Zen philosopher on Christianity: “God against man. Man against God. Man against nature. Nature against man. Nature against God. God against nature_ very funny religion!”

In other mythologies, one puts oneself in accord with the world, with the mixture of good and evil. But in the religious system in the Near East, you identify only with the good and fight against the evil. The biblical traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam all speak with derogation of the so-called nature religions.

The shift from a nature religion to a sociological religion makes it difficult for us to link back to nature. But actually all of those cultural symbols are easily susceptible to interpretation in terms of the psychological and cosmological systems, if you choose to see them that way.

Every religion is true in one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck to its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

(Joseph Campbell)

All based on allegories and metaphors based on the stars, planets, equinoxes and precessions of the systems above (as above, so below; as within, so without) all anthropomorphized into stories based on Archetypal forms that speak to different parts of our being based on the mythos necessary for consciousness faculties to be carried on generation to generation. Not exoterically true, but esoterically important.

Eric Anthony Crew

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