God And Logos—One

In The End All Questions About Self Are Religious Questions

Empty Self Continued

“Excuse me, but if God is freedom, then God is nothingness, and that
is just wacko,” responded MV.

“Not if God is Logos,” I said, “and that is just what much of Western
theological tradition used to believe.”

“I don’t understand?”

“Well, according to Tomas Aquinas,” I replied, “being and thought are
one, and reason is divine. The very substance of reality is the
self-embodiment of God as Logos. Recall that Sartre’s for-itself not
only implies knowledge and freedom, it also implies `a being other
than itself.’ That being is not just the nothingness of the
for-itself, as Sartre believed, rather it is the affirmation of the
here and now, it is the Logos liberated, it is the `birth of the
divine’ in each and every one of us—it is the `conscious presence’ in
each and every one of us.”

“I think it’s time to leave,” said MV, “Do you recall why we’re here?
It’s to amuse me! And I’m not amused. I’m not even smiling. Get the
picture?”

“Wait, I’m almost through,” I replied. “Just give me a minute.”

“Okay,” responded MV, “but speed it up, or your God will end—in your
swan song.”

“Where was I? Oh, I remember,” I said. “The subject sets itself over
against itself in self-consciousness, thus objectifying itself. There
is a re-appropriation of the self’s internal differences in
self-consciousness, and with differences identities unfold. God is
mirrored in the human consciousness of `identity and difference’. God
is identical with the self-referential totality of all there is while
at the same time God is different—God is God. `I am what I am’ says
the divine in revelation. The connection between self and
consciousness-of-self is one of identity and difference. In God and
freedom the connection is also one of identity and difference. In both
cases, difference implies identity. Man is indeed made in God’s image.
There would be no God realization without self-consciousness, and
further, God cannot become fully self-conscious in the here and now
until self-consciousness realizes itself to be the divine
incarnated—God’s own consciousness-of-self. Religious consciousness,
in this view, is not mystical, its woven into the ordinary events of
everyday consciousness. In the end, all question’s pertaining to self
are religious questions.”

“Are you through?”

“Yes,” I said. “But there’s more.”

“Oh, spare me,” MV replied. “Just how long can this go on?”

“As long as you let it,” I said. “But if it’s any consolation, I gave
my last presentation shortly after I finished the paper I wrote for my
kids. That was really the end I guess. It was my best presentation,
but, of course, nobody knew what I was talking about.”

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About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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3 Responses to God And Logos—One

  1. Sometimes I find sacred places. Places that take to the all with one, one with all consciousness. Your words did that for me right now. Thank you.

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Those are the nicest words that anybody has ever said to me. Thank you! In fact, because of those words, I’ve decided to post my last university presentation. I probably would have posted it sometime in the future anyway, but It just makes sense to post it now. I gave the presentation back in 1982. The presentation will probably take up most of next week. Take care and thanks again.

  2. bwinwnbwi says:

    As functionality, God manifests ‘difference,’ but as Divinity, God manifests ‘no difference.’ In other words, God is both immanent in nature, while being transcendent to nature. Also, God’s functionality, as it evolves, evolves qualitative differences, differences that emerge in the human being as the quest for truth, justice, and religious meaning. Functional differences, all of them, are made whole through Divinity, but in human consciousness, the qualitative difference of free will emerges. Free will separates and divides Divinity, but even this divided Divinity is made whole in the God of transcendence–the God of ‘no difference.’

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