The Master would insist that the final barrier to our attaining God was the word and concept “God.”
This so infuriated the local priest that he came in a huff to argue the matter out with the Master.
“But surely the word ‘God’ can lead us to God?” said the priest.
“It can,” said the Master calmly.
“How can something help and be a barrier?”
Said the Master, “The donkey that brings you to the door is not the means by which you enter the house.”