The Power of Monotheism
Human beings have tendencies, which lead to creation of conflicting with Reality structures. Monotheism alleviate this problem, it works as the protective measure against falling into this kind of inadequate state and as a medicine, which allows the distraction of these structures when they appear. Monotheism allows people stay flexible, change all the time and be adequate.
Pitfalls of Logic
Logic is one of the most powerful tools of the mind. It allows decision-making in the areas far beyond the area where one has any experience. This produces the temptation to put Logic as a corner stone of the mind and liberate the mind from all these little dependencies on authorities, opinions, tradition, etc. and make it self-sufficient. The problem with this tendency is that the goal is not achievable.
Logic is an instrument, which allows the derivation of conclusions from the assumptions. However this process needs some set of basic assumptions, which has to be taken without proof.
While we observe these basic assumptions and know what they are, we are out of trouble - we can change the system of basic assumptions, or we can use a different system of assumptions, which can be irreconcilable with original one; the choice is ours. In this case Logic is a tool, as it ought to be.
However, there are lots of ways how one can venture beyond the area of Logic's applicability.
One is recent. The makers of the communist ideology used an appealing primitive trick, the trick, which is used again and again here and there. They took a few scientific hypothesis (a few useful assumptions, which allow the neat organization of the current scientific knowledge in some branches of the science), and they converted them into articles of the faith. From that point they had everything very logical - without diversity, inhumane, murderous, far from reality, but very logical. The moment came and this inadequacy of ideology brought down the based on this ideology social structure and economy.
This development is typical. In ages people wanted better control over the basic assumptions. With this desire people developed superstition, magic, deities - all possible tools to gain "better control" of those few points, which are visibly not under our control. They want it, because if this "better control" is achieved, they can handle the rest with Logic.
This desire for the expanded control is so strong that we fall again and again in the same mistake of creation of new illusions of tools of control, which suspiciously remind superstition, magic, religion, etc., and which do not deliver any actual control.
All this starts with the creation of little faiths, which eventually feed themselves and grow into bigger ones, pulling their creator further and further from Reality.
Pitfalls of Feelings
Our Feelings are even more susceptible to dangers of the creation of the structures, which have little to do with Reality, than our logical mind.
Feelings are stable combinations of thoughts and emotions, but they do not say anything about what lays underneath these stable structures, what causes it. Feelings always have to be interpreted, but usually they are not. For example, when someone loves a person, this one assumes that the loved person has some special values, which make the person "worthy" of love, while usually it is not a case. When someone is afraid, this one assumes that there is something real that causes this fear, while it could be the oneís state of mind.
This assuming of the special "hard" reality behind the Feelings is so natural, that people need special tools to withstand this tendency.
Pitfalls of Standard Reactions
We develop standard reactions of our bodies to similar situations, natural or social. The purpose of these reactions is the fast decision-making. Animals have these reactions so well wired that even after hundreds of years during which these reactions were not adequate, they did not change much - as wild instincts of domesticated animals. People's standard reactions are more flexible, but still they strongly resist any change and easily get in the conflict with Reality.
The problem with this reactions is that being powerful creatures we try to bend circumstances when they deviate from ones, which produce these reactions; instead of changing reactions to be more adequate, we create "artificial reality", which supports our reactions.
With the recognition of all these weaknesses of our basic tools - senses, emotions, feelings, mind, we recognize the problem: we do not have the natural ability to know what is Reality. Even more - we have the natural ability of the perpetual creation of images and ideas that for sure are far from Reality and only remotely rooted in it.
We face the Choice - either we forget Reality and enjoy the world of artificial images, which have nothing to do with Reality, or we work every moment of our lives to overcome our deficiencies and turn ourselves to face Reality and rediscover it every moment. The Choice is real. Practically everything in our life works differently depending on what we choose here.
For example, alcohol can be a tool of making the artificial reality, or it can be a tool of relaxing the hold on our mind of some images and ideas and clearing the way for some new more adequate images and ideas.
