Posted by Roberta Grimes • June 14, 2016 • 15 Comments
Afterlife Research, Jesus, The Source
By now we can be certain that the Christian God does not exist. After decades of doing afterlife research and collaborating extensively with other researchers, I can state without equivocation that there is no anthropomorphic God that judges us and condemns us to hell. Wonderfully, though, what exists instead is the loving Spirit that Jesus describes in the Gospels.
God is an infinitely powerful and infinitely creative energy-like potentiality without size or form, alive in the sense that your mind is alive, highly emotional and therefore probably self-aware. All our minds are inextricably part of this one overriding consciousness; and we can be certain now that each of us is loved beyond our fondest imaginings. Each of us is God’s best-beloved child.
There isn’t just a little bit of evidence that this genuine God of the Gospels actually exists. Instead, the evidence is consistent and overwhelming to the point where to deny it anymore is just an embarrassing profession of ignorance.
So, now we know that God is real. And we can demonstrate that this genuine God is the perfect God of the Gospels. It appears that a theoretical physicist, too, believes he is edging closer to discovering God, although of course for a physicist to discover God is nothing new. The two greatest physicists of the 20th century didn’t care much for the Christian God, but the genuine Spirit which is all that exists was certainly well within their ken.
Max Planck won the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics as the father of quantum mechanics. In 1944 he said, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, 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 which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
And although Albert Einstein is widely believed today to have been an atheist, his whole aversion seems to have been to just the Christian version of God. Of atheism he said, “I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”
His inability to know more about God seemed to frustrate him. He said, “I want to know how God created this world. I’m not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.”
Scientific geniuses like Einstein and Planck saw their heyday early in the twentieth century. But unfortunately, their hopeful successors have been detoured deep into the weeds because at about the turn of the twentieth century the scientific gatekeepers adopted materialism as what was then called “the fundamental dogma of science.”
As the brilliant scholar Rupert Sheldrake observes, “Since the nineteenth century, (materialism’s) advocates have promised that science will explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry; science will show that there is no God and no purpose in the universe; it will reveal that God is a delusion inside human minds and hence in human brains; and it will prove that brains are nothing but complex machines.
“Materialists are sustained by the faith that science will redeem their promises, turning their beliefs into facts. Meanwhile, they live on credit.”
After more than a hundred years of precious little to show for it, Sheldrake tells us that “Confidence in materialism is draining away. Its leaders, like central bankers, keep printing promissory notes, but it has lost its credibility as the central dogma of science. Many scientists no longer want to be 100% invested in it.”
He adds that “Materialism’s credit crunch changes everything. As science is liberated from this nineteenth-century ideology, new perspectives and possibilities will open up, not just for science, but for other areas of our culture that are dominated by materialism.”
But still the materialist nonsense continues! More and more, it seems that frustrated researchers are just going through the motions now, publishing peer-reviewed papers so sloppy that surprisingly few of their results can be replicated. Physicists who might have been as great as this century’s Albert Einstein or Max Planck are reduced to fiddling with subatomic particles that are really just vortices of energy. And this morning I read a review of an amazingly pathetic book. One of its authors actually claims that soon we will be able to “scan a human brain at a fine enough spatial and chemical resolution . . . combine that scan with good enough models of how individual brain cells achieve their signal processing functions, to create a cell-by-cell . . . model of the full brain in artificial hardware, a model whose . . . behavior is usefully close to that of the original brain.” Since the human brain is nothing more than a receiver and transmitter of information, this claim is as silly as the notion that reverse-engineering a CD player will allow us to reanimate Elvis. But still, the authors say that these theoretical fake extra brains (called “Ems”) would be able to have experiences that we then could take as our own, as is suggested by the review’s playful title: “Your Em Goes to Bermuda.”
This baseless insistence of scientific gatekeepers that consciousness must come from our brains has blighted more than a century of what should instead have been open-minded scientific inquiry with the potential to bring to humankind riches beyond measure. And what may be worse is that scientists’ insistence that when our brains die we must die as well has caused so much unnecessary fear and pain. But the time is now! As pioneering engineer and inventor Nicola Tesla wisely said, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
15 thoughts on “God and the Materialist Delusion”
Brilliant! I love reading your occasional (frequent?) condemnations of scientific materialism because they bring back to me the perspective with which I harmonise. The opposite is the case with the media hype about this or that scientific theory that will explain “everything” in due course. I have Rupert Sheldrake’s book “The God Delusion” on my Kindle, but haven’t yet read it. Your note here has prompted me to get on and read it – pronto!
Welcome, Brian! It’s good to see you here. Thank you for commenting, and thank you for your kind words! Folks like Rupert and me are equal-opportunity bashers: more and more thoughtful people are finding both mainstream science and mainstream Christianity to be so absurdly off-course that they are rapidly leading the world to ruin. Fortunately, though, there are truly brilliant people like our friend Dr. Sheldrake who are lighting the way toward truth for us all! I’m sending you an across-the-pond hug ;-).
My favorite Tesla quote of the day is this one:
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.” ~Nikola Tesla
And of course, I love everything YOU write, Roberta!
