Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
It is not RELIGIONS that fail us, it is we, as fallible beings that fail, in our attempt to follow our religions. God does not cause war, it is we,
that cause it.
I would argue that it absolutely IS religions that fail us.
Religions try to set in stone forever a "right" way to follow God, right ways to act, and to behave. If you believe in a God or a Divine creator,
look around you. The Divine does not create rigid structures. Man does. Nature, living things, the very Earth itself, is change and evolution. Even
the continents move, rise and fall. Even the greatest mountains are subject to erosion.
God, if you want to use that name, is the unchanging which manifests as constant change. Since we are "manifest" or material beings, we also are
in a state of constant change and evolution. The Divine "law" for us, therefore, would logically be to FOLLOW the Divine will, not act in direct
opposition to it. It would be to change, to adapt, to evolve WITH the Divine will, not randomly, but rather by listening to it, seeing what is
occurring, adapting ourselves to the movements of the world as created and directed by the Divine. Acting in Harmony with the Divine movement, not
railing against it. A hurricane is coming? Move. Dont just stand there in your false assumption that "change is against God and He will prevent
this." The Divine is telling you to move. Move.
Religion has virtually nothing to do with having a relationship with the Divine. In fact I would say that the more "religious" a person is, the
more dedicated to following the "religious doctrines" laid down by MEN, the further from the ability to hear the Divine itself one is. Those
doctrines at one time may very well have been in accordance with the will of God. But things have changed since then. As they must here on Earth
where change is the Divine law.
Why stand around following instructions that are thousands of years old, whether they made sense at the time or not? If God is the God of the living,
if God is life itself, then you should be listening to God NOW, as the Divine is communicating with us NOW, not standing around fighting over what he
said to different people in different times and places.
That doesnt mean to abandon all the spiritual teachings completely, just that one should look at the only one that really matters. Which is that God
or the Divine will speak to YOU in the moment, if you only have ears to hear and eyes to see. What made each and every one of the "prophets" great
was not their mastery of old texts or tales, but their ability to sit still and listen to the Divine as it spoke to them in the moment. It was not
their religion that made them great, but their willingness and their ability to open their ears, eyes and heart and have a relationship with the
Divine in real time.
We should not be following religions. We should be following the Divine itself.
[edit on 22-9-2008 by Illusionsaregrander]