Changing The Face Of Religion
by Candace Frieze
November 21, 2005
This section is written for those who have had any experience with Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. In particular, it is for clerics. These three major religions, based originally on Abraham, are the creations of those in power on the planet, to divide people. Each believing in one of these faiths, tends to believe the others are fallacies, and at times even call the others, infidels.
Witness what is happening in our post 911 world, in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims have been set against one another, in greater ferocity. Jews and Muslims are at each other's throats in the "Holy Land." Christians are encouraged to support the Jews in keeping the Holy Land from Islam. It is believed that "God" gave the Holy Lands to the Jewish peoples. Islam defends their right to be there also. The Islamic Dome of the Rock is a point of contention.
911 was an artificially created event, to gain the support of the American people behind the conquest of the oil and resources of the Arab peoples. By making it appear this was an attack by Islamic extremists, Christians were encouraged to set themselves once again separate from Islam. I have talked to many Christians, who consider themselves people of God, who continue to support the war in Iraq, not because of the Weapons of Mass Destruction, but rather they see Islam, and the Muslim people, as being less than human, and not of God.
What has concerned me since I was a small child, is the idea that everyone considers their Holy Book, or belief system as the best one, and anybody else's as less, and incorrect. Everybody thinks the other guy is the infidel, and most people do not see themselves doing this. It is way past time to wake up to this simple concept, that each considers the other the infidel. Islam considers Christians as infidels, and Christians consider Muslims the infidels.
Our BBB &G's (Big, Bad, Boy's and Girls) have divided us well from each other, through the use of organized religion. Religion is not the only tool of what we call the matrix, the prison created not with guns, but by belief systems, where separation is defended by the participants of these systems. Belief systems are not limited to religion. They exist in our many communities we engage in, in everyday life. These include our social clubs, our work, our schools, and our families.
God is about love, caring, unity, and the giving of service to others. God never does install belief systems, man who desires control and power does that. Earth is an outstanding example of just about everything that can go wrong with a planet, both in the behavior of its peoples, and in the abuse to the planet itself. In joining a belief system, you essentially lock yourself up and throw away the keys.
Organized religion is an expensive belief system. A large hierarchy, which is nothing more than a business activity, is supported by tithing. In a well run business, there is a great product produced, but in general organized religion does not produce a great product.
The product religion should produce is critical thought, and spirituality. The ability to think beyond the needs of simple living belongs to mankind. The ability to solve problems of a higher level belongs to mankind. And yet I see mind not only wasted and unused, but also discouraged.
In most religions, it is taught and expected that the cleric does the thinking, if thinking is done, for the people in the congregation. That the cleric is between man and God is what is taught and believed, and nothing could be further from the truth. Each human is part of the mind of God, and needs no one to intercede on his/her behalf.
Religion should be about the growth of human potential. Instead, humans are dumbed down, not lifted up. This section will examine many incorrect beliefs held, and may point out where appropriate those beliefs that are confining rather than liberating. God does not confine people; God liberates, in a loving manner.
Some of the beliefs are misunderstandings, others out and out fraud perpetuated on the religious community. Each organization often has the same beliefs as the others, just colored in different colors. I have attended nearly identical churches, in the evangelical domain, in which the pastor will tell his congregation that they are better than the church down the street. Yet, I have attended both, and see no difference.
Many pastors are in the business of preaching because it provides a very good living. They could care less about their congregations. These are often very charismatic people, knowing well the fine art of manipulation. Behind your back, they laugh all the way to the bank.
It is an easy living in general for these types, and there is indeed a great search on the planet now by people seeking something higher in their life. So these types take advantage, and have people who idealize them as a bonus to the money. I am sorry to point this out to those of you who do care, but you do have to admit you see this going on.
For those pastors reading this that genuinely care for your congregations, I have met some of you throughout my life. I actually joined the Catholic Church when I was 18, because a Catholic priest near my university was a fine example of what a pastor is all about. He understood college students and their challenges, and was a fine advisor.
The amazing thing I remember about this man was that he never said to read my Bible to find the solutions to life. He realized the solutions to spirituality came from the living of life itself. I did not own a Bible at that time. Yes, he followed his church rules about conducting Mass, but there it ended. When I left that university, to attend a Catholic nursing school, I woke up to the real world of Catholicism and left. I experienced much pain of the matrix in that school, and in the medical world for that matter also.
Over the years I have experienced many "chosen people" who have attempted to persuade me to their point of view. Here in is a major fallacy, that God chooses people. No people, you chose God, God does not choose you. In the choosing of God, you chose yourself. You chose to become more like God, which is the will of God. In this concept, organized religion fails miserably.
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