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Invention of By-The-Book Faith Systems

Posted in Astronomy, Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, culture, faith, Hebrew scripture, history, prehistory, random, scriptures, Social, theology with tags , , , , , , , on November 1, 2014 by chouck017894

Genuine history shows that each of the three sister monotheistic faith systems of western cultures were launched as an insurrectionary movement against established social orders, all of which had tended to honor a broad-based tolerance for diverse spiritual practices. The hard-line monotheistic faith systems which dominate western cultures today expanded and have maintained their power only by indoctrination practices which have included perceptible intimidation tactics and even terrorism (such as is brutally demonstrated in Muslim region today). These systems did not establish themselves as claimed by practicing benevolence, tolerance and compassion. In other words, the whole purpose of monotheistic practices is to establish a closed environment in which each person is conditioned to submit and obey. The means of any faith system’s empowerment is the injected subconscious fear of godly retribution which will withhold any promise of attaining a glorious afterlife. With this improvable assertion of a paradisiacal afterlife for the alleged favorites of God the “flock” is persuaded to sheepishly submit and obey. To keep faith system discipline the contention is put forth that the all-enfolding Life Principle (personified as God) favors them alone: however, this is the very antithesis of freedom, inner peace, tolerance, compassion, fairness, justice, ethics, morality, and all other true qualities which elevate spirit into an evolved state of existence.

As a consequence the formalized “religions” that we have presented to us as spiritual guidance are faith systems which are constructed and characterized by constant arguments over artificial objectives, empty symbols, phony prophets, shallow judgments of others, superficial prejudices, and pompous ritualism which intentionally keep seekers blind to our interrelationship to the rest of the universe. What this shows is that manmade faith systems are essentially geared to regulate material greed and self-promotional events, not to guide seekers into personal attunement with Creation’s forces. When man-composed “holy word” texts are primarily assertions about godly nit-picking and jealousy, accounts of wars, invasions, killings and similar irreverent acts toward interrelated intelligent beings something is tragically inappropriate for authentic spiritual enlightenment. Certainly the glorification of such stirred up conflicts with life’s intended diversity and variety only encourage the practices of self-indulgence and prejudice, and should not be held as the foundation of ethical/moral attitude for social interchange.

Only in fairly recent times has the means been established to provide the capability to check the reliability and truthfulness of Old Testament accounts. That painstaking science is biblical archaeology. For well over a century of digs throughout Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon there have been uncovered factual details of everyday life during the timeframes and events that make up the bulk of Hebrew Scriptures. The discoveries have often stunned and dismayed the archaeologists, and the implications have horrified those who desperately wish to believe that the books thought of as “holy word” were indeed God’s revealed truth. The truth that is exposed is that the books of Hebrew Scripture were actually codified in the 8th/7th century BCE–or generations after the portrayed events. And the reason for that labor of systematizing such works was the political crisis which loomed over Judah in the timeframe following the fall of the kingdom of Israel to the north which had fallen to Assyria. Thus the origin and purpose for writing the stories of “God’s chosen one’s” have to be reassessed with an eye kept upon the political crises that motivated them.

Likewise the New Testament, composed within the Roman Empire timeframe, should be reassessed with an eye on the political crisis that the Jewish fanatics in Palestine presented to the Empire. During the Roman occupation of Palestine the Jews pointed to their priest-written Hebrew Scriptures as proof that they were answerable only to God and therefore the Roman Empire had no authority over them. That belligerent attitude of exclusivity, not surprisingly, brought the Jews into constant friction with the Roman Empire, and that characteristic is still at the heart of Judaism.

In assessing the “holy books” of western culture faith systems, it should also be remembered that the harsh Arab regions had no prophet or written book to unite them until the timeframe of Mohammad (570?-632 Current Era). The fundamental tenets of Islam are: 1) There is one God [Allah]; 2) Man must submit and obey Allah (as Mohammad assessed it); and 3) The world will (eventually) end with a great judgment. These tenets have direct and undeniable association with Judaic and Christian systems of belief–which Mohammad had heard during his many caravan travels.

Lost in these systems’ contrived rituals, unfortunately, is the means of perceiving personal spiritual alignment with the highest essences which are the foundation of our real self. The exploration of the inner self with the motivation to establish meaningful balance with nature and the universe is not a feature of any of these three regimented and self-focused faith systems of the western world. Everything always remains focused on the faith systems themselves, which subconsciously suggest to seekers that the individual is not of any particular importance to a humanlike deity. Nothing in this form of faith system commerce is even suggestive of addressing the actual spiritual qualities which are inherent within every being. Instead every seeker is instructed to submit and obey their man-written holy book instructions but are not shown any means of opening themselves for the experience of evolving. The difference between praciting a religion and making oneself open to spiritual vitality is as different as taking or receiving. If the emphasis is on ideology and ritual, then it is religion, for religious practice can only take its authority from those who relinquish their spiritual energy to it. On the other hand, that essential spiritual quality which is the essence of each personal identity can align with Cosmic Conscience only by achieving a reflective state of consciousness, for what we term spirit is itself a reflective infrastructure component of that higher Cosmic Conscience. If personal attention is grounded in what is only an orchestrated theatrical performance then the path into the higher state of spiritual awareness remains blocked.

To be blunt: A person’s genuine spirituality begins to malfunction as soon as exterior authority is imposed upon it.

