By Robert Langs
The 1st in-depth psychoanalytic examine of the previous and New Testaments, Beyond Yahweh and Jesus facilities on God's position in allowing people to deal with demise and the anxieties it conjures up. Yahweh is obvious as tending to extend instead of scale down those loss of life anxieties, whereas Christ deals near-perfect suggestions to every style. Why, then, asks Dr. Langs, has Christ didn't convey peace to the area? Langs' solution is concentrated on what's, he argues, Western religion's loss of a deep knowing of human psychology―i.e., a scarcity of the mental knowledge had to complement the religious knowledge of faith. it is a void bemoaned as early because the mid-1800s by way of the Archbishop Temple and by means of Carl Jung within the early twentieth century.
The trip on which Langs' learn embarks leads via an exam of the similar issues of data acquisition and divine knowledge; the failure of psychoanalysis to supply faith with the psychology it must satisfy its project; and a suite of propositions which are meant to deliver mental knowledge to faith and thereby to start up the 3rd bankruptcy within the heritage of God, within which a refashioned morality and clean divine knowledge play extraordinary roles. at the same time, the e-book deals a origin for secular varieties of spirituality and morality, in addition to for human efforts to deal with demise and its incumbent anxieties. The undertaking of this booklet is a lofty yet valuable one: to reinvigorate faith with new dimensions and insights with the intention to empower it, in the end, to assist carry peace to the area, either separately and jointly.
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For the moment, based on latter-day archetypes, I would suggest as an initial possibility that the Lord God knew that he had not prepared humans to incorporate divine wisdom because he had failed to arm them with the means to face and cope with death and its attendant, often overwhelming anxieties. This likely lack of preparation suggests that the Lord God had not himself found a way to deal effectively with these issues. In addition, there are indications that despite his possession of eternal life, he lived in fear that should humans acquire the kind of wisdom that he alone was privileged to have, he would no longer be worshipped and obeyed by them, and that his own great creation would soon abandon him -a fate tantamount to death.
On the downside, it entails the loss of security, protection, and support that is gained by being at one with another human being. This sense of unity is, however, grounded in a costly bllidting of self-awareness, a muted degree of self-motivation, a relative diminution of personal resources, and a reduced awareness of the external world and of the exigencies of life. Oddly enough, this last group of blunted attributes nevertheless appears to sustain the idyllic life found in an undisturbed Eden.
God must have had good reasons to take this position. So let's go on with the story of Eden to see why he did so and what he was trying to offer to humankind to help them to cope effectively with death and death anxiety. His divine hidden motives are as illuminating today as they were at the beginning of time. NOTE 1. For ease of reading, quotations from Genesis are taken from Armstrong (1996). Quotations from the New Testament are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Lk is Luke, Mk is Mark, Mt is Matthew, and I Cor is I Corinthians.