OFFENDED BY RELIGION
Why Are So Many People Offended By Religion?
This is a serious question. One which starts arguments, and ruins friendships. But it must be answered. Now, if God is truly Omniscient (all-knowing) then who better to question? Think about it. If your school professor held the answers you seek ... then why wouldn't you ask the questions?
But, I was told growing up, there are some things we just don't ask God. I say ... BS. The people who told me this are the same people who never bothered to ask for themselves, or simply did not have any answers. The Truth is ... everything that exists today, has always existed. Even the questions, and all the answers. After all, where would it go, or where did it come from if not within the universe of all that is? The problem is ... that we haven't brought all the information together yet.
The OT Bible says "there is nothing new under the sun" ... and this is true. You may say "but we have computers, and cars, and etc." but I say, everything used to assemble ALL of these things was already here. We can only use what already exists and thereby, we are the great re-arrangers.
So then, back to the original topic ... why are so many people offended by religion? The answer is remarkably simple. Because it just doesn't make sense as a literal doctrine. It doesn't settle in their Spirit. They don't get that a-ha moment that hearing only the Truth gives you. Many of these religions have taken deep spiritual and ancient Truths, and converted them to actual events ... past, present, and future ... and thus by doing this they have destroyed the original teachings and allegorical metaphors.
If Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. were taught today, as it once was, there would be no confusion. In fact, the Bible says in 1st Corinthians 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion..." So then, who is? Man is. Ancient scriptures have been rewritten, edited, and mistranslated for centuries. In fact, the oldest Bible we have is the Sinai Bible (Codex Sinaiticus) on display in the British Museum and between that version, and the King James Bible; there are over over 14,800 "corrections." So much for infallible.
The bottom line is this. We have to ask not "did it happen" but "does it happen." These deep spiritual parables, allegories, and myths were intended to help us along this journey of life in the physical world and to awaken us to the fact that each and every one of us has the Divine spark of God (Allah, Absolute, All That Is, I Am, Brahman, Adam Kadmon, etc.) within us.
The most intellectual, intelligent, and intuitive scholars in history do not believe in the literalistic translation of these ancient stories and fables, and for good reason. They took the time to research, to meditate, to evaluate, to study, and to listen to that still small voice within that told them this simply cannot be taken as literal, when there is so much to learn from the story.
Ah, but you may reply with John 14:6 "Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." And this is true ... just not literally. It jus true esoterically ... from a deeper Truth. This narrative is from the spark of Divinity within ... rather than the ego-centric man without. The I AM ... is our DIVINE. Jesus is man coming to the understanding that we are ALL the begotten son ... not just him. He told us this. We just haven't listened with our Spirit. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me (man). We are all dual so that we can see our divinity. Just as we need a reflection to see what we look like, we need an ego to find our divinity. This is contrast. There is no other way.
Jesus represents all of us as man. Christ represents all of us as Divine ... an essence of God ... a piece of the whole. But individualized, not individual. There is only one "thing", and that thing is what many call God. The universe, the sun, the stars, the earth, are all God and are all the giver of life. When you leave the doctrines and dogmas, and go within yourself, you will find the Truth ... and "the Truth will make you free!"
Luke 17:21 "Neither shall they say, Look here! or, look there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
So in closing, people are offended at religion for taking God outside of them, and creating a white bearded man sitting on the throne of a monarchial rulership, deciding who is entitled ... and who is not. Man has created God in his image and forgotten that mankind was created in the image of God. The force that we call God is experiencing life with us, through us, and AS us.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now here is what I am trying to say: All of you together are the one body of Christ, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it."
If the churches, temples, and mosques of the world would go back to the original ancient teachings ... they would empower mankind, release them from captivity under their doctrines, and once again unite humanity as divinity.
From the Aramaic Bible - John 17:21
“That they all shall be one, just as you, my Father, are in me, and I am in you, so that they also shall be one in us.“
And John 14:12
“Timeless truth, I tell you: 'whoever believes in me, those works which I have done he will also do, and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to the presence of my Father.'
WE are CHRIST. The Christ is the Divine spark of God in ALL things. Take the time to research, to pray and meditate, and you too will come to the conclusion that a Hu-man being, is named as such because we are God-man. HU means God and MAN means people or mankind in ancient Sanskrit. We are here to create the Human Kingdom. We already have the Plant Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, and the Mineral Kingdom. This is our journey ... to become the oneness through awareness and illumination and the revelation (apocalypse/unveiling) that WE are ONE ... and that ONE is what we call GOD.
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.