Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Trouble with Christianity ...

[Warning: To the degree that you believe that God can be defined and confined by Christianity, you will either loathe or love what I'm about to write ... as always, don't take what I write as truth ... go to the Spirit - the Only One Who Knows.]


So far, everything I've seen exposed about Christianity, shows me that Gandhi was right in saying, "I love Christ, but I don't much like Christians."

It's not the people that I have trouble with ... it's the mindset of the people. The fear-based mentality ... the myopic mindset ... the hyper-focus on the UNbiblical notion of "original sin" rather than original BLESSING ... the making of God in our own image ... the projecting of ego/carnal thinking onto God ... the "us vs. them" view of the world that maligns anyone who is not like "we" are, or like they think we're *supposed* to be ...

In short ... the continuation of the teachings/mindset of the Pharisees, and thinking that we're following Jesus.

I see SO much pain and horror that's come from the teachings of Christianity ... the slaughtering of "heretics" ... the crusades, the Inquisition, the murder of "witches (women who dared to use the use of herbs to alleviate the "God-mandated" suffering in childbirth)," slavery, denouncement of the body (including and especially the demonization of sexuality) ... the despising of ourselves, of our bodies, of the planet, of other humans ... the seeing ourselves as separate from God and from each other ...

In short, perverting the "very good" that God declared over all creation, and never took back.

It keeps us from seeing and experiencing the Kingdom which is here and now ... the new heavens and new earth that is here and at hand, within us, in our midst ... only discerned and experienced spiritually ... it keeps us in this never-land of longing for the mythological "glory days" of the past (which never existed), or yearning for the "soon coming" (but always elusive) utopia of the future (which is only a figment of our imaginations). We then forfeit our co-creative responsibility and GIFT, in cooperating with God, here and now, IN this Kingdom, which has always been here, right under our noses, and instead delight with how "bad" things are getting, and even wish it to get worse, so that we can "Make" Jesus come back ... celebrating travesty, thinking it to be a sign of our pending "rescue" from the chaos of our own making ...

Insanity. Doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting different results.

Thank You God ... that the Spirit IS leading us into all truth (& thank You that You increase our "bearability") ... thank You that You ARE drawing all men (& women, and wee folk) to Yourself ... thank You that you ARE renewing our minds, to align with the Mind of Christ (which we have) ... thank You that Your Dabhar does NOT go forth void, but is active in separating Spirit from ego (which paradoxically makes them one) ... thank You that shift IS happening, and we ARE awakening from this dream of our own making ...

Shalom, Dena

4 comments:

Sue said...

I'll join with Dena to thank you for all those things, Papa! :)

MysticBrit said...

I'd like to be associated with the remarks of the previous speaker.

We have, truly, built our own hell on earth, where we've 'taxed' ourselves to death. I propose we change our minds, and adopt another policy.

I propose living in Heaven on Earth (which is actually the same place, but requires functioning eyes in order to see it). My travel agent recommends it for the views; in particular the River of Life affords mighty vistas.

And there's no death or taxes.

I feel this proposal's got legs, not to mention a heart.

Don said...

Wow, you really are learning how to explain what we believe in a powerful and convincing manner. Excellent thoughts. I spent a few hours last night with some independend Philiplino missionaries and the mixture of simple faith and destructive duality is disturbing to hear and difficult to know where to appreciate their pure hearts while wanting to challenge their version of the gospel.

Dena said...

Thanks, Don!

I'll bet you got an eye-full with your friends ... sometimes we get a stark reminder that our egos have long ruled us ... that's always a gift.

Yes, knowing when, and how, to share, is a learned sort of wisdom ...