Visions of an
Before we continue, dear reader, to look our inner atmosphere and spiritual closer, a few words about our "reality":
Real in the world of human beings appears to us really everything, that has to do with profession, production, various achievements and social prestige - in other words, with money. As a result, everyone, really everyone, is in a special social position. Now, however, the vibrating sieve of industries, finance and the general acting and thinking based on competition causes a certain imperceptible "soul robbery".
This leads to land grabbing, child labour, regional extreme poverty, ethnocide, extinction of occupational groups and all kinds of appropriation of resources by the few. Everyone has become replaceable and counts only with his or her consumer wealth and as a vote-getter - or does not count at all - in the case of existential poverty. In the long run, no protective functions, such as health and pension funds, will help us. Nor do digitalisation, algorithms and cheaper robots - replace millions of previously working people. So much for the "big picture".
From this point of view, it is probably unrealistic to place great hope in not exceeding the 1.5° climate limit. For simultaneous crises paralyse the already sluggish political and economic egoisms; at the point of no return, these completely overboard the merely envisaged goals.
However, other vibrating screens counter this just as successfully - through our capacity for empathy, our moral codes and through a solidarity that is certainly inherent in every heart. For ethical-human parameters also weave in the other - in the strong safety net - which guides us towards the final, eternally decided final decision - in order to ultimately bring us home, to rescue us and to save us in all kinds of danger. What counts here are our many "small" deeds, speaking, feeling and thinking - as well as motivation, ability along with any inability that may exist - through all this we experience goodwill before God.
On the other hand, every insult against the state of the world, against a fellow human being or a group of people is accompanied by accusation and blame. But if my finger points to someone, three fingers of my hand point to myself at the same time.
On the meta-level, rather, only timeless eternity is real. And nothing and no one can ever leave this ineffable and everlasting "centre of eternity". Jesus, as the only begotten Son, was able to preserve this resting in and with God until beyond death; and, moreover, to give us the holy and living Spirit of both.
In this chapter I ask the questions: Is religion only a regression to outdated views, a pure imagination without any real basis? Can inner, deep happiness be experienced without religious practice? What do information, inspiration and religion mean in scientific analysis? Is our "old" faith - even if it is still partly in need of reform - not without alternative? Where do purely secular societies lead? What does today's arbitrary "all sorts of things" offer us as a reassuring substitute for our earthly life? This does not mean that today's knowledge about the big bang, the cosmos, the elementary series, microevolution, cell biology etc. is completely wrong. Nevertheless, they lack the prerequisite as information, inspiration and a will to all these areas!
IS RELIGION just a regression into outdated views and mere conceit with no basis in reality? For me and many other is
Christian hope for the hereafter is just a plus and added to the average life expectancy.
Karl Marx said that "religion is opium for the people". In truth, today it is the other way round: opium is becoming the new religion - and genderitis, patchwork and esotericism, coupled with the excesses of turbo-capitalism, are forming paths of crapping destruction! The heating up of the climate and the covid pandemic are "only" side effects.
11.11.2021 - Germany is just coming to the traffic light coalition and with it the decision to legalise cannabis. As an offspring and fellow traveller of the 70s, I know what cannabis consumption does to the soul, and I just want to warn! It hollows you out, makes you lonely and doesn't offer what it promised before. As a child of divorce, I was the light drug victim. Switzerland, the USA and many wealthy countries don't see anything good coming.
An old life - new
Just at the
turn of our millennium, a completely burnt-out ex-hippie had reached the absolute nadir of his rotten life. Already 50 years old, he read in the dingy bed of his dilapidated Graz abode the
book: "The Cabin" - A Weekend with God, by W. P. Young. Deeply touched, he cried out pleadingly for the God of his still innocent
childhood until, exhausted, he sank into a strange dream world. The next morning he even felt the need to start the day with a shower; and he went, after decades far from God, to the nearest
He kept going to these Sunday masses because they did him a lot of good. Only he changed from the Catholic rite, which seemed boring to him, to a lively celebrating free church. He soon met his future wife through a Christian partnership platform. They met in a Romanian orphanage where he was helping out as a holiday intern.
