15 2017 Apr

Religion and Politics

I am writing a blog about what is happening right now across the globe. Ordinarily, what appears on this site are glimpses of people or events that I find interesting and entertaining, (I hope). This segment is different.
Okay, let’s imagine a mythical place it looks a lot like where you live. It’s populated by people that look somewhat like yourself. Now here’s the thing: one group believes that the one and only ‘GOD’ chose them, their group to relay the truth of existence. But only to ‘them’ because they were special. They were capable of understanding this noble truth.
You with me? Now, each of these groups are certain they are following the holy mandate. There is no mistaking what they believe. There are three major groups that share a belief of one God.
But here the similarities end. Going back to earlier era’s in this place one group’s ancestors stretch back in time some 5000 years or more, another a notch past 2000 and the third over 1200 years.
The first group follow the example of a guy named Abe. He took instructions directly from the big guy in the sky. The one true, Lord Thy GOD. He inherited the Torah, which are laws of conduct. The man would be tested, mainly tests of loyalty and faith. He and his wives launched the Israelites who eventually settled in Judea. Twelve tribes united by a doctrine provided by their creator. The Arc of the Covenant their holy gift from Adonai.
The second group veered off in another direction from the first because of an immaculate conception. Through a vessel called ‘Mary’ GOD walked the Earth, the material personage in the flesh. He preached a new covenant whereby a believer dwelled forever in a paradise called heaven. These followers were urged to turn the other cheek. Pray for their enemy’s salvation. Their reward everlasting life in a place called heaven.
The third group worshipped the same one ‘God’. This time his teachings and laws were relayed through a ‘Messenger’ named ‘Mohammed’. These revelations occurred in Saudi Arabia in the 7th century. The one deity in this religion is referred to as ‘Allah’. The followers of this faith believed that Mohammed is the last Prophet and conveyed the one ‘God’s’ teaching in a book called the Qur’an.
Some of this book followed the laws and practices of the first and second groups. One main difference between these groups hinged on the concept that ‘Mohammed’ and the Qur’an offered the final word. Mankind must adhere to ‘Allah’s words given to Mohammed, or be labeled an ‘Infidel” or a person who does not believe in religion; is outside of ‘God’s mercy.
So, these groups move forward in time. The first and second groups, share a common system of commerce and customs. They created a new, mighty empire on these beliefs. They adhered to both the laws of the land and their own religious affiliations. The mind-set became known as the Western Civilization. The other group conquered then took root on a third of the planet. They take slaves, murder and rape then sell the women for profit. They all are sanctioned in their holy book.
There’s events called elections inside the Western Civilization. During the time this story was spun, both candidates in this farce were inept. One, a noted Real Estate Billionaire, lacks both tact and the brains to make use of this skill. He manages to ensure women think twice before pulling a lever in his favor. He ridicules challenged folks, told another that he didn’t consider American POWs good soldiers. He is certainly not a ‘Deadhead Prophet’.
The other candidate, a woman, who served in a political capacity and is the spouse of a former head honcho. The right-wing patriots, considered her affiliations with the leaders of some other countries, high treason. Her constituents insist she is right for the office. The Billionaire’s people are positive their guy, who is not beholding, to behind the scenes directives, needs to prevail. Voters find fault with both choices.
The future of the Western Civilization appears to hinge on the coming election. Quite a few other countries are concerned with the outcome. Now that the election is over, we’re on the other side of the event. Well guess who won. I wouldn’t have believed it a month ago, a year ago and ten years ago I would have laughed til I split. Donald Trump is our President.
Riots ensued. Still going on somewhere in the U.S. Liberals complaining. He’s not our president! Is this the prelude to civil war? Can the two viewpoints ever be civil to each other without conflict?
Stay tuned for the hit drama ‘What’s become of the world’

31 2016 Oct

Religion What do you Believe?

Are you aware? Anybody home? Knock knock Do you get it?
If we got to this point, guess not. But I’ll try anyway.
In your opinion, what’s going on? Why we here? Basic question.
With me so far?
Do you have any factual data to support your belief? Evidence
that say a Philadelphia lawyer could not dispute. Are you
convinced it is Jesus. Or positive Allah watches over you. Do
you stand in reverence of Yahweh? Who’s got your back?
What do you believe? Think this is all a process. A mirage? The
Cosmic Wheel.
Are you sure God sits in judgment? Weighs your conduct against a holy bar-code? Cares about your motives and decisions? Do you envision the rapture? Looking forward to it? Believe you will rise into oblivion? A seat reserved at a table with Jesus acting as master of ceremonies?
Why is God stern, why the worship? Is he insecure? The creator of the universe or many universes, what is its home universe where he or she came from. What kind of infancy, home life are we talking about?
Reincarnation, a fun word. Gives the impression of a second chance or many turns at the prize. The wheel, somehow we must get off the wheel of circumstance. What phase are you in? Maybe you have not risen out of the muck enough to see your possibilities.
Just saying.