So you are a Buddhist or Taoist, the great expanse of eternity is the Tao, it is an enigma, no explanation is good enough to describe it's indefiniteness, it is brilliant and nothing can compare to it, it truly is a part and law of nature.
It is far superior to God as it can not have lesser deities, have you ever heard of a Demi-Tao, I think not, it's the undisputed one and only of it's kind, it has some of the attributes of God, and with more humility, it has always existed and always will, it is the great bellows of existence that breathes in and out all manifestations.
It simply is, it only requires balance to maintain a positive outcome in life, it is everywhere and nowhere, it does not follow and can not be followed, it is the sum total of all that is perceived and not perceived, it is less personable than God seems to be, yet is not lacking in any of the apparent power, it is omnipresent, being everywhere, I believe it does have an endless supply of power that can be accessed only by God, yet it has never been claimed to be omniscient (all knowing, all wise, all seeing).
The Tao is not in competition with God, they are but aspects of each other.
I like to consider the Tao as the home of God, it is the medium from which God works, it is what God built heaven from. The Tao is the canvas of eternal infinity and God is the artist, the two are inseparable, quite possibly one in the same, God performs the manifestations and the Tao provides the medium with which to use.
The Tao believes in reincarnation, because when an imbalance is created in the Tao, an opportunity to re-balance must be provided for, Karma is the score keeper, and the debt must be settled.
Everything abides by cosmic law which is provided for by the Tao, all of the apparent emptiness of space (dark matter and or dark energy) is where the ether or the protoplasmic energy resides that God works with to create all that is.
If there had to be a holy trinity, it would have to be the Tao, God and all of creation, even though Buddhists and Taoists do not believe in God, they also do not claim that the Tao is an intelligent entity, but it stands to reason that some sort of intelligence would have to maintain the complexity of Karmic effects and reincarnations to equalize the same.
God is the only one that is claimed to be omniscient (all knowing, all wise and all seeing), the Tao only requires balance. If you think that you know the Tao, you do not know the Tao and if you think that you know God, you must know love for all that is.
Tao Creation, Straight from God
God's Creation, Straight from the Tao
God is Tao?
What are you, nuts? How can you possibly think that my God is the Tao?
What makes you think that "The Way" has anything to do with some God? These are valid concerns.
Since there is no valid all encompassing description for either of these two concepts, why can they not be different aspects of the same thing?
I would never assume to limit either of these two concepts, I don't even fully understand these ideas of reality, but I can join them together as part of one in the same eternity.
I guess that there can never be a full understanding about either of these two, but it does seem that they stand for the same thing in general and me being a product of them can have no other choice than to not limit my beliefs.
Had enough yet? Too Personal?... Not personal enough? Possibly I can believe in one and just allow the other be in the background taking up the slack so to speak, or will I venture to be bold and fuse the two together?
Stupid questions? Or not enough answers? How about just thinking of them as "All That Is"? That should cover my options, much less personal and all inclusive, no jealousies, just like peanut butter on my chocolate or was it chocolate in my peanut butter?
As for an example from the Jewish faith the Zohar in the Kabbalah a definition of a passage in Genesis it is mentioned that God was brought to be, by infinity, does this sound like a familiar theme here?
It is not so much different than seeing the different aspects of God in the Male and in the Female, or should I say the Yin and the Yang, the Tao parallels many beliefs just as in God, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
Be it trying to maintain a balance in your life by following the Way, or trying to uphold the laws of God, the results are attempting to make you a better person, there is much crossover in these two beliefs where their paths run parallel for great distances,
for the most part they both steer away from evil, the karmic aspects may be of a different nature, but the results are essentially the same,
the objects being attempted may go by different names, but seem to accomplish the same missions, intentions of peace and love are universal notions in everyone's thought process.
But what about Spirit?
It seems that spirit is the substance which is not physical, but acts as an interface between the Tao and God, everything that is manifested is of spirit, it dwells in the ether always and waits to be willed to create all that is made,
this new addition here may confuse the uninitiated, spirit is also a product of the Tao or God, being a believer of the Tao, there is not a belief of the soul, yet Karma is always waiting in the wings ready to pounce on the first indiscretion that might be made,
in order to differentiate us humans from everything else, Karma is our balance r, our senescence is what separates us from the plants and animals, our souls have taken up this responsibility and they are just pieces of God experiencing the Tao as best as we can.
Humanity's belief systems are much too broad and diverse to be able to encompass all that needs to to be realized and understood, out of the some 4300 religions, there is a good portion of those that believe in an omniscient power or force, be it God or the Tao,
no one can say for sure, no definition is adequate to cover this, but what can be agreed upon, is that this energy or power cannot be limited and is the cause of all creation,
it's laws of cause and effect are evident in all that transpires in our universe, not only the material aspects of our reality are covered by this law, but the less material aspects of thought and speech have a hand in dealing out Karma from these laws of perfect balance,
as we sow, so shall we all reap, it probably is of no great concern what this power or force or way is, as long as we all realize that it is out there and the beauty of it's eternal existence governs all that is in it's elegant laws.
All of these semantics about the Tao and God, they are just different views, a means to an end, or should I say a beginning. Religion is just a view, this view is always different depending on where you stand,
after all, Eskimo's have over 50 words for snow, the explanations of the Tao or God must be endless, how could they not be? The explanation for life or existence, or all that is cannot be simple,
unfortunately, mankind has made these explanations much more complex that they really need to be, we have added our dogmas and superstitions to spice these truths up, but in reality,
we have just thickened the mist of ignorance and passed by the truths, by being distracted by something shiny or scary, we need to keep our heads and pay attention.
As a follower of God or the Tao, we strive to be one with the Tao by following the way, or we strive to be as God made us, a fragment of it's essence and we would like to do what is right,
these concepts have been with the earths civilizations for a much longer time than science is willing to admit, we have to strive to keep our spiritual beliefs separate from our material beliefs,
rather our material beliefs should be based on our spiritual beliefs, and as such, we will be much more able to maintain a good balance by not acquiring any karma and now attracting any effects from our ignorant causes,
after all, the animals, the plants and the earth with all of it's resources should be respected because they are as we are, a part of all that is.
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