In the majority of cases the same activity has different meaning depending on this actually invisible to others choice.
When one chooses Reality one chooses a serious perpetual work. This work cannot be accomplished alone, simply because we are social creatures and we feel and think in the process of perpetual communication with others. This work cannot be stopped, because Reality and the way we feel and think is changing.
This work is changing all the time and it does not have too many patterns. All patterns of this work are not defined by Reality - Reality does not have any patterns, but by the nature of our weaknesses.
Hence if we want to learn these patterns to speed up the work, we have to look at people similar to us - from them we can learn something useful. We start with our family, proceed to the nation, look at people of similar inclinations and education, etc.
The tools of this activity - the search for Reality, are tools of Monotheism. Each person has own set of tools appropriate to one's deficiencies. There are many different classes of these tools, which defined mostly by the nature of the person.
Monotheism does not have too many known tools, and everything that is known is eagerly shared and adapted.
These tools are inevitably simple and intricate in the same time, because they are applied at the very edge of what we possibly can perceive.
Each of them is individual and social in the same time, because this is the nature of human beings - the inseparable combination of individual and social.
Their application helps make particular decision, helps change the nature of the individual and the society, but never brings any stable knowledge. Each time they are applied differently, because their role is not building any structures but adapting us to ever-changing Reality. Structures are build with other tools.
"Supportive" Social Structures
Social side of tools of Monotheism manifests itself in some social structures. However anything that is a stable structure has nothing to do with the essence of the tools of Monotheism. Hence these social structures are not the essence of these tools, and hence they can get in conflict with the essence of Monotheism. They are supportive structures, which sometimes can choke what they support.
These supportive structures play multiple roles and have many causes of their existence.
They help Monotheists in the normal state communicate each with other and maintain their normal state. This is their maintenance role.
They help to warn the venturing Monotheist, if the chosen path of experimentation is a known dead end. This is their protective role.
They help one who wants to restore the contact with Reality to take the "medicine" and destroy what is holding him in the world of illusion. This is their "medical" role.
Also they help in the passing the way of life of Monotheists from one generation to the other. They help in the passing of the collections of hints about tools of Monotheism to distant generations. (Only hints can be passed, because nothing more than a hint can exist in this area. There is no familiar structured knowledge, where there is no Logic.)
The society of Monotheists participates in the perpetual recreation of these social structures according to the changing Reality (which includes the changing society itself). But this is a difficult process and too often some stable pattern of social structures unrelated to Reality emerge in this process, patterns, which recreate themselves regardless of Reality. This is exactly what we try to avoid by employing tools of Monotheism. Hence there is no sure way in this process of recreation of supportive social structures - each time it is a real work for Monotheists.
Actual supportive social structures take form of community, tradition, religion, etc.
Anything can be used improperly, especially tools of Monotheism. While there is no absolute signs of improper use of tools of Monotheism - in this area everything exists only in concrete circumstances and there is no clear patterns, there are some signs, which flag the possible misuse of tools. One of the most tell-telling is the fanaticism, especially fanaticism, which leads to the death of people. The other sign is the fixed interpretation of the rules and laws the same interpretation for everyone without variation for the circumstances - too much of the pattern to be useful in the work of adapting to the changing Reality.
Often tools get "spoiled" when the society goes through a period when it is on the defensive. The rigid rules, which are adequate in the period when the survival of the society is at stake, often stay rigid after when they have to be flexible again.
Sometimes, the tools can be fossilized to the degree that they seriously get in the conflict with the wellbeing of the society. The example can be the rule regulating (forbidding) charging the interest on loan. If it is interpreted in straightforward manner, the society cannot participate in the modern credit based economy. More reasonable interpretation includes recognition of two types of loans - one, which is taken to cover the necessities and must be repaid, and the other combined with the bankruptcy mechanism, which allows the protection of the personís necessities in the case of the default on the loan.
