God Is Not God and You Are Not You

Understandings regarding God are thousands of years old and are essentially unchanged. Though these understandings were appropriate for a world of hunters and gathers and subsequently agriculture-based primeval tribes, they are anachronistic and unsatisfying for modern tribes. This leaves many current believers in God unchurched because they cannot believe teachings based on outmoded understandings of God. Many want understandings of God to evolved just like our understanding of the physical universe has evolved. Paradoxically, an evolved understanding of God leaves us at a juncture in our human evolution that is both dismaying and awe inspiring.
Our understandings of our physical universe now includes DNA, genetics, space/time, molecules, atoms, quarks, bosons, Higgs particles and beyond. These understandings are based on science, i.e., provable premises. Innumerable proofs, i.e., “laws of science,” are already at hand or being researched. Nevertheless, due to physical limitations it is unclear whether scientific methods will ever be able to investigate all scientific theories, i.e, premises to prove or disprove them. String theories may be one of theories.
Our understandings of God are based on philosophies, i.e., unproveable premises, handed down through the ages in constantly changing contexts and texts. This is exemplified by the fact that there were many kinds of Christianity’s based on differing premises before one Christianity, i.e., one premise, destroyed them all. Ironically, this one Christianity has since split into countless variations, a.k.a, Denominations, based on differing premises.  The fact that there are more variations of the Bible then there are words in the Bible is emblematic of these problems. 
Judaism and Islam are no better shape. There are many sects in Judaism and Islam, each with their variation on central or peripheral doctrines. Like Christianity, they are based on a prophet or prophets whose understanding of God is the basis of the religion or sect. Yet these prophets live in ancient times. Thus, our understandings of God are anachronistic.
So, how are we going to modernize our understanding of God. A scientific method called “a thought experiment” can be used to this end. This would go as follows: 
Think/Imagine God. He/She/It is much more than that thought/vision. And then he/she/it is infinitely more than that. And then infinitely more than that. And goes it goes on infinitum after infinitum without end.
It is obvious that God is incomprehensible by humans and that humans will never know God in their lifetimes. That is why “God is dead.” It is hard to call anything “alive” that goes beyond infinitum and beyond our understanding. What “God is dead” is really declaring is that the anachronistic and anthropomorphic understanding of God is dead. 
Now, how about the fact that God made humans in his “own image.” Let’s do the same thought experiment again:
Think/Imagine You. You are much more than that thought/vision. And, then you are infinitely more than that. And then infinitely more than that. And goes it goes on infinitum after infinitum without end.
So, what is the proof for this “You are not You.” Science can helps us to this end. We know that we are all unique. Due to epigenetics even twins are never identical. So, like snowflakes, not two humans are or ever will be identical. 
Next, science tells us about invariable cell death and growth that is constantly changing our bodies. Our bodies consisting of approximately 1×1016 cells is not made of the same body of 1×1016 cells from moment to moment. So, physically You are not You from moment to moment.
How about mentally?  Aren’t You constantly You mentally? Actually, we now know that most of thoughts and action are controlled by unconscious processes. These thoughts are constantly changing to deal with our constantly changing environment. New memories are examples of our constantly changing.  Thus, mentally You are not You because of constantly changing interactions with our physical environment moment to moment.
Finally, how about socially? Are You constantly You? Marriage is the prime example of You not being You moment to moment. No matter how long two people are married, they will never know their spouse completely because that are constantly changing physically and mentally. That is why divorces happen decades into relationships. The same is true with every social relationship. Just look at your children. In their first two decades, their constant growth physically, mentally and socially changes moment to moment are incredible.
So, we do not and can not know God and we do not and can not know ourselves. Both dismaying. Yet, religions have two aspects: Mysticism and Ethics. Their current understandings of God in their mystical religious thought are what are anachronistic. The above thought experiments tells us that “God is” and no more. Nothing more is knowable and saying anything more is hubris. 
What the prophets told us and humans can abide by is their ethics, i.e., moral philosophies. Ethics are how a person should act. For example, the “Jefferson Bible” or “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” extracts from the Bible the moral teaching of Jesus as a man tat can be emulated by humans. Jesus as the miracle worker is “Christ”/God and therefore unknowable as noted. Similar ethics teaching can be obtained from the Koran and Old Testament. Sadly, these ethics are either overlooked in favor of mystical worship of God or interpreted for one’s own religious benefits; thus the innumerable denominations and sects.
So, what is awe inspiring? The fact that we have been shown or told how we should act is awe inspiring. We can stop worrying about God and start worrying worrying about how we act. Behaviors based on religious ethics inspires many God-like acts. Imagine a world where this was the rule rather than the exception.
Humans are universally spiritual. Many are religious but an increasing number have shunned religions and become spiritually unchurched. This is because of religions’ anachronistic understanding of God and/or modifications of their prophets’ ethics are so different from the prophet’s teaching that they cannot abide by their religious doctrines. For example, it makes no sense that Protestants can’t date Catholics. They’re both Christians, for God’s sake!
So, contemplating God is as much a waste of time as contemplating any one else including your own’s Self. Yet, behaving in the ethical ways described in your prophet’s scripture (and not how it has changed by its interpretations) is doable and would lead the the better world and societies envisioned by them.

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