We have been warned for centuries by religious mystics not to equate the spiritual with objective things because the spiritual than becomes an object, an “It” rather than a “Thou.” This is the Great Spiritual Blockade against material-supermaterial evolution to real Godhood. Godhood is an object, a supermaterial object. The “It,” the supermaterial object, not the Thou, is what we seek when we seek the Divine.
“Thou” requires the nonmaterial perspective of the Inward God, which is really the desire-free experience of bliss, or nothingness, attained from being desire-free, and then defined as God or the Father-Within. The God Within needs to be retained but put in its place and seen as a symbolic-experience of the real object Godhood reached through material evolution. This is the Twofold Path.
Does seeking Divine Objects lead to “idol” worship? We want idols, material and supermaterial idols, real living objects, which help us along the way as we evolve to Godhood in the cosmos. The Pagans were wrongly condemned for worshiping idols by those who worshiped nonmaterial “nothing,” or by those who made idols of texts and definitions of God.
Philosophers and theologians have tried to save religion by including real living people, by cleverly finding some value (reluctantly) in actual life, but the real goal for the religiously serious has been to rid the body of all natural desires so as to experience the Father-Within.
A trans-valuation of the Great Spiritual Blockade is needed in religion to save religion from fading into the nothingness which it essentially seeks.