By ARCH STANTON
THE VAST SCALE OF CREATION
Spend some time pondering the scale of this creation. Is it not the ultimate arrogance to think the intelligence behind this focuses itself on micromanaging a light crust of biological mold consuming a rotting mustard seed in a forgotten region of an incomprehensible universe?
Only the human mind could be so arrogant, so self-centered, as to create and believe such claptrap. If this so called “God” micromanages human kind, then it must do the same for the tiniest microorganism, because from the cosmic perspective, humans are much closer to that scale than any other.
Are we to believe “God” spends time making sure every microorganism doesn’t “sin” or is punished for such transgressions? But wait! Did not this same “God” create the system that allows microorganisms to sin in the first place? So how much sin, contrary to “God’s” will, exists when it is fundamentally inherent in the nature of the design?
All things – All Things – rot, decay and waste away, it’s the nature of their design. As Jesus pointed out long ago in words that have stood the test of time:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
— Matt. 6: 19-23
Here the blame for such ideas are clearly laid at the doorstep of one’s perception, the lamp of the body, the “eye.” The design is all inclusive; nothing exists outside the design. It is the mind that strives to define and compartmentalize those things it cannot understand. There are no accidents or mistakes in the design; the mind categorizes events as accidents or mistakes. It is the mind that defines good or evil. It is the mind that defines sin.
Matters of the material world are a waste of one’s time, for in time they all pass away. If one spends their time pursuing material things and material thoughts, doting on sinful natures, and are consumed by such thoughts, then that is the darkness in which they will remain.
Rot and decay are very nasty states inclusive in every element of the last stages of the design. Is this uncomfortable, repulsive putridity a mistake on “God’s” part? Is it a “sin” to rot away because most humans find this unpalatable and uncomfortable to face in their final hours? Humans spend far too much time trying to comprehend the incomprehensible, trying to explain the inexplicable in the effort to allay their unfounded fears and suspicions.
Man is born with only two choices. (1) Man can serve himself (2) Man can serve the creation. This choice must be made, it is unavoidable. Once the choice is made, every action man undertakes will be in service to that choice and only that choice. This choice must be made and will be made by every human because no man can serve two masters.
The default choice we are born into is service to ourselves. This is the easy choice, the most natural choice, as it feeds our innate, selfish, carnal nature. The unenlightened man, often refereed to as “unrepentant,” asks himself: “Why shouldn’t I spend all my time and effort focusing on myself? After all, what is more important in this world than me, Me, ME!?
This is the infantile state into which all men are born and most never move far beyond this state.
It takes supreme effort to pursue one’s spiritual path, for one must actively make the difficult choice of service to the creation. This choice entails a focus outside the self, a willingness to submit to that which our carnal natures find most distasteful, as this pursuit eventually results in the destruction of the most basic element of the carnal nature, the ego.
In the final stage of the spiritual path, total submission is required by the enlightened sage or master, for once again, “no man can serve two masters.” Women have an advantage in this regard for in giving birth, they find focus for their unconditional love on a creation outside themselves. Because of the inherent nature to serve this external creation, women find it less difficult to submit to others outside themselves. This is why it is said women make the best disciples.
All these various perceptions of good and evil, perceptions of this “sinful nature,” serve the design by allowing man to make his choice, for this is really the only choice of any importance man can make.
This is the school for which this world exists. It is the reason all living organisms exist, to facilitate their consciousness so they may in time find their way back to the source. For that is where all living things long to be, fully returned to the one creator of this design.