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A New Way of Understanding GOD

"Life is not an easy matter. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above all kinds of perfidy and baseness." — Leon Trotsky

Better Living, Better Dying is a guide to taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. But the spiritual part is the keystone of the book, and that spiritual dimension is called Theofatalism.

Theofatalism is a philosophy that says GOD is in control of everything. Author Lewis Tagliaferre has explored the concept of understanding GOD from many different directions. He has written about economics, geology, psychology, religion, and relationships. But he always reaches the same conclusions, no matter what perspective he takes — there is a prime force in the universe that controls everything from atoms to galaxies, and that power is GOD.

Theofatalism: A Belief System for Life

Theofatalism is a belief system that derives from five principles and offers five steps to take to improve your life. Lewis began searching for a new belief system after the death of his wife. The traditional beliefs of his family provided no comfort, so he began searching for a worldview that would accommodate his grief and make his life worth living. His research led him to read the Bible and other holy books, but these led to many unresolvable conflicts. He began to make progress when he discovered the Hindu belief in a Trimurti of three gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva — the gods of creation, maintenance, and destruction.

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Lewis saw this unitary trinity as generator, operator, and destroyer — or GOD — superior to the God of the Bible and all holy books. He found comfort, not in the personification of a God who looks and acts like a person, but in the idea of a prime force in the universe that controls everything. GOD is the generator, operator, and destroyer. Everything is the will of GOD — the GOD above gods — and nothing seems to happen outside the will of GOD from atoms to galaxies.

The symbol of theofatalism is an ancient labyrinth depicting the walk of life. "Walking the labyrinth has reemerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation. This walking meditation is an archetype, a mystical ritual found in many religious traditions. It quiets the mind and opens the soul. Each step unites faith and action as travelers take one step at a time, living each moment in trust and willingness to follow the course set before them." — The Rev. Lauren Artress, Walking a Labyrinth - 2011

Letting Go of the Illusion of Free Will

If this assumption is granted, then a lot of the suffering — maybe all of it — in the world begins to make sense. If one can get past the illusion of free will, this view of GOD permits all the pieces of the puzzle of life on earth in its many forms — plant, animal, and human — to fit together. It is a belief system that helps people to accommodate the real world as it is.