Greetings brethren and sistren. Welcome to Patriots Cave. It has been many moons since Patriots Cave has posted an article on spirituality, religion and/or faith. As you know, it is a touchy subject. I (Joel the K) recently left a comment on my friend's blog.It is a Christian blog. I should not have done that. What was I thinking? It's his blog. He can say whatever he wants to say. Who am I to tell him what to say or what not to say? I made a mistake when I left the comment. I should have kept my thoughts to myself. But it's out there now. I said I would address his response to my comment on the next Patriots Cave post. This post is going to cost me a good number of readers, and probably offend a good many more. But I said I would do it, so here goes.+++++++ What caught my attention was my friend's use of the word "lie". He was talking about 2012 and reincarnation. Now both of these subjects are a matter of belief. We cannot prove what 2012 will bring. And we cannot prove what happens after our body dies. We have beliefs about these things. To say that something is a lie, implies deliberate deception, motive, and possibly malicious intent. So you see, I took offense to reincarnation being included in an article about "lies". +++ My initial comment was hasty and not well worded. I retracted most of that first comment. My friend asked me to show him my proof of reincarnation. As far as 2012 is concerned, it would take about 8 months to lay all that out. I did find my friend's handling of the Mayan culture overly euro centric though. But that is his opinion, he has every right to express it. I have studied the Mayan culture more than most I feel, and they were extraordinary astronomers and architects. Many are taken back by the fact that the Mayans thought that only blood sacrifice could save humanity. People call the Mayans "brutal savages" and "pagans". But Christians also believe that a blood sacrifice was required to save us. There are plenty of people who find the story of Christ on the cross revolting and barbaric, just like others view the Mayan blood sacrifices. Also, the Mayans are not the one's telling us "we must believe them, or we will be tortured with fire for all of eternity". The Mayans never said "believe in me or I will torture you forever and ever". The Mayans are not asking anything from us. They were extraordinary people with an extraordinary knowledge of our solar system and our galaxy. They were able to predict eclipses near to a tolerance of one second. I think the Mayans human sacrifice was barbaric, and brutal. I also think most of you are barbaric and brutal for the slaughter, torture and consumption of hundreds of millions of cows. In my eyes, killing a cow is worse than killing and eating a German Sheppard or a Cocker spaniel. MUCH worse. But it is due to my personal beliefs that I see it this way. There are also some very good scientific reasons that eating cows is destructive to every man, woman, and child on this planet. I have explained those reasons before here in Patriots Cave, and I'm sure I will explain them all again, but that is not the main topic of discussion this time. This discussion is about faith, religion, dogma and the like. Let us move on with it.
I take issue with many Christians who advertise that they have a monopoly on God and Truth. Christians who broadcast a message, telling us that we must believe that a man named Yeshua Ben Yosef, died on a cross, was buried, and came back to life three days later. We must believe that this is true, OR ELSE. We must believe that this really happened, or else we will be tortured in a burning, sulphurous pit. Our sentence, for the crime of not believing this story, will not be 3-15 years. It will not be 75 years. It won't even be 90 trillion years! No. For the crime of being "born into sin", and "not believing the story", we are to be sentenced to torture, pain, fire, agony, and pain beyond all comprehension, FOREVER. As in, it will never, EVER, end. We are expected to believe that this punishment was deemed to be appropriate by God, and that this god is a loving god, who loves us so much. Believe, OR ELSE. That is the message when it is boiled down to its essence.
Brethren and sistren, I believe in God. I believe that God is beyond what any of us has the capacity to understand. So do not think that I am atheist. I do not, however, believe the story that we are told, about Jesus being crucified for our sins, and that all who do not believe, will be sentenced to torture for ever and ever. If you are Christian, I doubt you will even read the rest of this post, because by now, your heart is racing, your breathing is shallow, and your emotions are over-riding your power of clear thought. Nevertheless, for the record I shall continue. Here are a few of the BIG problems I have with Paul's version of Christianity:
1. The penalty for not believing is eternal torture, yet Jesus(Yeshua) did not feel the need to put pen to paper himself. He could have. Something this important would certainly merit being written. Instead, we are left to argue over who the authors of the 4 gospels are, why many of the gospels were removed from the cannon, and ten thousand other interpretations by 10,000 or more other scholars, historians, religious, and layman alike.
2. The Supreme Personality of Godhead can do everything Joel the K can do and more. Would you agree? Would it stand to reason, that if I can do something, God can do it better? If I have intelligence, God has more? If I can see, God can see better? Okay. Here is another problem with the "believe or else burn" dogma: I can forgive. I can love others, especially my own children. If Joel the K can forgive, then God can forgive even more. NOT less. I would not send my children to suffer forever in a fire-pit, no matter what they said to me, no matter what they called me, no matter what story of mine they didn't believe. THAT, brethren and sistren, is only ONE of the BIG clues, that tells me, that a human being is the author of that "believe or burn" deal. Now any well rehearsed Christian will immediately come back with something to the effect of "God loves you so he sent Jesus to die for you". No. I'm not buying that. I have God-given reason and intuition, and I know when something is not right. And THAT ain't right. The ALL-WISE, ALL-KNOWING CREATOR of the universes, is not an egomaniac who has a need to be praised and worshiped. God is more advanced than me in EVERY aspect. God would not create spiritual beings, send them a tattered mix of ancient myths, and fry us in a crock pot forever for getting His or Her name wrong. And for you Christians who would "pray for me" to hit my knees and beg Jesus not to torture me, please DON'T. Because IF God WERE that shallow, that simple, that ridiculous, then I would want nothing to do with it anyway. But I know God loves me, and would never hurt me. I am part and parcel of God. God is the ocean, I am a drop of the ocean. We are the same in substance, but not the same in quantity or power. Yeshua walked this earth I believe that. Yeshua was crucified. I believe that. And so were alot of other people. Was he resurrected? Maybe. It has happened before. And it has happened since. God can lift a human body up from the grave quite easily. Is there anything God cannot do? I believe YOU could bring a dead man back from the grave, if you understood yourself fully. And you understood universal laws and principles, which would give you great faith, which would make the impossible, possible. +++ It is a shame that evil men corrupted the teachings of Jesu. But these same teachings are taught by the other true saints, who fully knew themselves and communed directly with God. +++ The secret societies have gotten to ALL religions brethren and sistren. Even the Holy books I hold most dear, have been infiltrated by the evil ones. I do not claim to be immune. Or that my Holy book is all-pure. They have all passed through the filter of humanity. For good or ill. If God was so pressed for us to say certain words and read certain books, then God could tell us directly anytime. Yes? Forget about the pat answer that the preachers give for that. They will go on about how God wants to test us and blah blah blah. Use YOUR mind. All the Holy books contain Truth. All of them contain lies. When I read the scriptures I use my God-given intuition, the Truth resonates with Love. When it starts going into control, and threats, and fear, then I know just where that came from. There is no way that God would punish a Buddhist monk who led a pure, saintly life of kindness and love. Or a kindly Muslim. Or a noble Jewish person. Or a sincere Pagan. Or a loving atheist. God is not capable of that kind of egotistical, sadistic, lunacy. And if God is capable of that, then it isn't God. There. I'll deal with reincarnation later. If any of you leave a comment, DO NOT use scripture to back up your argument. I could do the same with my Gita and it won't mean a thing to you unless you have faith in The Gita. If you are going to comment, use your own mind, your own heart, and your own God-given guts.