Tell him his dreaming.
Had I accepted Gabriel’s challenge, what beliefs would I have promoted? The Way that can be explained is not the true Way. Call it what you may it will not respond to words the unnameable only reacts to actions. The Toa, translates to The Way in English, to me Toa is the closest understanding of the almighty that keeps the whole cosmos in equilibrium. I think of it as synonymous with nature and its laws.
To Hindus Brahmin is the unchanging reality in the world and beyond the world and is also difficult to exactly define. This one god can appear in any form, this accounts for the vast array of strange and colourful Hindu gods. Hinduism is a complex conglomeration of many different beliefs.
Jews, Christians and Muslims beliefs all have the same origin, Abraham. They prefer to call their same eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, creator of the universe, by different names. Jehovah Latin for Yahweh is the Hebrew word. The Christians have a trinity, one god in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Muslims reject the idea of a trinity, there is but one god they are emphatic on this point. Allah is the absolute with both Shiite and Sunni Muslims. These three religions have split into countless denominations each one claiming to be the authentic interpretation of God’s word. There has been nothing but drama since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. There is even disagreement over what variety of fruit was eaten.
I do not want to get involved; the supernatural is incomprehensible to me. I realize I may not be as intelligent as others so am prepared to respect their views. I hope they can be reciprocal towards me. We should treat others as we would like to be treated. The meaning in that cliché has been attributed to many different wise men by his followers.
This is why a dream or for real I would not have wanted to be another prophet endeavouring to correct the sinners that are wrecking paradise. The site of the Garden of Eden, Iraq, is now a total disaster area. Israel has seen centuries of bloodshed by people who should know better. Their God commands no killing. There may be a grey area with the Islamic Jihad but if one stirs up an ant’s nest they must expect to get bitten. I would have only added to turmoil trying to rectify an impossible situation.
Under the threat of disobeying the wishes of a loving God, in the knowledge he is also a wrathful God. I may have put forward an amendment to the Ten Commandments. Promoting something like Buddha’s Eight Fold Path and explained the ideas of Lau Tzu of Wue and Yin and Yang and the pecking order system, promoting respect, similar to Confucius Not forgetting the children with the Pinocchio song “Give a little whistle.”
Dreaming of walking in a garden picking a flower and waking up with that flower in my hand can never happen in reality. Unless I was to believe in the supernatural, then anything is possible. I would like to believe I had an all-powerful ally to protect me as I did when I was a child. But we grow up and realize Santa Clause would not fit down our chimney even if he were real. Facing up to reality no Tooth Fairy we can live with, or live without, as long as we live. There are some things we are told by people we respect that may be too hard to grow out of.
The episode with Gabriel was a dream and in the light of day I know the truth. I am not a butterfly dreaming he is a man. All those ideas are fantasy. We need to mature and take responsibility by systematically improving our thinking and ethical accountability. Ignorance, thoughtlessness, selfishness and greed will destroy our future happiness. Joy is to be found in understanding caring and kindness is our salvation. No one can do this for you, grow-up improve, follow a proven path to enlightenment.