We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I disagree with these statements. "My ways are higher than your ways"? That's clerical nonsense designed to create the impression that "Men" are somehow lesser creatures; and that they shouldn't even try to understand God. Only God's duly appointed representatives, the Priests, can act on his behalf. What a load of crap.
Read the Book of Job,
"38Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the heavenly beings* shouted for joy?"
My understanding of this verse is that my human mind can never comprehend the vastness of the infinite and the pure. As a Presbyterian, I need neither priest or other human intermediary to act for me, but I still acknowledge that I am a mere human and will never know completely the mind of God. Of course, that fact does not prevent me from seeking God; I accept the invitation in verse 6.
I see no mention of priests - and that is not how the priesthood works in judaism. The locus of Jewish spiritual and moral life had already shifted from temple service to the study hall and synagogue before the destruction of the temple.
You are applying an irrelevant straw-man argument, which is often used to tar religion as somehow contradicting humanism - when in fact it is the basis of western humanism.
The obvious context of the verse - to those not interested in sophomoric alibis for their non-belief - is everyman's struggle with this world's injustices and suffering. Rejecting G-d's revealed teaching - and its teachers - has not alleviated that injustice or suffering, it has increased it.
As "liberal" and "progressive" ideologies spawn furious modern inquisitions, maybe it's time to stop sneering and start reading what's actually there.