“I am a refugee from a future that never happened. I am a member of a band that was never formed. I am part of a peaceful anarchy movement that never wrote its manifesto. I am an offspring of the apathy generation.”
–Rollie Hartley, a character in an unfinished novel
The best a student can do is to improve upon his/her teacher’s teachings. It is important to understand the limitation of a teacher’s expertise and to know what is not being taught even more so than what is being taught. This is in reference to outright teaching, rather than underhanded teaching that leaks through the cracks.
There are personal attributes of a teacher that one must not learn to emulate. Meanwhile, there are things that the teacher is teaching that are important. Many times it is difficult to understand the difference between these things. Style is often confused with content.
Modern day prophets are possible. Scripture is the writing that has been accepted. The question is: upon whose authority?
Today there is no authority. There is only a man or a woman. Collectively they achieve much. However, they cannot rule each other. There is no government. The only organized authority is the individual brain. Beyond that, there is nothing.
I once killed dozens of flies in a day and still more the next day. Wondering how the flies could have infiltrated the house, a friend asked how long it had been since I had taken out the trash and cleaned the bin. Once I did these things, the flies did not return.
The Catholic religion has declared itself the only way to salvation. Many religions believe that their way is the only way. One need only hear that declaration once to know for a fact that this religion is phony and full of lies. It is a sure sign.
I am not an opponent. I do not waste time going against something. Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, and others all have their ways. Who am I to tell them they are wrong? They have made their choice. I have made mine. They tell me I am wrong. But I am no opponent. But I also do not participate. Some may say I am a fence sitter. No. I do not believe in the fence nor the field. It is a discussion that is a waste of time. Let those believe, believe. Everyone believes in something or many things.
Faith is not a belief in things unseen. Faith is a belief in the proven. No one believes in something that doesn’t work or doesn’t exist. Everyone has seen God who believes. They have invented a concept in their head and seen the concept. Otherwise, they would not believe at all. The problem is that everyone has their own conception and not a single one of these ideas are the same. The wonder is not that we have a vast array of religions. The wonder is that people can agree on a concept of God long enough to form even one.
Religion and political power go hand-in-hand. Religions form as an arm of political power. In America, we say that there is a separation between church and state. Yet everywhere there is religion guiding leaders. Who is the true leader?
There are many free religions. They ask you for nothing and give you nothing. There are online services that will ordain you as their minister. What are they worth? What is the true purpose of ministry? If I am a Reverend of an invisible church, does my ministry matter? On the other hand, is a physical church worth anything in the realm of the spirit?
Religious people have a spirituality that focus on their own kind. There is much focus on the physical. How to dress. How to eat. Decisions about life are hard to make and people are afraid to follow their own way. Fear breeds religion. Need breeds religion. People have needs and fears and so they band together with their own kind or to form a kind. These are presumably people they trust. The faith is in the people. Yet does religion help learn more about each other? Does religion encourage expanding knowledge about God? Little is known about God. Religion is poised at the frontier of culture and circles the wagons to protect the ‘innocent’ from confronting the outsiders’ art.
If I were to create my own religion, I would immediately disband it the day it began. These would be its founding principles:
1. Learn from sources that you hear as true.
2. Learn from sources that you hear as false.
3. Compare notes with others and piece together a reality for yourself.
4. Be a hopeful skeptic.
5. Be an honest story teller.
6. Be confident, but not arrogant.
7. Care for your own needs.
8. Avoid those who tell you they know everything and have all the answers.
9. Avoid redundancy.
10. Know yourself and try to get to know others.
The spirit cannot go in one direction because the spirit is not bound by dimensional constraints.
If Christian salvation is true it is based on its concept of original sin. Yet the church still teaches original sin. What happened to Christ’s death? Did Christ not bring the salvation? All that happened before is trivia. The way we track the years is based on this concept. Why then does the church cling to the idea of original sin when Christ died for all? Death is defeated and life is eternal. It is like forcing your guests to read the cook book prior to eating the meal prepared. Where is the joy in that?
Christ suffered so that all may live without suffering. So why is there still suffering? How has sin been erased?
I think it was all a publicity stunt to start a new overarching religion for the Romans. But that’s just me.