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originally posted by: HarbingerOfShadows
a reply to: BlueMule
Or, maybe everyone's "truth" is different.
originally posted by: Willtell
What we call and know as religion on a conventional ( outward) exoteric level is vastly distorted, misunderstood, perverted and corrupted…. Mostly, ironically, by the believers themselves.
The direct reason for this are the clerics in exoteric religion who have aggregated to themselves power and authority that they falsely claim is from God.
They create official dogma of their group and brainwash the believers in it and the believers in turn spread the distortions to others so this becomes a self-perpetuating generational series of lies that continue on and on.
Then the clerical institutions gain an economic power hold over the religious institutions thereby having a vested interest in maintaining generational ignorance and distortion.
First of all, ALL the known exoteric religions have only half the story. The esoteric, the inner and real substance of religion, has been eradicated from the doctrine and that only leaves a shell of the genuine metaphysical teachings that the original prophets and teachers left to humanity.
Only some forms of Buddhism seem to have kept the proper balance of the exoteric/esoteric doctrine.
What that leaves us is only a distorted view of the application of religious law that the clerics will, if we let them, try to impose this incomplete religious law on the populace without the esoteric basis of it. They will always claim that God is guiding their wicked hands. And that is a lie.
So the religions have only half the doctrine and even then they apply it dogmatically without insights and inhumanly thereby exposing themselves to being labeled, justifiably, narrow minded literalist and they further expose people to the backward ignorance of religion. This happens because these clerics and adherents to these religions are spreading a false and incomplete message.
They don’t have any real insight into anything but their dense dogma that lacks any esoteric content.
We see the ugliness and depravity of exoteric religion running amuck in this world when certain clerics denounce people for their natural sexual proclivities, or the present fundamentalists in the Mideast who have nothing to offer people but exoteric dogma they want to impose on people. The are lacking,the true spirit of Islamic esoteric guidance through Sufism, since these religious barbarians have oppressed anyone trying to add spirit to Islam, through Sufism.
In the end all these types peddling ignorance and claiming to be of God will fail. For indeed, to practice religion with only the exoteric outward aspect of it through some version of religious law, and shun the esoteric inner meaning of religion is like trying to walk with one leg.