I was communicating (emailing) back and forth with someone who I suspect is a fundamentalist Christian.
So I thought to use the Reciprocal Test, as previously explained in "The power of the Reciprocal Test", which basically turns belief-systems upside down to show their 'naughty bits' -- the bits that have hairs on them, and/or have holes in them :)
By doing so, the Reciprocal Test (aka The Paradox Rule) shows just how much we, as a childish culture, are subservient to, and frightened of perceived "higher authorities", which as explained in "Consider some stuff", are only there by dint of our cooperation and blessing.
In regards to religious beliefs about some superior spirit to whom we must grovel and kowtow all the time, all over the place. I explained how, by using the RT, instead of thinking we're His children, why not imagine we're His Uncle, or Aunt as the case may be. Not Father or Mother, but Aunts and Uncles, as in we're indirectly but cooperatively responsible for the birth and upbringing of others. It more succinctly expresses our shared cooperative birthing and raising of the world around us (and those in it).
So I sent the following:
As the Uncle of God, what ought to be your focus?
What ought you do, with all that power?
Where should you best apply that power, in order to create, to mend and to heal?
And if God's a bit slow today (healing the world), if He's "out to lunch" so to speak while the world goes to rack and ruin, then be the good uncle, and give Him some giddy-up!
But you know, in deeper terms it makes no sense to talk of being either children of God, or his uncle or any other relationship. In Fig. 4, where is God? Where are "we" as individuals. It's easy to imagine we're more the particle-aspect (the blipped-on bits, but ... well, that's only the tip of the ice-berg in terms of who we are. We're all-that-exists, while being individual. We're God, in a certain sense, while being individual 'blips'.
It makes about as much sense to ask where God is, or of what he is made as to ask "where is the divide between your hand and your body?"
When does the hand change into the body?
Or, where is the divide between you and your community, or between you and your country?
Similarly, where is the divide between you and God?
Answer; It's a meaningless question, for there is no 'divide'.
The objectification of God -- as being some separate super-spirit that floats around creating things is indicative of the childhood of the human psyche.
As Bishop Shelby Spong so succinctly put it:
"Religion ... was for most of human history, always childlike and by definition authoritarian. It was, to be specific, a primary activity of the childhood of our humanity as a species."1
And the objectification of 'cause' as being "chance events' by science is equally childish. We've abdicated our responsibility for the world we experience, a world that is, in deeper terms, 'us'.