These website posts have often referred to ancient lessons which concerned Creation/cosmology and life purpose, and those lessons were once illustrated by using the universe itself as background—the use of groups of stars (constellations) to illustrate the lessons. That prehistory means of instruction was not corrupted with any pretentious claims that universal truths were accessible only through some regimented, club-like membership-only faith system. There was then no merchandising of our spiritual connection into that higher power; there were no claims of a monopoly on universal truths as made by faith systems today–systems which distinguish themselves primarily by their hostility toward each other. Mankind must awaken to the fact that there can be no expansion or attainment of spiritual enlightenment from such corporate-style by-the-book faith systems when those systems are demonstratively superficial in the universe as a whole, and are too implausible and unnatural in the technological cultures on the smaller scale. Clearly what humankind is desperately in need of is not the pretense of faith system exclusivity but a new dimension of consciousness.

Customized Faith Systems

Posted in belief, faith, random, religion with tags , , , , on August 11, 2012 by chouck017894

The concept of a humanlike Creator-God that was envisioned by aspiring men 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 priestly sanctimoniousness and rabbinical tyranny that kept the Jewish faithful “pure” behind a cult-policy of isolation.  And long departed is the anxiety-ridden challenge that oozed out of empirical Rome, and which was subsequently injected into the medieval monastic communities.  Later there arose the vicious certainty of Islam that slashed its way across Arabia and then hacked its way through such territories as Spain to convulse into a regime of continuous indulgence in regimented participation in public pretense of spirituality.

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 same myths that each of them shared and used as the foundation for their faith system.  Each of them claims “divine” approval for their posturing by pointing to a lineage that supposedly issued through improvable ancestors featured in Genesis– (book of beginnings)–especially the character named Abram/Abraham (or Ibrim).  The claims of godly favoritism that each pretends to possess are traceable to Sumerian/Babylonian texts which speak of a seaport city called Ur.  Not so coincidently, therefore, this is said to be the city from which Abram, not the evolved Abraham, allegedly went forth into physical life.  (For more on Abram/Abraham see Concealed Background of Scriptures, January 2011.)

For nearly three 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 some aspect of the phenomenon of light.  The ancient Sumerian word Ur translates in meaning as either “light” or “fire.

It is pertinent to the Genesis story of Abram that the city of Ur was widely understood to be situated at the edge of the sea, and the element of water has alway been representative of the boundless energies of Creation.  Thus in Genesis (the book of beginnings), depiction of Abram’s origin occurring at Ur indicates matter-life originating at the shore of Creation.  Our distant ancestors understood that Ur represented the light which accompanies and heralds the activity of Creation.  Accordingly, in the more ancient understanding of the Sumerian/Babylonian people, Ur and the sea emulated the creative powers out of which all matter and life is made manifest.

Unfortunately, what later emerged in the Yahweh priests’ “history” interpretation in the 8th century BCE, and from which Judaism arose, was a faith system that turned its back on teaching any awareness of the close interrelationship that mankind has to all the rest of the cosmos.  In its place the Yahweh priests imposed a kind of political posturing which became measured in 613 “laws”, which severely restricts a follower’s comprehension of the interrelationship of all life.  This only encouraged a false sense of spiritual superiority which fostered hatreds that resulted in antagonism toward any differences in offering respect to the Source.  And this set the course for the murderous rivalry that disgraces true spirit in these faith systems today.

The introduction much later of the movement in the Roman Empire that became Christianity arose as an attempt in Rome to serve as a literary counter measure which, it was hoped, would check the arrogance and disruptions that the Yahweh priests’ scriptural “history” inspired the populace to practice as a 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 the believers into constant conflicts with governing powers wherever Judaism became entrenched.

As a consequence, what these two organized faith systems gradually came to emphasize was not humankind’s relationship to everything that is made manifest within the cosmos, but emphasized instead the egocentric claim of the alleged heaven-blessed reliability of their particular man-conceived methodical faith system.  Lost in their devotion and performances was any recognition of the human dependency upon the surrounding forces of the universe and nature: these were, and continue to be, discounted as secondary effects which god supposedly expected to be brought under man’s “dominion,” as in Genesis 1:26-28.

In our modern world few persons would eagerly or even half-heartedly return to the primitive conditions and times out of which our so-called “sacred texts” were concocted and compiled.  But, implausibly, the religious practices, prejudices, traditions, self-centeredness, and judgments of the Intermediate Bronze Age are offered 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 animal sacrifices to gain god’s attention—are now cautiously disregarded.  But the majority of heavy-handed prejudices and practices that are advocated throughout “holy word” are allowed to stand and are palmed off as spiritual wisdom!  (The ugliness of Leviticus, written by and for priests, is a prime example.)  Such outmoded “authority” contributes little or nothing toward man’s spiritual enlightenment or to his moral advancement.  The prejudices and eccentricity of these faith systems which are practiced in the name of some god have “blessed” the family of man with only intimidation, limitations, disrespect for the Creator’s intended life diversities, and turmoil.

The three spiritually restrictive faith systems of the western world were fashioned and promoted by cunning men for a singular purpose: to serve some material aim, not to provide spiritual enlightenment.  Clearly these faith systems do not grasp the universal truths that they claim to represent.  If each of them truly venerated that creative and sustaining power within which all diverse things are made manifest then they could not possibly be constantly at odds with each other to the point of lethal combat.  Every and any violent act that these hardline faith systems sponsor is an open testimony against any genuine spiritual credibility, for a truly qualified spirit can only be one that has attained inner peace.  The religious arrogance, rivalry and intolerance of these three western faith systems will never bring their followers the spiritual fulfillment they so desperately desire.