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into a coherent system and applied to the interpretation on life. The peculiar character of religious truth is that it explicitly deals with values. It brings into our consciousness that permanent side of the universe, which we can care for. (Pg 110) A dogma is the precise enunciation of a general truth, divested so far as possible from particular exemplification. Such precise expression is in the long run a condition for vivid realization, for effectiveness, for apprehension of width of scope, and for survival. A dogma can never be final. It can only be adequate in its adjustment of certain abstract concepts. A dogma may be true in the sense that it expresses such interrelations of the subject matter as are expressible within the set of ideas employed. Every true dogma, which formulates with some adequacy the facts of a complex religious experience, is fundamental for the individual in search and he disregards it at his peril. But every individual suffers from invincible ignorance. And a dogma, which fails to evoke any response in immediate apprehension, stifles the religious life. Therefore religion is primarily individual, and the dogmas of religion are clarifying modes of external expression. Expression, and in particular expression by dogma, is the return from solitariness to society. The dogmas are statements of how the complex world is to be expressed in the light of the intuitions fundamental to the religion. They are not necessarily simple in character or limited in number. (Pg 117-119) The importance of rational religion in the history of modern culture is that it stands or falls with its fundamental position, that we know more than can be formulated in one finite systematized scheme of abstractions. The final principle of religion is that there is wisdom in the nature of things, from which flow our direction of practice, and our possibility of the theoretical analysis of fact. Religion insists that the world is a mutually adjusted disposition of things, issuing in value for its own sake. This is the very point that science is always forgetting. Religions commit suicide when they find their inspirations in their dogmas. The inspiration of religion lies in the history of religion. The sources of religious belief are always growing, though some supreme expressions may lie in the past. But dogmatic expression is necessary. The dogmas, however true, are only bits of the truth, expressed in terms, which in some ways are over-assertive and in other ways lose the essence of truth. God, who is the ground antecedent to transition, must include all possibilities of physical value conceptually, thereby holding the ideal forms apart in equal, conceptual realization of knowledge. The limitation of God is his goodness. He gains his depth of actuality by his harmony of valuation. The nature of God is the complete conceptual realization of the realm of ideal forms. The kingdom of heaven is God. The depths of his existence lie beyond the vulgarities of praise or of power. God is the binding element in the world. He is not the world, but the valuation of the world. He confronts what is actual in it with what is possible for it. He solves all indeterminations. In conclusion, God is the only thing that is everlasting and all else is temporary. Therefore, it only makes sense to find out as much about God as one can. Recognize the temporality of all things and what is causing delusion. Reexamine everything so that you gain a new understanding of everything. After one recognizes the delusions perpetuated around oneself, it follows naturally that one should like to know the truth, which explains the delusion. The truth is the only thing permanent that one knows. Realize what you already have and be thankful to God for it. In ones selfishness, one forgets how lucky one is to be alive and how thankful one should be for all the goodness in ones life. So many people have wrongly come to the conclusion that they can make pleasure permanent even though they have never been able to do so before. They wrongly think that if they just had more money and power they would be permanently happy. The truth is that no pleasure is permanent. Even if one had more money, they would realize that one couldn t buy love, peace, joy, and contentment that one gets from a relationship with the truth. When one accepts the ideal that God has created, and stops fighting against ones own perfection, one may enter the kingdom of God.