How can I sum up what I have learned over the last few years in life and on ATS?
The more I live and experience life, the more I see the end of the story for humanity. All of this experience called life can be summed up with one
central truth. I'll get to that truth as I see it by the end. First, how do we see ourselves?
The main point of any religion is this: Worship and Submission to God. Do we submit to God or ourselves only?
The main point of philosophy is the highest virtue for humanity. We know the truth already, but do we apply what we know?
The truth of history shows the evidence for the Supreme Good of virtue and giving over taking and hatred. Have we learned from our own history?
The truth of our actions on Earth show that we are using it up quickly. Have we learned anything from our religions or philosophies that is being
applied toward a solution?
Beyond these questions, humanity can be summed up with one religion, ideology and philosophy--that of the Hypocrite. If we are honest, the central
truth to humanity is that of duplicity against truth and unity.
At the end of the day, the pride of all our religions can be summed up by our thoughts, words and deeds. We are all thieves and sinners accordingly.
We are all hypocrites. No matter if it's Deepak Chopra or any modern guru, the same is true. We can watch his Son's documentary (Decoding Deepak) to
see what a hypocrite this guru is--no different than me or you. Of course, this is no different than any human, just packaged with a different
philosophy, title and frame of reference to the same God.
If it's Solomon, we read Ecclesiastes and hear his lament about being out of context with truth. All is vanity according to Solomon. It was for
nothing at the end of the day unless it was a reflection of what was given through work and effort. Solomon realized, in all of his knowledge and
wisdom, that he was a failed husband (700 wives) and a failed father (sons who did not honor his wisdom). His conclusion was that we must work and
enjoy life for the benefit of those we love. All of his possessions, wives and family were a reflection of his own life and ambition. At the end of
his day on earth, he was no better or worse than any of us.
If we look at any theological box we put God inside, the central understanding we witness is God trying to take us out of that box. If we try to avoid
sin, we are immersed further into it. If we try to rise above the Earth, we are swallowed back into it. If we rise to fame and fortune, we are soon
forgotten and our wealth is inherited by others. At the end of the day, we are searching for what was right there for all of us. There IS one truth
above the rest.
We are all equal by this central truth: We think and move only. The quality of those thoughts and movements are not determined by our philosophy,
theology or divine pride. At the end of the day, we are defined by what we give to others. All gifts must be first earned. None of us can earn what we
are given by God. We do two things: We think and we move. We don't make our hair grow, our eyes see, our ears hear or the sun shine. It's done for us
down to the two things we actually can do. The rest is the gift given to us by the unity that originates us. Words, thoughts and deeds are equal and
no religion is necessary apart from one central truth--Giving and receiving over taking.
It's better to give and receive. Beyond this, we are all thieves and hypocrites. The only thing that can change this state of our matter is the one
that originally gave it. Islam cannot save you any more than claiming to be Christian apart from taking the name (Character) of Christ completely. Do
Christians take the name in total, all the way to selling all they have? No! Christians are hypocrites just like the rest of humanity. I call myself
Christian, fully knowing HIS work cannot be mine. HIS cup is His alone. My cup can only reflect this by the things I can give to others. Just like
Islam killing and taking in the name of God, the hypocrite and thieve in us all eventually shows itself to be present and unavoidable.
The only true realization of self is to see that both images of good and evil are present in the image. The image is cast by God and the light CAN be
divided. Calling ourselves by a name requires the character that accompanies it. We can try, but we will ultimately be shown to be the same Hypocrite
as the rest.
God is love. Does Islam, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Ultra Orthodox or another name show this love of God? No, only the one that moves and thinks can show
this love as a reflection of the light divided from the darkness or the darkness divided and separated from the light. Thoughts, words and deeds can
only show our need for the ONLY one that is true to His word--God.
The only true religion is love and love can only give and receive. If you think you see God face to face or have met him, you deceive yourself. We are
ALL equal as blind men describing fire. All of us equally guilty; all of us equally blind; all of us equally hypocrites. You may say, but my truth is
higher than yours. If you do, you show your pride above the other. This is not love. You might say, I sin less than you, therefore, I know God more.
Again, this is in error. We ALL sin. You might say, I have salvation and reward after death? I would simply point out that your aim is the reward and
not the character of Christ or Muhammad if you have not sold all you own. Christ was the messenger to Islam as well, and his message was to sell your
possessions and give to the poor. You might say that sin leads to punishment, therefore, we must run from sin. I say, you are again showing
duplicity. Are you wanting to avoid punishment or are you after the Supreme Good of God only? Again, we are all hypocrites. If you are an Atheist,
you might say you are above all religions. Not so. You are simply making yourself the religion.
Until we realize our status apart from God, we remain in that state. All of us here are in this place because we have been baptized into the river of
life. We are ALL in this water together and all of us are here now to repent of that pride that separates us from the others at our side. NONE of us
are above this status unless we separate ourselves from our fellow humans.
Take on any name you like, but at the end of the day, we are all in this together. Until we act in the best interest of others, we are all hypocrites
naming our own pride by the religion or philosophy we follow.
Where does this leave me according to my own religious beliefs? The same place I started. My aim will be to rise in the water toward the one that
attracts me. Christ, no matter how we see Him, is a the point of life. Love others as you love yourself. Judge not unless you judge yourself first.
Judge and you will be judged. God keeps no records of wrongs and neither should we.
This is where I leave my work here. I remain a Christian because I see that this central truth is its reflection to my own. I see that Christ came
to show this truth to us all. I can look anywhere I want to look and notice the same central truth. If I consult the Freemasons, they hold the lost
word. If I consult the Dhammapada, I see the same inexorable truth mentioned in the opening poem. If I consult Rumi the Sufi, I get it again as the
Beloved. If I check Atheism, again I see the truth by the opposite reflection. If I immerse myself in the occult and Paganism, I again see the same
Mystery studied to the same conclusion. If I study science, the same enigma of design and purpose emerges, which points us right back to the giving
and receiving nature of Creation.
All religions, philosophies and ideologies all point us back to the same Law of Love mirrored against the opposite reflection of our image of pride
and hypocritical actions in the reflection. We are all children being raised by this law.
1 Corinthians 13
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind
me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We are Children of God until we are no longer children I suppose. As I grow up, I simply request that others forgive me as I learn to forgive them.
Love demands this from all of us.
Will we sin while in the water? Yes. Keep no records of wrongs. Simply rise.
The question for all of us: Jacob or Esau?
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