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21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me.
A Relationship With God by Becoming One With God
I do not think that anyone's relationship with God is and illusion. I do not claim like most Buddhist that God can not exist. Most of our relationships with other people are complete misunderstandings. We think we KNOW the people we have relationships with. Many times we project our ideas on people. If we are cynical or mistrusting of people then we focus on any evidence in someones behavior that they want to manipulate or use us. If we are optimist that like to look at the brighter side of life we try to see the good in people. If an optimist meets a philosopher that is a skeptic that questions everything and doesn't always see the good in everyone then that optimist will see the philosopher/skeptic as a NEGATIVE person.
The RELATIONSHIP with these people is not an ILLUSION. But our biases create a misunderstanding of who these people REALLY ARE .
Again there are not just 2 alternatives. That is you know someone completely with NO MISUNDERSTANDINGS about who they really are. OR you do NOT KNOW or UNDERSTAND them at all.
I do NOT believe that relationships are like that. I believe that we can know someone and have a really good understanding of who they are but still at the same time be blinded with assumptions based on biases from our experiences. In some ways we may never truly know someone. The only way to truly know someone is to be able to trust them.
Many people have prejudice and biases against women or people of other races. For them getting to know a woman or someone of another race is very limited. If there is hate involved they may never get to know certain people that come into their lives. If they have worked through and gotten rid of hate they may still have prejudice or biases based on the fears left over.
What I am getting at is that is this. I am NOT claiming that anyone that doesn't see God the way I do isn't having a relationship with God. Nor am I claiming that God does not exist in a way that allows any personal connection or relationship. I am only claiming that all religions including Buddhism creates filters or assumptions about God that creates biases.
For me seeing God through religion is like looking at something with one eye closed. True what you are seeing IS real. But in order to see not only what is REAL but with true DEPTH you must look at what you want to see with BOTH eyes open.
It is my opinion based on my experience and studies and realizations that to see God is like seeking enlightenment. Until you let go of what you think you know and what you feel you need or desire actually KNOWING the nature of Reality or God is impossible. But this does not mean I deny that those that do not have enlightenment can not have a relationship with God. I am simply saying that God is beyond what religion teaches!