“Christian Libertarianism” Excerpt #3: On Human Reason and Grasping Divinity and Spirit [2/2]   Leave a comment

In this excerpt of a paper I wrote earlier in 2011 I want to speak to you today concerning Humanity’s ability to grasp God with Human Reason. At the time of me writing this I had come to believe that Human Reason cannot grasp God alone and especially in our unregenerate state is this all the more impossible. At the time I wrote this however, I saw things in a very dualistic focus however, I saw Western Christianity [largely Catholicism and Protestantism] as religious traditions with largely a “rational theology” and lacking anything mystical about it, while the Eastern Church was the home of the Mystical Theology of True Christianity. This has changed as of late due to my reconciliation with the Catholic Church and desire to know more about it. Today I would not say that the Catholic Church is all watered down rational dogma but through the Catholic Church, Reason is uplifted and transformed so that it may freely admit its limits but help us understand [to the extent we can] the One True Living God. As with all previous excerpts and all future excerpts, the excerpts are in block quotations while the present commentary is of today.

“We have arrived now to the final part of this Change that needs to occur. To start I need to talk about the Jungian School of Psychology in order to give an Interpretation of the relationship between the Scientific realm and the Spiritual Realm. To do this I will need to turn to Jungian Typology which is how the psyche processes experiences by way of perception and evaluation of what is perceived. Perception and Evaluation is the focal point to both the Spiritual and Scientific Realm and how it relates to us. There are 4 typologies (2 Typologies for Perception and 2 Typologies for Evaluation); there are also the 2 focal points of the personality, of which you predominantly use one over the other. The Four Typologies include: Sensation and Intuition (The Perception of Reality); Thinking and Feeling (The Evaluation of Reality). The 2 Focal Points of the Personality are either Introvert or Extroverted, this should go without explaining but the introvert is focused predominantly on themselves or their own inner world, while the extroverted is someone who is focused more on the outer world. People who are sensation-based in their perception of things tend to rely on their 5-Senses, or they see ‘what’s in front of them’ their intuitional aspect is pushed underground in their unconscious and will normally develop into their shadow. The Intuitional-based individuals tend see ‘what’s around the bend, before reaching the end of the block’ and are able to read between the lines, the intuitive individuals shadow is the sensation based perception. People who are Thinking-based in their evaluation of the world tend to use logic and analysis in order to find the true substance of a subject or object, and to know how it works, their less dominant feeling-base of evaluation becomes the unconscious element and in effect the shadow element. Whereas someone who is focused more on feeling-based evaluation of the world around them tend to be more empathic and reacts in a polarized positive or negative reaction to objects and subjects, likewise the feeling-based evaluation of the world makes the thinking-base the unconscious and shadow element.”

In Part One of this post I said that, “In this instance I have decided to use Jungian Psychological Typology as a means to explain what I believe to be the heart of conflict and strife between Non-Believers, True Believers, and False Believers. By True Believers I mean those who follow the Right Path to God and in effect by False Believers I mean those led astray from the True Path. Nearly everyone I have spoken and that I have had experiences with on this journey starts out as False Believers or Non-Believers.” It is at this point now that I have spoken about Jungian Typology and now having set the analogy up I can explain how it influences each of the parties in this conflict. I call it a relationship however, because we are all brothers and sisters of this earth and as such, we must always strive to have healing in our family.

“Having now established a basic understanding of Perception, Direction, and Evaluation, it is time now to go into the interpretation of the relationship between the Scientific realm and the Spiritual Realm, in order to do this we must look at the Spiritual and Scientific Realms as a personality. Having now gone through the various changes that I believe need to occur I can begin the work of summing up this 3rd Change that I believe needs to occur. As a side note, I am going to go through three realms, the second of which is a hybrid realm, but I will expand on this later.”

Now Begins the work of perceiving the problem between these parties in this age old conflict that is reaching heighten proportions in todays world, through a psychological lens.

“Let us first start with the Scientific Realm itself, as I showed earlier the realm of Science is governed by the ideas of Empiricism, Rationalism, and Secularism. If we use these ideas as an expression of the Typology of the Scientific Personality we will see that Science is by its very nature Extroverted as its focal point is on the Object (understanding and quantifying the object). The main perceiving ability of Science is via Empiricism (knowledge by the 5-Senses) which by Typological understanding is Sensate-based. The main evaluative ability of Science is Rationalism, or rational thought, science wants to make claims based on logical analysis on the object in question. Now why is this? As I said earlier the purpose to human reasoning ability is to perceive patterns and systems so we can know how to manipulate them, this can be good or bad depending on intent. The Personality of Science then is: An Extroverted Sensate, who uses Thinking as means to evaluate what he perceives. Its shadow element (and keep in mind earlier I did say that for there to be true peace the Shadow needs to be either reintegrated or transmuted) is the: Introverted Intuitive, who uses Feeling as a means to evaluate what he perceives.”

