January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
Most people on this planet are religious in some or other form. They all worship something or somebody. Ironically the one thing which keeps them religious is that well known emotion we know as fear.
We seldom stop to think about fear, what is fear, how does it influence us, and how can we overcome fear?
Fear is a feeling, an emotion. We feel scared when our comfort zone is threatened, but when does this happen? When we are faced with an unknown situation, by a wild animal for instance, like a Lion, or a bear, for example. Then fear steps in and we feel trapped or cornered, and we want to get away from this situation, or animal, or human being which we don’t understand, or know. It is in the last sentence that the origin of fear is found; “the lack of understanding, and the lack of knowledge”.
To overcome this fear we have to do three things; study the subject, understand the subject, and then we can start having respect for the subject, and together these three create “love”! Once we have accomplished “love”, nothing is impossible. If you start a new job as a millwright, or a welder, or an auditor or financial manager, or an engineer, or a nurse, a doctor, it doesn’t matter which job; we are afraid! We are scared that we can do something wrong and might loose the job. But we get ourselves together, study the environment, learn the ropes, and before we know it we are performing up to standard.
What we have done is conquer our fears. We are not afraid anymore and we discuss the work and its problems daily, multiple times a day, and in doing that we learn more every single time. Eventually we start liking the job because we understand it, and understanding together with knowledge creates a “love” for this new environment. If we cannot cope with it, or we cannot create an acceptable relationship with the company, or the people, we start looking for a new job, a new environment! A reason being, we could not conquer our fear. Perhaps the co workers did not accept us, or were afraid we might get promoted before them. A boss might have been unforgiving and through this kept the fear very much alive.
We might even have become so scared that we became too afraid to leave, and used our fear to create a living hell for ourselves. Effectively fear can either get you to leave, or force you to stay right where you are. On the other hand, having gained knowledge and understanding of the job, it might have taught you that there either is, or is not a future for you in that specific environment, meaning that you have used logic to come to a sensible conclusion, which benefits “you”.
All of the above is normal reaction to everyday life, and we all live comfortably within that framework, accept where we have created hell on earth through fear!
Most religions survive through selling fear to their members. The Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist religions all thrive on fear. The first three tells you if you don’t obey, “God Almighty”, “Yahweh”, or Allah; you will certainly burn in hell for ever. The Buddhists are more subtle and teach that if you don’t do unto others as you would be done by, you will come back in the next life and live under very harsh conditions; being humiliated, treated like a dog etc, in order for you to learn to do unto others as you would be done by, in the life after that. Meaning the sins of this life will cost you two more life times here, and we all know this is not a walk in the park!
At least Buddhism doesn’t send you to hell forever! In religious debates with the above mentioned the members of those institutions can get quite emotional, and in most cases close their arguments with words like; repent or you will be punished, or may God have mercy on your soul. Very seldom would they think about what they heard, or give credit, where credit is due. The reason for their reaction is “FEAR”, which simply means they don’t understand their own religion, and having very little knowledge regarding its origins. The argument is- fear creates knowledge! If you don’t fear their God you will never have knowledge! Then you are also told that their book should be read and understood in a specific way or manner, meaning that the way they have decided a sentence should be understood, is the only understanding to that sentence, word, paragraph etc!
My question here is; would it not be logical to have an open mind on the subject, study it and compare notes openly, and regularly in order to understand your religion? How will the member be able to fully comprehend the history of his or her religion if he or she is not allowed to have an open mind concerning that religion? This fear in religion is effectively keeping the member uninformed!
In my “travels” through life I have met many people and just about every single religious person was afraid to debate his or her religion. If hell was real or comprehensible it would have been easier to understand this fear. You might want to ask me; “how do you know it is not”, and my answer is; “do you have an idea just how long forever is? Let us bring heaven into this answer. Apparently your stay in heaven means worshipping, singing and honouring your God forever! Let me quote it; we read in Revelations 7 from verse 9 to 17 that an enormous crowd is busy throwing themselves face downwards in front of a throne, worshipping God Saying “Amen! Praise, glory wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power, and might belong to our God for ever and ever, amen”.
The John who apparently wrote Revelations were then told that this crowd were given redemption, “they are in heaven”, and doing this worshipping day in and day out! For this they will never be in need of food or drink again! Doing this forever will very soon feel like being in hell, but without the fire! Those in the fire apparently burn forever but don’t turn to ashes; how long will it take them to get used to the fire, a couple of days?
The last two paragraphs are the basis of all the major religions, and the fear is closing their eyes and ears to the fallacy! What I have stated above does not mean, or imply, that the whole, Bible, Torah, or Qur’An, or the Tibetan scriptures is all hogwash, it simply means it is books written by people to control and discipline the people involved. Between the pages of those books are very valuable truths, and a very important part of those religions history and people.
There were some very important people who lived during the course of religious history, God Almighty, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Jacob, Jesus, and Paul, to name but a few. Who were these people and what were their true intentions? The Bible preachers have taught the people during the past two thousand years that the mentioned people all had our best interests at heart, but did they? We were taught that God Almighty created man from the red earth, that a Devil tried to trick man into committing sinful lives, but is this true? We were told that Enoch was an honourable man, and so revered by God that he went to heaven in the flesh, but who was Enoch really? We were taught that Jacob lived a life loved by God and for that his descendants became the chosen nation, but what really happened between Jacob and God? We were taught that Jesus was the son of God and his main purpose was to die for our sins in order for man to be granted eternal life in heaven, but is this true, what was the real cause of his demise by the hand of the church itself? We were taught that Paul alias Saul was the main voice that carried the message of Jesus to its full glory, but was he, and did he?
We were taught that Jesus would come back in the New Jerusalem and rule here on earth, but will he, and what is the New Jerusalem? This is a couple of questions many people have pondered about for the past two thousand years and longer. In my book “We Question”( http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/waltermuller) these questions and many more are discussed. Perhaps the answers in that book might help you shed the fear, and pick up the light yoke Jesus spoke about.