In our school we are instructed by Divine wisdom, the heavenly bride, whose will is free, and who comes to him whom she selects. The mysteries which we know embrace everything that can possibly be known in regard to God, Nature, and Man. Every sage that has ever existed has graduated in our school, in which he could have learned true wisdom.
Incense suffocated him like poison-gas. He fell out of the church. The void surrounding him would not tolerate a God, and no God could tolerate the void. He ran blindly, fleeing the taste which moved with him.
Ramsey Campbell, Demons by Daylight
CUTHBERT: You worship a god who doesn’t even know you exist.
ASHTON: And you worship one who sees your mind as food, and nothing more. You’re like a blade of grass worshiping a cow.
CUTHBERT: Let’s just agree to disagree.
Alan Ryker, When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha
“Look, J., despite all my efforts, I still can’t honestly say that I feel closer to God and to myself,” I tell him, with barely concealed exasperation. “That’s because, like everyone else on the planet, you believed that time would teach you to grow closer to God. But time doesn’t teach; it merely brings us a sense of weariness and of growing older.”
Paulo Coelho, Aleph
Al: Fuckin’ pagan. Tell your God to ready for blood.
David Milch, Ted Mann, Deadwood, s03e01
Many religions have a belief in the supernatural. This may be a belief in God or in supernatural forces. Some ask for a belief in many gods. In H+ there is only a belief in the potential of yourself and in the potential of your fellow human beings.
Edward De Bono, H+ A New Religion?
“I’m praying …”
“To the god of antlers and hooves?
… pray away, moron, for all the harm you will do.”
Sara Hess, Deadwood, s02e10
These are still Ways back to God—the three mārgas—the way of knowledge, the way of love, and the way of action