Updated: Apr 25
Regaining Paradise encourages us to take a hard second look at the extent to which the Judeo-Christian constructs over the past two millennia have influenced both our conception of God and heaven, along with and also the relationship we have with God. The extent to which these constructs have motivated us to act for the greater good will also be addressed.
Regaining Paradise advocates that we would enjoy more fulfilling and nurturing lives if we saw ourselves from a broader perspective, one that would reveal our relationship with the creative force.
The book directs us to recognize that life only comes from life, as Louis Pasteur proved well over a century ago. That means, by definition and critical reasoning, that we are not products of material processes but rather are expressions of an otherworldly, infinite creative force.
The Battle for Our Soul
Materials and the majority of scientists argue vigorously that belief in an unnatural force, such as God, is utter nonsense.
Science and technology, although we may not want to admit it, has lessened our dependency on God. In many cases, science technology has even replaced God. This sea change came about because we tend to believe scientists’ claim that the subtleties of materiality allow it to form life. This finds common ground with our day-to-day activities, and, in a manner of speaking, our day-to-day survival. We’re slavishly dependent on the wonders of science. Over time, dependency and survival generally triumph over faith. That’s because faith can be fragile.
Notably, children are introduced to materialism through their indoctrination into Darwinism and neo-Darwinism, which is often part of their school curriculum.
The influencing of innocent minds was apparent to American engineer and author Willis Harman, who observes in Global Mind Change (1988), that we are literally hypnotized from infancy to perceive the world the way our materialistic culture perceives it.
I ask that we give serious thought to what Harman said, and recognize that we have been tutored in the materialistic worldview to such an extent that we are spiritually numbed.
Being programmed in the primacy of material reality makes us less inclined to follow the voice of our inner angels.
But how can we hear that faint voice when we are coping with life’s ongoing challenges? To our misfortune, we tend to hear the voice that’s ever-amplified by society. Yielding to that voice, we follow the mantra to become something more than we are: more captivating, more head-turning—in a word: “worthier.”
Compliant, we’re drawn into a vicious cycle of ever-becoming something that, by its very nature, leaves us unsatisfied, conflicted, and disillusioned.
Yet at an early time in our lives, everything seemed to be within our grasp. Inner peace, idealism, and contentment were part of our birthright. This claim has been validated by Scientific America’s article “Children Have a Sense of Heroic Justice.”
William Wordsworth wonderfully illustrates this idyllic state in his “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood":
"There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream.
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore:
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more."
But then life as it unfolded, or, to be more accurate, how it was designed to be by the crafters and architects of our society, interceded.
As they planned, materialism took center stage, while Idealism and Justice for all faded in the mainstream of the Judeo-Christian world.
It’s painful to ask, but why haven’t the Judeo-Christian constructs, which form the foundation of the Western world, saved us from surrendering our souls to the glitter and trappings of materiality?
This surrendering has allowed the basic weaknesses of human nature to prevail, and this has taken us to a scary place.
A group of atomic scientists, after evaluating the conditions of the world, have published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that they’ve moved the Doomsday Clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight, which is the Apocalypse. This is the closest we’ve been to midnight since the inception of the clock in 1947, when it was set at seven minutes to midnight.
It’s time to be honest because time is running short. It’s apparent that the Judeo-Christian worldview upon which our beliefs, attitudes and actions are based has failed to inspire us sufficiently to act for the better good.
We have, possibly two to three decades left to alter the path we are on. Trust the scientists who have made that dire prediction.
To change to another path requires us to be motivated. We would have to recognize that one rarely-travelled path can inspire us to realize that we are far more that a physical individual.
Thunderclaps should sound because knowing who we truly are is vital to building a safer, saner, more peaceful and loving world.
The ancient Greeks understood this. They etched this message in stone on the archway that led into their most sacred place on Earth, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: “Know thyself and thou shalt know the universe and god.”
Knowing who you truly are simply requires that you recognize that every feeling and every thought, mundane or that of genius, that registers in your mind, was ultimately not due to flashing neural energy in the brain being channeled to higher neural networking systems, but comes from an infinite transcendent place beyond the universe.
There are compelling reasons why I make this bold claim. Because as fact, the living second that you’re experiencing cannot be caused by materiality and or its accompanying energetic force fields. The conservation laws that are the most fundamental laws in the universe absolutely forbid your experiencing first person awareness solely from matter and temporal energy.
Those laws also forbid universal matter and energy from being the cause of your spaceless, weightless mind, which is not reducible into smaller components, unlike material objects. Those laws and other fundamental universal law such as the second law of thermodynamics also absolute prohibit abiogenesis, the formation of the first living things.
You may be sensing what I am suggesting: You are a miracle. By definition a miracle is described as being something that cannot be explained through the workings of the natural, material universe. We can reason, a miracle is something that was caused by a force that is beyond the universe—an infinite creating force.
This is what the Nobel laureate Max Planck, the father of quantum mechanics, had this to say about the infinite force:
"I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force....We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind."
Realizing the creative infiniteness that radiates at our very core will motivate us to take actions that are in accordance with our divine identity.
We will be inspired because that revelation resonates as a higher truth. Our view of the world and of ourselves will have changed. It will have expanded into the light of heaven.
Our needs will be redirected; we will no longer be driven to feed our hungry egos. We will reach out to feed the needs of planet Earth and of all humanity. We will feel fulfilled and we will revel in a sense of wonder. We have become more loving people for have formed a new worldview.