The central crisis of humanity lies in the concept of alienation. Humans are alienated from their jobs, their neighbours, their communities, their culture, their society, their political leaders. They feel powerless, unable to change anything. They find themselves depersonalised in the large, bureaucratic machines for which they work. They are not recognised as individuals with unique worth. They are cast adrift, estranged, full of anxiety. The world seems foreign, alien and hostile. Above all, people are alienated from themselves. Their alienation is most extreme in the case of what ought to be their greatest inspiration – religion.
When a person bows to “God” he has shown that he understands nothing of God. God is your guide, your light, your exemplar. He is your friend, ally and mentor. He is like a perfect big brother, steering you through life. If your big brother asked you to bow before him and pray to him, you would think he had gone insane. If he demanded your worship, you would hate him. If he commanded you to love, serve and obey him, you would fight him. His job is to nurture you and bring out the best in you, not to make you his slave.
If a person prays to a God whom he considers omnipotent, omniscient, and perfect in every regard, he will inevitably see himself by contrast as powerless, ignorant, flawed and sinful. He has stripped himself of his own nobility and worth and projected it onto this remote, inhuman God, so far above the level of humanity as to be unknowable and unreachable. A person on his knees to this God is profoundly unhappy, wracked with self-loathing. He has created a means to torture himself. Whenever he contemplates this God, he cannot help simultaneously contemplating how far he falls short. He sees himself as despicable. Does such a person have a healthy attitude to life? Is he contented, optimistic, self-confident, eager to take on every challenge life throws at him? Or is he mired in negativity? He can’t save himself, he thinks, only God can save him. His is an Alienated Soul.
Now imagine that this person realises that God is not external but internal. All the qualities he so admires and reveres in God are actually within him, albeit deeply buried. If he can get in touch with his inner divinity, his life will be transformed. Instead of crawling around the world on his hands and knees, terrified of his infinitely distant perfect God, he will stride around confidently and powerfully…a God in his own right. A majestic human being. A credit to humanity. He will experience the ecstasy of self-actualisation and self-realisation. His alienation from himself will be at an end.
The great Illuminist Hegel highlighted several lines from the Book of Genesis to illustrate man’s plight. “God” said to Abraham, “Get thee out of thy country, from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”
Hegel wrote, “With his herds Abraham wandered hither and thither over a boundless territory without bringing parts of it nearer to him by cultivating and improving them…he was a stranger to soil and men alike…The whole world Abraham regarded his opposite; if he did not take it to be a nullity he looked upon it as sustained by a God who was alien to it. Nothing in nature was supposed to have any part in God; everything was simply under God’s mastery.”
This captures the sense of humans being strangers in a strange land, alienated from the world they inhabit, estranged from themselves, in thrall to an inhuman God. Abraham, from whom the Satanic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam trace their common descent, is the very essence of the Alienated Soul. He was the first of the false prophets. His “God” is Satan. It is Satan who wants humanity to see itself as separated from divinity by an infinite, unbridgeable gulf. Illumination, the religion that has always opposed Satan, preaches the precise reverse. The gap between humanity and God is illusory. The divine spark is within us. If we can overcome the Satanic lies and propaganda designed to keep us alienated from our inner divinity, we can make a heaven of this Satanic world.
Christianity, Judaism and Islam – the dark religions of the Devil – are the primary barriers to the light of the True God. He is not without, he is within. Imagine a world populated by billions of people in whom the divine spark has been liberated. Wouldn’t you rather live there than the hell-hole we currently inhabit?