A voicehearer’s path ~

Archive for August, 2012

Suffering ~

I believe God is real. That being said, I believe God can only communicate with us so far as we can “see” or are willing to accept. That is why Slavery was condoned in the Old Testament, why Rape was not really an issue, why child molestation was not even on the radar. I do not blame God for human stupidity, but I do not plan to go back to laws that are deaf, dumb and blind to human suffering.

This is why I see the Buddha’s Eightfold Path of Enlightenment as a higher path than those laws. Buddha’s desire was to end human suffering, and the wisdom he gained at the Bhodi tree reflects that. The third, fourth and fifth parts of that path speak of right action, right thought, and right livelihood. Within the context of those principles lies advice to always seek consent from the other person when interactions are about to begin. Receiving consent, or the ability to give it on the part of the other person being the underlying basis for whether an action is right or wrong.

I am well aware that Buddha did not teach these things as obedience to an all seeing God. He taught them as a way for true happiness to prevail. He asked in his contemplations for clarity, my personal belief is that the Spirit of Wisdom, as represented by the Bhodi Tree, and who is the Holy Spirit in many cosmologies, gave him a clarity that is unrivaled in any other path. I also believe that this may have been the reason for Y’shua’s teaching about the unforgivable sin. It is possible to blaspheme God, and even his prophets and still be forgiven, you could not, however, call evil good, or good evil, and expect forgiveness.

The Path of Buddha is a clear path to treating others with compassion, a primary requisite to obeying God. It is through a prophet that he spoke the words ” I desire compassion rather than sacrifice.” This path teaches us how to do that. I believe that we should follow the clearest light we have available. Y’shua put it as simply as any teacher has in all of time, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Buddha expanded on that with the Eightfold Path. We have a clear light, I will follow it, I hope you will join me.

Consent ~

One of my greatest pet peeves with Old Testament law is that rapists and pedophiles get a free ride to victimize women and children. If the rapist attacks a virgin, and tells her not to scream, she is put to death, and her rapist goes free, or gets to marry her and harass her for the rest of her life, Yeesh!  There is nothing in the Torah about pedophilia in any form, so I guess it’s ok to rape children all you want. No THANK YOU! Below is a partial list of things that will earn you death in Old Testament Law.

Sacrifice children to Molek

Cursing father or mother

Adulterer and adulteress

A man having sexual relations with his father’s wife, both shall be put to death

Having sexual relations with daughter in law, both shall be put to death

Men having sex with each other

Man marrying a woman and her mother

A woman having sex with an animal, both are to be put to death

A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist

Fornication

Anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall be put to death

Murderers

A Rebellious Son

A woman who married with no proof of virginity, if her husband accuses her.

A raped virgin if she does not scream

Kidnapping a fellow Israelite

Working on the Sabbath

I have worked on the Sabbath, so I guess I have earned the death penalty, but rapists and pedophiles go unpunished. Does that sound like a set of laws you want to live with? I hope not, and it takes giving consent to have sexual relations completely out of the picture. If you are not married to a member of the opposite gender, you can’t have it, no way, no how. If you go ahead and have sex without the marriage license, you will be put to death. I, for one, am not prepared to live with such laws. I want serial rapists and pedophiles who rape children as part of their daily lives at least put in jail, if not put in the electric chair.

Oh, and just a thought, if you are a parent of a normal teen (rebellious, sometimes in the extreme), your child is under the death penalty. Do you want that? Think about that for a minute, it might be worth the trade off of letting rapists and pedophiles go unpunished to be able to have your child executed for telling you no consistently . . . . .no? I didn’t think so. Please consider what you are doing when you try to reinstate these laws in our society.

I prefer to live in a world where consent is the operative word, I hope you do as well, don’t try to force people to live with a law that does not even consider consent, or the ability to give it, as the primary reason something is considered right or wrong. We have grown as a people and have learned that if we value free will, there must be give and take, that should apply to everyone, not just a few.

Children

I have been watching SVU again. And, yes I know it’s fiction, but the producers are reminding us that perverts are out there. I think what sickens me most is that these guys think their actions are “normal”. How can they think that an action that requires the drugging of a victim is “normal”? The entire premise that children are forced to deal with an adult on any kind of sexual level is “normal” is enough to make a truly normal person vomit!

One of the things that says that we as human beings have grown in our understanding of what is right or wrong is that the ancient sacred texts did not even recognize rape of women and children as something that is so heinous that it should be punished. This is what must be brought to the attention of those who wave the Bible or any other sacred text around as a marker of how we should live in the here and now.

Consent, or even the ability to give consent should be the marker we look for in what we consider permissable in our actions with others. If the person you want to do anything with is not old enough or intelligent enough or indeed free to give consent to interacting with you, you arein the wrong place, committing a morally wrong action!

If you want to exert complete control of a situation, you are most likely going to find yourself in the wrong if it involves another person. One of the most sacred gifts our creator has given us is free will. If your actions take that free will from another human, you are doing something that is completely and totally wrong. I am well aware that this is not recognized in the ancient texts as “sin”, but whether you understand it or not, exerting this type of dominance over another without their complete and informed consent defiles their sacred rights, and defiles your own testimony that you are walking in a “right” path before Spirit.

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