-DISCARDING PATRIARCHIAL INFLUENCES-
...This is the way of it....Religions I’m speaking of here. This WILL cause great tribulation in people who ‘have never questioned’ their beliefs. No apology for that. Do hope this ‘bit’ can open those, who are ready, to open up to the ‘Bondless’ in each of us. Spirituality has nothings to do with Religion. BTW. One can not speak of Religion without at the same time speaking of ‘Politics’...they are bound together/’S’
(An excerpt from Sweeps Foxs book)-
TRYING TO LIGHT THE MATCH)/KICKING THE ONE REALITY HABIT
Christian evangelical movements and other Christian fundamentalist movements are sweeping across the United States and sending out their missionaries and conversion teams to Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, and far a field to bring their message to humanity...swarms reminiscent of the scalawags and carpetbaggers invasions of the American South after the Civil War. Ripe pickings are seen in newly opened territories. In America they have their own radio, TV, and other mass media networks. They have sent their own elected politicians to Congress, formed active lobby groups, and are firming up their agenda and influence on every public platform.
Depending on what Christian media view reaches you from one day to the next, it is clear that God is angry, Vengeance is coming soon, The Constitutions liberties have to be curbed, We are all risking salvation, The Devil is loose on the land, and Everything would be O.K. if we all read the Bible more and attended church.
Histories taught in schools and from religious authorities that have been accepted by successive generations...about where we came from, past civilizations, our heritage, morals, and values...they say are true perspectives that we can govern our lives, our childrens lives, and future outlooks by.
The higher and humorous truth is...Nothing is as it seems. When facts and knowledge firm up and are fixed in cement for us...truth slides away.
Having gone to a Sisters Of Charity school taught by Nuns in my formative years, I was made painfully aware about God being angry. Nuns, we all quickly found out could be agents of Gods vengeance.....on a daily basis.
We all found out that there is a right way and a wrong way to ensure Salvation. The Catholic Church was the right way. Christians of any persuasion have the same horrific warnings about Heaven and Hell.
God is the Father...not a mother or a neutral spirit. He loves us all, made us in His own image, but would send us all straight to Hell if we strayed from what He wanted us to do. He gave us free will to make up our minds. We were created to adore and worship Him.
Jesus Christ was His Son and established the Church. If we followed his example we would all be saved. He taught us about Sin and its different degrees. He died on the cross for our sins so we can be saved from our Original Sin. He arose from the dead and ascended to His Father in Heaven and will return to judge the world one day. The Bible is Gods Holy Book....especially the New Testament. The Old Testament was written by Jews before they knew about Christ being the Son Of God. There was a lot more.
The biggy for me was that we were not to question anything that we were taught. Everything had already been worked out for us. In fact, questioning was a Sin...probably a Big one.
All the Old Time Religions do the same thing. Islams very name means submission. Judaism is no different in its traditions. Funny, they all come from the Middle-East.
Only years hence would I be eternally grateful for that full Catholic indoctrination in life. Only by internment in a myth can one successfully peel the layers off all myths to find them jailers.
Thanks to the free flow of information available on the world wide web and the aid of a higher consciousness revolution toward free thinking, we no longer have to accept any culturally protected dogmas or purpose produced fraudulent histories. We can openly question, satirize our human condition based on old solid facts, and act as unmitigated misanthropes, as we lunge toward breaking free of habitual ignorance. We can now wonder and rebel openly about why history has been so distorted in efforts to keep us bounded to accepted authority and cherished views. History is who we are. It has been usurped to have us pay allegiance and homage to the usurpers.
The contention of our cherished history and holy books that civilization flowed from a certain recent time and in a known certain direction is pure poppycock. The example of the Olmec civilization on the Gulf of Mexico alone disproves that. Dated at 3,500 years ago (or older?), their giant statues...some weighing 60 tons...depict the distinct racial facial features of bearded white men and Africans. Definitely, these representations of real races didnt reach the Americas from the crossing of an ancient ice bridge across the Bearing Strait from Asia. No, this one single evidence is suggestive of ocean going contacts and commerce going back thousands of years...that was a world wide feature of great ancient civilizations which we know little about.
It also helps to explain why pyramids appear in many parts of the world and, astronomy, astrology, common philosophies, belief in the release of the soul at death, and identical measuring systems and glyphs have shown up in diverse centers all around the globe. Our present era has been unwilling to accept that ancient Man was capable of measuring the Earth, or that his mathematical calculations were more precise than our own until only recently, or that his knowledge of the heavens and the calendar were superior. Our Sacred Cow Middle Eastern religions and the whole rise of recent Western Mans dominance loses something. It loses the exclusivity and authentication. In short...authority from God.