Nothing has changed from the time of me writing this. The Scientific Personality in my mind remains for me An Extroverted Sensate Thinker. This is not to limit science, but to celebrate science’s success in discovery. Of course, modern science had at its roots Catholicism for its basis to exist in the first place, according to this video:

“Having now looked at the Scientific Personality, let us now look at the Contemporary Religious Personality that is rooted in response to The Age of Enlightenment itself ironically. Because of all the features that I explained earlier regarding Rationalism and Secularism you will see a gradually watered-down Spiritual Realm, gradually degraded connection between us and God, as well as our relationship with him, we now need to see first how we currently look like before I finally show the original form of the Spiritual Realm. The Current Religious Personality is one governed by a Judicial God Image, Literalism, and Dogmatism. Dogma is an attempt to describe rationally that which goes beyond the human reasoning ability to comprehend, again dogmatics are the religious form of Scientific Rationalism and Laws, dogma can be either good or bad depending on the wisdom, honesty and purity of the person espousing it. Therefore, Dogma is rationalism, and rationalism is the thinking-ability in our evaluation of what we perceive. Literalism is a more extreme fruit of dogmatic thought, it is where Fundamentalism comes to pass, it is Hyper-Rationalistic yet very diluted and watered-down. This is showing that the Current Religious Personality has a potential to be stuck in a Hyper-Thinking evaluation of the world around us, hence the absolutes that most Christians Fundamentalists tend to espouse. Because of the influence of Rationalism and Secularism from The Age of Enlightenment to the present day, the focal point of the Current Religious personality has become both very Extroverted and sensate-based as well. The Judicial God Image has compelled most contemporary religious peoples to think in terms of a Court [a realm where logic needs to be employed to win a case] and has made God more so an impersonal, harsh and severe Judge, this only reinforces the focal point, perceptions and evaluations of the world in the Current Religious Personality.”

So we see here that the religious organization following the Age of Reason or what I like to call the Contemporary Religious Mentality have also a similar personality to the Scientific Personality. However, where the Scientific Personality is most at home in the set that I described it in, the Contemporary Religious Personality is not, and this must change as I mention below.

“Therefore, the Current Religious Personality is also an Extroverted Sensate-based, Thinker! Here lies the problem you have two similar personalities, one who is genuinely being its own nature and the other who is being dishonest with itself and only copying the other, and they are making contradictory claims between each other (e.g. Creationism-V-Evolutionism, etc…). Well the one who will win is the person who is genuine and naturally inclined to do something, not a person who is being dishonest with themselves and removed from their own source of power, or their own nature. Science and Religio-spiritual realm cannot even begin the work of reintegration or transmutation until the current religious personality grows up, stops being ashamed of itself and returns back to its own original position.”

The above is the Psychological Interpretation that I had given concerning the Conflict between the Religious and Scientific Persona. It is like as if someone unique is copying someone else for so long that both forget that they different from one another, but while one is original and at home the other becomes dysfunctional because of its lost sense of identity and self, and this makes the person who is original with Himself feel like as if the dysfunctional person is delusional. He would be right in this belief, only for so long as the delusional and dysfunctional one, choose not to go back to his own original position and return back to where he feels close to home.

“As you know by now the original Christians had a completely different understanding than what most Christians hold true today. To the original Christians, and in effect to the original Religio-spiritual personality, they had a Medicinal or Doctoral God Image, they had believed that it was possible to experience God in this life; they had a spiritual theology that was not dominated by the bad effects and implications of ‘secular’ and ‘hyper-rational’ thought. If we use these ideas as an expression of Typology within the Personality, we see that the Original Religio-spiritual Personality was by its very nature Introverted, as its focal point was on the Subject (understanding and qualifying the subject), I state this claim because it is showcased Biblically that Christ is a ‘Physician of Souls’, today that comes closer to a Psychotherapist, who takes our attention and draws it inwardly, there are also many references throughout the New Testament especially of being ‘vigilant and watchful’ of your own inner state, there are also references of Christ Praying before and after doing a miracle or other acts of mercy.”

We see here that to be Religious or Spiritual, explicity means an interior life, a life of introversion. A life not given to the duplicity of creation but focuses on the one who operates within and yet transcends all of creation. Introversion is the Home of the Real and True Believer. I continue below to examine the mode perception and understanding that the True Religious/Spiritual Personality lives by.

