"If the world is an illusion created by the mind then anything is possible. We are effectively God." There is a subtle but important difference. And since many of us have Christian values in us, forgive me when I post religious contents. We are not god, our real identity is not different to god = the Self. Christians say one shall not have images of god. This is no order, behind this there is a fact. As soon as one thinks about the Self, one has to create an idea of it. This is the objectifying process of the real subject and is never possible. One 'I' idea creates an idea of it, so one will ever exclude something. The Self is 'I' and non 'I' , everything AND nothing. Christianity has no further way to say than one shall not have images of god. But when I go to Buddhism / Hinduism, THEN they say the 'Self' is the one without the 2nd. NO objects to differentiate, then there cannot be god and humans, who should differentiate them? But this is not liked in Christianity since they would have to admit god does not exist. When one isolates this statement it gets a falsified meaning. Our real identity is not different to god. (is IMHO a good expression). I encountered this 'issue' after I have read some things about Buddhism and came back to some Christian stuff. To me ever clear was and is that the essence of the religions must be the same, so it must be the human mind that creates inconsistencies. This objectifying process is topic of the entire Adam and Eve story. The garden Eden represents the home, his home, the Self. He has created man and woman of HIS likeness. So here too: our real identity is not different to god! Then they have eaten from the 'malum' (this means fruit tree and 'bad'), the fruit of the forbidden tree. From this point they recognized each others as two different individuals and they noticed to be naked. To eat this fruit means to turn away from him / the Self and to identify with the body (objects). So god had thrown them out of garden eden to live on earth as humans with all the pain and conditions objects in time have. 'God' did that because 'they' have denied him 'the Self' to be their false idea (bodies), they have 'forgotten' who they actually are (him= the Self). This is my brief interpretation of the Adam and Eve story of humans and it is just another valid way to express the reality. It makes no sense to fight about: the humans from the apes versus the bible story. It are two different explanations of one reality. "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you”" 'His' kingdom is within us. When one prays he discards his 'I' idea (false identity), he turns towards the Self. A honest prayer is not different to meditation. One concentrates his mind to a few thoughts only (the prayer and still the idea of 'him). Then the one hands over oneself (the 'I' idea) to 'him'. This devotion to the Self calms the mind and unveils it (the Self=god). This is a honest prayer one hands oneself out to god. (The sentence alone is to many of us 'too religious'), but that what is Real needs actually no religion to exist. So I can try to figure a another meaning. As already mentioned inconsistencies come from human's mind and not from 'the things' such as Religion, science. To wish something from 'god' in a prayer is no honest prayer. The contrary will happen: The mind gets not calm, the 'I' idea will be strengthened. And later the one has to notice that his prayers 'wishes' had not been heard, the one denies the existence of god and probably thinks he his cruel. OK, I stop here again, sorry for a little off topic, but this seems to be important (to me) to post this subtle difference since god had been addressed at the above quote. And my idea in my heart is to unify science and religions.