Thursday, 20 July 2017

Remember the Creator blog

I've started a new blog called Remember the Creator which can be found here. It is somewhat similar to this blog in that it is about spiritual matters but is more focussed on the idea of God, his nature and reality or as much of them as I can comprehend in my mind and imagination. 

I've done this because I think that acknowledging the fact of God is the single most important thing in the world today. He is the subject of all subjects and the fact behind all facts but we have lost sight of this fundamental and essential truth. Consequently we are drifting towards destruction. These are days of material prosperity for most people in the Western world (though how long that will last is anyone's guess), but we are also the most spiritually impoverished people there has ever been.

Our existence is a gift from God. Not to recognise this gift is a great sin. We need to put that right and turn our faces towards the source of our being which is God, the Most High.


Bruce Charlton said...

@William - I saw the try-out blog posts last week, and I think it is a good idea and a true 'mantra'. Hope you are inspired to continue.

William Wildblood said...

Thanks Bruce

Bruce Charlton said...

@William - The tricky matter, which we both agree on I think - is that while to remember the creator is absolutely essential, it is not enough. Even if or when a typical modern person does remember the creator, this needs to be supplemented by more - or else he will soon lapse back into the though patterns of mainstream materialism (in this respect, sincere and decent religious believers are often almost indistinguishable from everyone else - not at all 'holy' or 'other worldly' or 'spiritually advanced'). Remember the creator is the primary, the 'first law'; but insufficient on its own. It would be well if mainstream Christians were more aware of this fact, I think; and it is was compels us to look forward rather than back: what we need to do lies ahead, not behind.

William Wildblood said...

I know what you mean, Bruce, and agree with you - but only up to a point! I would say that the people you refer to are not really remembering the Creator any more than they are loving God (the two being similar). They are not remembering in any deep sense for if they were that would be the over-riding factor in their lives and push out all the patterns of mainstream materialism you mention, and it is not the Creator that they are remembering but an idea about him. They are remembering the Creator in an outer sense but not an inner one and it is that that is important. Otherwise I could say I am remembering the Creator when I offer him child sacrifices. A bit extreme but you see what I mean I hope.

The true remembering takes place in the heart and is feeling as much, if not more, as thinking. And we must try to get as close as we possibly can to a true image of God because there are many false ones, even in Christianity, and they don't count. How do we tell true from false? It has to be be through love and intuition, humility and the highest form of the good, the beautiful and the true we can envisage.

But I do completely agree with what you are saying in the way you mean it.

Bruce Charlton said...

@William - Well you are of course right!

It is a theme of Owen Barfield's that our 'theoretical' beliefs (those we assert, and in a sense wish to believe) are seldom reflected in our actual thinking/ feeling, being.

It is one of the toughest questions, how to change our thinking *habits* for the better...

Chris said...

"Even if or when a typical modern person does remember the Creator.....he will soon lapse back into thought patterns of mainstream materialism...."

Exactly right!

Speaking from my own experience, this is one of the reasons why so many spiritually starved people become interested in Eastern religion/philosophy and the so called New Age- because they are radically aware of the absence of Divine immanence. "Religion" is "merely" about beliefs and dogmas (and everything "outer" and second-hand), so they conclude that they need something else, something "spiritual", something that is "inside" and deeply personally experienced. Moreover, pantheistic metaphysics appears to be less difficult to intellectually square with scientific materialism.