The God of All - The God for
Everyone - The Ecumenical God

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Ever heard the phrase "We all worship the *same*
God"?

Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Jews,
Mormons, Orthodox adherents, Anglicans, Baptists,
Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans,
and many more, even, at times, when ecumenicalists
are feeling really broadminded, polytheistic Hindus
and non-theistic Buddhists are included in the sup-
posed *same* God mix.

How is that done?

Via public presentation of traditional faith followers
as ecumenically one with the creator of all, the "good
loving God" (in public discourse) while maintaining
cultlike requirements to believe (in the "right" way
in the "right" God(s), or else) when engaging in ritu-
alistic worship and ceremonies.

Those ancient views (based on a God or Gods who
supposedly care(s) about such things) primarily consist
of likeminded followers (and their invitees - potential
converts) and sanctified "holy" documents / symbols
behind the "no public expression of doubt or alternative
views" areas of dogmatic religious faith.

The buildings single-mindset indoctrination occurs in?
Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples. The places
ecumenical views are expressed? Simply look at the
coinage and money of the most powerful nation on
earth. What do you see there? The ecumenical "God
of all". How can one God fit all, while at the same time
disparate groups claim their single-mindset interpreta-
tion (or something close to it) is required for immortality?

Quite a trick, that. A lot of disingenuous behavior is in-
volved.

When it comes to what actually is going on at the core of
the disparate faiths, followers face questions of verity vs.
fiction regarding such things as

o methodology of the higher power,

o the whys / wherefores of the higher power,

o the origins of the higher power,

o the actual physical nature of the higher power,

o the evidence that there is a higher power that is a
   reality external to us as compared to the evidence
   that a higher power is merely something folks would
   like to exist, if it's nice to people approved by God,
   as a reflection of human ego (something similar to an
   invisible superfriend).

Also, with the higher power approach, one is presented
with the temptation (note - temptation, not actualization,
for only by giving in to the temptation, as traditional reli-
gions have done, would the following occur) to use
claims of affinity with a higher power for an array of
selfish reasons, among them ... claims that

o folks can talk to a higher power and get good things
   done by that higher power merely by asking for them,

o folks should gather together and defer to authorities
   in the "proper" worship of a higher power,

o folks can get immortality from a higher power,

o folks should threaten others with claims related to a
   higher power,

o folks require monetary donations to please the higher
   power,

o folks who are politically inclined and who recognize
   a higher power are better or more worthy of holding
   actual power on earth than are those who prefer to
   utilize naturalistic explanations and research to search
   for answers to all unknowns.

What is a viable alternative to the ecumenical "God of
all", the God(s) of disparate interpretations of the many
competing faiths?

"Unknown and explorable" and "not yet fully understood
and explorable", for that clearly leaves us in veritable
exploration and adventure mode ...

o respectful of that which we can reveal,

o respectful of open-minded search for verity,

o respectful of the pro-human use of the scientific method
   to never stop searching for more complete explanations
   of our physical world and the betterment of humankind
   within that world,

and

o resisting the temptation to fill in unknowns with an array
   of claimed (and non-falsifiable) supernatural powers (be
   they traditional, higher, lower, good, bad, ambivalent,
   responsible, irresponsible, mystical, magical, paranormal,
   or other) for which naught but human imagination exists.

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