Friday, December 28, 2012

Saving Souls

A woman tried to save my soul yesterday. Perhaps its because of the Christmas season. Nevertheless, she began by asking if I believe in Jesus.
"If I believe anything about Jesus, it would not be the biblical version. Instead, it would be the Gnostic story in which Jesus and Mary Magdalene escaped their would-be murderers to become healers in a far-away land," was my reply.
"But, don't you believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit?" she persisted.
Was I being proselytized?
I have blogged about the limits of my belief in Jesus in a previous post, where I claim my inability to embrace any theology about a father willfully slaughtering his son. Blood sacrifice is nothing short of murder, to my way of thinking.
Black magic utilizes blood sacrifices to appease their gods. Perhaps that is the most accurate definition I can think of to define modern Christianity. Belief in human sacrifice is a primitive belief that no thinking person could possibly embrace, as such a belief lacks civility. It is the farthest thing from love or salvation imaginable. Perhaps those fearful Biblical beliefs were among the reasons people throughout history used to justify murdering one another, right into our modern day. Primitive Christianity described in the Bible may be a reason for mass killings and extreme beliefs about the need for gun ownership. I can think of several recent killings in which the killer claimed belief in Christianity.
Sometimes it is difficult for me to differentiate between insanity and Christianity. Furthermore, entire nations go to war in the name of God, justifying the slaughter of other nations with non-Christian beliefs. The belief seems to claim that foreign religions are "wrong" because only Christianity is "right." Not just any "Christianity" but their version of Christianity — exclusively!
Any genuine "Christ consciousness" would be representative of a loving and compassionate personality, someone non-judgmental, devoid of any attitude of superiority of their peculiar brand of belief over others. Strangely enough, all religions claim to be loving and forgiving, yet much is conditional, based on the level of one's adherence to its specific theology.

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  1. a powerful post, Satinka.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Danika! Many religious people have never questioned the beliefs imposed on them by their parents or whoever. I believe its time to look deeply into where beliefs came from and release all those that do not serve the highest good of humankind. After all, it's peace time!

  3. So often it is the proselytizers who need their beliefs changed. Do not allow any proselytizers to go unproselytized.

    1. Your comment made me laugh, Anonymous! I am feeling more confident in letting myself be heard in a group of people. I have learned that my point of view --- or belief --- is just as valid as anyone else, without being more or less than anyone. Thanks for writing.

  4. It's not just Christianity that causes people to go off the deep end, Esther. It's most religions. Most of the world's wars and bloody battles have been because of religious differences and extremists.

    I'm glad I'm living a life of balance where religion is not a factor.

  5. Yes, Doreen...I agree with your comment about most religions being at the root of much of the world's violence. I also figure that is about to change. I feel that people are becoming more aware and so consequently religion will no longer play such a big role in the lives of people. Many people willt stop to think about the foolishness of some of the ingrained beliefs and let them go back from whence those ideologies came.

    More harmony among everyone is great!