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PostRic Mauricio Explains the Trinity (John Eipper, USA, 05/21/19 4:14 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
The essay "Why Are Religious People (Generally) Less Intelligent?" is very interesting. (John E appended it to Gary Moore's post of May 15th: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mr-personality/201312/why-are-religious-people-generally-less-intelligent )
It actually puts into writing my opinion of religionists in general. But I have to be careful not to think I am more intelligent than my Christian (or any other religion) friends just because I am more questioning. That could lead to arrogance. I just have to smile, when they always end the discussions with "you just have to believe."
But let me attempt to explain to Gary my take on the Holy Trinity. To me it is not a mystery, but most religionists fail to comprehend the true meaning of the Holy Trinity. God the father (or as Tor would put it, God the universe) is the universe and everything that makes up the universe, from the smallest grain of sand to the largest stars (and yes, everything is made up of very micro atomic particles; totally blows my mind, this scientific stuff). God the man is the physical manifestation of an intelligent being created by these subatomic particles. Yes, it is possible that there are other beings just as intelligent as humans, although I am finding that intelligent may be an overused adjective these days. OK, so they might be missing the third branch of the Trinity. God the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is enlightenment (ah yes, Zen and Buddhism share this concept). A question I asked my Buddhist mechanic as I pointed out his statue of the Buddha, complete with burning incense: isn't the Buddha something that exists within us? He smiled, and said "ah yes, you understand." When the disciples were suddenly beset upon by the Holy Spirit, it transformed them from the scared disciples of Christ to brave men willing to face martyrdom.
Being a non-conformist or as I like to call myself, a gadfly, I will always question the prevalent opinion of the group. Yeah, gets me into a lot of hot water.
JE comments: Could we describe Buddhism as the ultimate articulation of the Holy Spirit? Ric Mauricio does an admirable job of synthesizing the world's religions. I have nothing profound to add here, so I'll close with a nod to OSHA: with all the solvents and oily rags around, isn't it a really bad idea to burn incense in a mechanic's shop?