I can remember seeing a magazine cartoon somewhere (it could have been in Playboy or The New Yorker) where two very old men, wasted and weak with beards down to their knees, were hung up mid-way between the ceiling and the floor in chains and shackles. Pathetically, one whispered across to the other....Now heres my plan. I roared to myself at the absolute hopelessness of such a statement...and yet, maybe thats why the two were able to live so long under such torture...with obvious humor or simply by keeping hope alive occasionally. Of course they could have been merely senile or demented by then. But, still the hope showing through? Humor and hope...very essential attributes for the predicament we have handed ourselves and continue to dish out to re-enforce our habit built Cultures.
It seemed somehow to conjure an analogy in degree to the Original Sin cited in the Bibles Old Testament...which we are all hung up by with these Middle-Eastern religious foundations and myth.
Original sin....hanging mankind upside down and then whipping him because he couldnt walk! What kind of God?...sounds more like a minor Godneeding worship...the Big God thing is supposed to be all perfect and whole. That kind of Big God being...doesnt need anyone to worship Him/Her/Spirit/Energy. God is supposed to be complete in itself...sounds more like aliens handing down punishment for not worshipping them to me! Maybe just the Cosmic Joker again! The whole idea that God didn't know Mankind would commit the Original Sin doesnt say much for him being all knowing. If He did know that Mankind was going to commit that sin, it makes Him a sadist. Above all, as they said in one Star Trek episode, A God must be compassionate.
The original sin thing set the whole tune for Western Mans trampling on Nature itself. Nature, in the apple and garden myth, was said to have produced the fall and the sin. Nature was hence to be considered corrupted and separate from Man. God was also to be cast as separate from Man. It inferred that God was also separate from and outside Nature. Is it any wonder that Western Man felt almost a mission and license to conquer and do anything he wanted to and with...Nature. They were, after all, Natural enemies. No culture or religion East of the big 3 ever came up with such a schizophrenic divorce of Man, Nature, and God. Original sin would become the pretext for all the disrespect and raping of Mother Earth and Her creatures. It was our right, as built into and understood from a religiously contrived adversarial relationship with the Universe.
This mis-mythic foundation would be fine tuned to cast all women as a reasonable scapegoat for Mans loss of Paradise. As punishment, they would become subordinate to men. Women were to be seen as scheming, fickle, gullible, dirty, unworthy, and maybe even more animal than human. Apparently, even the latter sacrament of Baptism wouldnt relieve them completely of the sin as it was supposed to. One law for men and another for women.
Menstruation was a clear sign that women were dirty. It made women unclean. In fact Islam will not tolerate women to worship and enter the mosque while menstruating...Patriarchal Freakazoids. The very bodily functions that brought children (and dont forget new souls) into the world would be thought dirty?
Man was determined to become more and more unnatural. It was somehow all the fault of women and Nature, and God had nothing to do with it. Even Christ would have to be born of a virgin birth. The normal birth process was initiated by the terrible sex thing. And, Priests would have to retain their honor and worth before God and Man by their celibacy. How could a priest serve God if he was natural? Women must be closer to Nature. God must deplore Nature. Dumb and dumber. Man sure did. I mean! I think Id prefer a new rendition of Aesops Fables.
Im reminded of my fondness for the anecdote told by Joseph Campbell, the great Mythologist, translator of books, author, story teller, and lecturer. during an interview series on TV back in the late 80s. He related the following from a conference he had attended:
An old Zen philosopher in his 90s stood up with his hands on his hips and said...:
God against Man, Man against God, Man against Nature, Nature against Man, Nature against God, God against Nature, ...very funny religion.
Where do all these foundation stones of our belief systems and religious histories come from? They were put together...of course. The Bible for instance, as the authoritative word of God, didnt just magically appear. There were councils and conferences and socio/political/economic implications for the form in which it came together and handed down as the authoritative word of God. Its always puzzled and intrigued me that the fundamentalists and the whole flock of laity havent a clue as to the stages of development of their Bible anymore than any other religion (Koran)...investigates it holy books and origins. And yet, they comfortably and smugly cite passages from the respective scriptures as being proof of their beliefs, morals, and life styles. And, they go to war and kill and maim in the name of God and in the faith. We all should know by now, statistics alone, that more people have been killed in the name of God and religion than for any other reason.
All of the worlds, so called, great religions....kill people. They kill unbelievers, those that wont be converted, and even their own. They will continue to do this....its their mandate from Heaven. They will continue to do so until a more enlightened Man figures out that no organized religion serves the spiritual needs of Man.They serve themselves. More later/Sweeps Fox