I have spoken before of the need for peace through the achievement of equality in all things, including religion. Although I personally label myself a pagan, I respect the Christian faith for its concept of the God of peace. I do find, however, that by idolizing the human being behind Joshua of Nazareth’s teachings Christians often seem to forget the actual concept of God. God the Father, from a monotheistic perspective. If you wish to See God through the eyes of Joshua, then do so. As a panentheist, let me direct you toward actively looking beyond the story of Joshua’s ministry and look at God directly. What I think the transcendent thinking of the modern era fails to accurately convey is the actual vision of God, an Infinite Being, what God truly Is. Nirvana is the achievement of Perfect Peace, in my mind. Whatever else you may believe God to be, whatever your particular flavor of religion consists of, look past all that and see what every spiritual text is trying to tell you – your God is a God of Peace.
We seem to get far too wrapped up in conversations of what God Is. What, truly, does the concept of God mean? Let’s specifically define one aspect of the higher being for a moment. Whatever else S/he is capable of, we are quite clear as theists that God is Infinite. This means that God actually consists in one way or another of the concept of True Absolute Peace. This should be the focus of religion, to Glorify God, not man. This should be the focus of all spiritual thinking. Even the staunch Atheist , from a position of Strong Absolute Atheism who does not believe in the existence of God from any viewpoint must admit that Peace, no matter how cynical the person may be, is the ultimate ideal. Do most atheists I know believe Peace is achievable by man? Not really. But they do acknowledge the concept of Peace, even if they believe it to be out of reach. I have not asked my atheist friend Em about this but I am curious what her response would be.
Consider this, humanity: We have evolved as beings to the point where we are capable of understanding the meaning of the actual concept of peace. We can talk about it and attempt to visualize it, yes, but consider what the capability of man to even conceive of the concept of peace truly means. When I refer to the evolved consciousness I refer to the mind that has truly contemplated the meaning of Peace and understood it. I cannot emphasize this enough – forget everything else. Forget semantics. Forget scripture. Forget Religion. It doesn’t matter if you are a theist or an atheist. It doesn’t matter what your gender or your race is. Your species is all that matters. Forget everything that millennia of philosophers have written on rambling subjects and fully focus your mind on this: You are a human being who can conceive of the concept of True Absolute Peace. The Peace of God, to those of us who believe in God, yes, but the operative word here is PEACE.
Let’s scale back ultimate peace for a moment and consider the concept of World Peace, which is the mortal, earthly application of this type of infinite thinking. World peace is usually discussed in an off the cuff manner; each individual person, from those with a scientific mind to beauty contestants to obscure philosophers and yes every religious prophet has at one point or another looked at the Concept of what PEACE IS but as yet they have not truly conveyed it properly, to my mind. What is the meaning behind the discussion that I believe every human being should contribute to? Let me capitalize that for you – The Discussion. What is it all about?. What is the meaning of life? Here is God’s answer as it has been relayed to me – the meaning of life is to evolve toward a true understanding of Perfect Peace. Absolute Peace. I contend that it doesn’t matter if we disagree on everything from soup to nuts, we can all agree on the concept of Absolute Peace and therefore nothing else matters once this agreement has been recognized.
You can change the discussion, go in any direction you want, in the end the ultimate ideal of humanity is the achievement of Peace. Period. So look at the concept. Understand Peace. For one brief moment, close your eyes and imagine yourself existing within the concept of Peace. I can’t stress this enough – exist inside Peace. Whether you are a logical realist or a spiritual thinker does not matter. I implore you to stop every other thought, for just that one singular moment, and contemplate the concept of Peace. Truly consider it. What does Peace mean? True Absolute Peace. If you put all of your focus on this subject, even for one tiny second, you cannot come away from the experience unchanged. I leave you today with this wish – May Peace be with you, my brothers and sisters of humanity.