The Synthesis Test – Analysis, Part 1
The success of this and numerous other tests depends to a large degree on the honesty and correct self-evaluation of the person taking it. An attempt has been made to word each question so there will be as little value judgment on the part of the reader as possible. For instance, if we asked: “Are you willing to help and love all your fellowmen?” even the most vile person might answer “Yes”. On the other hand, when we ask: “Do you pick up hitchhikers?” we receive a response that more clearly indicates the actual action of the person.
Unfortunately, no matter how carefully worded the question is, the test will still have a margin of error. It might help to have a friend review your answers and comment on them. When a person takes a test like this, he often tries to guess how the author wants the question answered and responds accordingly.
Let us take several examples: For instance, the person may have never picked up a hitchhiker in his life or only once ten years ago, but figures he’d pick up someone if they really needed it. The answer here should be “never”, for this is his true current attitude.
It is possible one may say he spends half of his free time in constructive activity, whereas it is only about ten percent. He may think he would listen to people who knock on his door, but in reality he does not–or maybe he did once five years ago. Remember that honesty is of prime importance here. A high or low score does not make one a better or lesser person than he really is.
A brief comment on the answers may be beneficial here. Not all of the questions will be repeated, so you may want to refer to the original.
Question One: Do you believe in God?
Even though many atheists are more advanced than believers in God, a true Synthesizer will always acknowledge a higher power.
Question Two: How do you look upon God?
The true Synthesizer does not look upon anything as being beyond his eventual comprehension, nor does he look upon God as an autocrat. He accepts the statement of Jesus as applying also to himself: “I and my Father are one.”
Question Three: How do you look upon Jesus Christ?
He does not look upon Jesus the man as the savior of the universe, for this is one world out of billions. He may view the Christ Consciousness as the savior of the universe and recognize that there are others like Christ on the other worlds. He believes it is possible for others to do “even Greater works” than Jesus did and that others can spiritually evolve to the “measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”
Question Four: What do you think of the Bible? (a) is a definite feeling answer. It is amazing how many people believe that the King James version of the Bible is literally true all the way through. Even if the original manuscripts were exactly correct, it is obvious to any reasonable mind that there have been many distortions in translating among the various versions. One good example is the Greek word AION, which is translated as: “world”, “Eternal”, “Everlasting”, and “Forever”, but literally means an “age”, or in other words, a period of time with a beginning and an end. Thus, when the disciples asked Jesus: “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” Matt 24:3, they were literally asking about the end of the age. Similarly, I Thessalonians 1:9, speaks of the wicked “who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord…” Literally we are told that they shall either be destroyed or discouraged in their activities at the end of the age. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us that the wicked will be destroyed eternally.
There are hundreds of other examples that could be cited, but it should be obvious to all thinkers that mistranslations are human and humans have translated and compiled the Bible.
There could also be numerous errors from various changes wrought by scribes throughout history as they copied manuscripts.
(b) Many believe the Bible to be true as far as it is translated correctly. This is a more logical belief, but many of these people rely on feeling in examining the scriptures. They figure that if a scripture disagrees with their paradigm, then it is a mistranslation or error, and what they agree with they literally accept. The thinking person will accept the fact that the Bible was written by human beings and humans make mistakes. Also, some of the writings of the Bible were meant to be instructive and not necessarily literal historical fact. Then too, some of the allegorical history represents numerous historical parallels in the history of the human race. An enlightened person will discover that he can receive more accurate truth by listening to the God within than by interpreting the Bible literally.
(c) This is by far the most reasonable answer. No intuitive person will discount the fact that the Bible is a highly inspired book, but it must be interpreted with the aid of the Holy Spirit or the God within.
(d) Those who look upon the Bible as a myth may have quite logical minds, but anyone with a substantial degree of intuition will see that there is much truth in it.
Question Five: What do you think concerning religion?
Concerning the first response (a) to this question perhaps we should score this answer a minus fifty or hundred points instead of fifteen, for whoever subscribes to the philosophy of having a monopoly on truth is indeed under a major handicap. To escape the fetters of this ignorance, he must undergo a major catharsis and paradigm shift to reach an epiphany of new world of thought. Nevertheless, the score was kept at -15 because we must consider the handicap that these people are under. Many such persons have been born, bred and ingrained from birth in mesmeric fashion, to believe this premise. These self-satisfied people who know not the truth because they know not to even look, may become quite Synthetic if they can break out of their mold and discover the real world. Only the most Synthetic will be able to do this.
The problem is that this person does have some reason for his belief, for he realizes that two conflicting doctrines cannot both be right. Either one is wrong and one is right or they are both wrong. So far, so good. Then he reasons that God is working through his religion and therefore anything that conflicts with it or his authorities is wrong. This is where he makes his mistake. He forgets that he learned his doctrine from other people, who merely claim they know the mind of God. The Bible itself condemns those who lean on any authority except the Holy Spirit: “Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and SHALL NOT SEE WHEN GOOD COMETH… The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:5-6, 9.