Things slowly got better with him. They prayed together every day, and over the course of the year he stood with her at the altar. They first lived in Baden, but soon moved to Vienna. From ...
2002 he began to write down technical inventions he had literally dreamt up at night, which seemed to him to be useful for the future. For this purpose, he even bought his first laptop and began, with a bumpy homepage, the attempt to bring things to the companies. First and foremost, he came up with the concept of a solar-powered, pneumatic large tube post for people and goods, similar to the Maglev system "Hyperloop", which the renowned Elon Musk began to propagate in 2012. This, and soon other Hyperloopers, are diligently making nice 3D pictures about it to this day. In this way, they operate an astonishingly successful crowdfunding - but so far without concrete implementation of the advertised? ...
In 2022, LinkedIn blocked them now 71-year-old man his account; although he had over 27,000 followers there,
but had become increasingly dangerous to some well-known companies with the link to his website. >> His message:
"About 80% of harmful resource use, with a high proportion of CO2 emissions, could be avoided.
I would like to address our climate problem with new technical concepts - please visit www.tubewaysolar.at and explore the sustainability of solar mobility, autonomous tillage, wood construction technology and TOPten4Bikes - with solar film use and plastic avoidance.
In my quest to bring these approaches to the fastest possible implementation, referrals and your valued feedback would be very helpful.
See also: for a clean future >> www.youtube.com/watch?v=19YDKukm2vc&t=18s - the video on TubeWaySolar." ...
This in itself would not be a sufficient motive for a book. But as the author - and at the same time the protagonist described at the beginning of the book - I am increasingly faced with the question of meaning and mission, and the whence and whither of our earthly life ...
The solutions I found amaze me myself today - I found out which technical and spiritual solutions a society that is not only suitable for grandchildren needs, and which opponents try to prevent these approaches ...
It remains to be seen whether companies one or the other product onto the market. Will our grandchildren already have use of it? And furthermore: is it possible to experience deep inner happiness without religious practice? Where do purely secular societies lead? Is our "old" faith - even if in need of reform in parts - not without alternative? What does today's "miscellany" offer us as a substitute for it? This is partly reflected in today's set of problems. Also, basic religious knowledge has been lost for several generations ...
Every atom in the universe vibrates with joy, and all cells dance
and are held together in love.
Every species and kind has its own language and serves
its children gladly.
M.Th. Graz, 1972
In CHRIST IN DER ZEIT, Johannes Röser writes: "It seems that it would be better if Homo sapiens had never come into existence. After all, he produces excessive consumption of resources, air pollution, species extinction, plastic waste, etc.. What a contrast to this is man's lust for life! In spite of all evil, he always rejoices in the fact that there is something at alland not rather nothing. That we are in the sexual love polarity of man and woman, fertile to beget life and to pass on the joy of offspring. The apocalyptic manifestations of the Anthropocene cannot extinguish the worldly joy of creation; it is, after all, also connected to the first pages of the Bible - God's evolutionary creative joy. Even in hard times, we can read Psalm 8, which praises the greatness of the spirit being human as God's gift: "You have made him only a little less than God, crowned him with glory and honour."
No other being is as spiritually gifted as man. His rational as well as emotional intelligence, his ceaseless capacity for development has inspired mankind with progressive ingenuity to improve life, to change calamity into salvation, to the point of exploring the limits of the universe, of what can be thought and understood - is astounding. The richness of art, literature, music, architecture, philosophy, also include a progressive knowledge of God, hope for the point Omega: the perfection of the world, of mind, body and truth in the cosmic Christ."
Through the early Church, the world gained access to spiritual freedom, jurisprudence, ethical and moral values, and education, among other things. Europe even grew into an advanced civilisation with significant epochs. Today, unfortunately, all countries have fallen into the unfree slipstream of global corporations. It is hard to realise this, and even harder to overcome these powers. However, love lasts forever and - in faith and hope in heavenly assistance - it comes at the right time.