Often tradition and religion are viewed as the basis of the continuity and stability of the society, for example the religion is declared as an official religion of the state. Usually it is the beginning of the end of these structures as supportive structures for Monotheism - their roles are too overloaded and they cannot change fast enough anymore.
Perpetual Creation of "gods"
There is no question whether the gods exist - we create them all the time.
We pointed above at the weakness of Logic - its need to rely on basic assumptions, and deep inside we know this weakness and we want to control these assumptions better to be in better control of the situation. And we create special "things" to gain better control.
Sometimes we think that some special actions according to preset rules give us better control. Sometimes we are engaged in more elaborate actions, which require some control of our internal state and coordination with external circumstances. We can engage in full-blown personal relationship with well-developed images. All this has nothing to do with Logic or Reality. All this gives us feeling of better control. All this creates artificial reality.
If a group of people is engaged in such activity, the images grow fast. Each member of the group gets the strong feeling of the external existence of the "thing" because the images of this "thing" are shared by the society, reinforced by the society and often learnt from the childhood.
We call them "gods", because this is how they are perceived. They are entities of special control, which are beyond Logic (and, hence, beyond our ability to understand them and control them), with which we establish special relationships to gain some benefits of better control of the situation. These entities are not what we would call "natural", they are beyond nature, and we are ready to call them "supernatural".
This game of imagination would not be such a big problem, but we take it too seriously. We base our perception of the world, our self-esteem, and our hope to survive on the belief that these constructions are right. We do not accept them easily, but when we do, we hardly can get rid of them. Even when our entire experience says that they are nothing but figments of our imagination (personal and collective), we still clasp to them and prefer forgetting our experience, lying to ourselves and others, but not shaking the foundation of our picture of the world. It is too hard to shake it up - the entire life looks like one big mistake.
So these images acquire the life of their own in the collective mind of the society. They become a part of what the society perceive as reality. The members of this society do not have any other reality, what can cause them to question it?
This is not a process, which had happened many years ago. This happens here and now. The creation of the communist ideology is a good example of such process, which manifested itself with immense power. While there were no animal sacrifices to "gods" of the communist ideology - a few basic principles, the social system dedicated lots of resources to have them protected from possible criticism. This protection system was built-in everywhere - in the school, in sciences, in the media, in the special regular training at the work place, etc. Not so many other religions protected themselves with such dedication and force.
Finite and Infinite
We are Finite creatures. It seems to be obvious that Finite creatures cannot grasp Infinity. However we have quite a few interesting encounters with Infinity; only everything that can be analyzed in these encounters is Finite, as one should expect.
There are phenomena, which give us a hint that we have some mysterious ability to deal with Infinite while being Finite creatures. Our perception of space and time, infinite love and infinite fear, our perception of Self - all carry some hint of Infinity.
Mathematics created a lot of useful Finite "scaffolding" around this hint of Infinity. We have a concept of natural numbers as the chain of steps one after the other (we have the experience of it in the chain of self-reflection of the thought - I think, that I think, that I thinkÖ). We have a concept of real numbers (we have the experience of it in the perception of the time and space). Both concepts are fine Finite scaffolding, which we can apply when reasoning about Infinite phenomena.
There is an interesting test, what happens if we strip our perception of the phenomena, which carries the hint of Infinity of everything that we know is Finite? The "stuff" we are stripping is the actual knowledge about the phenomena, what is left brings us closer to the essence of the phenomena.
This is really interesting, that many artificial images created by our imagination cannot survive this test - at some moment in the process of "stripping" they show the signs that there is nothing left behind this image, which can sustain it without stripped Finite layers. This seems to be a good tool for the "sanity check" in the process of our perpetual image creation that we do not venture into the creation of new "gods". Strong minds can use this tool to destroy old "gods" also.
