And I'll state it again, since you refuse to accept my answer....<quoted text>
hey new ager, may i jump in?
i know we've been down this road before, but i'm still puzzled as to where you think you got your doctrine, if not handed down from "men"???
"there is nothing new under the sun" Solomon
I don't accept the belief of men as my belief.
I may utilize what men have written, as they are the only ones trying to define "God". But this is only a utilization of those texts. It doesn't define my belief.
My belief in anything is based upon information I've come across, compare it to others, and weed out the bullshite that had overshadowed the "truth".
Just because I don't follow a prescribed edict, it doesn't mean I am wrong, but it does mean that I've chosen (Self) to place my belief in a spiritual entity that has not been proven to exist.
In other words, my faith is of my own making, just like yours.
No religion needed.
What are you afraid of?