In the beginning of the world there was not chaos, but the creative word of God, characterised by sense, reason and the will to order. The world is God's property, but we act as if everything belongs to us - we find it difficult to value life itself and to classify ourselves accordingly. In the modern West, basic religious knowledge has unfortunately melted away for generations. The consequences of this can be seen to some extent in today's problem set.
But what speaks for a lived faith in church community today?
° their rite gives me remembrance, relationship and connection to the love of God in everyday life
° in the gift of the Lord's Supper I experience purity, support and faithful commitment
° I find their attitude to life, family and the preservation of creation to be coherent
° the church goes back to its founder Jesus and his father's commission
° its heaven is open to all of good will and rejects no one
° its fellowship creates good works and encouragement
° it gives rest, breadth and perspective to my existence
° its liturgy and hymnody convey devotion and beauty
° it is of Word and Spirit - despite some weaknesses
A faith community close to the people is indispensable in order to have real support in it and to be able to offer this support in an attractive way to all seekers! Otherwise, people will seek their salvation in all kinds of addictions, -isms and -logies?
Admittedly, there are also many good things that people do naturally on their own, without being bound to a church community.
Prof. Dr. DI Werner Gitt in particular also provides astonishing and clear answers to this question (see them in Englisch: In the Beginning was Information). He write:
Origin of life from the perspective of information
- Natural laws about information and their conclusions -
The strongest argumentation in science is always given when one can apply laws of nature in the sense that they exclude a process or procedure. We find an almost unimaginable amount of information in all living beings. The thought system of evolution could only function at all if there were a possibility in matter that information could arise through random processes.
This information is absolutely necessary because all the blueprints of the individuals and all the complex processes in the cells (e.g. protein synthesis) are information-controlled. This paper argues with the natural laws of information obtained from observation. These laws rule out the possibility that any information, and thus also biological information, could have emerged from matter and energy without a reference to an intelligent originator.
Those who believe that evolution is conceivable believe in a "perpetual motion machine of information". The laws of nature shown here require a conscious creator endowed with will for the origin of biological information. The far-reaching conclusions of these laws are discussed.
What is a law of nature? If the general validity of propositions concerning our observable world can be confirmed again and again in a reproducible manner, one speaks of a law of nature. Natural laws enjoy the highest degree of trust in science with regard to their validity. Of importance:
The laws of nature know no exception.
Natural laws are unchangeable in time.
The laws of nature answer the question of whether an imagined process is possible at all. This is the most essential application of the laws of nature.
The laws of nature have always existed, independent of their discovery and formulation by humans:
Natural laws can always be successfully applied to unknown cases. When we speak of natural laws, we normally understand them to mean the laws of physics and chemistry. Anyone who thinks that our world can be described solely in terms of material quantities is limiting their perception. However, our world also includes non-material quantities such as information, will and consciousness. They fulfil the same strict criteria as the laws of nature for material quantities and are therefore just as meaningful in their conclusions as those of the material quantities.
What is information? Information is not a property of matter! The American mathematician Norbert Wiener wrote the much-quoted sentence: "Information is information, neither matter nor energy. With this he recognised something very essential: Information is not a material quantity. I would like to explain this important property of information with the help of an obvious example: Let us imagine a sandy area on the beach. I write a few sentences in the sand with my finger. The content of the information is understandable. Then I erase the information by smoothing the sand. Now I write other sentences in the sand. I use the same matter to represent the information as before. By erasing and rewriting, the mass of the sand has not changed at any time, although different information has been represented in the meantime. The information itself is therefore massless. (We could also have made the same consideration with the help of the hard disk of a computer). Norbert Wiener has told us what information is not, but we want to know what information really is. This question will be answered in the following. Because information is a non-material quantity, its emergence cannot be explained by material processes. What is the triggering factor for information to exist at all? What causes us to write a letter, a postcard, a congratulation, a diary or a memo? The most important prerequisite is our own will or that of our principal. Information is always based on the will of a sender who delivers the information. It is not a constant; it can increase by intention, and it can be deformed or destroyed by interference. Let's keep in mind: Information only comes into being through will (intention). The following definition allows a safe classification: Information is always present when all of the following five hierarchical levels occur in an observable system:
Statistics, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Apobetics. The five levels of information are:
1. statistics: here belong questions such as: How many letters, numbers and words is the total text composed of? What is the number of individual letters of the alphabet used (e.g. a, b, c, ..., z or G, C, A and T)? With what frequency do certain letters and words occur? Claude E. Shannon has developed a mathematical concept [1, pp. 294-311], but it only covers this lowest level.