Monotheism is beyond anything fixed, hence there are at least as many ways to present it, as many people try to do it. We had chosen one particular path, in which following is the Main Idea:
We need to restrain ourselves from the creation or using the artificial reality ("gods") and we need to be attentive and careful with the hints of Infinity we have. This is the recommendation for the social being - the individual side and the social side.
This is a hint how we can create tools of Monotheism, which help us to stay close to Reality.
Now we use words "The God" to hint at the Infinity, Infinity in the purest possible "form". This makes our position dynamic - as we grow smarter we can build some Finite Logical structures in the area we used to think has no Finite structures, in the area we think now is the "pure" Infinity. In this case we "peel-off" our understanding of Infinity and make it our new knowledge about current state of ourselves. The rest is what is our current understanding of The God; understanding, which cannot be presented in Finite structured form.
Obviously, the Infinity does not lose anything from this "peeling-off".
Clasping to The God is the only known way to stay close to Reality. Hence nothing is more real than The God is. In the same time we cannot have any concrete knowledge of The God. We have only a hint.
Forms of Monotheism
The concrete forms of Monotheism are determined by our deficiencies and by the creativity of generations of Monotheists building and adjusting tools of Monotheism. One can expect old forms to be better developed and better addressing our deficiencies, but with more cases where tools had lost flexibility and turned in their opposite, and new forms to be more flexible, but leaving some of our deficiencies uncovered and with less developed communication between Monotheists.
Definitely, there are common patterns in the forms of Monotheism, because there is a commonality in the sets of deficiencies of people - we group by our handicaps. No wonder, the boundaries of different religions often coincide with national boundaries.
All forms of Monotheism are in the process of perpetual change - changing people and circumstances need different tools. If for the long period of time the religious form does not change in its essence (it can stay the same in its manifestations), then there is a big chance it is not Monotheism.
In the process of normal functioning Monotheism accumulates the knowledge of our deficiencies. This is "tradition". This knowledge allows more efficient self-management, which require less involvement of the feelings and emotions in the process of decision-making, it makes religion less emotional. Hence normally Monotheism evolves from strong emotional forms to weak cerebral forms. Mistakes are fixed with the increased involvement of feelings and emotions.
The development of the Monotheism (the process of creation, maintenance and distraction of its tools) is the most difficult activity - it is always on the edge of Logic, knowledge, and understanding, on the edge of any abilities we possess. Any functioning form of Monotheism is an enormous treasure, because it is so difficult to build and maintain it.
Hence aspiring Monotheists are looking for such functioning form, where they can create a working niche for themselves in the process of the perpetual communication with other Monotheists with similar handicaps.
There are many similar tools employed by different forms of Monotheism in different degree and in different ways adapted to the nature of the people who practice this particular form. The work with any of these tools does not produce any practically useful effect, but it brings the person into the better balance with own nature and the society; the balance, which allows the avoidance of mistakes otherwise inevitable.
The unrelated to Reality images - images of the artificial reality, limit the variants available to the person in the process of decision-making. The effect is extremely subtle, because our images filter our perception of Reality.
Well-designed tools of Monotheism are everywhere in the personsí life; they are invisible until the new image of artificial reality enters the system. At that moment some of tools become visible. Usually it manifests itself as suddenly very inconvenient religious law. The wise person knows what this could mean, and looks for the "enemy in the camp". Mostly it is a new image detached from Reality and pretending to be rooted in Reality, which affects the decision-making process. This image has to be eliminated from the governing the decision-making process.
This brings instant gratification - the life decision, which has nothing to do with religion, and which was ready to happen because of the influence of this new image and was ready to cause a lot of grief does not happen. The person liberated oneself from the grip of the artificial reality.
Sometimes, however, this type of the surfacing of the tool is a sign, that the personal tool does not work well any more - this is a time to fix the tool (change the personal interpretation of the religious law, for example). This is a difficult work.
