reply to post by old_god
The body may be space dust but it’s what “quickens” it that makes the difference.
I, too, have walked away from modern Christian Protestantism because I see it as multiple financial business franchises rather than anything close to
representing God on Earth. The dumbing down process I spoke of in my first post as perpetrated by the early Catholic Church includes an almost
complete wiping away of any knowledge of who we are before, during and after inhabiting our bodies. In all my years of going to church I don’t
recall hearing anything about the soul’s existence, let alone status, prior to inhabiting the body and the only thing you hear about afterward is
basically clouds, harps and some kind of paradise. With all the other problems I have, spiritually, in life the last thing I want to add to them is
blasphemy so I haven’t been back to church in many years. I have to admit, though, that I do miss the traditions and socializing. But, as Jesus
said, ostensibly, “you can’t put your hand to the plow and look back”.
Recently I learned that Islam expects both Muhammad AND Jesus to return if not together at least in close proximity to each other in time. Is this
something your spiritual leaders have taught? If so, I would like to know more about these verses.
I do my best to maintain an open mind, especially given the false information that has been disseminated over the past 2000 years by those whose main
goal is acquisition and maintenance of power. I honestly believe the confounding confusion you experienced regarding the idea that Jesus was both God
AND Man was due to an intentional misdirection on the part of the early church “fathers” with some misuderstanding of the Jewish philosophy thrown
in. The current state of confusion, however, is something that I feel is part of the process Humanity is going through in order to take that next
step in attaining higher spiritual status. We’re shrugging off the old skin of traditions that no longer fit the facts we know and are looking for
the spirituality that does fit. I honestly believe we’re going to find some extra-terrestrials in that mix doing a face-palm and saying “it’s
about damned time” you semi-hairless apes!”.
Regarding the relinquishment of ego – that’s the tough one isn’t it? I’ve heard that in so many words in my early Christian church years as
well as during the time I attended Jewish Kabbalahism classes. I think any course of study that involves meditation goes through the steps required
to relinquish the ego but, to date, I haven’t gone down that road. Currently I’m much more interested in finding out as much as I can about true
Human history and what the true history of Jesus might be if it hasn’t been completely erased back in early times.
Since we’re having a discussion within a discussion I, once again, offer my condolences to the frustrated people that have given up hope of ever
having a clear understanding of what God is and if He/It even exists. There are too many along that path with their hands out wanting to extract
something of value from you in order to let you in on whatever intriguing bit of knowledge they may have. If I can remember it I fully intend to ask
“Yeshua bar Yoseph” why he didn’t personally leave any writings for the rest of us to read and, if He did, are the ones that hid them from the
rest of Humanity truly roasting right now?