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Boundaries of Belief

Posted in Atheist, belief, faith, random, religion with tags , , , , on July 26, 2012 by chouck017894

Even if the projected time span is only a few thousand years since the event of Creation, as some religious factions insist, man has managed to invent an astonishing number of gods in that short period.  That collection of gods presents a huge dilemma for the religiously devout, for how are they to be certain that they have chosen the “one true faith” or the correct interpretation of god to believe in?  That dilemma has been a continuous golden opportunity for imaginative schemers, allowing the religious hucksters to maneuver back and forth between god and go-L-d.

The three major corporate styled faith systems of the western world stand as monuments raised to spiritual deceit.  Being male-founded and male dominated, the three domineering western faith systems bristle with masculine rigidity and combative schemes for forcibly taking possession of the “kingdom of heaven.”  These are faith systems that counsel believers to will themselves to believe in what amounts to nothing more than certain attack strategies for wheedling godly favors.  As a result a stubborn dysfunction is embedded in these man-conceived faith systems which, as a result, has “blessed” man with century after century of experiencing senseless animosity toward others, which happens to be convenient for the faith systems’ promoters, for it keeps spirit from attaining its higher potential.

Personifying the creative power of the Source as having humanlike characteristics (such as anger, jealousy, prejudices, etc.) is a favorite indulgence of man’s egocentered faith systems.  Such a means of trying to understand the workings of the observable universe and man’s limited place within it is an ineffective attempt at comprehension, for it is not particularly logical.

Manufactured religions (and similarly structured political factions) prosper mainly through the practice of dividing humankind into artificial categories that are defined by employing conveniently moveable boundaries such as race, ethnic grouping, lifestyles, sex, nationality, faith practices, etc.  Nothing in these temporary material appearances actually makes any perceivable differences for claiming that others are spiritually inferior or less than what was intended by the Omniscient creative force.  The wide variety of life’s expression do not stand as a legitimate cause to claim a license from god for attempting to impose some man-conceived faith system upon others.

All that any man-invented faith system has to offer to their pondering seekers is a con-man’s IOU that is to be paid back by god—not by the priests—to the faithful after some distant “judgment day.”  Believers are taught that they need only to practice man-invented rites and rituals in the here-and-now—and contribute to the faith system’s operational fund—and you are given a halo-edged IOU for a future slice of heaven.

In the methodology of corporate styled faith systems, reason and logic are expelled for the benefit of theologies.  Thus what these faith systems offer are not eternal verities.  Instead, they teach divisional practices that encourage indulgence in prejudice, bigotry, religious-inspired massacres and wars.  The unifying power that constantly sustains and maintains everything that we perceive as the universe is totally ignored for the faith system’s self-serving illusion of exclusivity.

Supplying each person’s “spirit” with inner harmony is much talked about in these regimented faith systems, but the means of inspiring true spiritual harmony with the diversity that is perceived as life is seldom practiced in these material-minded faith systems.  Keeping the “flock’s” attention on differences, sometimes absurdly small differences, rather than focus on  the wonder of the interrelatedness of all things is to use our personal connection to that creative power in a negative manner, which only generates needless turmoil and grief.

No material-focused faith system of man’s invention is ever going to embrace the soul-liberating truth of spiritual equality.  The reason for encouraging that cultivated remoteness is that any man-conceived faith system is intentionally geared to revolved upon each devotee’s ego, which the advocates of the faith system purposely misinterprets as one’s “spirit.”

When “faith” is made into a religious regime, it has degraded itself by using a false flag to pursue worldly advantages for the faith system itself.  Thus every organize religion, by deliberately thrusting itself between its sincere seekers and the omniscient creative power, makes itself incapable of instructing individuals on how to approach and be infused by that creative power.  Every faith system promotes itself as the object of attention: they do not instruct how every person may personally draw upon that higher creative power for spiritual advancement, and this only benefits the faith system’s desire for secular power.

As noted in the blog Faith, Facts and Frustration, April 2011, it is the living universe that inspires mankind’s faith systems as well as mankind’s sciences with wonderment and reverence.  Whatever man may deduce from his perception of Creation, the truth remains that there can be no definable center of infinity.  Planet Earth certainly is not at the center of infinity as once proclaimed as holy truth, and it is even more certain that no man-invented, self-serving faith system functions as infinity’s center as they like to imply.

All the potentiality and  instincts which each of us embody have been thousands and even millions of years in the making, and that genetic heritage, that resilience out of which we each have evolved resulted only from the interacting and cooperative energies that we call Creation.  Man’s self-serving faith systems refuse to acknowledge that a cooperative involvement is the fundamental pattern for establishing the real substance of anything.  The seemingly unrelated energy structures that we move among during this life experience are due to those cooperative energies, and man’s self-focused faith systems purposely refuse to acknowledge the creative truth that our spiritual potential will be achieved only through cooperation with each other.

Any organized faith system (religion) in the world today was founded upon desires to exercise power in pursuit of material greed.  Every one of the major faith systems which are continually feuding with each other today has a carefully hidden history of lies, bloodshed, corruption, dishonesty, cruelty, forgery, destruction of recorded knowledge, etc., while hypocritically pretending to be a shelter of truth, peace and enlightenment.  Isn’t it time for man to move out of those caves of deception into his higher potential?

Monotheism and Disguised Polytheism

Posted in Atheist, Bible, faith, Hebrew scripture, history, religion with tags , , , on April 17, 2012 by chouck017894

Monotheism, belief in a one-god creator, it could be argued, is not exactly the natural approach to understanding our individual relationship to the creative Source.  Such a belief system tends to ignore the fact that all things that make up Creation are directly interrelated, and by ignoring that fact naive seekers may thereby be inspired through crafty manipulation of their egos to become bigoted with a false claim of exclusivity.