We make flesh our arm when we allow a church, authority, or minister to govern our decisions. When this happens, we cannot see “when good cometh”. Many writings, contain good things that a person with this attitude cannot see. He also trusts in his heart and feelings, but the “heart is deceitful above all things”. This is verily true, for feelings can be the chains of Hell that bind us to a pole of ignorance.
This person needs to realize that God has inspired the inception of numerous religions geared to the thinking processes of people of various climes and ages and that he doesn’t limit himself to one little movement any more than he limits himself to one race of people. There are many things in his philosophy which may be true, but no one has all the truth, and he may be amazed to find that many of the doctrines of other religions that he fights against are similar to his own, but using different semantics. He will also discover that God may have given his religion a portion of the truth to present to the world, but divers portions were given to others and that if he puts them together (synthesis) he will see a complete whole that will expand his consciousness.
It is like the story of the three blind men and the elephant. One man grabs the leg and says “I perceive that an elephant is like a great tree.” The other man takes the tail and disagrees. He says: “No, my brother, I feel and know the elephant is like a rope.” The third man feels an ear and says: “You are both wrong. The elephant is like a great carpet.” Finally, a man who has eyes to see comes along and solves the riddle and explains: “You are all correct, and you are also all wrong.” Then he takes the three blind men and has each feel the three distinct parts and they respond: “Now we see that the elephant is a more complex being than we ever imagined and that we condemned each other in ignorance, for one of us was as correct as the other.” Then they become curious and ask: “Tell us: Is there even more to the elephant than this?”
The man who sees responds: “Yes, there is much more. You still have an incomplete view. I will take you around the elephant and you can feel the other parts.” To their amazement and joy, they discover that the elephant has not only one leg, but four and not one ear but two and many other previously unknown parts. He has a trunk, eyes, mouth, teeth and a large body they never realized existed.
After they feel all the parts, the blind men say: “We have now felt the whole elephant and our consciousness has greatly expanded, for we now realize that before we knew nothing, even though we thought we knew all. Now we still realize that our understanding is imperfect because we do not see. Tell us, how can we see?”
The man with vision says: “I was once blinded as you are, but it does not have to be so. There is nothing wrong with your eyes. You merely have a film over them that needs to be washed off in pure water..”
He then hands them a pitcher of water and they each wash their eyes with it and the dark film dissolves. To their joy they find they can see. Looking about they see the elephant and ask: “What is that strange creature over there?”
The man replies: “Did you not recognize it? That is the elephant!”
Immediately, they realize: “Yes, of course, that has to be the elephant, but I never thought it was so large,” says one. “I never would have believed it was so small,” says another. “I never realized it was so beautiful,” says the third. But they all do agree that what they see correlates with every previous fact they have discovered about the elephant. The discrepancies entered when they compared the way they felt and what they imagined about the elephant with what they actually saw. All Three of them admit that they had erroneous thoughts and feelings about the elephant that were completely unfounded.
To their added joy they see that there is more than an elephant, but a complete new world to explore and see. Now that they can see they find that they are, in reality, just beginning to gain true knowledge. Everything else that they have experienced up until this time was merely a step to prepare them for true seeing.
Thus the three previously blind men step forth into the world of seeing. They explore, experiment, and begin to serve their brethren.
The analogy here is obvious. The three blind men are three who are aspiring toward the path of discipleship and at first do not see the way, but feel after it. As each man begins to tread the path he feels a different concept of reality than his brother, which appears to contradict, but if put in the right perspective does not. The only true contradictions come from those who think they are feeling and describing the elephant, but actually have a lion or some other animal.
The man who sees is the Holy Spirit within, or another brother who listens to the God within. The elephant symbolizes revealed truth that is accepted by the various religions of the world. The film over the blind men’s eyes is pride and ignorance. The pure water is made of righteousness (right activity), knowledge, wisdom and love, and true purpose. The new world discovered is the great realm of knowledge available through the God within that is not taught in any orthodox religion. Verily, there is much more to see than a mere elephant. Only such men can realize the truth of the words of Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…” I Cor. 2:9-10.
(b) Getting back to the test, (Question #5) this answer rates a zero. This is not a closed-minded answer, but neither is it Synthetic. This person needs to develop the trait of discrimination, for all churches, organizations and people differ one from another. If two entities exist, then one will contain more good than the other, for such is the law of nature. The end evolution goal may be the same, but no two things occupy the exact same place upon the latter. Wisdom dictates that some churches are better than others. Some provide more inspiration than others, some teach more truth, some provide more freedom of thinking, and so on.
(c) Most Synthesizers will give this answer, for they become easily bored with the simple repetitious doctrines taught in the churches. A Synthesizer seeks for adventure, and he does not find it in orthodox religion. He finds his time much better spent in seeking knowledge on his own or in service where he can see truly beneficial results.
(d) This answer has a negative score, but not so much as (a), for this person is often sincere but discouraged and has given up finding truth in orthodox religion. He is at a negative state in his life, but may be on the verge of discovery if he obeys the injunction: “Seek and ye shall find.”
May 31, 2004
Copyright by J J Dewey
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