The Cure for Absolutism

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Preston Harold asks how The Absolute can rid itself of its absolutism:

The Cain and Abel drama presents the clue that in bringing creation as man knows it into being, the Absolute expended itself as such, having done with this evil by laying down its absolute power – which is to say, absolute power cannot now be expressed by man or God: Cain attempted to exercise ALL power, to express the absolute, to decree finality, but Abel’s blood cried out from the ground, and in dealing with Cain, the Lord did not exercise ALL power, express the absolute, or decree finality. The question becomes: how does the absolute dispose of itself?

He goes on to say that the answer is found in the words of Jesus quoted from the Gospel of John in our previous post. Jesus’ words, Harold tells us, give us the answer that

God is not now absolute. God is now power thrice stated, or twice divided – The Absolute thereby becoming Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son-energy is manifest. The Father-energy is unapparent. The Holy Spirit is transparent – is energy-as-such entirely spent in physical terms, as it yet remains in being, absolute unto itself only. In divesting Himself of His absolute power, God divested Himself of destructive potential, or the evil inherent in the absolute – divested life of the power to express the absolute or to express power absolutely or finally. Death, or the ultimate, is finished through God’s laying down His absolute life and power, through His not-being in manifestation. Because death is finished in God’s act, death is not finality for man – life is. That life can be absolutely destroyed is the lie, gives lie to the murderer.

So it is the idea that God is still one power, yet three times expressed, that rids us of the idea of absolutism when we say, “God is one.” Harold expresses this beautifully here. We can also see this idea of God’s power expressed multiply in the Hindu idea of different aspects of the one God, Brahman: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

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We will continue exploring more thoughts on the absolute and how it applies to man made in the image of God in our next installment. Until then, peace…

Two Sides of the Absolute

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Jesus showed us both sides of the coin of truth, presenting on one side the loving Father image and on the other, the murderous primeval image within mankind. Jesus contrasts the teaching He receives from His Father with the teachings the Pharisees receive from their father. Jesus and the Pharisees converse:

“You are doing the works of your own father.”

Then they said to him, “We are not illegitimate children; the only father we have is God himself.”

“If God were your Father, you would love me, for I come from God. I have not come of my own; God sent me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you are unable to hear my word. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

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Preston Harold elaborates: 

Here, Jesus takes man back to the first murderer, to the evasive Cain, traces of whose blood runs in the veins of Homo sapiens. But from whence did this blood come? Whatever man expresses or is must have its root in God, for if he received his being, his good from the hand of God, so too he received from the same source, the only source, his evil.

So God is the cause of moral evil? No, but He does bear ultimate responsibility, for it is His creation after all! In what way does God bear responsibility?

What makes of the murderer a liar, or vice versa, and how could this stem from God? The answer rests in the concept of The Absolute. Before creation was, God must be seen as The Absolute. The Absolute (however) is now seen to be evil.

In the words of Meir Ben-Horin:

The twentieth century has seen the Absolute as the Terror. Henceforth the loyalties of enlightened mankind will go out to the religions that can help them to overcome the absolute and thus to achieve a fuller manifestation of the promise that inheres in existence, in intelligence and in love.

Any form of fundamentalism cannot be this religion, as can be observed especially in radical Islam where Allah is taken to be terrorismabsolutely absolute. This Allah is a complete dictator, and those who serve him certainly believe that they are doing “the will of their father” in serving him and his commands absolutely. This absolutism is certainly one way to understand God, although the fruits don’t seem to serve creation in a faithful way. In the next post we will look at the possible cure for the “God as Absolute” delusion. Until then, peace…

A Contradiction and a Reconciliation

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Jesus said, “For as the Father raises the dead and makes them live, so the Son makes anyone live whom he chooses. Indeed the Father passes judgment on no one; he has committed the judgment which determines life or death entirely to the Son, that all men may honor the Son as they honor the Father.” John 5: 21-23

Of this Preston Harold says,

Here, Jesus declares that the judgment of God on man is: life. The Father “Makes them live.” Yet, he says that the Son determines who shall live.

How can this contradiction be reconciled? If all are to live according to the Father, then why does the Son get to say “no” to the Father’s judgment and decide for himself who will live? Are they at odds with one another? Harold begins to explain:

The concept offered by this study is that the judgment of God is not to be made, but has been made, and that each person has been committed to eternal life. The only judgment God could in justice render is His own self-judgment, for He is man’s Creator. In justice, then, God cannot, does not judge man. He has committed man to life everlasting.

Okay, so there is Harold’s ruling from the Father’s point of view. Now he will explain what it means for the Son to determine who will live:

Jesus indicates that the God-cell in man, his Authority-Ego, judges his own world of selves, “himself,” or ego-group. Thus, Jesus says that the Son makes anyone live whom he chooses. The interpretation of these words offered by this study is that in the conscious domain man constantly creates images of others and refashions his own self-images. In sum, these create his personality. Within the whole of him they are as the sands of the sea. Through rebirth (reincarnation), the Son within each person makes any one of these images live whom he chooses. That is, one’s Authority-Ego determines which of the faces that compose his personality are to be carried on in the unconscious domain and which are to return to life in the conscious domain. (Parenthesis mine)

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What can we conclude from this insight of Harold’s? He will tell us himself…

Thus, only “ vestiges” of former egos return to consciousness…Those of the ego-group which have loved and been loved, those which have learned, those which have been tried and found true are of the “other fold” within. Those which have erred and those untried, ignorant, or found wanting are returned to consciousness to experience good and evil that they may become conscious of life as it operates in truth and reality. To those in the conscious domain, the superego ministers.

I hope you have enjoyed this post; it was most enlightening for me! Until next time, peace…