Without the former and accepted widely standards society has to face up to the possible emergence of a nihilistic situation where peoples lives are not particularly constrained by faith-based considerations of morality or particularly guided by any faith-related sense of purpose. Given what he saw as the "unbelievability" of the "God-hypothesis" Nietzsche himself seemed to favour the creation of a new set of values "faithful to the earth." This view perhaps being associable with the possibility of the "Overman" or "Superman." "I teach you the overman. Companions, the creator seeks, and fellow harvesters; for everything about him is ripe for the harvest. Fellow creators, Zarathustra seeks, fellow harvesters and fellow celebrants: what are herds and shepherds and corpses to him?
Nietzsche seems to be suggesting that the acceptance that God is dead will also involve the ending of long-established standards of morality and of purpose. All beings so far have created something beyond themselves; and do you want to be the ebb of this great flood and even go back to the beasts rather than overcome man? Fellow creators, the creator seeks -- those who write new values on new tablets.
"I have come too early," he said then; "my time has not come yet.
At last he threw his lantern to the ground, and it broke and went out.
Led out and quietened, he is said to have retorted each time: "what are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchres of God?
What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? This deed is still more distant from them than the distant stars - and yet they have done it themselves." It has been further related that on that same day the madman entered divers churches and there sang a requiem.They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Paul What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.Friedrich Nietzsche is notable for having declared that God is dead and for having written several of his works in the presumption that man must find a new mode of being given the death of God. These Christian quotations have been selected based on their inherent Spiritual Impact, (rather than whether they might be deemed to be Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox), and come from The New International Version of The Bible.Perhaps the most interesting quote on this theme appears in his The Gay Science ( aka Joyous Wisdom). Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? Lightning and thunder require time, the light of the stars requires time, deeds require time even after they are done, before they can be seen and heard. The tremendous event is still on its way, still travelling - it has not yet reached the ears of men.A fairly full version of this key ~ Parable of the Madman ~ quote is set out immediately below:- Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried incessantly: "I am looking for God! " As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there, he excited considerable laughter. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. " Some truly extra-ordinary wisdoms ~ a brief selection of "Central Spiritual Insights" gleaned from Christian sources closely followed by another brief selection of "Central Spiritual Insights" drawn from "non-Christian" Inter-Faith sources ~ are set out below!The faithless know not, The joy of the love of the Lord; From Sohila-Arti ~ a bed-time prayer This section of which is attributed to Guru Ram Das - (Sikhism)Let a man overcome anger by love, let him overcome evil by good; let him overcome the greedy by liberality, the liar by truth!Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.