God, Religion, Jews and Christians – what is common in all that from Jewish Intellectual perspective. Part 2 – the World of God.
The world of God had been created by God Himself in the Torah-described Six Days of Creation with Adam and Eve as the first humans. There was no Religion that time – no Jews, no Christians, no other religionists. All people who were descendants of Adam and Eve were as we would say these days non-religious; all of them were the people of One God.
The people of One God were doing what One God had created them for – they were creating, they were building a better world for all. They were building a better world without Torah and Talmud, without instructions of prophets and sages.
How do I know all that?
It’s simple: God’s instructions are coming to people directly from God to the people’s souls through, as scientists may say these days, the invisible spiritual (energy) field and genetic recombination. The God’s instructions are not coming through any human-written materials – God doesn’t think in a human way and doesn’t write as the humans do. Naturally, since the spiritual (energy) field and genetic recombination are subject to God’s laws of probability, various people interpret the God’s instructions in a different way within the allowed by God boundaries.
Why do I believe that the humans from the very beginning were building a better world in spite of the absence of any written material with the commandment to do so? Just because I know God created the humans in his own image and likeness – the image and likeness of Creator.
The critical requirements for a better world: this world has to strengthen the Good and subdue (or eliminate the Evil) – the Good and the Evil in Torah-based definitions.
As a tool for distinguishing between the Good and the Evil in the course of the creative work, God provided the humans with Free Will. The creative work requires Free Will – without Free Will the creative work is being transformed into the slavery work.
From the very beginning, from the times of Adam and Eve, God gave us the humans Free Will that is the opportunity to make our own choices in building a better world even if those choices might be not to God’s preferences. Why? God did it to instill in the humans the trait of honest and peaceful competitiveness without which a better world for everybody cannot be developed.
From the times of Adam and Eve until the Noah’s Flood the humans were creating for 400 biblical years a better world. This better world was created without religions – all humans were spiritually equal, there were no Jews, no Christians and no other religionists. This better world was created along the lines of Free Will that brought to life a lot of Good together with a lot of things (probably the Evil in God’s definition) that God disliked. And God realized there was too much evil in a better world, and He decided to destroy everything and start with a new beginning with the Noah family as the substitute for Adam and Eve.
Then another 2000 biblical years past with the humans building a better world: new civilizations were created like an ancient Egypt for example. As was before the Noah Flood, in this better world the humans were not divided by religious faiths – all were non-religious. However again, a lot of things were developed that God didn’t like.
What to do?
This time God decided differently: He will select a small group of humans and assign to them a special mission of being the Chosen with a sole task of the Chosen to help the others in learning the God’s guidance on distinguishing between the Good and the Evil. That’s the first time after the Six Days of Creation that God decided to split the humans into spiritual groups. It was the beginning of the world of Religion – the world where the religions will define, and define differently, what the Good is and what is the Evil.
Somebody may ask the following reasonable question. We know that in the world of One God before the world of Religion the people believed in and worshiped many other gods. If it is so, why One God didn’t punish them? I may suggest a simple answer.
One God is Almighty God and therefore He doesn’t need do punish anybody to demonstrate His power. Everything is OK with Him if you are building a better world for everybody along the lines of His spiritual guidance. Almighty God doesn’t care if you are spending a lot of time performing rituals and following your personal dogmas – if you need it sincerely for getting into the mood of building a better world.
Somebody may ask one more reasonable question: if God is truly Almighty and can do whatever He wants to do, why he doesn’t give the people precise prescriptions for building a better world and then force the people to do all that. Orthodox Rabbi Sacks answered this question in a very convincing way:
“An “awakening from above” [building a better world on direct orders from God without employing Free Will] may change nature, but it does not, in and of itself, change human nature. In it, no human effort has been expended. Those to whom it happens are passive. While it lasts, it is overwhelming; but only while it lasts. Thereafter, people revert to what they were. An “awakening from below” [building a better world on your own individual interpretation of Good and Evil], by contrast, leaves a permanent mark.”
What (orthodox) Rabbi Sacks is saying is that God may impose on an individual human His will but God chooses not to do so since the building of a true better world for everybody, in God’s definition, requires Free-Will actions by individual humans.
(To be continued)
Posted on March 12, 2013, in English-language posts and tagged Intellectual Torah, jewish identification, judaism, Judeo-Christian spirituality, religion, The Chosen, Torah, torah studies. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.