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Thank you, dear Mary! And I love this Tesla quotation; I’ll put it in the file for my next book ;-).
I love you, Roberta! Every Sunday night I sit and wait for your podcast ! May I request that you try to get Dr. Pim Van Lommel as a guest for your podcast ? Such an interesting and brilliant man !
Wow, thank you, Judith! And Dr. Van Lommel is certainly on my short list, as is Dr. Sheldrake, but now that I’m in the midst of this six-month live radio show I probably won’t be able to have either as a guest for awhile. The last time I checked, where each of them lives it is the middle of the night at 7:00 p.m. U.S. eastern time! I think that most folks are waiting and listen to the shows as podcasts (they’re posted eleven days later). I really hope the quality isn’t slipping too much, since the radio format is so different! I began this six-month radio trial primarily as an effort at outreach, but I’m still not quite sure about it. I used to love being able to make a blooper or two and have them edited out ;-)!
hi roberta my mom just passed away and this link came up a week ago i do think there is life after death but its stuff like this that shakes me up do u think there is any good evidence behind this or is it nothing love your books
Oh dear Brandon, how I wish I could impart to you at once all that I have learned in four decades! What you have encountered in this foolish article is yet more of mainstream science’s look-at-the-pretty-pony attempts to distract us into thinking that the whole scientific endeavor is not more than a century into the weeds and still stumbling around, clueless. What the author is doing is using research into how the brain evolved to say what scientists have been saying for centuries: “Look, we’ve got this bit here figured out! The other 99% will be along in due order.”
But it won’t be. This author’s claim that figuring out how brains evolved is going to show us how the brain gives rise to consciousness is analogous to tracing the evolution of sound systems from the MP3 all the way back to the wax cylinder and announcing that this work is going to help us figure out music and what makes it beautiful to the ear.
There is indeed overwhelming evidence that human consciousness exists apart from the brain. Please be comforted to know that! Furthermore, quantum physicist Max Planck and other physicists with minds open enough to think clearly have pronounced that human consciousness has to predate matter, since it is what gives rise to matter. Evidence that the personal awareness of each human being is eternal can now be said to be beyond dispute by any open-minded person who actually studies that evidence. So you can be certain that your mother is perfectly fine! I’m sorry for your temporary loss, but I can assure you that your mother is tickled pink ;-)!
This article, The Case Against Reality, backs up your observations: “On one side you’ll find researchers scratching their chins raw trying to understand how a three-pound lump of gray matter obeying nothing more than the ordinary laws of physics can give rise to first-person conscious experience. This is the aptly named ‘hard problem.'”
Thank you for sharing this, Lorna! Consciousness is a “hard problem,” indeed ;-). This is the kind of blind alley into which materialist science forces its practitioners because it requires that they accept materialism as a fundamental dogma, and it is tragic: for the past hundred years, generations of good scientists have wasted whole careers this way. For the scientific gatekeepers to be enforcing materialism as a fundamental dogma – as they still do – is every bit as foolish and counterproductive as it would be for them to enforce deism as a fundamental dogma! That seems self-evident to me. A dogma is a dogma, after all. So why does it never occur to these folks that what they are doing to themselves is ridiculous?
Hi Roberta, love all that you do and author! I agree completely. I wonder if anyone has wrestled with where or if they should worship somewhere? It really only bothers me not to worship when it is a major holiday. But I have such a problem with the teachings, even the liberal ones. I wondered if anyone has wrestled with this? Thank you!
Hello Janet! Thank you for your lovely words. And I do understand how you feel. What I miss is singing hymns! And I miss the fellowship, the coffee downstairs afterward, just the whole church thing that for so long was central to my life. People ask me sometimes what I think will follow Christianity, once the truth of what actually is going on becomes so evident to all that everyone will be feeling pretty much the way that you and I do, turned off by the dogmas and disaffected from teachings that really do nothing to elevate us spiritually. I tell them that I really don’t know – and I don’t! – but I am coming to believe that there will indeed be a spiritual movement based in the teachings of Jesus that will come after the old-style religion withers.
We won’t want it to have dogmas! Or to be based in any human’s teachings. I thought at one time that the Unity movement might be just the ticket, but sadly it is becoming ever more like an ordinary religion built around the teachings of the Filmores (who founded it), which is the last thing they would want. What I am coming to imagine now is a spiritual movement based in just sharing the Gospel teachings, offering testimony, perhaps teachings A Course in Miracles as well, and emphasizing being of service beyond the sanctuary. There are some hymns that would fit, and I hope we would sing! I don’t really know its shape for certain, but surely Spirit will guide us. And Lord knows there will be a lot of emptied churches just waiting to welcome seekers of the genuine truth!
But for now, we’re fine. Jesus tells us that we don’t need to worship in public, but God actually prefers our quiet thoughts shared in the privacy of our homes. I think that is where it must begin.
I am new to your books and plan on getting all of them. I am open minded and love coast to coast with George Noorey. I also watch beyond belief and heard you again with Noorey. What ide like to understand more and be able to differentiate between exactly what parts of the Christian new testament bible are wrong? My mind is boggled about what to believe! How can I find out more. What about Revelation will it occur? I heard you say no Lucifer? What about all these things God tells us in the Bible? Is it a lie?