The basic layout of the four parts of what would become Jewish scriptures has been confirmed as having been significantly blocked out from the late 8th century BCE.  Assyria destroyed the little kingdom of Israel to the north (722 BCE), and the threat of a similar fate was in the minds of the people of Judah.  Archeology has shown that regardless of biblical accounts, Israel and Judah were never sister kingdoms.  Jerusalem in this timeframe was a tiny village, but the cult-priests of Yahweh were located there and they were obsessed with making their temple the religious center of all the surrounding territory.  Polytheism, the belief that there were numerous gods, was common among the Hebrew people, but the priests in Jerusalem were determined to convert all tribespeople to Yahweh.  With the fall of the kingdom of Israel, Jerusalem burst forth in sudden expansion c. 720-718 BCE, and the village that had covered no more than ten or twelve acres rapidly mushroomed out of its narrow hill site to engulf the entire western hill, growing to 150 acres.  It was the “holy city” of Yahweh, but the new population was resistant to belief in a single god.

It was not until after the Captivity (537 BCE) that the priests of Yahweh managed to fully impose their concept of one god upon the disoriented returnees to Jerusalem.  The monotheistic concept issued out of a fanaticism of the Yahweh priesthood which sought social and political authority, not a desire to teach spiritual integrity.  The priesthoods’ fraudulent propaganda was that Israel’s suffering had always come about as punishment for the people turning their devotion to other gods. And with their fanatic contempt of neighboring people the monotheistic “faith” that the Yahweh priests offered actually sank morally lower than the polytheists who could recognize the interrelationship of all gods and all life.  And that unyielding attitude of the Yahweh priests was welded into Jewish credo, which insured a destiny of senseless conflicts for them with the many other cultures they met through subsequent centuries.

The early Jewish priests, like all typical cult administrators, never treated the people outside their control as worthy of any respect.  In that manner, the Jewish faith retained its tribalism and localism, and it was shored up even further with ego delusions of special status with the creator-god.  In other words, stimulation of ego was equated with spiritual quality—a perversion of spiritual understanding, which unfortunately now also stains Christianity and Islam.  Such spiritual haughtiness was seldom an indulgent sin of Pagan conduct.  And that self-serving spiritual understanding taught by the priests of Yahweh did nothing to improve the status of the feminine sex within that faith system.

Polytheism sees the creative source-power, which monotheism personifies as God, as a presence within everything, and not something that is given to a select few as special darlings of the Creator.  By its very nature polytheism thus encouraged religious tolerance, and respected the creative power’s law of diversity.  That refusal of the monotheist theory to respect the spiritual equality within all things amounts to spiritual greed, a serious indulgence in blasphemy.

The disguise of polytheism’s “lesser” gods is first seen in Genesis (16:18), the book of beginnings, when Abram’s concubine, Hagar, is fleeing the wrath of Abram’s wife Sari.  Hagar, alone and frightened and carrying Abram’s infant son Ishmael, is visited by an “angel” at a fountain of water in the wilderness.  (No one in this story has yet had their names changed, which indicates to those who know the code that this is story is set within the pre-physical planes of energy formation, so the prototypes are not yet defined [named] as matter.)  In that meeting the account is intentionally made indistinct with the lesser “angel” seemingly absorbed by the higher creative deity to convey the illusion that “angels” are simply an expression of god.  Clearly this is myth, not history, and it skirts very close to admitting that the higher creative presence is within all things.

Then in Genesis 19:18, Abram’s nephew, Lot, who lived in Sodom (primal energy plane), is said to have been visited by two angels, but strangely, the two are addressed singularly by Lot as “My Lord.”  This method of disguising the lesser gods of polytheism as “angels” was a convenient business tactic for installing a hierarchical priest-style faith system, and that tactic was carried over into Christianity and Islam.

In Judaism’s early traditions, the heavens were perceived as being administered by divine attendants or assistants of god.  By the time Deuteronomy (32:8) was written, angels were portrayed as god’s vice-regents and administrators in a hierarchical bureaucracy over the world.  How is this so different from polytheism where a variety of gods administered to different aspects of everyday life?  The primary difference, as the priests fashioned it, rested in personifying the creative Source as a prejudicial being who allegedly chose adherents of the priest-invented faith system to Yahweh above all else in Creation.

Angels as messengers of god were not so different from the Greek god Hermes who was characterized as the messenger and herald of the Olympian gods.  Angel Gabriel is thought of as an intermediary, an agent between persons or things, so he is in the same general category as messenger.  The warrior angel Michael, as another example, is not that far removed from the Roman god Mars.  The angelic hierarchy became increasingly explicit (as in Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; Jude 9; and 1 Peter 3:22), and archangels then came into the imagined heavenly lineup.

The minor gods of the polytheists were transformed by the holy word authors into the role of angels for monotheistic use, and that usage increased in later stages of Hebrew scriptures.   And that convenient tactic is found throughout the New Testament.  In the NT, however, angels more often deliver messages to humans (as in Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:11, 26:2-9;  Acts 8:26, 10:3).  When the angels appear to humans, they were generally described as descending from heaven as minor gods might do (as in Matthew 28:2; and John 1:51).  The next step was the suggestion that each person has his or her own protecting angel (as in Matthew 18:10; and Acts 12:15).

The history of monotheism as practiced by those pioneering priests of Yahweh does not support the claim that it made for a higher, more principled life.  The priests were fixated upon ceremonial laws, a maze of taboos, performances of animal sacrifice, and political maneuvering, none of which taught any moralizing or ethical concept of life, let alone teach any spiritual enlightenment.  Thus was lost the understanding that every “created” thing has its origin in the Source, which means that all things are interrelated and equal within that power.