2. syntax: Under syntax we subsume all structural features of information representation. At this second level, we are only concerned with the sign systems 3 themselves (code) and with the rules of linking signs and sign strings (grammar, vocabulary), whereby this is independent of any interpretation.
3 Semantics: Character strings and syntactic rules form the necessary prerequisite for the representation of information. The decisive factor of information to be transmitted, however, is semantics, i.e. the message it contains, the statement, the meaning, the significance.
4 Pragmatics: Information calls for action. In our approach, it does not matter whether the receiver of the information acts in the sense of the sender of the information, reacts in the opposite way or does not react at all. However, every transmission of information takes place with the intention on the part of the sender to trigger a certain action in the receiver.
5. apobetics: it is true for any information that the sender pursues a goal with it. With this we have reached the last and highest level of information, namely apobetics (goal aspect, result aspect; Greek apobeinon = result, success, outcome). The apobetic aspect of information is the most important because it asks for the sender's goal.
3. The four natural laws of information (NGI)
NGI-1: A material quantity cannot produce a non-material quantity. It is our common experience that an apple tree produces apples, a pear tree produces pears and a thistle produces thistle seeds. Similarly, horses give birth to horse foals, cows to cow calves and women to human children. Similarly, we gather from the observation that a material quantity never produces anything non-material. Instead of immaterial or non-material, we use the notation "non-material" throughout to further emphasise the contrast with material.
NGI-2: Information is a non-material fundamental quantity. The reality in which we live can be divided into two fundamentally distinct realms, namely the material and non-material worlds. Matter has mass, and this can be weighed in the gravitational field. In contrast, all non-material quantities (e.g. information, consciousness, intelligence, will) are massless. Nevertheless, it should be noted that matter and energy are required for the storage and transmission of information.
NGI-3: No information can arise in statistical processes. Statistical processes are purely physical or chemical processes that take place without the intervention of controlling intelligence.
NGI-4: Information can only be generated by an intelligent transmitter. An intelligent transmitter (as opposed to a machine transmitter) has consciousness, is endowed with its own will, is creative, thinks independently and acts in a goal-oriented manner....
NGI-4 is a very general law of nature from which several more specific laws of nature can be derived.
NGI-4a: Every code is based on the mutual agreement of sender and receiver.
NGI-4b: There is no new information without an intelligent transmitter.
NGI-4c: Every information transmission chain can be traced back to an intelligent transmitter.
NGI-4d: Assigning meaning to a set of symbols is a mental process that requires intelligence. But our questions go beyond that, and so we need a higher source of information to make the necessary boundary crossing.
For more, see: wernergitt.de
In this sense, Pope Francis calls us - as highly timely - to a universal recognition of all religions. Not least to promote peacemaking in a troubled world. Only through tolerance and compassion can we move forward as "one world community". May this succeed well in every day of our lives - with universal respect for all people and in fidelity to our own faith.
We humans fall for half-truths all too easily. For example, we like the fiction that the flap of a butterfly's wings causes a hurricane elsewhere. Or that after dreaming of being a butterfly, one wakes up wondering if I am not a butterfly dreaming of being a human being. However, such assumptions are easy to see through on closer analysis. In conclusion, all hurricanes would be caused by wing-beating butterflies. Also, when the butterfly wakes up from the parallel dream, it would be relieved to find that it is not a human being. Also, the question "what was before, the hen, the chick or the egg?" distracts from the more coherent answer: the seed of the cock! But everything that can be deduced can be searched for, found and answered by the most causal cause, the life-giving Creator.
