I found a very fine collection of cave paintings and other prehistoric art in Journey Through the Ice Age, by Paul G. Bahn and Jean Vertut. There is a breathtaking simplicity and grace to many of the paintings.
“Lord, these cave paintings also have an aura of holiness.”
That is right. My first approach is to give humans the sense that nature is special, sacred, that there is something more than trees and clumps of grass, that there is also a spiritual presence.
“Lord, were the cave-paintings inspired by You as a way of expressing how You saw animals?”
These questions about whether I caused something or the person did are not as valid as you think. I often think through people. Your thoughts are often My thoughts. Remember that, in a sense, everything is a manifestation, not just an effect, of Me.
In spite of my own experiences, I was still disturbed by the idea of God being present in or entering people and things. “Lord, Your spirit entered the cave artists?”
Well, if you want to put it that way. But it is not like possession or automatic writing. At times, individuals are “filled” with Me, “in-spired.” What they do at those times is therefore also something I am doing.
“So these inspired individuals saw animals the way You do?”
They saw them as they are. They saw their souls, their moving spirits, like looking into the eyes of your beloved. These animals have beautiful souls.
In a few days, I asked again about God’s story.
The story begins with creation, the evolution up to life, animals, early man. Then to the very ancient communications that require language and memory.
They (My communications) occurred rather simultaneously, and each communication was tailored to and by the recipients. So the precise sequence for telling My story is more a question of narrative strategy than of accuracy or significance.
“But I will have to tell a story that makes sense.”
That makes sense to whom? Let Me tell you what the story is. I am burgeoning forth, reaching out to matter, plants, animals, activating their interiority, giving them direction.
As I have explained, I grew as a Self in response to the interiority of others, and I wanted to communicate, interact, more fully and at a higher level. This (communication) is somewhat possible with early man, who recognized My presence in nature, in life, and also heard, if somewhat dimly and inchoately, My other promptings such as conscience, (the sense of) right and wrong, fine sensibility, appreciation of nature and beauty, love amongst creatures, and mystical union.
Beauty also becomes possible, as you see in prehistoric cave paintings.
Creatures from a very low level enjoy and appreciate sensory stimulation. In that sense they find a scene (though not quite a “scene” for them yet) “beautiful.” But true appreciation of beauty is seeing an ideal form in something material. What they are drawing on cave walls are ideal bulls.
“I have seen those drawings. They are amazing.”
Study the cave paintings and other artifacts.
They respond to, reflect, how I was presenting Myself to them. You will be able to see or infer what My experience was like, what I was trying to do.
God: An Autobiography, As Told to a Philosopher – is the true story of a philosopher’s conversations with God. Dr. Jerry L. Martin, a lifelong agnostic. Dr. Martin served as head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Colorado philosophy department, is the founding chairman of the Theology Without Walls group at AAR, and editor of Theology Without Walls: The Transreligious Imperative. Dr. Martin’s work has prepared him to become a serious reporter of God’s narrative, experiences, evolution, autobiography and sparks of wisdom. In addition to scholarly publications, Dr. Martin has testified before Congress on educational policy, appeared on “World News Tonight,” and other television news programs
Listen to this on God: An Autobiography, The Podcast– the dramatic adaptation and continuing discussion of the book God: An Autobiography, As Told To A Philosopher by Jerry L. Martin.
He was a lifelong agnostic, but one day he had an occasion to pray. To his vast surprise, God answered- in words. Being a philosopher, he had a lot of questions, and God had a lot to tell him.