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All humanity can share in this celebration of the Infinite

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Submitted by AV (United States), Feb 17, 2021 at 16:53

Many worldviews − religions and philosophies − include transcendent, iconoclastic, traditions that prioritize the Infinite that is beyond finite images.

For example.

Human rights and personal freedoms refer to humanity having infinite potential, unlimited by any particular culture or institution. Ultimately, to be the image of God is to be imageless, and able to learn and evolve beyond current assumptions.

Christianity has Jesus as a human image, but Jesus himself says to worship the Father − who is infinite beyond any image.

Hinduism has Brahman, being the Divine soul that is infinite and unchanging beyond the creation of space-time, and that contrasts the angelic devas that are finite and changing aspects of creation within space-time. Indeed, this Hindu view compares to the Jewish view of the Infinite beyond creation and the sefirot within creation.

And so on.

The open-ended Infinite that transcends all current images is a human instinct. It seems to me to relate to the evolution of the Homo sapiens brain to speak language and learn new information, constantly transcending to integrate new information that is currently unknown. Humans have a personal relationship with the Infinite − the possibility of new things and paradigm shifts.

The God of Israel is the Infinite. All humanity can share in this celebration of the Infinite.

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