The sum of many half-true and unreflected assumptions causes us to negate the real existence of a Creator God all the more easily. If only because we cannot see him - and probably also because we think we can live more freely and easily without God. But this is also the root of all esotericism, questionable ideas and "scientific knowledge", which we accumulate, support and maintain out of insecurity and fear. Such concepts cannot really be accepted inwardly, but then they act like a glue that hinders us in acting, thinking and feeling and makes us unfree.
This contributions want to give courage in times where a no future attitude seems justified. They show where our chances lie and what can give our hopes a firm hold.
Now I want to write about something deeply human
"Human life is like the course of a river. At the moment of conception, a human being springs up as if from an invisible source, grows for nine months to flow through a bottleneck like a river between rock walls into the world.
But then it grows again, as if flowing from year to year on this earth, to finally flow through the bottleneck of death into the ocean of eternity.
In other words, we live through different worlds as we enter the finale of life.
First it lives in the world of the mother's womb. There it grows from a small, tiny embryo to a full-grown infant of nine months, then leaves the world of the womb, dies for that world and is born into the world of the "earthly body".
When it becomes too old for the world of the womb, it can no longer live there and must go out as if to die. But in that moment it begins to live among us, tiny and small, without consciousness of its own.
Then it grows and begins to walk, finishes school, grows into a young person, into an adult, and later into an old man or woman, to finally, having matured again, be born out of the womb of this world into another, eternal one, into the world of God.
So being old does not end one's life, but one matures into another life. Just like a child after nine months in the womb does not end its life, but has become ripe to be born into another world.
It is interesting that the child lives in the womb but does not see the mother. It cannot touch her, knows nothing about her and has to wonder what is actually on the outside of the womb.
Similarly, we humans here on earth feels as if we were in a strange body. We cannot see who sent us to earth, whose sympathetic and gentle hands hold and carry us, what is outside of earthly life, where the end of the universe is, whether the universe ends at all, and where God is.
Just as a child lives and moves inside the mother, without knowing where the mother is.
Similarly we are sitting in the "womb" of this earth. We don't know where God is and wonder if he can be seen and heard.
But God is there for us, just as a mother is there for her child and as the sea is there for the fish that swim in it."
… More on this can be found in his book: Healing Family and Marriage.
Also we should take practicable and effective measures against the worldwide trend of urbanisation towards re-ecologisation. After all, this trend is followed by: high divorce rates, loss of values, workaholism, one-night stands, drug and pornography addiction, etc. – all because of the creeping loneliness of anonymous consumers. To many, of course, the "country air makes you free turn" seems impractical, uncomfortable and unattainable; yet it would be wholesome, beneficial and ultimately necessary. As an example, see the articles: Autonomous drive on the fields and Wooden wall elements.
Either we form a global partnership to care for the Earth and for each other, or we risk ruining ourselves and the diversity of life.
However, religious people and their church communities also bear responsibility today with regards to preserving Creation; every believer should be aware of dangerous technologies and, in the sense of this responsibility, advocate for change.*
Religion turns towards and away from the world at the same time. It turns towards it because it deeply understands the suffering inherent in it and it turns away from it because it is not prepared to accept that suffering without expansion.
It is first and foremost about our relationship with our living Creator. All cultures that neglect God are weakened after a few generations. Simply because the God-blessed atmosphere in families and communities diminishes and cools/over-heats - when they deny Him.
Science, technology, profit-oriented action and expansionism are actually not so much in contradiction to God's mandate to us humans, which has always discreetly accompanied our history and religious ambitions. But the main mandate demands the affirmation of life and longing for eternal life in communion with God, our Father.
It is first and foremost about our relationship with our living Creator. All cultures that neglect God are weakened after a few generations. Simply because the God-blessed atmosphere in families and communities diminishes and cools/overheats - when they deny Him.
Today, it is mainly strange spiritual ideas, such as self-redemption, the omnipresent propagation of the values of a self-centred society and its exaggerated belief in progress, which have lead people away from God.
I am also concerned about our current interventions in the natural processes of conception and birth. After all, this kind of "freedom and feasibility" can cause many a woman psychological problems afterwards. It also seems morally difficult to me; after all, they destroy unborn life - according to WHO, abortion stands as the highest cause of death! Children born from surrogacy can also disrupt familial harmony in two families.
