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JSmith: Will of God = True Will?

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Subject: JSmith: Will of God = True Will?
Date: 27 Mar 1999 02:42:39 -0800

[from Jeffrey Smith ]

As promised,  the musing on the meaning of Will of God vs True Will.

  Jeffrey Smith
      Life's a beach.   And then you dive.
Sefer Ratzon

On the Proposition that the "Divine Will" and the "True Will"
  Are One and the Same

I argue that what is commonly called the "Divine Will" or
the "Will of God" in the established monotheistic religions
is the same as that which is called the "True Will".

First, of course, we must decide what is meant by those terms,
before we can decide if those meanings coincide.

As to the Divine Will,  it would seem to be the will of 
a specific Being or Entity,  commonly called God.   Therefore,
to know what the Will of God is,  one must first establish
what God is.

And what is God?  Or at least, what is not God?

God is God, is the simplest definition;  that is, the Omni-existent
Who is all and is beyond all,  whose Beingness gives Existence
to the universe,  who manifests as all things,  whose Transcendence
is beyond beingness and nothing can be said of It.  Certainly
of such a being one can not say it is Good or Evil,  or Love or Hate,
or that it possesses one characteristic or power and not another--
for it is them all, and has them all,  and being them all is none
of them.  And therefore can one honestly say that It has a Will?
Rather,  It exists, and in its own Existence gives Existence to
all else;  in giving Existence to the universe and the things
within the universe, it gives Existence according to Its nature
and according to the nature of that which receives Existence--
and the nature of that which receives will naturally conform to
the nature of Existence which is imparted to it by the Omni-existent,
seeing that it can do no other, because the nature of that which
receives is simply that which is imparted to it, and nothing more or 
less.   And in receiving this nature,  the thing that receives,
receives the part of Being which its nature is to manifest;  
therefore does it manifest Being according to that which it
receives from the Source of Beingness.   Now this Beingness which
is for the thing to Manifest may be said to be the Will of God
in relation to the thing;  for the Omni-existent chooses, as it
were,  what portion of Being shall be imparted to each indiviual
thing, as it were, and although the choice is not made according
to any human mode of choice,  still it may be said that Gods Wills
a thing to be, by letting it manifest one aspect or portion
of Beingness and not other.   And thus the Will of God is simply
the true nature of a thing,  God "Willing" that the thing
manifest Being in a particular way and no other, that the thing
should be itself and nothing else, and that it act according to
the nature imparted to it.

Now is this not like what is called in Thelema "True Will"?  For 
one who does hir True Will is simply acting in consonance with
hir true nature,  not making a choice but simply allowing oneself
to be in the way that one's nature makes natural for one to be.
And whether this nature is imparted by a Divine Being or simply
arises from within one's Self,  it is no odds.

But hereunder must be added some words regarding the means of
discovery.  For if in Thelema the discovery of the True Will is
essentially the discovery of one's own true nature,  in the 
established monotheistic religions,  the discovery of the Divine
Will, so called, is essentially a search among external sources
called Scriptures and Tradition.    But this too is the same
ultimately--for in seeking to apply the results of that search,
if one is truly concerned with following the Will of God and
cleaving or being in companionship to God,  as opposed to merely
obeying rules set down by others, one must examine oneself so
as to know how to apply the fruits of one's research--and in
doing so,  one discovers one's own True Nature.  Moreover,  the
well known "free will",  the choice to do what is called good
and what is called evil, is merely the choosing of doing what is
in accord with one's nature and what is not--yet complicated
for humans because we can perceive the alternatives, but not
perceive their dissonance with our selves. 


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