • Oblong
    Pythagorus’ opposites A B
  • Why is this important?
    • I do not know of any other man who has been as influential as Pythagorus was in the sphere of thought. . . The whole conception of the eternal world, revealed to the intellect but not to the senses, is derived from him. Bertrand Russell
    • It is not merely that the knowledge of earlier generations is communicated to us through the medium of language; the structure of the language itself implies certain views about the nature of the world; and by learning a particular language we acquire a certain picture of the world, a framework for thinking within which we henceforth move without being aware of it.
    • F.A. Hayek
  • What are the implications?
        • “ Western thought”, says Derrida, “has always been structured in terms
        • of dichotomies or polarities: good vs. evil, being vs. nothingness,
        • presence vs. absence, truth vs. error, identity vs. difference,
        • mind vs. matter, man vs. woman, soul vs. body, life vs. death,
        • nature vs. culture, speech vs. writing.
          • Barbara Johnson
    ” The whole reductionist enterprise in Western philosophy may be seen as the conquest of B by a transcendent A.” Hall and Ames
  • Sung Sang What is the relationship between the dual characteristics? Hyung Sang Positve Negative Positive Negative Hyung sang + - - + Sung sang
  • How about good and evil?
    • Good and evil are not like positive and negative
    • They are not complementary
    • They repel each other
    • When they meet there is conflict
    • It is desirable and possible to have good without evil
    • We can appreciate good without knowing evil
  • Humans are a microcosm of the cosmos Inherent Directive Nature Molecules, Atoms, Particles Cell Body Instinct Movement Spiritual Aspect Bodily Aspect Men, Masculinity Woman, Femininity God’s Nature Minerals Plants Animals Human Beings Plant Internal Nature Male Female
  • To sum up God is:-
    • The harmonious union of original sungsang and original hyungsang
    • The harmonious union of original masculinity and original femininity
    • The subject partner of sungsang and masculinity towards the universe
  • Where else can we look to learn more about God? - The Bible
    • Record of the encounters people had with God
    • Record of God’s words
    • Record of God’s activity
    • History, myths, poetry, prophecy, songs, proverbs, stories, laws and teaching
    • Textbook teaching the truth
    • St. Isidore (560-636 AD)
    • “ Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us... If a man wants to be always in God's company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.”
  • So what does the Bible tell us about God?
  • One God
    • “ Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.”
    • Deuteronomy 6:4
  • God is the creator
    • “ Oh Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.”
    • Jeremiah 32:17
  • God is all knowing
    • “ For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.”
    • I Samuel 2:3
  • God is just
    • "For all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He.”
    • Deuteronomy 32:4
  • God is love
    • “ God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
    • 1 John 4:16
  • God is our parent
    • “ Our Father who art in heaven . . .”
  • Where else can we look to learn more about God?
    • “ God created man in his own image.” Genesis 1:27
    • “ Know yourself. He who knows himself will know God. He who knows God will become like God.”
    • St. Clement of Alexandria
  • What is the centre of the human being?
    • Heart is the core of human nature - there are more than 850 references in the Bible to the human heart
    • Heartistic
  • What is heart?
    • Heart is the impulse to experience joy through giving and receiving love
    • It is the source of motivation for creating
    • It is the source of meaning
  • Heart is the core of God
    • “ What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him.” Job 7:17
    • And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart , "I will never again curse the ground because of man.” Genesis 8:21
    • Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. Deuteronomy 10:15
    • “ And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before my anointed forever.” I Samuel 2:35
    • “ For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.”
    • 2 Chronicles 7:16
  • What do human beings want? Original Mind Beauty Truth Goodness Where does the drive to pursue beauty, truth and goodness come from? God is a God of beauty, truth and goodness
  • What about values? People seek eternal, unchanging and absolute values. Why? God is eternal, unchanging and absolute He wants human beings to be eternal, unchanging and absolute
  • What is the natural world like?
    • A cosmos, not a chaos
    • Order, law and principle
    • Where do these laws come from?
    • God is a God of order, law and principle
    Brain cell. The most complex thing in the universe
  • Internal Character Emotion, Intellect, Will Concepts, Law Heart Nature of God External Form Pre- Energy Universal Prime Force God has the dual characteristics of Sungsang and Hyungsang. In God these characteristics are in harmony. God is One. In Christianity these are called God’s essence and God’s energies Cause Effect
  • Who is God?
    • An eternal, unchanging, absolute and self-existing being with intellect, emotion and will directed by Heart
    • A True Parent with the desire to give and receive True Love in relationship with human beings (God’s children)
    • A True Creator using total investment of heart and energy for the benefit of the objects of his creation, especially human beings
  • God is our invisible parent Masculinity Femininity – + Mother Father Is 42:14 But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant Is 49:15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Hos 11:1-4 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them. Is 63:16 But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us;you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name. Is 64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Mt 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Mt 6:9 Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Mt 6:14 For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your
  • God What is the relationship between God and the creation? People – image Things – symbol Hyung sang + - - + + + - Hyung sang - Hyung sang + - + - Sung sang Sung sang Sung sang
  • Sung Sang What is an Individual Truth Body? Hyung Sang Any Being Masculine Feminine Masculine Feminine
  • What about relationships?
  • What is Universal Prime Force?