Single parents should be paid full-time wages for six working hours a day (or three in the half-day sector) to compensate them for their services and duties to their child/children. In general, good supportive maternal and life protection measures are also useful and important.
But how can we who have become unbelievers establish a connection with God?
We cannot see Him or touch Him, we cannot even imagine Him in His entirety. But we can begin, for example, to marvel at His impressive work. Imagining His presence in us and the beautiful natural world, His creation, is a good start.
God's loving presence through His enthusiasm helped me feel Him with gratitude. Through songs of praise, I became able to speak directly to the invisible, yet living God – this is also called prayer-connectedness.
My search for "fulfilment in God" resulted in being personally touched by biblical words and in joyful fellowship with Christians in the Sunday service. He awakened in me the certainty of His promise "a new heaven and a new earth I give to you".
One result of our relationship with God is that we tend to become happier, more peaceful and less dependent on external circumstances. For example, married couples who pray together remain faithful to each other 97% of the time.
What could be more desirable to us than to cultivate such relationship quality?
In the dying process of every human being, his temporal, his earthly life comes together at a point of brightest appearance or the experience of God's presence and love. It is favourable to welcome this, to strive towards HIM as the goal and meaning of our journey - in other words, to die "easily" or to have lived gladly and joyfully. I have been able to live through this process three times myself.
Now a few words on humans and ethics from my personal point of view
This earth and the heavens
I believe that the real world does not need an economy based on interest or cryptocurrency, does not need black gold, the hustle and bustle, the noise and stench, warheads, violence or billionaires
in order to function truthfully and produce useful goods.
Is the earth to blame for poverty, rural exodus and environmental aberrations? Surely this earth is bountiful, has room for all life; it knows no asphalt strips and grossly negligent CO2 emissions! It provides enough out of itself, and it is never in a rush. Does it not have comprehensive empathy, dignity, patience? It gives joy, it is helpful and faithful! How do you, dear reader, experience and see this world?
I think it is sickly, it's not constantly bustling and struggling, and to die in it means to fall asleep peacefully. Our technical aids are merely medum-term solutions, cerebral loans to overcome
our respective crises. We can't rely on the world of finance for help – but I firmly trust
in heavenly assistance. His love is true, good and beautiful.
The mystical dark matter that astrophysicists are so feverishly looking for and the missing cosmic energy will probably only be discovered when our ears, eyes and hearts are cleansed. Our Creator Himself has the solution laid out in his redemption plan! Nor did the "waters of life" arrive on the young earth as ice comets and lead to the given quantity of all the world's oceans; God Himself spoke these floods into existence! God Himself spoke these floods into existence!
First, I must talk about the old prejudice that the age of "enlightenment" and earlier religious values are incompatible. After all, we humans rightly seek the largest possible frame of reference.
Knowledge and reason alone, however, cannot provide us with the care and security that God wants to give us.
Genesis, for example, offers quite conclusive explanations about the beginnings of our existence. Admittedly, the Bible illustrates the period of creation (7 days) in pictures to aid understanding – nevertheless, it offers us astonishing and altogether correctly presented answers.
What caused the big bang, created space and time and the elements? The cleverness and precision of science can hardly offer us any meaningful and reassuring answers regarding our mortality and our origin.
Without will, information, perfect wisdom and highest love of divine omnipotence or absolute truth, this planful unfolding of life can never have started the long way into full-magnificent appearance in all its glory!
Nothing comes from nothing – life comes from that which is alive. We should not want to detach ourselves from this! Time separates human and heaven – but they unite in times of prayer.
From my own experience, hardship teaches us to pray – and even a bad conscience can get us to improve and turn old behaviours into good deeds.
Then ONE man came! His name is Jesus – which means Saviour. He taught us and teaches us today: we need each other, and we need to detach ourselves from the collective accumulation of debt – through Christ. His knowledge, his promise that God will prepare for us "a new heaven and a new earth" is crucial!