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Principle number 10 ~

10) Eternal harmony will be achieved through balance. The human is the only creature that loses its part of the Song shortly after birth. It is the human animal that has thrown this part of the Universe out of balance.

Have you ever thought about the “cost” of free will? Or even about the fact that, for most people the “group” sort of thought that we are told is automatic within a hive, is foreign to a human? Much of Science Fiction is predicated on attempts to get into that sort of thinking and working with it as the premise for at least a short story line, if not the whole of some person’s life. But, freewill has actually cost the human being the ability to relate to the whole in a manner that sets one’s own “self” aside for the betterment of all, very seldom can we do it.

Yet, it is our grasp of our ability to decide individually whether we will wear a tie, or go chez casuale, that lets us be the “person” we choose to be. Here, though, there is cause to stop and take a look at this wonderful “gift”, for more than one man has written about the struggles to do what is desired only to fall back on an “older” version of “self” that is more willfull and and less “enlightened”.

See the New Testament book, Romans, chapters 5,6, &7. This is the writing of Paul, the converted, who had slain so many Christians in his zeal to serve Hashem. When he was converted, he decided that instead of bringing Gentiles into the fold, he would keep them at bay and breed a hatred of the parent faith in them, which is part of the reason I so dislike calling him a saint. He also is often called an apostle, by his own pen, which implies he walked at Y’shua’s side during his time of teaching, a flat out preverication. I am quite familiar with his works, but refuse to venerate him as “above” others in spirituality.

It is, in fact, the very attempt at “group think” that passes for doctrine and dogma that is the reason I do not call myself an out and out Christian. I do indeed love Y’shua’s teachings, and follow them as closely as any, but the “church” attempts to make it as though those who do not see Y’shua through Paul’s eyes are apostate and wicked. Well, I guess that makes me apostate and wicked. I will celebrate.

Sadly, here, one comes up against the very comment of this principle, that harmony needs to be acheived through balance. This can only happen when the humans who count themselves as leaders quit trying to do our thinking for us. They may influence, they may speak, but do not insist that I must choose not to think on my own. If you want a clone, go ahead, make one, we have the technology. Just move along and let others attempt to follow the light while you follow your own dark trail. When the preachers and the mullahs and the evangelists begin to take their lessons from the Rabboni, and understand that the nourishment that leads to harmony comes from Spirit, not man, we may make progress on this particular principle.

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The blame and shame game ~

It is a nasty little game, and gets no one anywhere. No matter if it is blaming self or blaming other, the game is circuitous torture, and causes major dysfunction, or is the sign of major dysfunction. Several years ago, when I first realized that modern Christianity played a large part in this awful game of no one is responsible,

“Hey look, I have a free ticket out and I don’t have to examine myself to see why I did that, ’cause Jesus forgave me and you have to, too!”

I went into deep prayer and contemplation, examining the scriptures to see if Yeshua had really been that short sighted. He had not been. In his teachings, one must take responsibility for one’s actions. It is, again, Paul whose prolific letters get us into a habit of saying things like, “Well, it was for your own good, you see.” when we make a mistake. It is Paul who puts the burden of the sins of the Gentiles squarely on the rabbinical shoulders of Y’shua.

Not only was it unfair to Y’shua, and the teachings that would have ultimately brought us into a wonderfully close relationship with the great “I Am”, it was unfair to the gentiles, for in shifting blame, always, and in not taking responsibility for one’s own actions, a person never grows up and becomes “perfect” that word should be “mature”, another little mistranslation that makes things ever so confusing.

We’re two millenia down the road and instead of “evolving” into the mature individuals it was the Rebbe’s hope we would become, we are now blaming our mothers for everything we have done all our lives. We don’t have to ask forgiveness, we don’t have to mature, our mothers forever stand in the box and must admit their horrible guilt for not letting little Tommy cross the road in front of that massive truck.

So . . . . .how do we break the chain of this game? Well, let’s go back. The Roman Catholics were not all wrong, you know. Admit culpability, “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa”, examine what you have done, look at it with an eye for what in your actions would have improved the situation. Accept responsibility for your own mistakes and forgive others for theirs. If we do this, there is a hope that someday, we humans will grow up into the sentience we were designed to use in service to the One.

Paulism ~

11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

These are Paul’s words to Timothy in his First letter to him. This was the first time I had become aware that the man to whom so many looked upon with veneration, was essentially a chauvanist pig.

Now, I am aware that those schooled in the church would tell me that these words and others from Paul that have so completely held the church back from progressing with the times, were uttered not out of chauvanism, but because of the times in which he operated. I was told that at the time I first asked the questions.

So, I went searching through the four gospels looking to see what Y’shua had to say about women. Interesting, he was an egalitarian, more than his upbringing would have even lead him to be. So, I don’t buy the excuses, except that the men giving them, liked what Paul had to say better than they liked Y’shua’s teachings. That is, in large part why I am not a Paulist.

There’s another incident that made me stop and think about this man whom so many adulate. In 1st Corinthians, Paul laid into the church like there was no tomorrow because they were reportedly tolerating the fellowship of a man and his two lovers, a mother and daughter, making sure that the church reckoned with the idea the even the “Pagans” did not tolerate such behavior. Yeah, I like that one. He taught a Helenized Gospel, after the pagans of Rome, not the chaste faith of the Jews, and would have folks despise the very people whose attitudes he would have them adopt in all but name when it came in fact to the traditions of his forbears.

Well, back to the story at hand, in 2nd Corinthians, after that diatribe that went on forever in the 1st letter there is a tiny phrase of half apology for being wrong, justifying the harangue as having been for their own good.

Now then, let’s discuss this “soldier for the cross” who, when walking through Athens jumped up on top of a monument raised the the unknown God and like a hawker in a circus yelled to the people “Come one come all to the greatest show on earth”. Quite different impression, the painting from the real thing, eh?

Ok, now I am sure you have the drift of why I am not a fan of Saint Paul. Of Paul a human being with many frailties, I have nothing but compassion and sympathy. He also wrote some pretty fine stuff on love, read that same book I fussed at him about above, and you will come across one of the finest passages on Godly love in existence.He wrote a lot about love throughout his letters, yet his behavior did not back up his words. I believe this is why so many Christians feel it’s OK to speak love out of one side of their mouths while torturing others out of the other side. This man was not a model of balanced humanity.

EDIT; 9.16.08

I have wondered if Paul’s intense rant against gentiles converting to Judaism in order to follow the “Christ” was that then he would lose his audience. If a gentile were to learn the Mosaic Law, he would actually learn that most of those laws had to do with living a compassionate life. The other laws that seem so harsh to us today had to do with keeping a strong sense of purity among the people of G-d.

These studies would also make the Gentiles realize that Y’shua’s teachings were actually intended to bring a mature, mystical perspective to the walk of the pilgrim. This was so that one who chose to walk such a path would see that joyful, humble service to Hashem was not so much a matter of obeying the behavioral laws, though Y’shua said and meant his listeners to understand that they were important as well, but he was teaching an inner obedience of the heart. If the gentiles Paul was preaching to had realized the main points of Y’shua’s teachings, they would not have needed Paul, and would have realized he was a lot of hot air.

He was a an ambitious and dedicated itinerant preacher, and as long as he and his teachings are treated as those of a human being, not some God appointed spokesman for all of mankind, I can tolerate his foolishness, but when you start acting as though I should model my life and my faith after his pattern, well, not this life time, and, perhaps, none in the future, either.

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