Sometimes, it is a sign that it is time to change the collective tool - this is a very difficult work. Usually some personal experimentation and experimentation in small groups precedes the acceptance in the changes of the collective tools. Usually it is a slow process.
The search for the imbalance in the image system, which distorts the perception of Reality, can be difficult. Either it is an old one, or it is too entrenched and affecting too many images. Discussions with other people, especially Monotheists, help, but sometimes it is not enough. Monotheists have one wonderful tool for this occasion at their disposal, unavailable to non-Monotheists.
The Monotheist has a world of Finite structures in the possession and The God in the essence. This person gives up the possession entirely and clasps to The God. This gives the unique overview of everything one usually associates with oneself. This step of self-rejection is very scary, but can be very effective - the entire world of the Finite structures is recreated anew without debilitating imbalance. The difference between what was and what became is very small, but try to find it otherwise!
The wise people do not wait until they get in trouble; they look at other people in trouble and check if they themselves have inside the "artificial reality", which can cause similar trouble. However they do not judge these other people - who knows what goes on with the other person and what kind of circumstances the other person is in.
There are communities of people who want to be Monotheists - the preparation classes and support groups. It is rare that someone becomes a Monotheist on the own - the task is too difficult. Also time after time the mature Monotheist "gets in trouble" and has to rely on the "safety net" of the community, where he came from. Thus, while Monotheists understand well the irrelevance of the path, which leads to Reality, they still stay attached to the community of people, where they learnt Monotheism. These communities differ greatly one from the other, mostly because they have to address the peculiar weaknesses of their members. On the positive side, Monotheists serve as Teachers in the "preparation classes" they came from themselves.
These communities have special organization tailored to the special task of learning how to be a Monotheist and helping to stay the Monotheist.
The knowledge and experience of these communities is a treasure. However, as anything, this knowledge can be misused; the simplest way to misuse the knowledge of Monotheists is by making it the dogma, closed to the adjustment and adaptation.
Raising children in the spirit of Monotheism is not an easy task. Monotheism is a perpetual criticism, combined with the very careful approach to any existing structure, personal and social. This is not something one can teach a kid. Usually the simple trick is utilized - kids learn the static part, they learn respect for the structures and they gain a superficial knowledge of the tools of Monotheism, without understanding tools' explosive power. When the time comes of usual teenage rebellion, they are declared to be (spiritually) adults, and they discover that the rebellious search for Reality, which, they think, is their privilege or curse, is exactly what Monotheists do all their life.
For some people creativity is associated with rare periods in life, difficult and exciting. The results of creativity are so treasured and revered. Monotheists actually recreate their world every moment in many little details. Monotheists do not build, do not accumulate their world, they recreate it. The recreated world is very much similar to what was before, but when the Reality changes the recreated world follows it. Hence Creativity for Monotheists is as natural as breathing. The presence of Monotheists in any society is a "blessing" because they bring the stream of new ideas, all deeply rooted in Reality.
For some people the object of Fear is a thing in itself, it takes a grip on the person and dealing with it means dealing with this thing, dealing with Fear. For the Monotheist the particular Fear is a Fear of The God wrapped in the layers of attributes-images. The dealing with it is twofold. First one accepts the fear of The God as the part of Reality and second one changes something in the layers of attributes-images. Monotheist does not deal with Fear.
Some people can love someone with the perception that this someone is what is the Love. They are afraid of loosing the Love and their relationships can be very possessive, even at the price of the growth and happiness of the subject of Love. For the Monotheist the particular Love is one of possible manifestations of the Love of The God. One of the reasons why this Love happened is - this someone is a "reflection" of The God, plus plenty of other reasons. Monotheist is afraid of loosing the communication with the particularly attractive manifestation of the Love of The God, but the subject of Love has to be happy and has to grow.
