There are many things in our world cultures that establish the follow the leader mentality and way of living and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. The issue appears when it becomes a blind leading the blind scenario. It is precisely this scenario that many churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques are running on.
Many religious leaders, teach and preach a doctrine of “Do what I say,” and once again, there is nothing inherently wrong with that doctrine. The issues occur when the populace chooses to adhere to it! People who blindly follow and or obey the teachings of another create such things as genocide, apartheid, holocausts, slavery, and war.
I once was blind but now I see, can become the rallying cry as people the world over awaken to the truth of their divinity. And this cannot happen while we simply follow another without taking much careful time to examine who we are following, why we are following, what it is that we are following (believing in), and what is the effect of this following?
On a personal note:
One of the biggest things that can be learned, as I learned about religion, spirituality, and life when I was studying for my doctoral degrees and studying to become an ordained Reverend, was that the Divine Impulse that not only governs the universe and countless galaxies is the same Loving, Creative, Force that is the essence and substance of ALL that is…!
There was a time that I perceived this Divine Impulse or God, as I was taught to perceive – The image of God was that of some anthropomorphic deity (Zeus or Odin) in some far off heaven sitting on a throne judging, punishing, and rewarding humankind based upon a set of standards we cannot live up to. This same God, who loves His children would one day send a great many to a place of eternal damnation for not living up to these standards and for not accepting His only begotten son as their Savior. It was this paradigm that instilled in me a great deal of self hatred, criticism, and judgment of self and others, as well as a tinge of righteous indignation. Once I was exposed to the metaphysical, New Thought belief system I shifted my paradigm to one that was far more empowering and authentic.
The sooner we release the old paradigm that sees God in the limited, judgmental, condemning, human-like, and separate manner, the sooner we will be able to truly bring peace, love, joy, and prosperity to our lives here and now!
Stop blindly following what someone else tells you is in the Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Talmud… If the sacred texts are truly sacred to you, then read and study for yourself! Once you do, you will discover, as I did, that the translations, once put into English, lose something and in many cases can no longer be read as they once were.
For example a much heated topic would be “Gay marriage.” The issue of why gay marriage is “wrong” seems to center around the sin of homosexuality. This is apparently why the Chick-fil-A corporate office spent funds to ensure marriage quality does not happen, yet the words homosexual, gay, lesbian, etc do not exist in the Bible.
Man, in his infinite “wisdom” selected a word that “HE” thought was the best match… well as someone who has worked as an interpreter of American Sign Language in the deaf community, I can attest that one word or concept can have multiple meanings depending on the context of its use.
Take the word MAY for example. What does it mean??
Ahh it depends on how it is being used you say. PRECISELY!!
What about RUN? CRY? Yes, depending on how you are using the word, in context, the meaning changes.
The three words I gave as examples are simple words with potentially different meanings depending on how you use them. What on Earth makes one think that the Bible translations are any different? Anyone who is multi-lingual can attest that once you change the language from the original, things change. Nuances, contextual references, etc.
What the original Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic writers put on parchment has over the eons lost much of the original meaning. Emperor Constantine was one of the main initial causes for many scriptural changes which continued with other “blind” men and women reading, speaking, and teaching out of context. This is why organizations such as the KKK were able to use the Bible to support their cause; the Bible after all does support slavery! And this is why churches and organizations continue to discriminate against the LGBT community; misinterpretations taken to the extreme.
Wake up and be responsible for what you believe. Stop blindly listening to what you are told, taught; stop reading a translation and assuming it to be a word for word accurate representation.
I leave you with “The Lord’s Prayer” (Transliterated below). As you read it, think about how it looks, how it sounds, how you pronounce the words and be mindful of how easy it could be to misinterpret it based on a misspelling or mispronunciation. And just so you know, the Aramaic translation is quite different from the one many learned in church and yet the Aramaic version is the one said to be the closest to what Jesus the Christ spoke. So what does it mean?
We are soooo quick to follow by rote without self examination the words of another. Take back your power as a spiritual being in a human incarnation.
Read and meditate on the prayer and what we discussed today … Blessings!
Avvon d-bish-maiya, nith-qaddash shim-mukh.
Tih-teh mal-chootukh. Nih-weh çiw-yanukh:
ei-chana d’bish-maiya: ap b’ar-ah.
Haw lan lakh-ma d’soonqa-nan yoo-mana.
O’shwooq lan kho-bein:
ei-chana d’ap kh’nan shwiq-qan l’khaya-ween.
Oo’la te-ellan l’niss-yoona:
il-la paç-çan min beesha.
Mid-til de-di-lukh hai mal-choota
oo khai-la oo tush-bookh-ta