Also I know I’m asking alot but what about the idea of extra terrestrials and evil demon possession, angels and exercisms etc. How does all this tie together. My mind is realing trying to fit the pieces. PLEASE help anything.
Hello Tiffany! What I have come to understand is the fruit of research and the study of nearly 200 years of abundant and consistent communications from people that we used to think were dead – and they abundantly confirm the teachings of Jesus, but not much else in the Christian religion. Let me see if I can make this easier to understand:
1) You’re right in believing that God is real and eternal, but the problem lies in our discerning God’s truth! The only evidence we have that the entire Bible is the Inspired Word of God is the fact that the Council of Nicaea in 325 said that as they were assembling it God was inspiring them. But the problem is that (a) in fact, the books for the Bible were chosen in what amounted to a series of suspiciously human-seeming deals, and (b) the Bible as they gave it to us is full of massive internal contradictions (if you find that hard to believe, simply read it for yourself). You can find God’s truth in it, but it isn’t all true!
2) God is real, but God is nothing like the Christian idea that we’ve been given (not surprising, since in all other areas our understanding has advanced over many centuries; why not in this one?). In fact, God is not a big guy with a beard! But rather, God is intensely loving and infinitely powerful spiritual energy. Your mind is of precisely the same energy – indeed, your mind is part of God, although you have only limited access to your mind while you are in a body. God is all that exists. Everything else that we think of as real is something like a thought in God ( or in eternal Mind, you might say).
3) God does work in our lives, but apparently primarily (or even exclusively?) through minions. Spirit guides and angels. Since we are literally part of God ourselves, and so are they, there are no separations so their being God’s agents in our lives means only that this is how God works; it doesn’t distance us from God at all.
4) God does indeed have infinite power! But we come to earth as if it were a school, in order to learn and grow spiritually, and to do that we need free will. Apparently God will allow us to exercise that free will, and will not interfere, which is why some very bad things can happen here! None of that is important, because none of it is real: it’s like a play, if you will. A whole lifetime here is less than an eye-blink in your eternal life, and once you leave the earth you are again the perfect eternal aspect of God that you always have been and always will be.
5) There is astonishing evidence that Jesus came as literally God on earth, to try to understand why our having free will was causing us to screw up so badly and also to tell us how to fix things (His teachings) and how we can bring to earth the perfect Kingdom of God. Even despite the fact that His teachings were an oral tradition for a couple of generations, and the fact that the Council of Nicaea actually changed them, still the dead abundantly confirm His teachings on God, the nature of reality, death, the afterlife, and the meaning and purpose of our lives! THERE is your miracle, dear! That modern translations of all four books of the Gospels agree so closely with what we are independently learning to be true is a genuine, perfect miracle from God!
6) The dead also tell us that there is no powerful entity in opposition to God, no judgment by anyone but ourselves, no fiery hell, no sacrificial redemption, and so on. Christians don’t take the teachings of Jesus to be important because they believe their religion gives them a “get-out-of-hell-free card,” which is tragic, but it is not God’s fault! It’s the fault of human free will and human failings. And Jesus is working in the world now in many ways to rectify it – my book, Liberating Jesus, is just one example of what the Lord is doing to help us get past the religion that bears His name but is in fact just a sect of first-century Judaism.
7) The doctrine of sacrificial redemption comes from Paul primarily. And he never even knew Jesus! It certainly doesn’t come from the actual teachings of Jesus, and in fact in the Gospels He tells us that (a) we must not package His teachings with the “Law and the Prophets” – the Old Testament – and (b) God’s love is infinite and perfect and God never judges us (yes, those exact words are in the Gospels!).
8) Indeed, there are negative entities, but they have no power against God’s infinite power. They also are apparently aspects of God which have chosen the wrong path (free will, remember?). Just always choose love over fear, and stick with the Lord and you’ll be fine!
9) There never will be an Armageddon. The Book of Revelation is a crock of nonsense born of early Christian persecution. There were a number of such End Times fables in circulation at the time of Nicaea, and those assembling the Bible chose one of the worst of these and added it to the Bible. But it has nothing whatsoever to do with the genuine God or the genuine Jesus.
10) Simply put, Jesus gave us the truth, and that truth is preserved even after all this time, but fallible human beings have added a lot of human nonsense to the Lord’s pure truth. To get back to what is real, we’ve got to cut away the entire Christian Bible except Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – and we’ve even got to ditch some of what is in those books! – and strictly follow Jesus, and only Jesus. Doing this is hard for Christians only because Christianity is such a fear-based religion! But that is the entire problem with Christianity, isn’t it? The religion is fear-based, when Jesus is love-based and what we are on earth to learn is love. The teachings of modern Christianity come between us and God, and they lower our vibration toward fear when we are here to try to raise it toward love.
So Jesus is right, but Christianity is not! And that’s okay. Once you choose to follow Jesus, and only Jesus, you very rapidly begin to ascend in your heart toward the ever more perfect union with God that is who you really are!
Please let me know if I can help you further, Tiffany. Meanwhile, I’m sending you a hug!