Some people know well what they can and cannot do, also they try as hard as they can to foresee the future, based on the knowledge of the past, understanding of the current situation, knowledge of people they deal with, etc. Their hope of better future is actually a careful calculation; they make this future happen. The others simply hopeful without any foundation, they simply expect the luck to shower the goodies on them, without any efforts on their part. Monotheists differ from both these groups. Monotheists do not believe that they make the future happen, and Monotheists do not expect the luck to solve problems. However Monotheists apply all the knowledge and skills to organize the life today the way it should be and greet the new that the tomorrow brings.
Monotheists do hope that it is better tomorrow, simply because the future reflects the Infinity, the same Infinity, which is reflected in people. This kind of hope cannot be shaken, because it does not have any foundation neither in experience nor in Logic.
Self and Society
Some people carefully build the relationships in the community external to what they perceive is their Self, as kind of artificial structure built to serve special goals. This is the creation of their hands, the nest, which requires maintenance and has little to do with what in it. The Monotheists are interested with the Infinite that is reflected in community. This Infinite is the same, which is reflected in Monotheist's Self. There is a perpetual interplay between what is perceived as collective and what is perceived as personal.
This perception helps Monotheists retain the properties of children. Children have suspended fear, because parents protect them. Similar Monotheists share conviction that the community, which reflects the same Infinity the Self reflects, is protective.
For some people Nature is the object of manipulation only. The Monotheist sees the reflection of Infinity in Nature, the same Infinity reflected in Monotheist's Self. This perception brings natural respect in all Monotheist's manipulations of the Nature.
Place in Time
Some people identify themselves with their physical body only. They think, that with the death their existence ends. Or some of them think that the other body will be born after their death, where they will reside (as little evidence exist to support the idea, it is an attractive idea for some people). The others think that they will get a special body (of unknown nature) in the special place where they proceed with existence (again the idea with too little evidence to support).
Monotheist does not perceive himself as separated from the Nature and Society. Hence something in the Nature and in the Society, that Monotheist identifies with himself, existed before the birth of the body, and even more will exist after the death of it. However the period of the existence of the body is unique and unrepeatable.
That something in the Nature and Society, which stays after the death of the body, is rather unstructured in the sense we accustomed to, when we deal with the person.
Some people try bringing more structure in that something, which continues to live after the body dies, usually with silly results. Monotheists do not do that at all.
In the critical situation the person has to decide what can be the subject of compromise and what is out of question. Out of question are phenomena one perceive as related directly to oneís Self. Some people's perception of Self includes the rich set of Finite structures. Monotheistís perception of Self is reflection of The God dressed in layers of the Finite structures. These layers of structures are very important, but any and all of them can be a subject of compromise. Any of these Finite structures can be subject of reevaluation.
This is a difficult task - reevaluation if the structures of Self. Good actors learn how to give-up some outer layers of what one originally perceives as an important part of Self, and replace them temporarily with the mask of the character they play. This requires a lot of training and courage. Monotheist should be ready to give-up any of these layers of structures. It is easy to describe in terms of "structures", but it is not easy in the real life.
Control of Images
Becoming the Monotheist the person does not lose the richness of the emotional life and the imagination. Only images become more flexible, more manageable. They do not control the person any more, but the person controls them. The normal stream of new images does not have immanent danger for the Monotheist as long images in this stream are analyzed, adjusted and placed properly into the image system. In this case these images become convenient tools of decision-making and they do not become the part of the definition of what is important in the life, they do not control decision-making.
There are a few reasons, why reading the old books of Monotheists can be difficult.
One is natural - there are subjects, which were important, when the book was written, but not important any more. For example the book might address the weakness, which we learnt already how to overcome - this is a common knowledge and common practice now. These subjects we do not see in the book, but see some obscure passages.
The other is simple misunderstanding of why the book was written and what is written there. Thus in the book, which explains difficult psychological issues with developed and colorful images some might look for the description of the historic events.
The most widespread, however, is the presence of the layers of bad images in our mind, which were created during the years, which pass after the book was written. After all the passages from the books of Monotheists were used very often to justify all kinds of stupidity.
