God is Dead; Long Live God.

            There is a famous argument for the existence of God called Anselm’s Ontological Argument, which revolves around the premise that one of God’s most central qualities, His perfection, by necessity requires His existence as well, since a nonexistent God would obviously be imperfect when compared to an existent God. After all, who’d waste their time worshiping a nonexistent God? Therefore, Anselm concludes, a truly perfect God must logically and necessarily be an existent God as well.

            It’s clear that Anselm was correct in his assessment that most people would prefer a real God to an imaginary one, since their primary interests aren’t in maintaining the philosophical purity of their God, but in having Him there to take care of lots of stuff for them. Unfortunately for these fat, lazy, stupid people, it is because the supreme God must remain perfect that He assuredly cannot exist.

            Like myself, you may have been raised to believe in a God who smiled on the righteous and frowned on the sinful, who had both a plan, and the means, to make all wrong things right. Regardless of what you’ve come to believe today, I’d like everyone to take just a moment to think about the fact that even if you’ve grown to see that such a thing doesn’t really exist, and perhaps such a thing never did, it is undeniable that something divine could be said to have had at least some measure of existence inside everyone who’s ever believed. Even if our mortal conceptions are no more than ridiculous caricatures of true divinity, as we grow and come to better understand the world in which we live, our concepts of divinity can grow as well, becoming more nuanced and sophisticated with each passing year. In fact, somewhere inside each of us, even in the mind of the most hardcore atheist, I would wager that we all still harbor our own highest conceptions of a good and just God, if only in the secret recesses of our heart.

            I’m explaining all this to make it clear why we should each take some sort of real world action on behalf of these beautiful concepts, because, even if we ourselves are not “divine” and these concepts of divinity we’ve developed are not “real,” such concepts are perhaps the closest we’ll ever get to divinity, and no one can deny that each one of us, despite our flaws, are most certainly real.

            Therefore it seems obvious to me that what “God” really needs from us, and what we really need from God, is exactly the opposite of what most people tend to believe is the case. You see, most people are taught that God simply wants us to be good, and nearly all of these people are begging their dreamed of God to take some sort of action on their behalf. Ironically, it falls to each one of us, for the reasons stated above, to act on His, while it is not we who need to conform to God, but God who must eternally conform to our own highest Good. Of course, it’s our responsibility to make sure that our own conceptions of both God and goodness continue to grow and develop into the best possible concepts that we are able to imagine, but, in the end, we need our ideas of God to be truly good far more than He needs us to be.

            This may seem like an unnatural order for things. However, despite the fact that we have been programmed to think otherwise, this is, in fact, the actual order of things that exists in our world today. Those who come to see this, unfortunately, tend to feel betrayed by their faith, and abandon the idea of God completely, rather than simply reversing the way that they were going about doing things so as to have it all match up. Remember, it’s God who needs you to act on his behalf, and it’s you and I who need God to be the mark of Goodness, not the other way around. Please stop and take a moment to seriously consider this suggestion, for it this none other than the ancient Hermetic magician’s long forgotten relationship to the Almighty, a neglected relationship that desperately needs to be renewed.

           So I leave you all with this short poem entitled “The Demons at the Top aren't Afraid to Look Up.”

Other Satanists I know must find it quite odd
that I still look upward in a search of a God,
that knowing the truth I would still persist
in the worship of things that I know don't exist,

that a wizard such as I would still venerate
a God whose false forces I'm forced to create
through my dealings with demons who rule this sad state;
To these dark ones I pray, yet on light I meditate,

and this, my vexed friends, is the true reason why,
that no matter how high my own level,
I'd much rather keep my eyes turned up towards the sky,
than look down and become another devil.  

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