Tao Te Ching 4

 

The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present.

I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.

Most followers of the Abrahamic faith traditions will bump up against this statement about the Tao. But think of it this way:

Everything we know about God has come after an eternity of God’s already being. What we know, is what we talk about, write about, exegete, and argue over. All that was before “In the beginning” and all that we don’t know today and will never know, is the Tao. We could, as we have done with God, try to define, reveal, and expose the Tao, but we would be doing the Tao an injustice- just as we do God an injustice even when we speak of God in exclamatory terms, by what we are unable to say.

The Tao will always be more unknown to us than known. Because it is filled, and always filling, with God.

But it’s what I haven’t said about all of the above, that is infinitely more important than what I have.

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