If one can get through these problems, one reaches the state, where the book can be used as a tool of Monotheism - the tool, which allows bringing oneself into the balance with Reality.
Everyone reads these books in own way, has unique interpretation. This is how it should be for these guides to be useful.
Logic deals with structure; hence if we can find a clear logical structure in something, this is a sign, that this is not a tool of Monotheism.
In the essence of many tools of Monotheism is Logical Contradiction.
Hence the application of such tool requires the stretch of all our abilities - we have to feel, think, read, talk to others to find the solution, and we are never sure that the decision we found is the right one.
We can feel sure only when our Logic says that it is right, but when we apply tools of Monotheism we act beyond the area where Logic can work.
This kind of activity, Beyond Logic, requires very good Logical abilities. This is not instead of Logic - everything Logic can do should be done with Logic. Only after one achieves the area where Logic is not applicable, the tool of Monotheism can be used.
The basic assumption of Logic is that if something is true, then the opposite of this something is false. However when we stretch our thinking to the edge of the knowledge we reach the point where we cannot construct any true statement about Infinity, because the statement is a finite structure and Infinity does not have any finite structures. In this area we have to operate with what we call Edge Logic, where some positive statements have no sense while the opposite to them negative statements can be perfectly valid. As the negative statement above, that Infinity has no finite structure.
In some books author uses a trick of the describing of the families of valid negative statements, with the help of one positive statement, which has no sense. Simply any negative statement, which contradicts to this positive statement, is not valid. There are a few famous examples.
Here is a statement: The God exists. This statement has no sense, because if we can find a place in Infinity for the human concept of existence, we can find some finite structure in Infinity. However as special shorthand for the family of negative statements it is a perfectly valid construction. It means, that any statement, which denies The God existence is wrong.
The other statement: The God is one. Again it has no sense - if we can assert any attribute of Infinity, as oneness for example, then we found a finite structure in Infinity. However, the statement is perfectly valid in the sense, that any attempt to see the hint of plurality (different sides, different attributes) in The God is wrong.
Perception of The God
If there is no possibility to make a positive statement about The God, what are those images we have about actions of The God, our feelings toward The God, promises, etc.? Is it all simple stupidity? Is it true that we cannot relate to The God in any way?
As with other phenomena on the edge of understanding, we have here unusual answers to usual questions.
One thing is for sure - if one has a permanent image about The God, any image, this is a stupidity from the point of view of Monotheist. However we cannot perceive anything without images, hence as a tool we create temporary images about The God, images which dissipate completely when the job is done.
This is similar to the conversation with the other person. When one talks to the other, it is a sign of some imbalance, which this conversation is aimed to correct. On the course of conversation both parties create images about oneself and about the other party. These images undergo the process of refinement and in the end of the conversation each party has better understanding of oneself and the other party.
The person turns to The God, when the person detects some imbalance. This imbalance causes kind of "conversation" with The God, where the person creates images about oneself and about The God. In the end of this "conversation" the person has a better understanding about oneself and own place in the world. Also the person has some images about The God, the images, to which some people get strongly attached, because they associate them with really positive results of such "conversation" - restoration of the personís balance. This is too bad - these images about The God have no sense, they have to be forgotten at once. The real result is new knowledge and understanding of the world and oneís place in it and the restoration of the oneís balance. Thatís all.
The perception of The God in any relation to the concept of time, for example the perception of acts of The God, is acceptable only in the process of "conversation", which restores one's balance. When the balance is restored this perception has to be banished - The God is not bound by the time in any way.
When the Monotheist says "I prayed" it means "I was out of balance, far from of Reality, and I used tools of Monotheism, and I've got closer to Reality; I doubt that I could achieve that without these tools." However during the prayer the person's emotions, feelings and thoughts were of the kind if the person is talking to someone; but after the prayer nothing is left from the images of "other party of conversation".