Distinctions of Faith

The concept of a Creator-God that was envisioned by visionaries in antiquity is far removed in time and conditions from the insight of universal principles that science has unlocked and revealed to us today.  Long gone, for example, is the Pharisaic and rabbinical tyranny that kept the Jewish faithful “pure” behind a cult-policy of  isolation.  And long departed is the anxiety-ridden challenge to the world that oozed out of empirical Rome, and which was subsequently injected into the medieval monastic communities.  Later the vicious certainty that slashed its way across Arabia and then hacked its way through such territories as Spain convulsed into a regime of continuous indulgence in regimented participation in public posturing as spiritual insurance. 

The failure of these three western organized faith systems that remain so intent upon spiritual enslavement was insured by their habit of twisting and distorting the shared myths upon which each of them developed.  Each of them claims “divine” approval by pointing to a lineage that supposedly issued through and improvable ancestor featured in the myths of Genesis—the character named Abram/Abraham (or Ibrim).  That these claims of godly partiality are traceable to ancient Sumerian/Babylonian myth goes unacknowledged even though the city of Ur from which Abram allegedly went forth into life is a known prehistory Sumerian seaport town. (For more on Abraham see Concealed Background of Scriptures, Jan. 2011.)

For more than two millennia the port city name of Ur has been passed over lightly in holy myths, but the name bore considerable information to our Bronze Age ancestors.  Wherever the letters ur were prominent in ancient words or names it referred to the phenomenon that always accompanies creative activity—which is the generation of light.  The ancient Sumerian word Ur translates in meaning as either “light” or “fire.” 

 It is pertinent to the Genesis story that the city of Ur was said to be situated at the edge of the sea, for the element of water has always been used symbolically for the boundless energies of Creation—as in Genesis.  Our distant ancestors understood that Ur represented the light which accompanies and heralds the activity of Creation.  Thus in the more ancient understanding of the Sumerian/Babylonian people, Ur and the sea emulated the creative powers out of which all life is made manifest.  (Incidentally, it is from the ancient word ur that the Mesopotamian regions of Iraq and Iran derived their names.

Unfortunately, what later emerged through the 8th century BCE Yahweh priest’s interpretation, and from which Judaism arose, was a faith system that turned its back on the human relationship with the rest of the cosmos.  In its place the Yahweh priests imposed a kind of political posturing which became measured in 613 “laws” that restricted their comprehension of the interrelatedness of all life.

The introduction much later of the movement in the Roman Empire which became Christianity (c. 65 CE) arose as something to serve as a counter measure to check the arrogance and disruptions which the Judaic populace practiced as spiritual value.  The Judaic system of belief that insisted that the Creative power, which they called Yahweh, favored them above all else in Creation brought constant conflicts with governing power wherever Judaism became entrenched.

As a consequence, what these two organized faith systems gradually came to emphasize was not humankind’s relationship to everything within the cosmos, but the egocentric claim of the alleged heaven-blessed reliability of their man-conceived methodical faith systems.  Lost in their devotion and performances was any recognition of the human dependency upon the surrounding forces of the universe and Nature: these were discounted as secondary effects that were to be brought under man’s domination.

In our modern world few persons would eagerly or even half-heartedly embrace the primitive conditions and times out of which our so-called “sacred texts” were compiled.  But implausibly the religious practices, prejudices, traditions, and judgments assembled in the Intermediate Bronze Age timeframe are held up as inspiration for today’s moral and civil conduct!  While it is true that the more extreme barbaric features that were advocated in scriptural coaching—such as the stoning to death for any sexual acts not actively reproductive, or the indulgence in slavery—are now discretely disregarded.  But the majority of heavy-handed prejudices advocated throughout “holy word” are allowed to stand and are palmed off  as spiritual wisdom.  Such outmoded “authority” contributes little or nothing toward man’s spiritual enlightenment or moral advancement.  These prejudices practiced in the name of some god have “blessed” the family of Man only with continuous intimidation, limitations and turmoil. 

The three organized faith systems of the western world were fashioned for a singular purpose: some material aim.  Clearly these “faiths” do not grasp the universal truths that they claim to represent.  If they each truly venerated that power within which all things are made manifest then they could not possibly be constantly at odds with each other to the point of lethal fighting.  Every violent act that they sponsor is an open testimony against their spiritual credibility, for the truly qualified spirit is one that has attained inner peace.  The religious arrogance, rivalry and intolerance of these three faith systems will never bring their followers the spiritual fulfillment that they so desperately desire.

One Response to “Distinctions of Faith”

  1. It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.

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