Friday, January 14, 2005

God and Politics

God and Politics
Doug Griffin

I’ve always heard that the two powder kegs that spark the most heated debates are religion and politics. That said…

No Smoking!

If those who lead you say to you, "See, the Kingdom is in the sky," then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, "It is in the sea," then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty. ~ Attributed to Jesus Christ

The Kingdom of God is within yourself… and outside yourself
You are God. I am God. We are God. The sooner everyone realizes this, the better the planet will be. Contrary to Christian doctrine, God did not make man in His own image, man made God in his own image. As the saying goes.

I believe this because of the human qualities that most monotheistic religions tend to attribute to God. Jealousy? Vanity? Vengence? We’re talking about a highly evolved entity that supposedly can create or destroy an entire universe in the blink of an eye. Do jealousy, vanity, or vengence sound like noble qualities of a noble God? No. They are human qualities (some of our worst) and they are part of the control mechanisms placed in the Christian Bible and other “Bibles” to further induce subservience. “Obey me – and only me – or else!”

The Bible’s Editors
One should also question the editting of the Bible(s) as well. There are so many versions of the Christian Bible, all because those who had the power added things they wanted and removed information they did not agree with. King James ring a bell? That is human, not devine inspiration. It is the arrogance of man disguised as God’s wrath and the ignorance of man disguised as blind devotion that keeps the masses as slaves to the grind.

God is a universal conscousness – all knowing and all seeing because all living souls are conscious. Even if we don’t know it.

Think of and for your “self”
Are you the body that you inhabit? No. Ponder this: If it were at all possible to remove your brain – memories, emotions, and all – and place it in a different body, other than your physical appearance, wouldn’t you still be you? So who is to say that your self, your consciousness – your soul, if you will – is not a small part of a greater conscious mind?

One God
There is only one God. Collectively we are God. Socrates said to “know thyself.”
This is the key to everything else. Carl Jung said, “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” Put these together with the above quote attributed to Jesus and you’re on the path to self-discovery. The eternal truths that we all seem to be searching for are internal truths and are waiting for us to find them. We just keep looking in the wrong places. No one wants to look within because we are afraid of what we might find. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with the non-accountability that I’ve been ranting about.

So what does all this have to do with politics?
It’s pretty simple, really. Because the Religious-Right has usurped this country, it has put the entire planet in peril because of its misguided beliefs. The Rapture? Give me a break! The people making the decisions still believe Jesus Christ was an anglo. Isn’t that a clue to the misguidedness of the Religious-Right. I’m reminded of yet another quote, this one from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He said, “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” Einstein wrote, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” I would argue that beyond science and spirituality/religion, we have lost logic. It is the absence of logic that creates misguided men. I’ve come to the stark realization that logic has been relegated to the 4-letter word category and is the victim of an intense, self-induced mental sensorship.

They hate us for our freedom
No. They hate us for our arrogance. The same arrogance that said the 2nd day of November in the year 2004 of our Lord, was a mandate for George W. Bush is why they (whoever they are) hate us.

Blind devotion to George W. Bush is what the world sees. They don’t see Red states and Blue states. They see America thinking its okay to bully the rest of the world and they’re getting a bit tired of it. This is how the blind stupidity of the majority, adversely affects the logic-minded minority.

Re-electing the man responsible for killing tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis – more than Saddam, Uday, and Qusay combined – because Saddam was sitting on a fictitious stockpile of weaponry is why they hate us. Torturing untold numbers of innocent Iraqis because the soon-to-be-confirmed Attorney General of the United States of America said it was okay to do it to another group of similarly-complected peoples is why they hate us.

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. ~ Giordano Bruno

This goes for religion as well as politics. Just because a very small majority of voters supposedly voted for George W. Bush, does not mean they made the right choice. Just because a very large number of Americans worship the traditional Christian God, does not make them right either. I think Christians that tend to recoil when they hear the word “choice” do so because choice is bad for an organized religion whose espoused most fundamental doctrine is: “Obey me – and only me – or else!” This is ironic since “love” is the most fundamental doctrine of the namesake of Christianity – Jesus Christ.

Have you ever noticed that President Bush seems to have that same “Obey me – and only me – or else!” attitude? That couldn’t be a reason why they hate us.

Could it?