It may have been, if Lao-Tse ran a motorcycle club. I guess i'm surprised that an ordained priest or whatever, you'd not recognize the distillation of a lesson from The Wisdom Of LaoTse. My copy is translated by Lin Yutang - mayhap yours is different. In the first chapter, LaoTse proposes a scene in which an acolyte named Ether is inquiring of the Infinite and No-action about Tao, and receives different answers. He complains as much to No-beginning, who replies:<quoted text>
Tao is the creative and motive force of the Universe. The closest English word for it is "God".
You seem to have accepted the Christian definition of "God" as the only definition there is.
I was ordained a Taoist Preist in 1985 so I know a little bit about it.
Your alleged quite from the Tao Te Ching leaves a lot to be desired and is actually more related to a motorcycle club than any Eastern Philosophy, a common misconception.
Here is a translation of the Mandarin opening of Tao Te Ching. The translation is mine:
"Existence can not be explained.
Words may be used to describe it,
none of them are absolute."
"The one who thinks he does not know is profound, and the one who thinks he knows is shallow."
Ether raised his head and sighed, "Then one who does not know really knows, and one who knows really does not know."
And No-beginning said, "If someone replies to a question about Tao, he does not know Tao."
And that's enough about that. I do appreciate you peaking my interest in digging it out again. It's been awhile.