“The main perceiving ability of the Original Religio-spiritual Personality was based on Faith and Spiritual Wellness, this in terms of typology is Intuitive-based (seeing without physically seeing; hearing without physically hearing, reading in between the lines). Now it suddenly makes sense how the earlier Christians were able to believe that it was possible to experience God in this life, because you were able to perceive Him intuitively. Even while Christ is on earth, Christ often said, ‘those who have ears to hear, let him hear!’ Showing again how it was an intuitive reading between the lines, perceiving not the literal story, but the meaning behind the story. The main evaluating ability of the Early Christians, was equally balanced between Thinking and Feeling, but there was more of a feeling-based evaluation of our intuitive perceptions, because while it is important to follow the Spiritual Laws ascribed by God, Christ himself sets us free of The Law and gives us the Law of Love and Spirit, the best proof for this is when Christ does an Act of Mercy on the Days of Sabbath, upsetting the legalistic High Jewish Priesthood.”

An even clearer and blatant statement of the perceiving ability founded in the Original Religio-spiritual Personality comes from the Apostle Paul himself when he says, “We Walk By Faith Not By Sight.” (2Cor 5.7) We walk by intuition and revelation, not by the senses which are corrupted and limited only to this world. Nonetheless, we see here that the this is the mode of understanding and expressing that the Religious Personality follows. Now does this mean that, the Scientific Personality is nearly the antithesis to the Religious Personality and thus at odds with each other? Maybe to the Scientific Personality, but the Religious Personality has in Jungian Terms a Self which is Worshiped, to the Christian, the Self is Christ and in terms of Jungian Psychology, the Self reconciles and transcends all the particular aspects of personality. So in Christ there is no conflict, in Christ is Perfect Synthesis. However, the Scientific Personality has no sense of Self, the Scientific Personality is focused exclusively on Extroversion as its focus, exclusively on Thinking as its evaluation of the world, and exclusively on Sensation as its perception of the world.

“Before I conclude, I said that the Original Religio-spiritual Personality, “had a spiritual theology that was not dominated by ‘secular’ and ‘hyper-rational’ thought.” A word for this type of theology was called a Sacramental-Worldview; they saw the Glory of God all around them. Whereas secularism has encouraged God to be kept in our private life, and out of our public life thus suffering this cognitive dissonance and disconnect between us and God, a Sacramental worldview would encourage us to keep God in all parts of our lives, Christianity is after all a lifestyle it’s something you do every moment of your life not just once a week, look at the hedonist lifestyle do they ever stop seeking pleasure in excess? No, every moment and action of their life, until they decide to change their life, is going to be dominated by the thought of seeking out excess in pleasure, therefore does it make sense for a Christian to keep God limited to one day in the week and not every moment of their life? No, why? Because Christianity is a lifestyle, it is something you carry with you to be guided by the thought of being healed of your psycho-spiritual illnesses and experiencing and having a relationship with God in this life so no one can exploit your ignorance of God for their own benefits.”

The Notion of the Sacramental Worldview came to me when I was listening to an Ancient Faith Radio Podcast called, “The One-Storey Universe,” in it the speaker talks about how Christians living in the midst of modern life has a radically different arrangement of where God is and our relationship to Him then the early church did. He mentions the Sacramental Worldview and it is a worldview that I believe all True Believers ought to aspire to and all False Believers ought to be told about so that they may return to the One True Path to God.

“Therefore, let me conclude and speak now of the Original Religio-spiritual Personality. We must move back to our own natural source of power which is rooted in being an Introverted, Intuitive who evaluates his intuitive perceptions based on feeling. Again, feeling does not mean uncontrolled emotions it means empathy! This does not mean that Christians are to look only with concern on their own community or only at themselves; it means that Christians will continue to evangelize and do the various acts of social justice and mercy on those who truly need it, but with the new Medicinal God Image held in mind to remind the Christian to be vigilant and watchful their own psycho-spiritual health. Once we have finally arrived to this stage in thinking and living within The Body of Christ again, we can begin the work of Integration or Transmutation of our own shadow element, the Extroverted, Sensate who evaluates his sensate perceptions based on thinking. This I feel to be the biggest work that will need to be done, but all previous changes mentioned up to this point meet ultimately in this 3rd Change.”

I want to extend further on the notions of the Typology of Feeling as it relates to Eastern Christianity before I conclude, because I feel like as if even in my writing above I was not as explicit about this topic as I could have been.

In the future I intend to discuss the notions of extreme intellectualism on one hand and extreme emotionalism on the other hand. But right now, emotionalism is not the heart of True Christianity, the Philokaliac Tradition of the Eastern Christian Mystics, who on the whole accepted Plato’s Tripartite Division of the Soul and saw that the emotions were the lowest part of the being, what we might call today the desiring part of the self. Intense Emotionalism is to be avoided, because it is an imbalance in the psyche. The Feeling Typology according to Jung, “tend to come to decisions by associating or empathizing with the situation, looking at it ‘from the inside’ and weighing the situation to achieve, on balance, the greatest harmony, consensus and fit, considering the needs of the people involved.”

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Posted September 4, 2011 by jimbo9889 in The Objectives

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