What is an atheist? It is “a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings” [dictionary.com]. A person who accepts and believes that there is a God does not necessarily ‘know’ that there is a God. A person that ‘knows’ God is one that allows God to be exactly what the Divine is and knows its infinite existence. In this sense, a person who allows the existence of God to be what it is, is not necessarily a ‘believer’, but a ‘knower’.
What is an agnostic? It is “a person who holds that the existence ofthe ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience” [dictionary.com]. A person who claims that all that there is is limited to what we experience lives in tunnel vision. Within that tunnel they can only ‘see’ the walls of the tunnel as the scope of their reality. Because this is all that they see, they claim that this is all there is and that anything beyond the walls of their ‘tunnel’ is ‘unknowable’. Instead of at least believing, they revel in unknowing.
What is an apathetician? It is “a person who does not care or is not interested or concerned whether there is a God or not; they are indifferent or unresponsive to the existence of a deity” [dictionary.com]. A person who does not care is limited to examining the walls of their tunnel as being more important than the tunnel itself. They cannot see the greater picture because they refuse to allow that which is beyond their comprehension to affect them emotionally enough to search for the deeper levels of reality. For example, ‘how’ to see beyond the tunnel. They accept that the tunnel exists but don’t care enough to know why it exists.
Atheists use the same techniques that believers use to convince others of their veracity. Atheists fight the existence of a Divine being that they claim does not exist while believers fight for the existence of a Divine being that they just believe exists. Their war with each other will never end because they always choose to fight and resist that which they want manifested. What you resist persists (Carl Jung) and will continue to manifest over and over again until you allow it to be what it is.
Agnostics use logic and reason as a weapon against knowing the truth within. They claim that since our existence is limited, that we can never know anything that is unlimited. They have created a self-fulfilling prophecy based on their own limited knowledge of reality.
Apatheticians separate realityfrom their feelings in order to convince others that they are objectively observing reality. By removing all emotions, they ‘believe’ that they are closer to the truth than anyone else who is swayed by their emotions. Most of the time this is true; but when taken to an extreme blinds the observer due to their limited scope.
A true Gnostic is one who knows from within. According to its definition, a Gnostic is one who “possesses knowledge, especially esoteric knowledge of spiritual matters” [dictionary.com]. How do we gain esoteric or spiritual knowledge? Does it come from regularly attending religious services? Does it come from regular and consistent meditation? Does it come from helping others selflessly? Or does it come from listening to the still small voice of the Divine within? Some may argue each one of these points as ‘the’ way to spirituality and they would all be correct.
Spirituality comes from a dedication to the truth of life and the ultimate respect of it. It is a manner of living ‘in the flow’ of Divine love and not participating in the theoretical battles of belief that proliferate among those who ‘believe’ or don NOT believe in God. True spirituality is the innate ability to share your inner well-being with others in Divine love. It is not arguing over who is wrong or right, who are the chosen people and who aren’t or how one ‘gets’ to heaven.
True spirituality is living in and the sharing of Divine love no matter what one encounters; period! End of discussion. May the Divine always bless your life and the lives of those whom you encounter. Be that which you are more than that which you believe you are by knowing the Divine within. Be ye therefore knowing! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)
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