    • Fundamental energy of God’s being
      • God is self-existing. Doesn’t need anything
    • The acting energy of God’s hyungsang that causes give and take action
    • The origin of all the forces (e.g. gravity, electromagnetism) that allow created beings to exist
    • Directs all interactions towards unity
    • Vertical force that directs towards higher levels and greater levels of complexity
  • “ For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 God: o rigin of all e xistence and a ctivity
  • What is give and take action? Initiating Responding What are the principles of Give and Take Action? All relationships need subject and object Need to have a common base to form a relationship Giving precedes receiving Love flows between subject and object Brings subject and object into unity and oneness Subject Object S S O O Within Between
  • Value of both positions fulfilled through unity Nature of subject and object positions Internal Vertical External Horizontal
    • Initiating
    • Guiding
    • Protective
    • Stimulating
    • Responsive
    • Supportive
    Subject Object
  • Universal Prime Force in creation Forces Existence Action Multiplication Give and Take is horizontal. Universal Prime Force is vertical. Give and Take within the Subject and Object caused by Universal Prime Force which initiates the relationship between the subject and object “ For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” God is present in and through give and take action Immanence S God O Subject Object
  • Forces of give and take
    • Existence
      • Human being exists through G&T of inhaling and exhaling, blood circulation, eating and excreting
      • Marriage exists because give and take between husband and wife
      • Nation exists because all people share language, history, values, humour, legitimate government and have relationships
      • The economy is based on give and take between producers and consumers; buyers and sellers
  • Give and take action in the body Circulatory System Respiratory System
  • Forces of give and take
    • Action
      • Mind and body unity energy to act
      • Cooperation between families, groups energy to engage social action
      • Good morale effective army
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    • Multiplication
      • Pollen and egg seed
      • Man and woman child
  • Dynamic process of reproduction Stamen Pistil Seed New Seed Stamen Pistil New Seed First generation Second generation Origin Division Union New origin Division Union New origin
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  • The hierarchy of creation Person God Molecule Particle Plant Atom Mineral Energy Animal A Ω The ultimate purpose of Give and Take Action is to have subject and object unite and develop to a greater and higher dimension
  • Give and Take Action Subject Object Purpose Union
  • What about repulsion? Subject - Subject mutual rejection strengthens Subject - Object interaction Positive - Positive and Negative - Negative repulsion strengthens and reinforces Positive - Negative interaction
  • Four Position Foundation Subject Object Purpose Union
    • God’s operation in the creation
    • Existence, action, and reproduction of all beings
    • Fulfilment of God’s purpose of creation
    • Realization of the truth, beauty, and goodness
    Significance of the Four Position Foundation
  • Origin • Division • Union Action Origin Division Union S God O Subject Object S Union O
  • Three Objects Purpose 12 relationships of love Subject Object Object Object Child Wife Husband God
  • Three Objects Purpose 12 relationships of love Subject Object Object Object Child Wife Husband God
  • Three Objects Purpose 12 relationships of love Subject Object Object Object Child Wife Husband God
  • Three Objects Purpose 12 relationships of love Subject Object Object Object Child Wife Husband God
  • Four Position Foundation Subject Object God Union
  • Next - Why did God create human beings? What is the purpose of life?
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    • Self-existing
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    First Cause God said… “I am who I am.” Exodus 3:14
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    • Created to exist through reciprocal relationships
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    • 31 . Exodus 23:9 
"You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
    • 18 . Exodus 8:32 
But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go.
    • Deuteronomy 4:29 
But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
    • 56 . Deuteronomy 6:6 
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart .
    • Deuteronomy 8:17 
Beware lest you say in your heart , 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.'

    • 72 . Deuteronomy 15:9 
Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart
    • 89 . Deuteronomy 30:14 
But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart , so that you can do it.
    • 282 . Psalm 12:2 
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
    • 309 . Psalm 33:15 
he who fashions the heart s of them alland observes all their deeds.
    • 351 . Psalm 73:21 
When my soul was embittered,when I was pricked in heart
    • Judges 16:18 
When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart , she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up again, for he has told me all his heart .”
    • 115 . Ruth 3:7 
And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at Hannah ユ s Prayer ] And Hannah prayed and said, "My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD.My mouth derides my enemies,because I rejoice in your salvation. the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down.
    • 1 Samuel 1:13 
Hannah was speaking in her heart ; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.
    • 139 . 1 Samuel 28:5 
When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly.
    • 142 . 2 Samuel 7:3 
And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your heart , for the LORD is with you.”
    • 155 . 2 Samuel 24:10 
[ The LORD ユ s Judgment of David ユ s Sin ] But David ユ s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”
    • 437 . Proverbs 15:13 
A glad heart makes a cheerful face,but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
  • How can we know about God? Character of an artist Nature of God Works of art Creation Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible nature, namely his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. Romans 1:20
  • Human Beings God Created World Love Love Beauty Beauty Joy Joy What is the relationship between God, human beings and the creation? Subject Subject Object Object
  • + – + – + – Dual Characteristics Femininity Masculinity All Beings Particles Atoms Molecules Pistil Stamen Plants Female Male Animals Woman Man Humans Original Femininity Original Masculinity God
  • Investment of Heart True Creator Logos Utilization of Energy (E=mc 2 ) True Love Energy Who is God?
  • Give and Take Action in the Atom – Proton Electron +
  • From where can we find out about God?
    • Natural world
    • Scripture
    • Human experience
    • Self
  • Relationship between dual characteristics Subject Object Masculinity Femininity Sung Sang Hyung Sang Subject Object