I disagree that "the world is against it" universal values.
I was active as a Humanist for about twenty years, and although I did not disparage churchiness as a few Humanists did, I believed morality is of human not divine origin. So I view Christian ethics as universal ethics. I don't understand what you mean by "the Spirit". I am not sure whether or not when you say "the Spirit" you mean a supernatural substance.
The strength of traditional, 'Newtonian' Xianity is its foundation myth, and I think a new myth needs to arise, or the traditional one be interpreted practically not supernaturally.
There is nothing wrong with humanism. Its error IMO is ignorance of the human condition. We say one thing and do another. We are in opposition with ourselves We need the help of the spirit, of spiritual energy, to enable higher consciousness to reconcile this basic contradiction which prevents human conscious evolution.
Why do you think the Jesus said he would be hated? As I see it anything questioning Man’s supremacy as the author of morals will have to be hated. It is a very deep question
John15:18-19 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
People often confuse emotional energy arising from the earth with spiritual energy descending from above. Spiritual energy nourishes the soul while emotional energy when feeding habitual negative emotions is poison.
Do we need a new myth or is a new realistic understanding based on verification acquired through effoerts to “Know Thyself serve as the foundation for the evolution of religion. From the preface to Jacob Needleman’s book “Lost Christianity:
....................What is needed is a either a new understanding of God or a new understanding
of Man: an understanding of God that does not insult the scientific
mind, while offering bread, not a stone, to the deepest hunger of the
heart; or an understanding of Man that squarely faces the criminal
weakness of our moral will while holding out to us the knowledge of how we can strive within ourselves to become the fully human being we are meant to be– both for ourselves and as instruments of a higher purpose.
But, this is not an either/or. The premise –or, rather, the proposal—of this
book is that at the heart of the Christian religion there exists and
has always existed just such a vision of both God and Man. I call it
“lost Christianity” not because it is a matter of doctrines and concepts
that may have been lost or forgotten; nor even a matter of methods of
spiritual practice that may need to be recovered from ancient sources.
It is all that, to be sure, but what is lost in the whole of our modern
life, including our understanding of religion, is something even more fundamental, without
which religious ideas and practices lose their meaning and all too
easily become the instruments of ignorance, fear and hatred. What
is lost is the experience of oneself, just oneself—myself, the personal
being who is here, now, living, breathing, yearning for meaning, for
goodness; just this person here, now, squarely confronting one’s own
existential weaknesses and pretensions while yet aware, however
tentatively, of a higher current of life and identity calling to us from
within ourselves. This presence to oneself is the missing element in
the whole of the life of Man, the intermediate state of consciousness
between what we are meant to be and what we actually are.
It is, perhaps, the one bridge that can lead us from our inhuman past
toward the human future.........................
Is there a logical way we can approach the question of what we ARE, or what it means to know thyself as opposed to imagining oneself? That would be the foundation. Anything else is opinions
What is needed is a either a new understanding of God or a new understanding of Man: an understanding of God that does not insult the scientific mind, while offering bread, not a stone, to the deepest hunger of the heart
I believe the religion of the future as an esoteric school will strive to answer this question
I don't believe in objective values if 'objective' implies an authority that claims more than democratic, free, and human wisdom. I suspect "the Spirit" of which you write of being elevated to a higher status than physicality, and I will not agree with this especially as elevation of spirit over body leaves a door open for power hungry charlatans, and is not democratic.
Yes this is danger. When the lack of conscious attention enables emotional energy to take the place of spiritual energy it becomes the opposite of our original intent. Paul said we must test the spirits. Conscious attention and imagination are mutually exclusive. Emotional energy blocks out the spirit. When we have conscious attention, imagination is impossible.
the commandments have both a literal and psychological meaning. The sixth commandment for example states do not kill. We know the literal meaning but how do we kill psychologically? How do we kill the young growing mind preventing it from feeling its natural attraction to the source of its origin.
Objective values began for Man as conscience and devolved into subjective morals. Thou shalt not kill has only a literal meaning in these times. That is why Einstein referred to conscience rather than morals