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Copernican Principle: We are not
privileged observers of the world around us. We don't occupy a unique
place in the universe. We are profoundly ordinary. We are not special.
Over the centuries, as our understanding of the cosmos
has grown, the Copernican Principle has proven to be correct time and
time again. Copernicus discovered that the Earth wasn't at the center of
the solar system. Later astronomers discovered that the solar system is
located far from the center
of the Milky Way galaxy. Edwin Hubble then discovered that the universe
extends well beyond the reaches of the Milky Way.
We have a pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct.
Washington Post, Oct 6,2017
by Christopher Ingraham
What If Paradigm
As true as the rest of the quote is, what if the last
two phrases of the first paragraph above are not? The answer to that
issue doesn't depend upon the balance of the quote but upon your paradigm.
The word paradigm comes from the Greek word, "paradeigma,"
which means "model or pattern." A paradigm is the basic or undergirding
conceptual framework of our conceived reality that describes boundaries,
affects our perceptions and determines what conclusions we make out of
information and what truths we come to from our conclusions. It may be
thought of as the packaging crate designed to hold a valuable thing,
that being the truth, comfortably and safely. If the crate is not big enough
or is shaped wrong, our valuable truth will not fit. It may be thought
of as a vessel to hold liquid, where truth is the liquid. If the vessel
only holds one gallon and there are two gallons of truth, when the truth
is poured in we will only catch half and half will be lost.
An example showing how much difference a paradigm can make is to imagine
a dark room. In the room is a conical framework raised on a stem with
light bulb sockets evenly spaced over the framework. When we screw in
the bulbs–our facts and information–and turn on the electricity,
everyone would see the truth as looking like a Christmas tree. However,
with a different framework and the sockets appropriately spaced, when
the power goes on we can now have the message, "GO FOR IT." The
framework weighs the same, we have the same
bulbs, the same power, but what a difference in the final impact or
message. Most people have only the
paradigm they were programmed with by society, are unaware of it and/or
never question it. A new paradigm gives rise to new possibilities of
understanding and new developments. Could our paradigm affect our destiny?
Should we be responsible for crafting our own?
Life as sacred
What if we defined LIFE to be that which is sustained
with the fulfillment of need, enhanced by the fulfillment of desire, and considered it to be THE ONE
SACRED THING in the universe. It would then be the reference standard for
paradigm and truth, and all definitions and meaning should be centered around it.
Biological, mental and communicational functionality would not be LIFE
but would only be the basis or matrix for LIFE.
What if we defined GOODNESS as that which happens when a
person's desire/needs are fulfilled, the process of living when LIFE is
enhanced or increased; and we defined EVIL as that which happens when a person's
desire/needs are not fulfilled, the processes of suffering and dying, where LIFE is
reduced or destroyed. What if we defined RIGHT as describing a concept, action
or situation that leads to producing or protecting LIFE; and WRONG as describing a
concept, action or situation that leads to reducing or threatening LIFE.
Jesus as Paradigm
Jesus claims to be the MESSAGE or COMMUNICATION of God. What Jesus
said and did is the Unified Serving Being's complete revelation or direct
demonstration to us. Jesus said that he showed God to us, that he did a
perfect job of it, and that it was finished. He said that he was the
way, the truth, the light and the LIFE. What he said can only be
understood in the context of what he did, and vice versa. Never before
Jesus was there a completely noble concept of God promulgated, and never
was there an adequate demonstration of such. What if we let reason and
Jesus define our paradigm?
What if the original being has personality and his psyche is
totally and only human. Jesus is God and Jesus is human? The word
"divine" does not contrast with the word
"human" any more than medicine
contrasts with health, because "divine" originally comes from
roots that indicate purifying,
correcting, healing. What if the originator's and all other unfallen
being's desires, emotions, feelings and
personality are totally and only human? What if we ARE made in the image of the
Original Being just like children are made in the image of their parents? What if
not only Jesus but also WE are the paradigm for understanding the
Unified Serving Being?
Worship versus Fear
What if worshipping in spirit means to give the Unified
Serving Being credit for?:
1) initially, the origin of life
2) more importantly, the sustenance of life
3) most critically, the enhancement and fulfillment of life.
Conversely, FEAR means to give credit for the ability
and/or motivation to interfere with the sustenance of life and reduce or
eliminate the enhancement of life. Living in a state of fear is mutually
exclusive with living in a state of worship.
Rooted in Self
What if being rooted in self, and then hearing the gospel of the
kingship produces understanding which produces faith–believing adequately–which produces
trust and confidence? Rooted in self means knowing yourself, and accepting yourself as
you really are. Rooted in self means:
Believing your life is most sacred,
your intelligence is adequate
Your rational faculties–logic and reason–are never to be abrogated
You take responsibility for building your own belief system
You own your own life and soul
You have internalized ultimate
authority for what is true
You are the ultimate arbiter of what is good for you
You are free from living at the effect of others
You are dedicated to and
control your own volition and purpose
You have personal sovereignty over what you believe.
Veiled and Hidden Things
What if the veiled and hidden things that Jesus says
will be unveiled and revealed are not our dark, childish or unethical
deeds that we have done, but are truths and concepts about God/Reality
that His original disciples may not have understood, truths that those men oriented toward
tradition and the "world" are not ready to hear and are actively resisting?
Knowing the Father
What if Jesus and we as humans are the paradigm? What if it is not possible to
understand God without understanding and knowing ourselves, and
accepting ourselves as we really are? This means/includes accepting our
natural desires just as they are right now and letting God raise and
bring them to maturity, not fighting or rejecting our desires even
though they may be infantile and misdirected.
What if God is significantly different than anyone has ever conceived him to
be? This is implied by the disciple John in John 1: when he says,
one has ever understood God, the only son...has made him plain." What
if the true conception of God is literally and generally, for us, too good to be
true? What if Jesus came to completely show what God is REALLY
like in ALL the ways that really matter and nobody was critically
listening or really paying much attention? What if they were still
locked up in their old theologies, mundane agendas and their petty
concerns? What if most of the disciples did not even understand the
message of Jesus, much less believe it? What if all of Christendom and
Gnosticism have covered up, obfuscated, missed the message of Jesus?
What if it's more simple, more elegant, more profound, and more immediately pragmatic
and meaningful? What if BETTER news can be heard?