This was originally published November 2006.
Did you ever consider that atheism arose because certain people saw that religious characterizations about the nature of an omnipotent "God" were seriously flawed and then concluded that religion and the Creator were the same things? This is the exact same conclusion at the base of religious beliefs; namely that the Creator and religion are inseparable. Consequently, both atheists and religious followers are arguing over a flawed assumption without considering that other possibilities negate the common core conclusion of both groups.
These arguments are actually over religion and whether it represents a reliable model of reality. The answer to this question is of course not. Religion is not only flawed, it is purposely deceptive! Though atheists are certainly sincere in their conclusions, the fact remains that they and religious followers are locked in a debate that cannot be won by either side because both base their positions upon whether the same flawed premise is the truth. In order for this debate to conclude with a truthful answer, a greater level of discernment is required.
One apt clarifying question is, if someone tells lies about you, does that negate you or make you a liar or a lie? Certainly, the image cast about you would be a false one, but that is their image, not the real you. Consequently, faulty religious assertions about the Creator of this universe do not negate the existence of a Creator. Considering the possibility that this universe is not by chance leaves the door open to how it arose, which leads us to seek what could have created and maintained it. Since neither religion nor science has yet adequately answered this question, it is safe to conclude that those who argue about the Creator based on either are most certainly wrong about one or more aspects. Therefore, another point of view and additional knowledge are required.
There is simply too much order and precision to this universe to have come about by chance. Accordingly, if a conclusion or an image cast about the nature of this universe is wrong, then arguments in support of that image or conclusion are most likely wrong. The purpose and source of original ancient wisdom has long been obfuscated by those seeking to manipulate people using religion and mysticism, both of which are two sides of the same defective coin (of the realm...). Neither are the truth or wisdom, but flawed images of both. Truth and wisdom are more closely related to and associated with verifiable conclusions flowing from science. Ancient wisdom is regularly mischaracterized and misinterpreted. Though most often associated with the nebulous conclusions of religion and mysticism, it is better understood as an ancient philosophical technology that symbolically models, encodes, and encapsulates pivotal understandings about many hidden and foundational aspects of our reality. Far too many people have misinterpreted both the purpose and meaning of the symbology that encodes ancient wisdom, thereby failing to understand both.
As alluded to by recent observations on the frontiers of quantum physics, the possibility of an intelligent Creator is being reinforced, but the assertions of religion are not. This is because they are not the same things. The "God" of the three faiths of Abraham is a false image that simply cannot exist as portrayed. To have "faith" in someone's assertion of what that "entity" is represents folly and foolishness. Simply asserting the name "God" while attributing clearly flawed notions to it and then worshipping that false image, including so-called scripture, is exactly what the ancient sages warned about. Just like the Bush crew, the founders of Christianity asserted they knew better, not because they actually did, but because they knew a certain ratio of people could be duped into helping them gain wealth and power. These are the same groups who have claimed that religion represents ancient truths and wisdom, but all of the evidence presented by their deeds and results says otherwise.
The structure and order throughout all eleven dimensions of this holographically organized reality are not merely by chance. The truthful understandings of ancient wisdom, along with observations on the frontiers of science, are converging to present us with new and expanded insights about our universe and reality. It appears that the "Creator" and souls participate cooperatively in maintaining this thought-based "universe." With that said, religion is dead wrong about who, what, where, why, and how. One big clue to this conclusion is that religious and political leaders have always conspired to purposely deceive people about the true nature of reality.
Having faith in the assertions of those seeking profit is folly. When they wrap themselves in religion while equivocating about good and evil and claiming to serve "God," they are obviously striving to deceive. Just contemplate the fact that many world leaders belong to secretive cabals while claiming to be religious believers, that the Vatican/Papacy maintains a great store of secret knowledge while demanding faith, that the holier-than-thou pretenses of both religious and political leaders are regularly being exposed as great hypocrisy, and that religious leaders often speak against the occult while many are members of secret societies associated with the so-called occult. Such widespread duplicity is not evidence of those with a love for the truth.
Seeking truth and wisdom is the opposite of having faith in science, mysticism, or religion. On the other hand, science has a much better track record by regularly forcing religion to succumb to proven facts. Even so, interpretations of scientific data and observations can be wrong because people make mistakes, misperceive, and/or misinterpret. Wisdom and scientific laws are often the same things, but it is vital to discern if they are accurate. Likewise, philosophical wisdom should engender and embody similar precision, and that is the complete opposite of "faith" and mysticism. It is vital to understand that there is no truth without discernment and no wisdom without the truth.
What then is "faith" but an effort to confound truth and wisdom?
Here is Wisdom !!