A voicehearer’s path ~

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Doing Evil in God’s Name ~

tiffany7Doing evil things in God’s name is done all the time, but it is most often done by those who claim that the truth exists only from their particular religious viewpoint.The sadness of this is that it precludes that, either there really is no God, and the so called leader of the group is the only authority, or that God is blind to all that is done by this “blessed” vehicle, calling all done by these acolytes as “Holy”.

I believe that there is but One God. I have seen much that implies there are many powerful entities in this world that would constitute godlings from a strictly human perspective. Some of these I would count good, some, evil. But the One is good beyond measuring by our pitiful standards. Now, having stated that, I believe also that this “One” has infinite knowledge of all that moves and lives in the time-space continuum, and therefore knows when deeds are done in compassion, and when they are done with self centered intent.

If this is so, and I have perceived correctly, then it truly is impossible to do evil deeds in the name of God, or good deeds in the name of the Devil, at least on an eternal scale. This would mean that it does not matter what you call yourself, or, indeed, who you call your God. What matters is how you live your life. I am quite aware that there is no religious person in this world that would not argue this with me, but if the One sees all and knows all, it is what is in your heart that truly matters, at all times and in all ways.

You can fool me, I am but a piddling mortal, but you cannot fool the One who holds my name, you cannot fool the Infinite.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times ~

While I applaud the concept behind much that is being done to throw down old barriers to health care {Dr.s without Boundaries} and other good works that aim at getting behind the walls that have been placed by despots for control of their people, there is an air of the extreme about today’s world that begs for the very disorder that is the Psychiatric dish of the day, i.e. Bipolarism.

This is a wonderful time for people like myself, who prefer to live alternate lifestyles. We are not pushed by society to be something we are not. I never married, it is not that I was not asked, it was that I was drawn to the bad boys. They make fun companions, lousy husbands and worse fathers. As long as you do not expect a long term commitment from them they are wonderfully fun and funny, even when it is they that ask for the commitment.

Yet, there are many in our world who do not thrive in a time where limits are the taboo, and putting boundaries on your life can make you unpopular. I have long thought that the controls of, say, the church, are fine as long as they are not mandatory for everyone. If those controls are the way a person wishes to live, there is nothing wrong with that, just don’t make it law for everyone to live that way. That, however, has not been how it has worked out over the centuries.

We are not a species that easily finds its balance in life, many of us are workaholics, others are drug addicts, many have found their thrills in unprotected sexual activities.  There are many self-medicators who need a glass of wine daily; there is nothing wrong with that as long as it stays at a glass and doesn’t become a bottle daily and starts to interfere with one’s life. And therein lies the rub, eh? We allow our cravings to run our lives and then we are in trouble.

So, is there an answer?

Well, yes, but it is not easy, and I cannot say how each of us will go about doing it. For generations out of mind, society has served as an exoskeleton, bracing us up in ways that were such that we did not have to grow our own bone structure and stand on our own. That exoskeleton has weakened, and in many places crumbled. It is time to find our individual internal bones and strengthen them so that we can stand without the bracing of societal rule to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

Talk about a difficult task!

This is actually where Buddhism has an advantage over Christianity or any other “faith”. In almost all faiths, one is not taught to seek inner strength and purpose, but to look to the deity for one’s rescue. I believe in G-d, so this was not much of a problem for me, but one does not need to believe in a deity to follow the Buddha’s teachings. One needs only to desire internal and true happiness and to be willing to follow the Buddha’s recommendations toward that end.

Let me be fair, here. Christianity, as with Judaism,  the Muslims, and many others has a wide variety of groups within the whole, some of those groups do indeed teach discipline and study. Some teach discipline for all, others only teach this for the group that is part of the inner sanctum. This is also true of Buddhism. So the main difference between the Buddha’s path and Y’shua’s path is the belief in Hashem. Actually, the more I learned of Buddha’s path, the more I realized it is the only difference.

If you study the four gospels, counting Y’shua as a wise teacher from whom you wish to learn, instead of thinking of him as a magical pill you swallow that makes you “whole”, you will find that his teachings bear an uncanny resemblence to the Buddha’s teachings from 500 years before in the orient, 1000’s of miles to the East.

Essentially, Y’shua was teaching how to most sincerely and certainly please a high and holy God via release of worldy attachments, service and humility. Buddha was teaching a path toward inner joy via release of worldly attachments, service and humility. They are the same path, simply two diametrically opposite perspectives. And as the saying goes, one can have it all, as one can please God most high, while at the same time, finding true happiness. Hm, and we can even find balance from the extremes by following Buddha’s middle way.

So, what’s my point?

The reason for this blog is not to deny Christians a place in eternity. I love Y’shua, and feel that he intended to show a path that was more personal and in closer communion with Hashem than the way his people were living. (They were under occupation, BTW, so dourness of soul should be no surprise) His intent was a path filled with Joy, service and humility. I do think his people got the message, if not through him, then through other great teachers, for Judaism is today not a path filled with moaning and groaning and “martyrdom” but a path of joyful service to others and communion with Hashem. That was Y’shua’s only point.

I believe Paul and Constantine took Y’shua’s joyful rabbinical teachings and used them to create a new religion, whole cloth, out of remnants of the old ways, including many pagan ways. I then believe it was no great effort for the Roman church to create a curtain that would keep us from seeing how this path was created and even fighting others when they should challenge the “truth” of Christianity.

I remember when I was younger and still listening to the preachers on Sunday morning, one of the things that would come out of the preachers mouth which would turn me cold was that “We must protect the truth”. That was never necessary. The Truth will protect itself, and ultimately protect you. I do not believe Y’shua ever implied he was God. He most certainly might have said he was at one with God, and wanted his followers to be also. I believe that his words were skewed by scribes with an agenda toward making Christianity a religion that would take over the world and control the masses. And since there are no Aramaic scrolls that date in such a way as to be certifiably recordings of what he said in the way he said it, we will never know for sure.

I believe that he may have taught that the Holy Breath, or Holy Spirit as we call her today, was the only way to the Ancient One. That, you see, would be Veritas, the essence of Truth, for, as I look at the paths that teach compassion the world over, and I look at their tomes (i.e. The Tao te Ching, and other works) I see and feel the hand of the Holy one. Look at Proverbs chapter 8, read it and study it. Do not let it go, for it is the essence of her “work” on this entire planet. All who ask her help are given it!

I also do not believe that the Holy One would put the fate of eternity for any one soul in the hands of another human. That is too much responsibility. Besides, humans are so danged imperfect that when one flubs up, and misses the target completely, should the eternal fate of another depend on that? I do not believe that a G-d that requires compassion of us would be so dispassionate as to do that.

So, OK, the church has messed up many times. There are other paths to eternity. Hashem has actually made sure that, one way or another, there will be an opportunity to forgive and live in joyful service. If it does not come through the Christ, and cannot because of Christians killing your family, it may come through Buddhism, or Taoism, or through one of the Indigenous paths. Hashem, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh have left many windows through which the human soul can accept the light of the Ein Sof Ohr!

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