I suspect this post won’t gain me any followers. I can only hope to hold onto the small brave handful I already have, but life is risk. Is it not?
I am going to speak to, about and against religion. Not spirituality. Not the relationship you have with your God. Just organized, fundamentalist, dogmatic and admit it or not, judgmental religion.
There are thousands of sects in Christianity alone. Most of whom believe that they have the only path to heaven. If you belong to one of these religious groups then by mere statistics, you are wrong. If there were only 5000 religious groups and there actually was only one path to heaven, then 4999 of you are wrong. Honestly your odds are very bad.
So why does anyone believe in their own faith so vehemently?
I think it’s because of one thing. Divinity. Why is that a problem?
The birth of almost every religious group is always founded on the divinity of their God. This means that at the very start, you are separated. You can not hope to live up to the expectations of the divine. You can not hope to be anything like the divine. You exist on a much lower spiritual plane. The irony here is that many of you still believe you can speak for the divine, but this is off point. What I’m getting at here is that when you start by creating a separation, you continue to do so by separating your beliefs from other beliefs, your religion from other religions and in a very real sense, your connection to the rest of the world. You have created something a gang. A class system. A tribe if you will that believes so strongly in one separate idea that you will not only defend it with your life but use it as a sick kind of providence to kill others with.
What in Gods name gives anyone the right to kill others? Your Bible? Your Koran? The Damapada? These are great books. Holy books. But are they being read to get closer to God or to get further from the heathens that don’t belong to your sect?
So suppose, just suppose that you dropped the divinity portion of your belief. Hard to do I know, but just think about it. Look at all the great spiritual leaders throughout history. Jesus, Gandhi, Mohammad, Buddha and so many more. Look at how they lived. They did not separate themselves from others. They were not caught up in some idea of their own divinity. They loved people. Inspired people and their message was always non-violent, open to all and peaceful. It was simply a higher level of understanding what it is to love.
So what God awful thing would happen if we just stopped believing in our guy being the one and true divine God? First of all, we may better understand that the path these great spiritual beings took up is obtainable. Not just an ideal but rather a path that anyone of us can take up that will lead us closer to understanding what it is to be spiritual in nature. What it is to truly understand divinity within us all. What it is to love unconditionally and what it is to live on a higher spiritual plane.
Without this all encompassing idea of separation we would be free to come together and share what is really divine in all faiths. Love. There is no war, hatred, jealousy, bitterness or death in that word.
Rather it is the foundation and cornerstone of every faith, every religion. So why is it not the very cornerstone of our lives?
Drop the Divinity and get on with the business of love.