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The idea of God as a “father figure” started out with the best of intentions. But once organized religion got hold of it, the original meaning changed drastically. And that has caused an incredible amount of confusion over something which, especially in an enlightened age such as this one, should not be confusing at all. But it is. In fact, it has caused many people’s idea of God to remain stuck in an old, patriarchal, dualistic model that was originally intended to expand our spiritual understanding instead of making it more limited, which is how it ended up. And until we can figure out how to get our collective religious traditions to accept a much more spiritual and scientific idea of what it means when all the old prayers, and all the old Bible verses, describe God as “Our Father” --- we’re going to keep on being confused.

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