Friday, August 31, 2012

The "Righteous" and Sin

The bible is filled with the concept of "righteousness" and sin.  But what is the purpose of these two concepts?  The religious dogmas uses these terms to indicate where a person's eventual resting place upon death is, depending on their formation of righteousness and avoidance of sin.  However, I believe this is a gross misinterpretation of their purpose and I'll try to explain my perspective.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Return to God"

Ever since I was a child, I could remember asking myself "why am I here"?  Growing up in a Catholic family, I thought the answer was "to serve God".  I remember as a teenager thinking that we live to choose a side, for Good or for Evil.  I saw life as a battleground and that we existed to form the armies of the light and dark.  I now realize that those thoughts were based on a misinterpretation about our purpose.  We are making choices, but not in the way I imagined it.  We are making choices in our lives, but those choices all lead to the end goal which is to "return to God".  Since the term God is such a misused and misrepresented description, I'll use the term Source to recognize that Source is not a personality or a single being, which some imagine a form that has dimension.  Source is neither personality nor form, nor is Source a being such as imagined by religions, which personify a "super-being" in the image of man due to the association of messengers in human form with God.  Source truly is the origin of all that is, but in my view, we aren't really "returning" to the Source as much as we are becoming Source.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What is possible and not possible

If I told you that in the middle of the Pacific ocean, there is a small island that contains the worlds largest deposit of gold known to man, you may or may not believe me, but you would not doubt it's possibility.  The reason why such a statement is accepted as a possibility is because it is within the realm of physical understanding (the nature of this world).  But it isn't the physical possibility that makes it believable.  Rather, it is your belief that it is possible (assuming you trust me as a believable source), regardless of whether you have personally experienced this knowledge or not.  So which is the deciding factor in determining what is and isn't possible: the fact that a statement or knowledge is possible, or the belief that it is possible?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Know yourself...

What does it mean to say "know yourself"?  Most people take those words and try to understand their personality, their psychological state, or some other aspect of their current life.  But the true meaning of the words "know yourself" is much deeper and greater than just this one lifetime.