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Enslavement or Salvation of Mind: Is Man or God the Architect of Religion, Theology or Spirituality?

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 8:45 PM

"If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology" (Karen Armstrong, author of The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness).


Author, Karen Armstrong makes a good point regarding one’s belief and practice of religion, theology, spirituality and God. But who or what is responsible for religious, theological and spiritual folkways, mores and norms? Did man introduce human consciousness to the ideas of divinity, religion, theology and spirituality, or was this also the grand design and work(s) of [a] greater supreme consciousness – the creator of all things known and unknown?


The answers to these questions, obviously, depend on one’s perspective, largely based on new or established belief(s) – whether they are adopted, consciously self-formulated or [naturally] instinctive. I suspect, at least in western societies, that most would look to adopted religious beliefs, traditions, texts and dogmas for answers to such inquiries. Similarly, eastern cultures would probably look to ancient texts that would provide guidance in similar fashion. But how and/or what does the spirit, born from within, say in response to the question of original inspiration and spiritual evolution?


Is it enough to simply be blind, faithful followers of ‘the word’? Or, as powerfully inspired creations of divine spiritual consciousness, are we duty-bound to exercise the gifted will to choose and determine what and who is to be followed? Do we follow the path of the natural way or does one bind self to “a system or school of opinions” – theology? And furthermore, if one does elect to follow, without question, the dictates and mandates of religion or theology, where does it state, or by what authority, is given or suggested to determine the source of God’s incomprehensible intent?


Can the essence of such an everlasting and all-powerful authority and creator of natural life be captured in books or inscribed on or in the hearts of each individual conscious being? One could argue either way and obviously shed much blood to determine a forceful submissive outcome. But even still, does this, in fact and unequivocally, make it so?     


If we recall the Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones or a myriad of tragic endings to the lives’ of history’s countless faithful [blind] and accepting followers, we are cautioned to reconsider whether man, or the ideas of man’s image of a divine creator, are reasonably accurate. If the creator, the most high, is [the] supreme, should not the conscious creations of such loving grace also demonstrate as does the grand master?


And are we, therefore, by so-called “justifiably” killing, enslaving, manipulating, demonizing, harassing, humiliating or pulpit pimping, accurately representing the loving intent of a divine creator? Or, are we following spiritual forces that mascaraed as “Lord”? For this blogger, I share no relationship with any [false] creative imposter that justifies itself by causing its subjects to forcefully dehumanize and seek to destroy others in order to establish universal understanding(s).

If we are created and inspired by love, a loving divine consciousness, then our actions, in kind, should be sufficient to establish an earthly heaven fitting for all who seek their own way to greater, spiritual, becoming. Allowing self to be manipulated into tearing down likenesses and commonalities, which limited souls' perceive in various forms, is literally the undoing of self, from within.


T.F. Hodge, author of From Within I Rise

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