First Cause

Non-Theistic

Tao Te Ching Chapter One-

Tao (The Way) that can be spoken of is not the Constant Tao’
The name that can be named is not a Constant Name.
Nameless, is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The named is the Mother of all things.
Thus, the constant void enables one to observe the true essence.
The constant being enables one to see the outward manifestations.
These two come paired from the same origin.
But when the essence is manifested,
It has a different name.
This same origin is called “The Profound Mystery.”
As profound the mystery as It can be,
It is the Gate to the essence of all life.

-Tao Te Ching Chapter One

Theistic

We start with the first two words in Genesis 1:1:

ראשׁית rê’shîyth ray-sheeth’ the first principal thing

אלהים ‘ĕlôhîym el-o-heem’ the Supreme One

Eloheem is a plural masculine noun used with singular masculine verbs. This is contrary to rules of Hebrew grammar, but done on purpose..

The plural is used to show majesty, honor, or fullness.

One not as a separate entity; but as Complete Collective Consciousness (BEING).

Gen 1:1-3 Created by the Elohim were the heavens and the earth. Yet the earth became a chaos and vacant, and darkness was on the surface of the submerged chaos. Yet the spirit of the Elohim is vibrating over the surface of the water. And saying is the Elohim, “Become light!” And it is becoming light.

Spirit רוּח rûach roo’-akh wind, breath, a region of the sky, mind

Light אור ‘ôr ore illumination; to be or make luminous (be, give, or show light) enlightened, set on fire, shine.

Let enlightenment or illumination become; this is the first action of the Supreme One.

This is the same principal that Buddha called enlightenment or illumination.

I see now that all creatures have perfect enlightenment – but they do not know it. Buddha

When you came into this world; your mind was totally open to a world of endless possibilities. You had no knowledge, prejudice, or belief; total innocence and no ego. Mystics and Sages have called this state “Beginner’s Mind”.

Matthew 18:1-4 In that hour [or, At that time] the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?” And Jesus having summoned a young child, He set him in the middle of them and said, “Positively, I say to you*, unless you* are turned around [fig., changed inwardly] and become like such young children, by no means shall you* enter into the kingdom of the heavens. “Therefore, whoever will humble himself like this young child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

Tao Te Ching Chapter Ten
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Can one unite the body and the spirit as one and embrace the “Oneness” without departing from the great Tao?
Can one achieve harmony with such gentleness by holding on to the true spirit within as if the innocence of an infant?
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John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most positively, I say to you, unless someone is born from above [or, born again], he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus says to Him, “How is a person able to be born, being old? He is not able to enter into the womb of his mother a second time and to be born, is he?” Jesus answered, “Most positively, I say to you, unless someone is born from water and Spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God. The [thing] having been born from the flesh is flesh, and the [thing] having been born from the Spirit is spirit. “Stop marveling that I said to you, ‘It is necessary [for] you* to be born from above [or, born again].'”

Later in your life you repent and make the choice to open up to “Beginner’s Mind”; this time not in total innocence and setting aside ego (to be born from above [or, born again]).

The named is what Jesus called Flesh.
The nameless is what Jesus called Spirit.

When we define or name something; we give up our search to understand it. Our “flesh mode” is happy just to have a superficial relationship with things. Our “spirit mode” desires to exist with things; to examine all of it’s interconnections with all other things.

Tao Te Ching Chapter Sixteen
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Human must achieve the ultimate void and maintain calmness with sincerity in order to observe the growth and flourish of all beings.
It is in this way that one can understand the law of nature.
All things and beings will eventually return to the original source.
This is called “peace.”
“Peace” means returning to one’s original nature.
This original nature is the eternal law. To know the nature’s law is to be enlightened.
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We need to return to the nameless and undefined; “the ultimate void”.

What can not be seen; can be demonstrated.
You can not see the wind; yet the rustling leaves demonstrate the wind.

There is a way of knowing that is higher than logic and reason.

Human must achieve the ultimate void and maintain calmness with sincerity in order to observe the growth and flourish of all beings. -Tao Te Ching Chapter Sixteen

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